Issue 50 comes with TWO super-useful template sheets, designed to help with all of your fussy cutting needs. One is filled with circles and the other filled with squares!
Inside issue 50 you will find a bonus pattern card from Debbie von Grabler-Crozier, with a tropical bolster cushion project and detailed step-by-step guide to fussy cutting.
Here is a BONUS project, so you can put your new skills to work!
Bubbles cushion: materials & tools
- 2 fat quarters of plain fabric
- fat eighth pack (with lots of lovely motifs, ripe for fussy cutting!)
- 2 fat quarters #279 80/20 Vlieseline cotton-mix wadding
- Gutermann denim thread
- fabric glue stick
- co-ordinating threads
- 20”-square cushion insert
- circles template sheet, FREE with issue 50
Finished size: Approx 19×19”
Seam allowances: ¼” unless otherwise stated
1 Begin by using the circle template to fussy cut a number of motifs – you need a selection to make a round wreath for the front of the cushion.
2 Take one of the FQs of denim and arrange the fussy cut ‘bubbles’ to make a circle, filling in gaps with smaller ones. When you are happy, lightly glue them into place with the glue stick.
3 Not every bubble has to be an epic motif – some can be just a leaf or a flower. This is especially good for the little fill in ones.
4 Lay one of the fat quarters of wadding down and pin the denim on top. Set your machine up for FME.
5 Go over some areas twice to emphasise them and don’t be too neat. Consider using a medium embroidery hoop to help you with the technique.
6 Use the blue denim thread for the embroidery and go around each bubble twice not aiming to be too neat. This thread will be used for the quilting on the back too.
7 Quilt the front centre (avoiding the bubbles) with circles which overlap. Snip any stray threads away. Trim the cushion front panel to 19” square.
8 This is a little smaller than the cushion insert but it ensures that the finished product will be nice and firm.
9 For the back, use the circle template again but this time, simply draw circles with a removable marker. Lay the fat quarter onto the other FQ of wadding and pin. Use the darning foot to quilt along the lines that you have drawn.
10 These circles on the back look quite nice overlapping. Don’t go right to the edge with the circles so that they blend nicely into the un-quilted front edge.
11 Do not trim the back panel when you have finished – it is easier to fit to the front untrimmed.
12 With the right sides together, pin the front to the back and sew around the perimeter leaving a turning gap at the bottom. Trim the back to match the front and clip across the corners to reduce bulk there.
13 Turn out through the gap, insert the cushion and close the gap, to finish your beautiful new cushion!
Vlieseline from Six Penny Memories
Indigo Shadow solid smooth denim by Art Gallery Fabrics and No Place Like Home by Leah Duncan for Cloud 9 Fabrics. To find your nearest stockist, visit www.hantex.co.uk/mystockist