Cushion addicton…

I have recently become slightly obsessed with quilted cushions.  It all began when I started making class sample for Modern Domestic (my local quilt shop)…and it has not stopped yet.

economy block pillowAfter making my tiny Economy block mini quilt I wanted to do a bigger version of the block, just for fun.  Using a 5 inch block I made this easy cushion in no time…

economy blockI used more of my Cotton and Steel stash and just loved fussy cutting the little bunnies in particular…they are so darling.  What I love about the Economy block is it is so easy to pick three colours – with this pillow it was pink, navy and yellow… and just go.

pillow detailYour colourway guides your fabric choices as you rummage through your scraps and stash.  As I was pulling fabric I made sure I had a variety of tones – lights and darks in the three colours.  The rest is as easy…make the blocks and sew them together.  Because you have a coherent colour scheme you can lay out the blocks randomly and get beautiful results.

The cushion top took twenty 5 inch blocks or if you are more adventurous you can do a baby quilt with just sixty three (63) blocks..

This cushion gave me my first opportunity to test out the walking foot on the Bernina 550… and oh what fun it was…

walking foot funIt was so easy to attach the foot (unlike my old machine which involved screw drivers and painters tape!) and the sewing was a breeze.    I can not wait to try a bigger quilt with this foot.  Hopefully next week I will have quilt done and dusted!

20 thoughts on “Cushion addicton…

  1. Love how this turned out! I have that same machine and don’t know what I would do without the walking foot. I use the walking foot hemmer for putting my binding on too and it is a breeze.

  2. That is just fabulous. The colours alone would make it for me, but with the bunnies too, it’s just gorgeous. My walking foot involves a screwdriver but fortunately not tape… Guess the machine manufacturers are slowly learning what’s important to quilters!

  3. What a great idea to use the left side of your sewing foot to sew along the edges, have not tried that, only stitch in the ditch! Thank you, your so artistic and clever, I am gobsmacked how cute the squares are!

  4. lovethe colours in your cushion! I must finish my economy block cushion – this reminded me of it buried… Somewhere. I just got a 550 too and LOVE the walking foot. I couldn’t even get one for my old machine so this is like heaven

  5. Ce coussin est MA-GNI-FI-QUE!!!…Les couleurs sont si bien assorties….
    Comme je suis en train de faire des housses de coussins pour l’appart de Fils Ainé, je vais “piquer” ton idée!… Douce journée!….

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