Hand quilting is beautifully highlighted by the simple texture and sheen of working on silk. The little Prairie-points around the edge add a jolly finish to this little cushion.
Approximate size: 25.5cm (10in) square plus the edging, total approximately 33cm (13in).
© 2019 Emma Curtis / Search Press · Reproduced with permission.
You Will Need
Photocopy the rose pattern on page 58. Trace the pattern on to the right side of the dupion silk using a light box, or a window during daylight.
Lay the silk right side down on your work surface and lay the wadding on top, then the square of muslin. Tack all the layers together. Turn the layers over and quilt the rose and leaf pattern using running stitch and multi-coloured quilting thread, then remove the quilting marks.
Trim the cushion front to make a 26.5cm (10½in) square.
Fold the squares of fabric in half on the diagonal to form triangles, and in half on the diagonal again to make smaller triangles. Pin and tack the bottom (raw) edges, then remove the pins.
With the cushion front facing right side up, place the Prairie-point triangles evenly, four on each side, matching the raw edges of the triangles with the raw edges of the cushion. At this stage the points of the triangles will face inwards.
At each corner, butt two triangles against each other (without overlapping). Slip the triangles inside each other to get them evenly spaced on each side. Using a 6mm (¼in) seam allowance, stitch the triangles in place. A sewing machine makes it easier to sew through the bulky areas.
Keeping the cushion right side up, place a square of backing fabric, right side down, on top. Sewing inside the previous 6mm (¼in) stitch line, and taking approximately a 1.5cm (½in) seam allowance, start stitching approximately 5cm (2in) before one corner. Continue along the next three sides of the square and finish approximately 5cm (2in) away from the last corner. This will leave a turning gap on the last side.
Clip all the corners diagonally to reduce bulk, then turn the cushion through, right sides out, pushing the corners out as far as possible without pulling the stitching. Fill the cushion with toy stuffing or a cushion pad. (Optional: add a sachet of dried lavender for a scented cushion.)
Pin and slip stitch the turning gap closed, then remove the pins. Sew a line of running stitch along the outer edge of the cushion front, just inside the Prairie-point seam allowances to avoid the bulky areas.
Transferring a design: If you do not have a light box, tape the design to a window and place the fabric over it. This light source will allow you to see the design lines clearly through the fabric.
Seam allowances on silk: Use larger seam allowances when dealing with silk, to allow for increased fraying at the edges.
Thread colours: When quilting, use a contrasting thread against the fabric colours, for example hot colours on cold, bright colours on softer hues.