My friend Mary Oram recently designed a beautiful cushion as part of an Instagram competition and won first prize. I absolutely LOVED the design when I saw it and offered to pattern test it for her:
|Mary's winning competition entry.
The pattern was very easy to make. I used a mixture of low volume fabrics for the background and a combination of yellow, orange and lime fabrics for the crosses. The circles are cut from felt and I have used some Kaffe Fassett Collective prints in the centre of the felt circles.
|The top is pieced and the embellishments are ready to be attached.
|I used Perle 8 thread to hand quilt the top and to embellish the felt circles.
|A close up of one of the circles. The Kaffe circle of fabric has been attached to the felt circle using needle turn applique and then I have used a Perle 8 thread to attach the felt circle to the top using a blanket stitch.
|I have then hand quilted around the perimeter of the felt circles using a black Perle 8 thread.
|Hand quilting around the circles. I have also hand quilted around the coloured crosses using a Perle 8 thread in matching colours (orange, yellow & lime green).
|My completed cushion.
|The view from my chair.
Mary Oram's cushion pattern "Be Scrappy, Happy" is due to be released in an upcoming edition of Make Modern Magazine. I assume it will appear in the next edition which is #14.
You can follow Mary on Instagram, her account is @PoppinsPatch