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


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

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.

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.

Top of cushion

Cut from the following fabrics:


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”


D – 2½” x 3”

E – 2” x 2”

H – 1” x 2½”

I – 2” x 2½”


E – 2” x 2”

I – 2” x 2½”

J – 2½” x 3½”


E – 2” x 2”

I – 2” x 2½”

J – 2½” x 3½”


I – 2” x 2½”

E – two 2” x 2”

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

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Sheila Ramsden July 14, 2016 - 10:41 pm
Very nice pillow. Love the different effects
Michele T July 14, 2016 - 9:27 pm
Great ideas!!! I know that my daughter would love a few of these pillows for her bedroom!!!
Sherril McGann July 14, 2016 - 8:58 am
This is such a cute project that could be completed in a short amount of time.
Denise Mitchell July 13, 2016 - 10:54 am
Love the pillows!
Karen July 12, 2016 - 11:18 pm
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!!
Darlene Greenhough July 12, 2016 - 8:30 pm
I love the colours and inspiration. I love the out of the box thinking.
Linda Webster July 12, 2016 - 7:45 pm
I love these modern pillows. Great use of colour.
Rolanda July 11, 2016 - 4:51 pm
Cool. I'll have to try this one.
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