So I got my thinking cap on and tossed around ideas but nothing seemed to stick until I came across a cross-stitch pattern for a lighthouse! Suddenly all thoughts of circles and spinning went right out of my head and in came pictures of lighthouses instead, those Dresden blade shapes took on a whole new form. Instead of a small quilt I decided to go for a cushion/pillow too, as that would be much more useful.
When I was back in the UK at the end of August, I took the opportunity to stock up with a Dotty Mini Wheel of fabric in Reds and Blues. When they met the EZ Dresden ruler and some linen this is the result.
I managed to incorporate some embroidery in the seagulls, light railings and grass tufts as well as a little bit of FM quilting! Our son's bedroom at home has a nautical theme so this will fit in perfectly.
I really enjoyed making this and although I initially started it because of the EZ Dresden Challenge, in the end the process of making this, planning the embroidery and even trying more FM quilting was just so much fun. So to have a nice cushion at the end and an entry for the challenge are bonuses.
Working on this though has meant that all other WIP's have fallen by the wayside!
To make a similar Lighthouse Cushion read on
1 - 4.5" x 16.5" Sky blue linen
1 - 6.0" x 16.5" Natural linen
1 - 6.0" x 15.5" Blue linen
16 - 1.5" x 4" strips for the lighthouses (10 White/Natural, 6 Coloured)
16 - 1.0" x 4" strips for the lighthouses (8 White/Natural, 8 Coloured)
2 - 2" x 1" black strips
2 - 2" x 0.5" black strips
2 - 11" x 16.5" backing fabric
1 - 17" x 17" wadding/batting
1 - 17" x 17" quilt back
2 - 2.5" x WOF binding fabric strips
1 Sheet Steam-a-Seam 2
Embroidery floss - black, white and green
Step 1 BackgroundJoin the linen strips lengthwise in the following order;
Top Pale Blue
Step 2 Lighthouse stripsJoin the 1.5" lighthouse strips in sets of 7 alternating the white and coloured strips, starting and ending with a white strip to make 2 large lighthouses.
Join the 1" lighthouse strips in sets of 8 alternating the white and coloured strips, starting with a coloured strip and ending with a white strip. Stitch a 1.5" white strip to the bottom coloured strip to make 2 small lighthouses.
Step 3 Easy Dresden cutUsing your Easy Dresden ruler cut out one lighthouse from each set of sewn strips. Line up the ruler with the seams of the coloured strips and the bottom edge. Cut the small lighthouses between the 1" and 6.5" inch marks to give a wide enough edge at the top of the lighthouses, and cut the large lighthouses on the 7.5" wedge line.
Step 4 Fusing to the backgroundUsing your Easy Dresden ruler cut out and fuse Steam-a-Seam2 to each lighthouse. Cut out 2 - 1" x 2" pieces of Steam-a-Seam2 and fuse to the 2 - 1" x 2" black strips, then cut out 2 - 0.5" x 2" pieces of Steam-a-Seam2 and fuse these to the remaining black strips.
Arrange the fused lighthouse pieces on your background. When you are happy with the arrangement iron to fuse.
Arrange the black strips on the appliqued lighthouses, the 2" x 1" strips will go on the large lighthouses and the 0.5" x 2" strips on the small lighthouses. Each black strip should overlap evenly the edge of the top white and coloured strips. The black strips are wider than the lighthouses so will overhang on either side. When you are happy with the arrangement iron to fuse. Applique each black strip with black thread using a satin stitch.
Using two strands of black embroidery floss back stitch a railing at the top edge of each black strip.
Step 5 QuiltingLayer the backing, wadding and appliqued cushion front in that order, then baste.
Quilt wavy lines in the blue section between the lighthouses to represent the sea. Using two strands of embroidery floss embroider tufts of grass in several shades of green (I used three shades randomly) on the natural linen and seagulls in white around the tops of the large lighthouses.
Step 6 Envelope backTurn under and stitch a 0.25" double folded hem on one long edge of each of the 11" x 16.5" backing pieces. Overlapping the backing pieces, place on the cushion front wrong sides together. Pin and baste all around the edges.
Step 7 BindingJoin the binding strips together on the diagonal to create one continuous binding strip. Press in half lengthwise, open out and then press each raw edge lengthwise to the centre crease to create a double-fold binding. Open out and pin around the front edges of the cushion, mitring the corners leaving a 6" tail at the beginning. Fold back and crease across the binding where the beginning and ending of the binding meet. Stitch across the binding and cut off the excess binding fabric, pin down. Stitch the binding to the front of the cushion. Fold over, turn under on the pressed crease and hand stitch to the cushion back.
Do let me know if you have a go at this cushion I would love to see the results.
Check out here for the Challenge entries.
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