Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cushy



The folding chairs at the knitting group sites are metal, cold and hard. Last week we met at Hobby Lobby (and I had a coupon)  so as soon as I sat on that cold hard seat I lept up and went into the store and purchased a foam cushion, unadorned. My pal Judy suggested that I make a knitted cover, but having been there and done that I decided to use fabric instead.


I had a started patchwork piece and lots of triangles ready to use, so I thought this would just fall into place in minutes. But it turned into hours since I had to make it TO SIZE. Ugh. I never have to do that anymore, so that part was a bit like work. The cushion form is 14.25 inches square, and 2.25 deep. All those fractions made me nuts. Plus I had to devise a closure, since I didn't have a zipper handy to match these colors.

But I did have buttons, so I made this flap and it works pretty well. At least I don't have to sit on the buttons. The cushion is just right now, with it's Melody-ness evident and I expect my bum will be quite happy at knitting tomorrow.
 I used some hand dyed heavier threads for some of the machine quilting. The patchwork is actually sewn, not fused, because of course I expect a lot of wear for this item. The top is quilted to cotton batting, but without backing fabric. The foam insert is covered with thicker batting to fill in the minor gaps that might occur. All fabrics are hand dyed cottons, by me of course.

16 comments:

  1. now all you need is a handle to carry it.

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  2. Kimmyquilt2:40 PM

    O, heartless tease! Please have mercy on us and give us the measurements you used in order to spare us from the agony of math, so that we can all make cushions like yours!

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  3. GEORGEOUS cushion cover! I LOVE it!

    Kristin F. in SC

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  4. Kimmyquilt:
    The cushion form is 14.25 inches square, and 2.25 deep I made each side 14.75" square and made the side 2.5" high. Heirloom Cotton Batting 80/20 and thick poly batting surrounds the form.

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  5. Pretty! I think you'll start a cult of cushionmakers.

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  6. You made me realize that my quilt covered cushion must have been a casualty of my move to Texas ... because I haven't seen it in a while and have no idea where it might be.

    Yours is amazing and worth all the effort. I know you will enjoy using it.

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  7. Wonderful. Just what this chair needed so badly.

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  8. When I saw those wonderful colors, I wondered if you had dyed them. And of course you had! Nice job. That cushion will light up the whole room!

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  9. Thanks, Melody! I have an upcoming quilt retreat scheduled (and they are notorious for their uncomfortable chairs) and this cushion looks like just the thing to banish sore behinds.

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  10. Excellent!!!
    Nothing worse that a pair of cold buns.
    This should do the trick nicely.

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  11. Anonymous3:54 PM

    I do love this! The buttons are my favorite part. Like I said earlier today - too pretty to sit on!
    Judy

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  12. Great job! I love the bright colors and the button closure!!!!!!

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  13. You will be the envy of all your knitting friends. What beautiful fabrics.

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  14. Perhaps (probably!) your cushion was made in China and if you had measured in centimeters it would have fallen into place easier. I learned this the hard way.

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