Monday 1 February 2010

Red Delicious Cushion...putting it together

The fronts are done and now its time to assemble your Red Delicious cushion. If you have a different way of sewing a cushion together, go ahead and use it.

This is how I like to construct my cushions. I prefer to sandwich the front applique piece as if it was a quilt. I add the backing of the cushion at the last stage - attaching it to the cushion with binding- just like a quilt. I do not 'bag out' my cushions.

Applique is in place. I've used zig zag stitch on all fused edges.

Blanket stitch is fine too.

(Yes, my old Elna - 1950's model- still makes the best satin stitch)

Once edges are stitched down, create a 'quilt sandwich' and baste

This is a snap of the basted quilt sandwich,

the pomegranate motif is stitched down

I started quilting by outlining all shapes with red thread

I wanted a modern feel for this quilt front. I quilted curve spheres - almost like repeating goblets and filled them with feathers. In between the curves, I filled the area with straight stitching. All the straight stitching area appears 'white' in the photo but actually every inch is quilted!

When quilting is finished, trim edges.

Cutting the back:

15 1/2 inches x 15 1/2 inches


15 1/2 x 6 inches

Select your zip: 15 inches

* Do measure the front of your cushion before you cut so that your measurements actually match your cushion front!

Attach zip to large square first. 1/2 inch from edge. On the photo you can see that I double turned the seam allowance and top stitched onto the zip.

On the small rectangle, fold lengthwise in half. Fold towards the zip - raw edge outside. Draw a line 1 1/2 inch away from fold and attach edge of the zip to the line you have drawn (I've drawn the line so that when you turn onto the right side, the line is straight.)

Stitch in place.

Right side. A fold of fabric is overlapping the zipper

so that the zip remains hidden

This is how the finished cushion back looks.

Trim edges to correct size to match cushion front.

Prepare binding. Cut 3 strips 2 1/4 inch wide WOF

Join with mitred seam and follow as you would bind a quilt

Stitch down the binding.

Turn towards back and hand finish.

Bad photo timing - daylight was fading but at least the quilting stands out!

The finished cushion.

I gave myself 2 hours to finish but ended up taking 3 hours

and by then daylight was fading fast.


  1. Your "Red Delicious" Cushion is gorgeous Esther.

    Thank you for the tutorial.

  2. Wonderful, as always. Thanks for the tutorial, different !

  3. Wounderful Cusion - love it !
    Thanks for the tutorial.

  4. Sooooooooooooooooooooo cute!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

  5. It is lovely, Esther! And a really nice tutorial - I hadn't thought of doing cushion covers that way, but it is a great idea.

    And extra congratulations - 17 pictures in the post!

  6. Wow. The quilting on your cushion is wonderful.

  7. Your cushion is gorgeous! And you did such a great job on the tutorial. Just gorgeous!

  8. You did it! Great tutorial. I'll link to it today. Thanks.

  9. Your blog is wounderful!Thanks for the tutorial!!

  10. Wow! Your work is amazing. Is this machine the same one you use for your quilting?

  11. Gorgeous Cushion. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  12. Your Red Delicious projects are all fantastic, they all leave me speachless. I just had a great time visiting your blog. Thank you for your nice comment on my blog recently!

  13. Beautiful quilting and a striking applique design. Great tutorial too!

  14. Goodness, this is one beautiful quilted cushion! I just love the colors and how it's laid out.


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