Spotty pin-wheel lap quilt and coordinating cushion cover
Left with several small pieces of spotty colourful cotton fabrics from previous projects and a meter and a bit of a lovely turquoise cotton print, which never seems to match anything I ever make… impulse buy – like you do ;-)! I decided to combine them all together…after all, on their own they seemed useless, so nothing to lose?! From the four spotty fabrics and a piece of white cotton fabric (which has the same print as the turquoise) I determined I had enough to cut out five 4 x 4 inch squares of each colour and twenty white ones. Once I had all my squares, I then cut diagonally to give four triangles from each square, having done this to all 40 squares I then set about sewing them back together including one of each of the four coloured triangles and four white triangles to form a pin-wheel square, which once ironed to flatten all the overlapping seams was trimmed back to a neat 4.5 x 4.5 inch square and surrounded by a narrow 1.25 inch border of white. Loosing the seam allowance sewing on the borders I was left with 20 x 6.5 inch bordered pin-wheel squares. Carefully measuring for long borders of the turquoise which I wanted to surround the panel, I found I had enough left to cut 20 x (6.5 x 6.5 inch) squares of the turquoise too – so I played around with different combinations until I decided to on the straightforward panel above and proceeded to sew the squares together, then surrounded with the turquoise 3.25 inch wide long lengths I had put aside at the beginning. Once all that was done I marked out the diamond grid for quilting, used a 100% cotton wadding as the middle layer and a plain white cotton for the reverse, then hand quilted over the entire panel 🙂 Once the excess oversized wadding and backing were trimmed I found a darker turquoise marble printed cotton fabric which tied in perfectly as the binding. If by now you have counted the squares on the lap quilt, you’ll have noticed I didn’t use all of my 20 pin-wheel squares for the design…so, having a couple left over I decided to make them into a coordinating cushion/pillow cover!
…which also used up the small remaining spotty fabrics. The same diamond grid was drawn over the piece, though this time I used a soft springy synthetic wadding for
quilting and finished with a simple envelope opening on the back of the 17 x 17 inch (430 x 430 mm) cushion/pillow cover
Hand quilted spotty pin-wheel lap quilt 44 inches x 34 inches (1120 mm x 865 mm) Both the throw/quilt and the cushion/pillow cover are now available in my Etsy store
I’m really happy with the end result as the little leftovers and the lonesome turquoise fabrics compliment each other in such a simple pretty way 😀
Having been MIA for a little while (spending a lovely time with our daughter and her partner as they plan their wedding) I have eventually got around to doing a little post on a couple of creations I finished before we left – a pretty throw/quilt and coordinating cushion/pillow cover 🙂
Oh-so-lovely and hand quilted again – my, you really are a wonder!
Thanks so much for your lovely comments Sheila 🙂
I really hate to think that pieces are getting left to one side when they seemingly become too small for a large project! Sharing the triangles out this way not only gave it a blast of colour throughout, but, enabled a small amount of each go much further 😀
Mrs P said:
Oh my, what a delightful, summery quilt, your work never ceases to impress x
Thanks so much for your lovely comments Mrs. P 🙂
At long last my turquoise fabric has found it’s place 😉 I must admit when I was putting it together it really reminded me of summer days gone by at the beach with all those little colourful windmills we used to stick on top of sandcastles 😀
Mrs P said:
I’m still aghast you bought fabric on a whim LOL
Did your children not mind having to watch you making sand castles
LOL I know, not only that, but to buy something which seemingly didn’t go with anything! I think I must have had one of those hot flushes that day and grabbed the nearest thing just to make me feel better!
I think the sandcastles are probably a sign of regression – the children would rather leave me in peace to do my thing, than cause a tantrum 😉
Mrs P said:
The sight of a sophisticated lady having a tantrum can make the blood of any child run cold, children be aware – goad your mother at your own peril 🙂
I love this so much! I’m in agreement with sewchat and Mrs P – what a great talent you are!! xo 😀
Thank you so much Jackie for your lovely comments 🙂
My first thoughts when I put all the coloured fabrics together in the trial stage, was the same as Mrs. P’s thoughts…a very summery feel about it! I think I’m extra pleased that at last I have used my turquoise material! It is such a lovely shade and yet it hasn’t before now ever been the right thing to use for a project. I think it has been ‘keeping’ itself unavailable just for this moment 😉
I think you are right about the material! It all fits together beautifully. 🙂
Bekki Hill said:
Absolutely agree with the others, your talents are endless! Really pretty quilt.
Thank you so much too for your lovely comments Bekki 🙂
My goodness, if ever I feel down, I shall come back and read this page again! Everybody’s comments have been so kind and lovely 🙂