Saturday, 22 January 2011
The front of the cushion cover is made entirely from 2.1/2" squares. There are nine rows and nine columns making an 18" square.
I used five dark blue squares, sixteen yellow squares, sixteen pink squares, twelve white squares, fourteen light blue squares, sixteen red squares. The design is loosely based on an Amish design called Sunshine and shadow. You will also need an 18.1/2" wide strip of fabric for the patchwork panel backing and the cushion cover backing.
Press each row with all the seams facing in one direction and then check when sewing the rows together that the seams of one row face in the opposite direction to the seams of the other row. This makes your seams less bulky. Pin each seam before sewing the rows together. That way you can keep the seams facing the way you want them to and also keep each square in line with the ones above or below it.
Sew the square piece to the back of the patchwork panel. I used a few straight lines running along the seams of the patchwork. For a more complex design you could quilt it with a design to suit.
Sew right round the perimeter of the panel, turn the cushion cover right side out through the opening in the middle, gently push the corners out and insert cushion pad.
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