Have you ever had the feeling that you have inadvertently made a fancy truss? Or a bodice for the woman with the cylindrical figure?
This is the quilted panel that I started last week, cut to size, bound at one end and with a buttonhole band stitched to the other. It was a great excuse to play with one of my favourite gadgets, the buttonholer.
And here it is transformed into a cushion cover. I used up fat quarters that I originally intended to use for bindings, but the fabric was a touch thick and frayed too readily. Brown isn't a colour that looks particularly marvellous in our house, but I know someone who loves brown, and it will be just right for her settee.
There was no real plan for the arrangement of the bands of colour or the free motion quilting. I decided to see how it looked once quilted, and then I settled on how to fold it. In the end I went for a symmetrical look on the front...
... and all the pale grey-brown went to the back. The pieced buttonhole band was made from an offcut from the main pieced panel, and the three dark brown buttons I found lurking in an old button tin in a charity shop. I think I prefer the back to the front.
The project in Week 68 that really caught my eye was LeeAnna's demonstration piece, a free motion quilted sketch made with paint sticks. So colourful! (Especially after working with brown.) If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more photos.
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Linking up with Kelly's blog My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday
and Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday
and Amanda Jean's blog Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.