Patchwork cushion from leftovers

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I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned before the patchwork quilt that I am making for DS2. It uses a rail fence pattern, and because my feature fabric was a Jelly Roll, it made sense to me to make my blocks from long strips of fabrics all sewn together. Of course, not all fabrics are created equal and I had a little left-over part at the end of each strip set, which was mostly white, with some pattern and plain colour also.

Not wanting to waste those small pieces, I came up with a pattern to use them up.

Two sets sewn together made one double coloured half-square triangle unit. Squared up, and laid out, we had an amazing pattern.


Because it looks like broken butterflies, with amazing diagonal lines, I am calling this pattern “Fractured Flight”. The main patterned fabric used is Comma by Zen Chic…. I love this graphic line.

Sadly it wasn’t square, nor big enough for an entire cushion, so I padded it out with a few strips around the outside, and then quilted diagonal lines using the edge of the walking foot as a guide – they turned out at just 1cm apart. No way I’d ever do this on a full size quilt, but it was very satisfying on this special project.


Here is the back view showing the dense packing of the lines…. I was channelling my inner Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations… that girl does the most amazing straight line quilting I’ve seen!


And some close-ups showing the graphic effect of the triangles with the quilting lines… the whole family is in love with this piece, but it’s a cushion for me this time!

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Truly, if there is one lesson here, it’s that quilting is your own journey, and you don’t need a written pattern or anyone’s approval to make something beautiful. A little bit of left-over fabric, and a lot of imagination, and the sky really is your limit.Happy Crafting - Cassie.

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