Spent a wonderful couple of weeks in Cornwall and Devon catching up with family and friends. The weather was lovely and a good 10 degrees lower than at home so we could get out and about walking with the dog during the day.
I did take a little bit of hand sewing to work on, but by the end of the first week I was looking for a serious sewing hit! This meant a visit to a little shop just outside of Mylor Bridge called Coast and Country. They stock a lovely selection of materials and sundries and also run workshops – and I was in luck as there was 1 place left on a quilting workshop.
Now, I don’t really know much about quilting and so thought this might be a good opportunity to find out more. We were going to make a cushion with a pinwheel design on the front. The original looked like this…..
I hadn’t quite realised the significance of colour choice, so my cushion was much more muted in colour and the pinwheels less obvious. Our first job was to cut and sew 20 squares together in five rows and then add a border all around these. We then used a ‘twist and stitch’ ruler to cut out smaller squares from the main piece of fabric.
I then thought that we would twist the remaining fabric in some way (I can hear all you experienced quilters thinking, ‘what is she talking about!’) – but no, we ordered the smaller squares and discarded the remaining fabric. You can see the pin wheels beginning to form.
We now had five rows of five squares which were sewn back together and then a border was sewn around the outside again. I used the 16 small squares from the discarded fabric to make the little patchwork squares at the four corners of the cushion.
Wadding was hand quilted to the back of the cushion before adding a lining and a back. Here is the end result…
I am not convinced that I like it and you can tell that I am no quilter when you look at how inaccurately I have sewn each of the patchwork corners – but I did enjoy the process of learning something new. If I do make another cushion I would definitely think more carefully about the colours I use.
If you are in the area, look in on Coast and Country – they have a fairly large choice of fabrics and their courses are reasonably priced and really worth checking out. After this little sewing hit I went back to walking along the beach with the dog!!
Happy stitching in the sunshine!