cushion cover with highland cow #2

No blogging is not equal to not sewing or quilting. Since my last post, I have finished the quilt for my Mum and a few small cushion projects. In my the first post after my extended blogging holidays, I would like to show you a cushion cover. The pattern is the highland cow from the book Animal Quilts by Juliet van der Heijden, website The Tartankiwi.

cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts

This cushion cover was a wish from my friend Alice. She liked the highland cow cushion cover I made two years ago. Alice asked for a beige background instead of turquoise. But happy, colorful highland cow hair.

I have used my diverse Kona solids from stock, the background is Kona Ivory.

cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts

Quilting design is the same as the last cow cushion cover. Straight lines on the background. Copying the hair and face with colorful quilting thread.

cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts

I have inserted a zipper on the cushion bottom. The cushion backside is with same Kona Ivory as the cow background. This time I have quilted the back in diagonal lines, 1 inch apart and stitch length of 4mm.

cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts
cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts

Highland cow cushion cover with a laurel bush in the background.

cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts

I was taking the photos one late afternoon with less sunshine than we have normally. So this time each photo has an individual touch.

cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts

A photo of the cushion top before turning it into a cushion cover. It was so much fun working on a paper piecing project after some time. All my other projects were “pure cutting and piecing” patterns.

cushion cover highland cow - skalabara quilts

Where has the summer gone? We are now heading for Christmas. The cool and dark days are here. This gives me more time to prepare new posts instead of going to the beach. I hope you have enjoyed reading my post! Happy quilting!

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the little cockatoo

Earlier this year we have painted the living room and when I took down the pictures from the walls, I decided that not all of them are going back. Reading a magazine I came over some wonderful bird photos by Leila Jeffreys. I thought this was a perfect idea how to re-decorate a lounge wall! I bought 2 cockatoo photos on Etsy, got them printed and framed. When I was looking for other paper piecing blocks, I found the matching motif : cockatoo paper piecing block by Quiet Play .

cockatoo cushion cover - skalabara quiltsBoth the front with the cockatoo block as well as the back of the cushion cover are quilted using the walking foot and Gütermann Sulky Cotton 30 thread.

cockatoo cushion cover back- skalabara quiltsSize :  16″ x 16″ / 40 x 40 cm – a standard inlet cushion size. Quilting details of the cockatoo and the cushion cover backing :

cockatoo cushion cover detail quilting - skalabara quilts

cockatoo cushion cover back quilting - skalabara quiltsI have finished this cushion cover with a zipper on the bottom :

cockatoo cushion cover zipper- skalabara quilts

Happy quilting,

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