The possibilities of batik fabrics! In yesterday’s post, we created the quilt block that is the focus of the batik quilted cushion cover. Using the Banyan Batik line, Mary, we sewed the churn dash design to look like a star! Today we’ll set that star on point with some more batik magic, quilt the cushion front and sew the cushion together.
Add Corner Triangles
Lay one Fabric F corner triangle right side up and pin one edge of the block right side down to it. There should be almost a ¼” of the corner triangle showing on each end. Don’t worry if it’s not!
Once all four are sewn on trim anyway.
Sew the first corner triangle on then sew one on the opposite corner – remember to check that your fabric’s pattern will be going in the same direction.
Press the seams to the corner triangles.
Sew the next two corner triangles on and press the seams out as well. The block should now measure 17½” square.
Sew the next two corner triangles on and press the seams out as well.
Trim to make it square; I lined up my ruler along each edge to make sure I still had a ¼” of my fabric past each corner of my on point block intact.
The cushion cover should now measure 17½” square.
Sew one Fabric D – 1½” square to each end of two of the Fabric C strips. Press the seams to the strips.
Sew one of the strips to each side of the block, pressing the seams to the strips.
Sew the strips with squares to the top and bottom of the block, pressing the seams to the borders.
The block should measure 19½” square and is done!
Quilt cushion front
Lay your stash fat quarter right side down on your pinning surface.
Lay the batting on top followed by your cushion cover, right side up. Pin through all three layers (or use your preferred basting method.)
Quilt to secure all three layers. I quilted in the ditch around the center block, around the outside borders, around the Fabric A inner square, and around the rust star. I used red thread to stitch ¼” around the pink fabrics in the center block to hint at the churn dash they create. I used a gray thread in the corner triangles following some of the vertical lines in the print.
When you’re done quilting, remove the pins and square up the quilted cushion top. Use your trimmed size as the width for your backing panels, it should still be pretty close to 19½”.
Prepare cushion back panels
For the top back panel I used a fat quarter of another Mary batik print – 80074-34. I cut it to measure 19½” wide x 17½” high.
For the bottom back panel, I used part of a coordinating Ketan batik print – 81000-377 (Chestnut Orange). This piece I cut 19½” wide x 8″ high.
Hem one edge of both panels: press ¼” of fabric over to the wrong side and then another ¼” and sew a ¼” seam using thread that blends in with the fabric colors.
Sandwich and Assemble Cushion cover
Lay your cushion cover parts on top of each other in this order on your pinning surface:
- Place the cushion cover front, RIGHT SIDE UP.
- Put the back top panel, RIGHT SIDE DOWN with the non-hemmed edge lined up with the top edge of the cushion cover front.
- Line up the back bottom panel, RIGHT SIDE DOWN, with the nonhemmed edge lined up with the bottom edge of the cushion cover front: the hemmed edge will lay over top of the top back panel hemmed edge.
Pin all the way around the outside of the cushion cover: be sure to pin at the sides where all three layers overlap.
Sew ¼” all the way around the edges of the cushion cover.
Check to make sure you have sewn through all the layers.
Serge or zigzag stitch to finish seams.
Turn cover right side out by pulling cushion front through the cushion back opening; use your finger inside the cover to push out the corner points.
Your batik quilted cushion cover is complete! Insert your pillow and enjoy:)
Remember that I promised you two projects this week – come back tomorrow with your leftover Mary batiks and see what I have planned. Can you guess? Do you have an idea churning? (wink, wink!)
I hope you’ve enjoyed this project I made with Banyan Batiks new line, Mary. Visit your local quilt shop and get some – remember to get some coordinating Ketan batiks too!