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Quilted Christmas Cushion with Embroidery

For this beautiful quilted cushion we used the design Jingle Bells. The finished size of the pillow is 17" x 17".


We used

  • 1 fat quarter of white fabric
  • about 1 yard of red cotton fabric,
  • small amounts of green and yellow fabric.
We also used white polyester craft felt as a stabilizer and batting. You will also need a 16" x 16" pillow form or stuffing.


Cutting:

Out of white fabric, cut

  • a central square measuring 8 1/2" x 8 1/2";
  • four strips measuring 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" and
  • four squares measuring 2 7/8" x 2 7/8".
Out of red fabric, cut
  • four strips measuring 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" and
  • four squares measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".
Use the remaining red fabric for the backing.

Out of green fabric cut
  • four strips measuring 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" and
  • four squares measuring 2 7/8" x 2 7/8".
Out of yellow fabric, cut eight squares measuring 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".

Assembly:

Out of white and green 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" squares we'll make half-triangles.
Place white and green squares in pairs, face to face. You'll get 4 pairs. With a pencil, draw a diagonal on the top square. Stitch 1/4" from the pencil line on both sides.

Half Triangle Step 1
Half Triangle Step 1

Cut along the line. Open the new squares. Press the seam towards the green. Trim the "ears" of the seam. Repeat for all the pairs. You should get 8 two-color squares, measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".

Half Triangle Step 3

Using these 2-color squares and the red 2 1/2" squares, make 4 squares as shown on the picture.

Quilted Christmas Cushion Step 1

Now take the red, green and white strips and sew them together to get four rectangles measuring 4 1/2" x 8 1/2".

Quilted Christmas Cushion Step 2

Place a three-color rectangle on your working table face up with red strip on top. Position a yellow square on the left part of the rectangle, face down. Align the upper, lower and left edges.With a pencil, draw a diagonal from the upper right corner to the lower left corner of the square.

Quilted Christmas Cushion Step 3

Machine stitch along the diagonal. Cut the excess fabric, leaving 1/4" seam allowance. Unfold and press.

Quilted Christmas Cushion Step 4

Quilted Christmas Cushion Step 5

Repeat for the other side of the rectangle

Quilted Christmas Cushion Step 6

Repeat for all of the 3-color rectangles.

Sew two of the new rectangles to the left and right sides of the white 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" square.

Quilted Christmas Cushion Step 6

Sew the 3-color squares to each end of the remaining two rectanges.

Quilted Christmas Cushion Step 6

Sew these rows to the central part of the top.

Quilted Christmas Cushion Step 9

Embroidery:

Cut out a piece of polyester craft felt measuring about 20" x 20". Place the top on it. With your hands spread and press the top evenly, so it clings to the polyester. Pin in several places along the borders.

Hoop the central white square and embroider the Jingle Bells on it.

Quilting:

Quilt the embroidered top in a free motion style. Remove the pins while quilting. Note that we did not use backing.

Press the work with heavy steam and square the work -- all corners should be 90 degrees and opposite sides should be of the same length.

The Back Panel:

Out of red fabric, cut a piece measuring 19" x 19". Cut the same piece out of craft felt. Place them together and quilt.

Press the work with heavy steam and square the work -- all corners should be 90 degrees and opposite sides should be of the same length.

The back panel should be of the same size as the front panel, so trim it accrdingly.

Assembly and Finishing of the Pillow.

Align the back and the front of the pillow with the wrong sides towards each other. Align the edges and pin them together.

Topstitch along the edges with seam allowance 1/4". If you are using stuffing, leave about 10" unstitched on any side. If you are using a form, leave about 14" unstitched.

Insert the stuffing or pillow form through the opening. Stitch the opening closed.
Finish the raw edges with red binding.


Enjoy!

Happy Stitching!

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