Today I’m miniaturising my Plus Side quilt pattern to make a Christmas cushion.
The Plus Side quilt pattern can make many different quilts, depending on fabric choice and block orientation. Here’s 3 quite different versions of the one quilt:
At first I thought I would make a Christmas quilt. However Australian Christmases are very warm, so I decided to scale down the pattern and sew a cushion.
Some math reworking was required, but once that was done I pulled out my scraps and got to work (these blocks can be made with layer cake squares 10″ x 10″).
The majority of my blocks were Christmas green teamed with low volume or silver fabrics. I had a pair of blocks in white/silver which I didn’t end up using as I felt they were a bit too light.
I had some fun playing around with the orientation of the blocks, using value to form designs.
Offset radiating diamond:
Checkerboard, dark centre:
Checkerboard, light centre:
I don’t know what to call this one:
Centre radiating diamond:
Eventually I settled on the centre radiating diamond layout. Then I set about moving some of the individual blocks around to get the effect I was after (and to make sure like fabrics weren’t touching). It’s always makes me laugh how much work it is to achieve a ‘I just threw this together’ random look.
I tried it with a light centre and then a dark one. The final layout was also when I decided to do away with the white/silver block pair.
Once I’d settled on my layout and sewn my blocks together it was time to quilt the panel.
At first I considered a radiating design, guided by the diamonds in the layout. However this would have required thread burying and my Christmas cheer didn’t extend that far. So instead I fell back on trusty cross hatch quilting, which was easy given all the squares in the patchwork blocks to act as guides.
Once the Christmas cushion was quilted and had a zippered back, it was ready to be stuffed with a size 20 (20″) pillow form.
This Plus Side cushion also plays very nicely with my green Scrap Magnet Christmas pillow. You can read more about that pillow in this post here.
I suppose I should sew a red Christmas cushion variation now, just to even things up on my couch.
That might be a job for next weekend.
If you already own The Plus Side quilt pattern, you will have received a pattern update with an addendum detailing how to downsize the pattern to make the mini patchwork panel.
I have amended the pattern listing to include the addendum for all future sales.
The Plus Side can now be made in mini, baby, throw, twin, queen and king sizes!