First attempts at fabric design

Driftwood cushion

I am between quilting projects at the moment so while waiting for inspiration I have been having a go at designing my own fabrics and was excited to receive the first samples of my work last week from Spoonflower. I was really happy with how they turned out. They were even better than I was expecting because being my first attempt at creating repeat patterns it took quite a lot of trial and error to get the designs as I wanted them but I enjoyed the process and can’t wait to try some more ideas.

fabric samples from Spoonflower

I have used my quilt designs, drawings and photographs for inspiration for the fabrics. The gecko fabric is from one of my appliqué designs, and the flowers from drawings and watercolour sketches of periwinkle flowers that grow in our garden.

Inspiration for my periwinkle designs

The Driftwood fabric started off as a photo that I took of some driftwood on the local beach and then the image was mirrored and then mirrored again so that I could use it for a repeat design. I made this up into a cushion and I think it would look really great with outdoor furniture or very elegant on a plain cream, burgundy or back sofa or arm chair.

Driftwood cushion on chair


Gecko Cushions

quilted gecko cushions

quilted gecko cushions

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.

gecko cushion

gecko cushion