Thursday, May 12, 2011

cheats patchwork?

I have just finished my contribution to Vic's Cushion Swap 2011, and this is it ...






























I make lots of cushions - for myself, for the business, for friends - so I used the swap as an excuse to challenge myself and try something new, using only Yardage Design fabric from my scrap basket. I came up with a "woven" design idea. Strips of fabric woven together then ironed onto fusible interfacing before being sewn in place.


I really enjoyed the construction phase and blabbed all over facebook about how I had discovered a cheats method of patchwork! Then I started sewing .... the first attempt was not so successful (too much movement and puckering), so I spent quite sometime unpicking before trying again with better, firmer fusible interfacing. Certainly not patchwork, and definitely not cheating! In the end, I was really happy with the result. I backed the cushion with navy Circa fabric to go with the ones on the front, and made the cushion reversible by adding an invisible zip. I hope my swap recipient likes it!


Check out other cushions being made for the swap over at Vic's - go here.

Have a great Thursday!


40 comments:

CurlyPops said...

That is such a cool idea Nic. I've never seen anything like it. Loooooove!

Jan said...

How could your swap partner not love it! What a clever idea, Nic; glad it worked out; and your own fabric too, how special is this!

Catherine said...

gosh, that is gorgeous!

by marie-nicole said...

That looks fantastic Nic.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

Love it Nic. I am jealous of whoever gets it!

Vic said...

Phooey! Knowing who is making my cushion already means I KNOW this isn't coming to me! ;)

Love it; this is absolutely the best part, seeing everyone's work; I am SO impressed so far!

Kirsty said...

It's fabulous Nic. I think the woven fabric is terrific...it really does make you want to run your fingers over it. Great work.

m.e (Cathie) said...

oohh wow, fabulous Nic!
your designs are amazing ♥

Andi said...

It looks amazing!!!
Awesome idea.
Love the fabric too. Who's the creative genius behind that? ;)
Andi x

Jennie said...

It's fab!

spectacularfairywren said...

I LOVE it - at first shot before i read text i said - "that looks WOVEN!" and i think it is super...

The Handmaden said...

Brilliant idea - looks fantastic!

Jennie said...

This is brilliant Nic!!
I'm envious of whoever gets your cushion!
Can't wait to see who gets what!XX

Tania said...

What an awesome idea - I love it. Shows your gorgeous fabric off very nicely, too.

Brenda said...

I love the detail....lucky recipient!

june at noon said...

Very cool design, such great, versatile fabric!

Jill said...

Oh that is marvellous! What a great idea! the cushion looks fabulous!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

teddybearswednesday said...

YAY!!! you know I've been waiting for this.
And the wait was worth it, it's utterly utterly gorgeous. I love it, Nic and it works sooo well xo

Naturally Carol said...

Your cushion turned out really well in the end..and that's what counts. A great learning process on the way there too!

Sarah said...

OH that is NICE! Great fabric choice (wink)!

Michelle said...

Ohhhh, thats gorgeous! Love it!

Michelle said...

The woven texture is fabulous. Looks lovely

Morrgan said...

Ooooo, it looks great! Love the idea. :)

Mookah said...

I love it! Now I wish I was participating and that I was your swap partner...

Mary said...

I've discovered your world through My creative place, and I must say your fabrics are amazing! Congratulations!

Lola Nova said...

Wow! This is so great. I love the technique you used as well as the fabrics, well done you!

Jennie said...

wow - this look is so effective.
This is definately one of my favs!!x

Anna Bartlett said...

I LOVE this! Congrats! I thought at first it was the Posy gets Cosy 'cheat' patchwork technique, but it's not, and I love the weaving idea. I'm jealous of who's going to get it already!

yardage girl said...

Thanks ladies! I wish all the other comments weren't loss in the blogger debacle!

madanddave said...

I love this! Such a clever idea.

Tanya said...

that's gorgeous, I have only seen that design in really bright colours, so it's nice to see yours. Looks really great

Amy said...

Oh Wow! That is devine. Your swap pattern is one lucky person!

LionessLady said...

That weaving is perfection!

tea with lucy said...

this is cooooool. love it. xo

tea with lucy said...

.... and the bentwood chair too!

Lauren said...

far out...you've done a great job and put a lot of time into it. There is no doubt the new owner will love it!

ZippyZippy said...

Love that cushion! I have some of your agapantha fabric - it's patiently waiting to cover an old lamp shade - the cushion would be nice and matchy matchy at my house!

Tammi said...

This is amazing...I can only imagine the time it took to make :)
x

kylie said...

Gorgeous and so original. I love it.

Ismail N said...

Definitely not cheating...not easy either, but the result is superb!