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The Auricula applique pillow

Yes! Another finished project to cross off the list. And that makes me smile. It was only small piece and a very straightforward design, but there was still a fair amount of hand stitching to do, so it feels good.

I love the richness of the Phillip Jacobs and Kaffe Fassett fabrics against the plain black panel, I think they may even make my heart sing! As you can probably tell from the room shot below I seem to have a thing about these particular designers’ fabrics… My scrap stash of them is getting a little low now, so I think I may have to do a wee bit of shopping in the near future. What a chore!

Needle-turn applique and patchwork cushion 'Auricula'. Designed and made by © Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Finished ‘Auricula’ pillow

I don’t usually go for ‘representational’ designs, but needle turn appliqué really lends itself to that. Working through this has given me lots more ideas to try for the border of the grandma’s flower garden quilt I’m working on (you can see it on the chair in the picture), so expect a few more cushions to make an appearance as I try them out! Apparently I’m not the only one that uses the small form of a pillow to work out designs, have you seen Malka’s wonderful contemporary designs over at A Stitch in Dye? I really love her work and was impressed to see that one of my local quilt stores was stocking her Moda fabric line Simple Marks.  Maybe I should add some to the shopping list?!

Here are a few pictures of the finished project.

'Auricula' patchwork and quilted cushion, designed and made by © Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Finished!

The panel is offset to the right and the top, just because I like asymmetrical designs!

Needle-turn applique and patchwork cushion 'Auricula'. Designed and made by © Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Applique detail

To the left of the panel is a string of patchwork strips that I also used in the flower motifs. When I came to quilt it, I did simple outline quilting (by hand) around the auricula, added some free-form veins to the leaves and quilted a grid on the background.

Needle-turn applique and patchwork cushion 'Auricula'. Designed and made by © Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Needle-turn appliqué

I used a black hand quilting thread because I didn’t want the quilting stitches to detract from the design on the centre panel, but they show really well on the reds.

Needle-turn applique and patchwork cushion 'Auricula'. Designed and made by © Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Hand quilted in a diamond design

Have you tried needle-turn appliqué? It’s very simple and effective and really relaxing to stitch. I have a couple of free mug-rug patterns with instructions if you’d like to have a go at something small to try it out. Let me know if you do!

Have a great weekend and happy stitching.

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