Free Pattern! Grandma’s Hothouse Cushion

Grandma's Hothouse Cushion (pillow). A free patchwork and quilting pattern. © Stephanie Boon, 2013

Grandma's Hothouse Cushion, a free pattern by Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, © 2013

 

Well here it is, my first pattern and instructions! I’m quite excited! I loved writing it and I really hope you’ll have a go and will enjoy making it too.

This 18″ cushion is the perfect introduction to the English Paper Piecing method of sewing patchwork as it’s a small enough project to see if it’s ‘your thing’ before going head-long into the daunting (and time consuming!) task of making a full-on hand sewn bed quilt.

Setting the juicy colours on a black background gives this pillow a wonderful zing – I love it and can’t stop looking at it! Check out my tips for choosing hot fabrics on page 1. The pattern also includes the right size hexagon patterns to print off  (no enlarging required, unless you want to make the cushion a different size).

The following images are for reference as you read the pattern, though if you’re an experienced seamstress (you are female right?!) you may not need them. There are also diagrams in the written instructions and links to tutorials. If you have any worries at all as you make the pillow, please leave a comment below or drop me a line via the ‘hello’ page and I’ll get back to you asap! And don’t forget to leave a link to your finished project, I’d love to see how you get on :)

Have fun and happy sewing!

Free patchwork and quilting cushion pattern, English Paper Piecing. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

Laying out the basted hexagons

Grandma's Hothouse Cushion (pillow). A free patchwork and quilting pattern. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

Stitching the hexie panel together in rows. Note the un-basted edges of the hexies on the outside edges of the panel to form the seam allowance for the borders

Free patchwork and quilting cushion pattern, English Paper Piecing. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

The front panel with borders machined in place (you can leave it at this stage and go straight to making up, or quilt it if you wish)

Free patchwork and quilting cushion pattern, English Paper Piecing. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

Pinned and ready for hand quilting (I used Gutterman’s hand quilting thread in red)

Free patchwork and quilting cushion pattern, English Paper Piecing. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

A quilted hexagon flower gives a lovely vintage feel to the texture

Free patchwork and quilting cushion pattern, English Paper Piecing. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

Quilted hexagon flower on the reverse, to clearly show you where I quilted

Free patchwork and quilting cushion pattern, English Paper Piecing. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

Showing the outline quilting in the floral border.

Well here it is, my first pattern and instructions! I'm quite excited! I loved writing it and I really hope you'll have a go and will enjoy making it too :)  This 18" cushion is the perfect introduction to the English Paper Piecing method of sewing patchwork as it's a small enough project to see if it's 'your thing' before going head-long into the daunting (and time consuming!) task of making a full on hand sewn bed quilt.

Making the button loop. (I added a contrast binding strip, but this isn’t necessary, you can just fold over the edge of the black fabric to make the seam allowance.

Grandma's Hothouse Cushion/Pillow. A free patchwork and quilting pattern. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

Binding made from two fabrics (I used a straight seam to join them, that you can see in the picture). You can also see the straight rows of quitling in the corduroy border.

Grandma's Hothouse Cushion/Pillow. A free patchwork and quilting pattern. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

I machine stitched the binding to the outer edge of the cushion. I then hand-stitched it in place on the reverse. You could always machine stitch it if you prefer. Lastly sew on your button and insert your cushion pad.

Grandma's Hothouse Cushion (pillow). A free patchwork and quilting pattern. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

Then stand back and admire your work!

           Please feel free to share :)

Grandma's Hothouse Cushion (pillow). A free patchwork and quilting pattern. © Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

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