At this week-end’s mini-retreat I worked on my #1 WIP. The quilt is with the person doing the long-arm quilting, but I always like to make matching pillowcases and cushions from the leftovers. Besides the fact that I was distracted (talking!) and spent more time unstitching (aka ripping out!) than usual, I was happy to get them done. The pillowcases are pretty standard. I started off thinking the band would be on the inside, then added the narrow white band in order to have a nicer edge. All the seams are French seams so there are no raw edges. Actually, I like the band better on the outside, but they could be used either way.
The front of the cushion was pretty easy. I just made squares from the blocks left over from the quilt and added sashing in the dark green to make it fit the size of the pillow. The quilting is a simple cross-hatch pattern.
I had to think a little longer before doing the back of the cushion. I did not have any fabric large enough to do it as a single large piece but I did have lots of 4 1/2″ strips of medium green. It was suppose to be the last border on the front of the quilt but I didn’t like it so left it off. Now it was all I had left to work with. In the end I decided to pleat it so that the seams would not be noticable, and then stitched it in opposite directions in order to create texture.