And looking through my retreat copy of Fat Quaterly I found Brioni’s EPP placemat pattern along with templates that I could just print out! A whole sheet full of them! So much easier than drawing around one and cutting out a hundred times (I am so old-school).
But I really wanted a pattern that was a bit more continuous, and then I came across Katy’s gorgeous Spring Carnival cushion and realised I could make this using the same FQ templates by omitting the diamond. I printed the templates on to some thin card and off I went!
This was such a lovely, enjoyable project and the fabric works so well. I have never made ANYTHING using one fabric line before! But I think this is such an original collection that it deserves to be seen together as the artist intended.
I loved fussy cutting the ladies and flowers for the hexagons too
And then, of course, I had to hand quilt it. I can never bring myself to machine quilt anything that has been hand pieced – it just seems wrong!
So I got my perle 8’s out and used them to accentuate the circles that the pattern had made. With smaller stitches I picked out the pretty ladies and flowers.
I have recently taken a huge plunge and finally upgraded my poor old basic Brother sewing machine for a Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.
OMG, what a difference!! I totally LOVE it, and that’s before I have even tried the machine quilting/FMQ!
But I did tackle piping and button holes to gives this cushion a few extra touches. That’s Kaufman Essex Linen in natural on the back (as recommended by VeryKerryBerry!). I have this in stock now (in the Edinburgh shop, but coming to the website soon) with unbleached and grey arriving very soon.