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Add pop to a modern patchwork cushion top!

 

This is going to be a super fun week, we’re going to make not one but two modern quilted cushions!

The first cushion is going to be a Modern Patchwork cushion and the second one is a modern embellished cushion. Both are going to brighten up any room!

Let’s get started with the Modern Patchwork Cushion.

 

Making 2 modern cushions using different techniques: modern patchwork and modern embellishing
Making 2 modern cushions using different techniques: modern patchwork and modern embellishing

 

materials

12” pillow form

½ yd white fabric

⅛ yd of each of pink, blue, lime green and blue

ribbon – to be used in the seams of the patchwork

backing – one fat quarter (18” x 22”)

batting 13” x 13”

TrueCut System

 

Ribbon for modern patchwork cushion
Ribbon for modern patchwork cushion

 

For the modern patchwork cushion, I chose solid bright colors on a white background.

Prior to starting, press all your fabric and gather sewing supplies such as Gütermann thread which is my go to thread when quilting, and 80-12 Schmetz needles when piecing.

 

Pressing all fabric with Oliso Pro Iron.
Pressing all fabric with Oliso Pro Iron.

 

Back of Cushion

The instructions can be used for creating a back of any pillow, but in this case we are using a 12″ pillow form.

For the back of cushion, measure fabric by adding 1” onto width of pillow form (12″ +1″) and 6” onto height of pillow form (12″ + 6″) and cut one piece 13” x 18” then cut in half to get two 13” x 9” rectangles.

Along one of the 13”  sides of each of the 9” rectangles, fold over ¼”, press, fold over ¼” and stitch. Set aside.

 

Remember to measure twice and cut once.
Remember to measure twice and cut once.

 

Top of cushion

Cut from the following fabrics:

white

A – two 2” x 12½”

B – four 1½” x 2½”

C – 2½” x 12½”

F – 2½” x 12½”

H – 1” x 2½”

I – three 2” x 2½”

K – four 1½” x 2”

green

D – 2½” x 3”

E – 2” x 2”

H – 1” x 2½”

I – 2” x 2½”

pink

E – 2” x 2”

I – 2” x 2½”

J – 2½” x 3½”

blue

E – 2” x 2”

I – 2” x 2½”

J – 2½” x 3½”

orange

I – 2” x 2½”

E – two 2” x 2”

 

Image to show placement of fabric pieces
Image to show placement of fabric pieces

 

Join me tomorrow as we finish up the Modern Patchwork Cushion and add ribbon to really make it pop!

 

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Go to part 2: Finishing the Modern Quilted Patchwork Cushion

I am a quilter who loves quilting outside the box especially when it comes to 3D and embellishments. My work has been published in books and magazines and I currently sit on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Quilters’ Association. When I am not in my studio, I am working as a Social Media Manager.

8 Comments

  1. Sheila Ramsden

    Very nice pillow. Love the different effects

  2. Michele T

    Great ideas!!! I know that my daughter would love a few of these pillows for her bedroom!!!

  3. Sherril McGann

    This is such a cute project that could be completed in a short amount of time.

  4. Denise Mitchell

    Love the pillows!

  5. Karen

    I’m glad I found this website. Love the projects I’ve been seeing, and the helpful tips in a few of the posts..Awesome site!!

  6. Darlene Greenhough

    I love the colours and inspiration. I love the out of the box thinking.

  7. Linda Webster

    I love these modern pillows. Great use of colour.

  8. Rolanda

    Cool. I’ll have to try this one.

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