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Free Pattern! Grandma’s Hothouse Cushion

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

English Paper Pieced Patchwork Cushion. Bright hexagons on a black background. © Stephanie Boon 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

18″ Grandma’s Hothouse Cushion

Don’t you just love this pillow?! Wouldn’t it make a wonderful gift? It’s so bright and colourful – the hexies shine like jewels on the black background. A lot of the prints are from Kaffe Fassett and Phillip Jacobs, with the odd vintage print added in (surprisingly they’re the orange ones with the blue flower). But you could make it look great in any fabrics – pastels on a white background, or ditsy 30’s reproduction prints would look just as good. Page 1 of the pattern gives tips for choosing hot fabrics if you want to go down that route.

If you’ve never tried English Paper Piecing the instructions are easy to follow with clear diagrams and links to tutorials, and the hexagon templates are the right size for the 18″ cushion, so there’s no fiddling about enlarging them. It’s a good size project to try out before hand sewing a full bed quilt – imagine it sitting on your bedroom chair while when you get going on with that one!

The following reference pictures are helpful for newbie English paper piecers reading through the pattern, but if you’ve got any worries leave a comment below or drop me a line via the hello page and I’ll get back to you asap.

Once you’ve finished your splendid pillow, newbie or not, come and share how you got on – leave a link below. Have a look at what MaryAnn came up with, she really made the project her own and it came out just great.

Thanks for downloading the free pdf Grandma’s Hothouse Cushion, have fun making it and don’t leave without seeing the other DCS patterns here!

Signature: Stephie © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnchorusStudio.com

 

 

 

 

The Grandma’s Hothouse Cushion Reference Guide

To be used in conjunction with the free pdf pattern.

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!

 

 

 

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