A little bird told me

Hand quilted applique pillow. © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Hello there!  How are you? I’m a bit excited because I have a finish to show you today!  Yes, it’s Finish it Up Friday and this little cushion can happily be crossed off my list. I feel really chuffed to have put the appliqué bird panel from my tutorial to good use;  samples can so easily end up in a drawer somewhere never to see the light of day again and using it definitely ticks a few of my boxes. I love the fact that it saves waste (which I loathe), that it’s going to make a pretty gift for someone (shhhh, don’t tell, but it’s Mother’s Day’s in March here in the UK) and that it gives me a small sense of achievement when the larger projects I’m working on seem to be taking forever and a day!

Hand quilted applique pillow. © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

A Little Bird Told Me

I definitely recommend working on a small project or two when you’ve got some larger, slower ones on the go – there’s nothing like finishing something up to give you a bit of a morale boost and the motivation to keep you going on the bigger stuff. Something like a pillow is good fun and gives you the opportunity to play a bit as well.  This pillow is a case in point: how many techniques can you fit into one small package?! This one has patchwork, needle turn appliqué, big stitch quilting, the usual hand quilting, and embroidery!  I wanted to see if I could meet the challenge of bringing them all together cohesively.

Hand quilted applique pillow. © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Densely quilted centre panel

What do you think?  I’m pleased so I’m counting it as a success, and I’d definitely try something like it again.  I love the French knots and fly stitch embroidery on the appliqué flowers and I think the combination of different weight quilting threads works much better than I anticipated.  Even the back looks good! It’s just a simple envelope back with a tie closure, but it’s pretty enough to be seen from this side too, if you got bored of the bird.

Tie closure cushion back in a Phillip Jacobs fabric (Petunias).  © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Tie closure back in a Phillip Jacobs fabric (Petunias)

If you want to know how I did the appliqué check out my tutorial on The Sewing Directory.  I’ve also got a tutorial here for making rouleau loop fastenings, which look great on this type of cushion too.

Needle Turn Applique Tutorial - The Sewing Directory


So what will you be stitching up this weekend?  I’m close to finally finishing the quilting on August Rain, so that’s my goal: get it done! Linking up with Finish it up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts and also, for the first time, Can I get a Whoop Whoop – because who doesn’t want one of those!

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10 replies
  1. Lorna McMahon
    Lorna McMahon says:

    Oh, this is so sweet! Love, love, love the embroidery you added to the applique, Stephie. And the hand quilting is such a compliment to the design. Your mum is going to be so happy to receive such a lovely gift!

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thank you Lorna! I hope she’ll like it but sometimes I worry that she might feel weighed down with all the stuff I make for her, haha! She’s got decades worth 😀

  2. Ann
    Ann says:

    Yes! Such a lovely pillow. Congratulations on turning this gorgeous sample into something useful. I agree that it’s much better to use things up and this is too wonderful to keep in a drawer. Your mother will love it!

  3. Carie
    Carie says:

    Oh that’s so beautiful – I love the colours and your sample makes a beautiful cushion; definitely a hundred times better than just popping it in the drawer!


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