Fat Quarterly Designer Challenge

Source: Fat Quarterly
Beginning of July, I received a beautiful bundle of purples and pinks selection of fat quarters from Katy and was asked to make something inspired by fireworks and circles as part of Fat Quarterly designers challenge. The fabric selection is from British designer Nel Whatmore.


I was really excited about the prospect of a challenge and excited by the colour scheme. I never used purple & pink together before and I’m pleasantly surprise on the result. Its great to get out of my colour scheme comfort and still make something reflective of my personal aesthetics.  

As part of my birthday gifts, I was given a day quilt workshop on Hometown to learn “Crown Quilts” and I used the semi circles and crown temples from the course.
Some quilters call this design fireworks or imperial. I though the block would be perfect for this challenge. 
It didn’t take long to start mixing and matching the patterns and Voil’a! In an afternoon the block was not only sewn but also embroidered! I’m lucky my machine have beautiful embroidery options. 


Instead of working on a mini quilt, I thought an envelope cushion would make it really special. 
I didn’t want the back design to fight with the front design so I just cut different sizes of strips. That also would hide the envelop closure. Haaa! I feel clever sometimes LOL!



The fabric is so cheery and inspired me to try an appliqué. Instead of using one from the internet, I decided to drawn this cute bird. Appliqués are a great way to use the scraps left! It feels so good not wasting fabrics…
For the Appliqués I used Sew in lightweight Vilene. You can get it from @HantexLtd 



I bet you are super curious on the final look.( You may had a peak at my Mollie Doll shoot)





Stay Stitching…

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  • Pam

    Beautiful cushion!!! Love the design and the colours and the little bird is the perfect finishing touch. Great job…

  • Oh my goodness, so amazing! This would have taken me forever!

  • Fabulous! I love it!

  • Such a sweet patchwork project!

  • SO preetty!!

  • Adorable!

  • This is absolutely beautiful. Great job. and I know you had fun doing it..

  • It’s so beautiful! I love all of the colors, and the bird applique is precious. Well done!

  • Gorgeous! Your work is perfect!

  • The bird is just so sweet! Thanks for stopping by Rachel

  • I am using the bird as a screen saver on my laptop!! I love it so much (and the pillow,too)

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