I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to make some gecko cushions using the same colour combinations that I had used for the gecko wall hanging. They are finally done and I have four completed cushions. The photo doesn’t show the fabrics to advantage but the colours really seem to glow.
I used fusible webbing and satin stitch with a hand dyed cotton thread to applique the geckos. I added a narrow accent border and then the outer border.
I have a good method for adding accent borders which is much easier than trying to sew narrow seems and keep them even. I cut a strip of fabric the exact length of the seem and twice the width, plus seem allowances. For these cushions I cut 1 inch strips, I fold them in half and press, then apply to the edges using narrow fusible webbing which you can buy on a roll. I fuse them in place and then add the outer borders which I stitch in a conventional manner. This method gives a neat finish and the fusible webbing prevents the strips shifting when you sew the outer borders. Usually when I do the quilting I stitch two rows of straight stitch along the inner and outer edge of the accent border.