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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Quilty Cushions

I have been busy cushion making again.  I do have to own up, I have been pilfering my stock that was bound for Manchester Antique Textile Fair.  I bought two rather lovely vintage Hungarian grain sacks a couple of weeks ago with the intention of selling them on, then I had one of my visions!!  Andy usually has mild heart failure when I have visions as they nearly always prove to be expensive!! I have turned one of the grain sacks into cushions for my leather sofa, and am rather pleased with the results.

I never did like the cushions that were on there before and decided to wait until I found some vintage fabric that was hard wearing enough to be used everyday.  I promise I will sell the other grain sack (although it would make a rather lovely seat cushion for the bench in the summer!!)
I have also been rummaging amongst my old cutter quilts and found a beauty that I had bought ages ago and had totally forgotten about.

It has been washed and dried and part of it turned into a lovely big quilty cushion backed in gorgeous vintage plum coloured French linen.  I am tempted to keep it but already have so many cushions it is obscene.  The rest of the quilt I will sell on as patches and larger panels.  Have also made a couple of smaller cushions to sell at the fairs.

Made entirely from scraps of vintage eiderdown fabric with an eidy frill at either end and backed entirely in eiderdown fabric.

Made from a patchwork of vintage and antique French fabrics.

Another shabby chic beauty made from faded French fabrics and quilt patches.

Have been raiding my stash of red quilt patches to make this cushion although I am not altogether happy with the backing so I think I will redo it.  I have grand plans for today once the house work is done to chain myself to the sewing machine as there is only a few weeks left before the fairs begin!!
Hope you all had a lovely and romantic Valentines day, I know I did.  I had some beautiful flowers, a lovely meal last night and a copy of Jeanne D'Arc Living magazine is winging it's way to me as we speak, I am a lucky girl to have such a wonderful hubby.
Have a great week everyone.
Jo xx


  1. Oooh gorgeous things here, Jo. Look forward to seeing all these gorgeous goodies at V&H (if there are any left). I know what you mean about having errm, quite a few cushions...
    Hen x

  2. Beautiful cushions! Hope to see you at the Northampton Vintage Fair in September, Tamara

  3. loooooooooovely cushions!
    would be great if spent a week here!
    thanks for leaving the message on LBM blog

  4. Gorgeous shabby chic cushions - the thing with cushions is, you need lots, to get a good effect ;)

  5. I love cushions, and they're beautiful!! Look forward to seeing you in March ! : )

    Sharon xx

  6. HI Jo
    I bought some strong Hungarian linen teatowels the other day which would make lovely cushions but I am rubbish at sewing, I can manage a straight line with my machine!
    I love the black (?) quilt cushion.
    T x

  7. Everything look so lovely together, gorgeous.

  8. Fantastic selection of cushions must be great to work with such lovely vintage fabrics Linda xx

  9. More gorgeous cushions Jo and I love the Hungarian grain sack cushions on your leather sofa.... the caramel stripe works really well. They do make great bench seats for the garden so I think you should keep the other one!
    Lucky you securing a Jeanne D'Arc mag for Valentines Day...must drop a little hint at Chez Cloth Shed....big birthday coming up soon!
    Julie x

  10. Hello Jo, your cushions are adorable and would look just perfect on my lounge suite!!! Seriously, you have used beautiful pretty fabrics. Kind regards, Ann

  11. Love your cushions Jo, I hope there will be some left to bring to Northampton !
    Ann x

  12. Ooohhh i love love love those vintage patchwork quilted cushions there lush gorgeous fabrics to. Looks like you have a been busy bee ;-)) Have a lovely week, dee x

  13. They are lovely, I really must have a go one day
    Cate x

  14. Hi Jo , thanks for your comment, your cushions are gorgeous, especially the eiderdown ones..... it's a nightmare taking the feathers out of the old eiderdowns..... or do you have a method? Whenever I've tried there's feathers Everywhere!!
    Sophie x

  15. How wonderful those pillows,
    fabrics and beautiful, you were very good!
    A hug
    ° ° SUSY

  16. gorgeous cushions Jo :0)
    I would have kept one of the sacks too!

    have a great weekend. x

  17. Beautiful cushions, absolutely BEAUTIFUL, and with such a scent of summer!

    It sounds like you had a lovely Valentine's day, and with Jeanne D'Arc Living on its way, can it get any better?!? :-)

    Love from Helena


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