Monday, May 07, 2007

Beginner's patchwork cushion

This is a hand-quilted patchwork cushion I've been making. Got it finished today because we were off work for a Bank Holiday.

During the Easter holidays I picked up a beginners' book about quilting in the Gem Shop, Castle Douglas, as well as a few Fat Quarters.
Yeah, like I needed more craft stuff in the house.

Although I didn't follow any pattern to the letter, it did inspire me to make this quilted cushion, or pillow as the book would have it.

I chose this layout and colour scheme because I liked it, but I've since found out that Alex Anderson, the author of my book, is pretty famous in the quilting domain and has her own quilting programme in the USA called "Simply Quilts" on HGTV. (My upload method just now won't let me do you a link, but that information should be enough to get you there.)

Anyway, I've been reading up on it and watching the video clips on the Simply Quilting site and found out that this is an analogous colour scheme, and an "Trip around the World" block setting. I've found the whole thing very interesting, and following some leads I have found out a hundred things about COLOUR THEORY, about which I was almost entirely ignorant before. Fascinating stuff.

Look out for some more patchwork and quilting from me in the future, but for now I leave you with this "Blue Monday", thanks DH, cushion.
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7 comments:

Flavaknits said...

Cusion looks lovely - particularly like the backing material.
You have shamed me into getting my finget out on the patchwork front - I bought some material a few months ago and it is still sitting looking at me mournfully!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kathleen
Lovely cushion. I love patchwork and quilting but have had a really busy weekend entertaining friends and family and just did'nt have the will to look at my fabrics today, especially after ironing for 4 hours!
You have inspired me to have a rummage through my fabric tomorrow evening after work.
Karen

Midsummer night's knitter said...

Ah, you've got the sewing bug, eh? It's all down hill from now - another stash to gather ;0)
INdia

Sarah said...

I love it!

yvette said...

Your cushion is lovely, I have a quilt to finish for my niece, must get to it!

Poshyarns said...

It's lovely, I think you have made an excellent start on quilting, will be watching this space....

I made my first quilt a while ago and got rather overwhelmed by all the "theory" etc but once I got going and followed my instincts it was fine, I am going to do another one soon and have been gathering fabrics I like, this time I won't worry so much about the theory and just follow my heart.

You are really embracing new things at the moment, I love the crochet scarf too, something I would love to master.

carol said...

Its a slippery slope once you start with sewing and patchwork. Great fun tho...
PS the cushion is lovely.