Sunday, 11 January 2015


Last year we bought a bench which also acts as storage, for the area where my perennial border is. We also have a wooden bench which I've put there too. Whilst on that particular shopping spree we also bought a new parasol, a lovely heather sort of coloured one. I decided to make seat and back rest pads for the new bench and recover the ones we already have for the wooden one. I also decided to make cushions and thought I might just give patchwork a go thanks to inspiration from my friend Sylvia, who as you know, is an expert at patchwork. Me, nah! I'm just having a bit of fun.
I've started 3 but none are complete as yet as I'm stuck at various points on them all, mainly because I am using some curtains I bought a couple of years ago - which are massive, and I need help cutting them for the benches before I can cut pieces to back my cushions.
This is what I've done so far.
This is a ragged patchwork. Needs the back on it so I can wash it to make the seams fray.
I used Tim Holtz dies on this one. I am trying to get a darning or quilting foot for my sewing machine in order to quilt the bare bits.
I started this 'stringed' cover today and have just cut the sections to size. I intend to appliqué a bird on a branch - Tims dies again - on the remaining plain square.
I've really enjoyed myself making these cushion fronts and just hope they go together neatly when I come to join them to the backs. Watch this space.


pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow Joanne! - it looks to me as though you are on your way to being an expert! I love the colour too! Hugs, Chrisx

Michelle Webb said...

Joanne, these are great. The first one looks like a rag quilt in the making. I love the Tim Holtz die applique. That's something I'm going to do over the next few days. Loving the inspiration. Michelle xx