My stitchy friend Helen celebrated her birthday this week, and as a gift I whipped up this very simple cushion using fabric she had admired in my giant star quilt. I think the pom pom trim is what really makes this cushion!
I made a quilt sandwich with the feature fabric, cotton batting and a backing fabric in the usual way, and free motion quilted very carefully along all the lines in the cushion front, to add some texture without distracting from the fabric design.
The quilting was reasonably time consuming, but not as difficult as I thought it would be. It probably helped that I have done some free motion quilting every day this week, so I am in a pretty good FMQ groove.
The back is a simple envelope closure. After making a few cushions with an envelope back, I think the trick is to make sure the two pieces overlap more than you think they should. This is an 18" square cushion and I cut the two backing pieces 15" by 18".
Both the front and the back fabrics are from Laura Gunn's Garden Wall collection. The pom pom trim is from Spotlight and has been sitting in my stash waiting for just the right project for a long time.
Right, I'm off to buy more pom poms! Linking up with:
and with Finish it up Friday at crazy mom quilts.