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Making a batik statement with a quilted cushion cover

 

I’m quickly becoming a lover of batik fabrics and I have Northcott fabric to thank! A new line from Banyan Batiks called Mary is coming to quilt shops this month. This one is beautiful! Large florals, dynamic block printing, and the colors! I tried to restrain myself this month but I’m not sure I succeeded. I had designed this block several months ago and decided to try it out with some Mary batiks.

 

Quilted Mary Batiks cushion cover
Quilted Mary Batiks cushion cover

 

I played with color a bit differently in this design. I wanted to try making the background of the design dark and I wanted to use the dark brown floral without it taking over and making the design feel heavy. I chose batiks from two different colorways in the Mary line – Rust and Pink. I also chose two Ketan batiks that coordinate with this line to give the eye a place to rest and to keep the focus on the floral prints.

The codes for my six choices are:

A – Mary RUST colorway 80075-34

B – Coordinating Ketan 81000-310 (Nougat)

C – Mary PINK colorway 80076-22

D – Mary RUST colorway 80072-37

E – Coordinating Ketan 81000-262 (Azalea)

F – Mary RUST colorway 80070-34

 

Fabrics for the front of the cushion cover.
Fabrics for the front of the cushion cover.

 

Cutting Directions

We’re going to get right into cutting today because, well, I couldn’t restrain myself and there are TWO projects to make this week! Cut in the order of my instructions and you should have large enough pieces left to use in the next project;)

Fabric A – Inner Background
2 – 3¼” squares cut on both diagonals to make 8 total quarter triangles
2 – 3″ squares
4 – 2½” squares

 

Fabric A pieces
Fabric A pieces

 

Fabric B – Outer Background
2 – 3¼” squares cut on both diagonals to make 8 total quarter triangles
4 – 3″ squares
8 – 1½” x 2½” rectangles

 

Fabric B pieces
Fabric B pieces

 

Fabric C
1 – 4½” square
8 – 1½” x 2½” rectangles

Not pictured but required:
4 – 1½” x 17½” strips for borders

 

Fabric C pieces
Fabric C pieces

 

Fabric D
4 – 2” squares cut once each on the diagonal to make 4 total half square triangles
4 – 2½” squares
8 – 1½” x 2½” rectangles

Not pictured but required:
4 – 1½” squares for borders

 

Fabric D pieces
Fabric D pieces

 

Fabric E
2 – 3″ squares

 

Fabric E pieces
Fabric E pieces

 

Fabric F – Corner Triangles
2 – 9” squares cut once each on the diagonal to make 4 total half square triangles

TIP Cut across the squares in opposite directions so the pattern will be maintained when sewn onto the center block.

 

Fabric F pieces
Fabric F pieces

 

You will need a bit more fabric to complete the cushion:

a fat quarter from your stash to use as backing to quilt the front of the cushion

a fat quarter for the top back panel – you’ll see my choice soon!

batting – approximately 19½” square

thread for stitching and quilting – I used some bold red for some of my quilting and thread that blends in for the rest

Stay tuned for the rest of the tutorial. The Mary batik line has a beautiful variety of prints that will start coming together to create the center block of the quilted cushion cover in the next post.

 

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Go to part 2: Bold batik prints make for a dashing quilted cushion cover

I love to play with color and *quilts* are my playground! A self-taught quilter, I've been designing quilts for almost 20 years. I'm inspired by happy fabrics, selvages, traditional blocks and nature. I'm also a wife, mother, and elementary school teacher, and enjoy drinking coffee on my front porch in northern Ontario.

8 Comments

  1. Sherri Palfrey

    I am using some banyan batik fabric in my cross of squares quilt..the colors shift perfectly to fit in with the shades that are being used.

  2. Orla V.

    Batiks are Beautiful! And this cushion cover is so effective, I was quite surprised at how it turned out, the colours are so soft and complimentary – love it!

  3. Linda Webster

    Very pretty. I love the colours and the design.

  4. Pamela Reim

    Such a lovely summery look!

  5. Melody Lutz

    I bought my first Banyan batik, a nuetral, and used it all up for a background. I’m getting more, love it!

    • That’s great to hear, Melody! The Banyan Batiks, especially the Ketan batiks, are perfect fabrics to put in any project!

  6. Sandy Allen

    Love this pillow and the fabrics you used. I am starting to love batiks. I think I was afraid to use them before I saw how great they can look in projects!

    • Glad you are like the project and the batiks! The Mary line has some great prints to try out in all kinds of projects.

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