Yesterday after work, I got cracking on a cushion cover that is being gifted to a good friend of mine. She’s a shabby chic kind of gal, and has ordered quite a few dresses for her nieces from me, so I knew that she loved the Flora range of fabrics. I whipped out the range and chose nine prints. I had planned to make a disappearing nine patch, (You can see my first attempts at these HERE) but not long in to sewing, felt the need to change it up. So this is how I put together a “9 Patch Mash Up”!
I went about the usual directions for a 9 patch – in this case, I used 6.5″ squares, joined them together to make the 9 patch, and cut them through the middle to make the disappearing 9 patch….
After playing around with the layout for too long, I started wondering if I could change it up.
Having no idea what I was doing, I lined up my ruler on the diagonal and sliced straight through.
And then had a slight panic attack, wondering if I’d stuffed it up?! Either way, I continued to slice and dice.
Until I was left with all of these lovely big triangles of patchwork.
And so began working out the layout I liked. I really love that there are so many different shapes in the blocks now. The layout above is like a big old arrow.
And the layout I eventually went with. From here, I literally just joined the triangles together diagonally, which gave me four square blocks. I did bring my seam allowance in a couple of notches, so just under 1/4″. Join the four blocks together and Voila! I had me a cushion cover!
I was tempted to continue slicing and dicing, but I was on a deadline. You can see in the photo above, that if you just kept splitting the blocks, you would end up with an even more patchy look.
The end result. A gorgeous 18″ quilted cushion cover. I had fun free motion quilting the front of it, using a range of little designs. I followed the pattern on the pale green print with the circles, did some rainbow arches on the yellow and lots of squiggles everywhere else.
I love that it’s a little “organic” in its layout and quilting!
And a nice simple enclosed zipper back, with a rusty lattice binding. I am hoping the recipient loves it!
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