Thursday, 14 March 2013

Avalon Cushion in Squares

A lovely friend gave me some avalon precuts.  It was a charm pack which is made up of about 42 5" x 5" squares, cut accurately.  I decided to make her a present.
These are random 2.5" x 2.5" squares and to make this 9 x 9 squares cushion used half the charm pack.
It was incredibly fast to make and took about 2 hours from start to finish.
I don't bind the edges of my cushions.  I simply sew them right sides together and then turn them out the right way and sew around a small distance from the edge and make round corners.  It is quick and easy and I don't think it looks bad.
The back is just cream fabric which is upholstery weight and I have a lot of it so use it for cushion backs.  It is not perfectly square but it is hand made.  I must buy some zips!  I don't think envelope backs are practical and they gape.
The fabric set is quite bright and lively and not colours I would usually buy myself.  But I like them and I think they look great.  Next time I use these fabrics I might do squares but mix them up with half kona snow squares.  Or maybe do tiny pinwheels.  I will also make a smaller cushion because this one is a little too large. 
The quilting is diagonal, and done using the machine.  I like it but I don't love it.
So that is my finish for this week!
I may not be on my machine for a little while because I had to take out my sewing area to get the new wardrobes put in.  Now I have sold the table because it won't fit anywhere else!!  I will have to use the kitchen table and this won't be very convenient.  I do have my eye on a great desk but it is a doer upper (of course).  I hope to have news of a successful desk purchase very soon.
I do need to get my sewing hat on because I have only a little over a week to make my pincushion swap for sweet little pretties.  Time is ticking away!


  1. I think your cushion looks real good! I love the bright colors!!

  2. This is so cute and will go so many places! I do a monthly series using charm packs and mini charm packs, they are so great to use in a variety of projects and this is a perfect example of one! Thanks for sharing!

    1. fantastic cushion! thanks for sharing how you made yours without binding! :) thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

  3. Oh, I like that, Marianne! Try wrapping your insert with batting to make it fill out the pillow cover more - it works like a charm! Whoop whoop!!

  4. Thank you for sharing. I have some scraps and now I know what I'm going to do with them.

    Desiree @ YourCraftyFriend

  5. This is a great looking pillow/cushion! AND I know it was fun to make! Thanks for sharing.

  6. What a great cushion and I like to make mine the same way. Thanks for sharing.
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  7. Thank you for linking up in March to Richard and Tanya Quilts on our Link a Finish Friday. We will have a new linkup available every Friday. So stop by and share what you have been working on and check out what others are doing.