I’ve become addicted to making patchwork cushions, it seems. Who knew it would be so much fun? All the creative joy of patchwork, with none of the laborious repetition needed to complete a proper quilt. All you need is one block of patchwork (instead of a dozen or more for a quilt), add a very simple backing, and voila, you’ve got yourself a pretty cushion to admire and cuddle with every day. Instant gratification.
I’ve always loved house quilts, but never made one before. I thought it would be perfect for a child’s cushion.
At first I tried to make it the lazy way again – eye-balling everything like how I made those log cabin cushions. But it didn’t work this time. I couldn’t even get the window size right. This cushion needed a bit more planning. So I taped up a few pieces of white paper to the size of 45cm x 45cm, the finished size of a cushion top, and drew a house on it with a pencil. Then I measured the drawing to work out the size of each piece needed. It was like a puzzle – and great fun.
I like how it turned out, but if I were making another, I would make a few changes to the pattern. The house could be slightly larger, and the yellow border slightly narrower. I could add more fun features to the house, like a chimney. But then again, there are so many other quilt designs I’d like to try out as a cushion. So many ideas. So little time.
Meanwhile a corner of my son’s cot looks a little happier.