I’ve been working on a cushion cover to complement the friendship cloth, using some of my hand-dyed fabrics and also some swap fabrics. I really like this method of constructing patchwork, where you layer fabrics onto backing squares and then stitch the layered squares together in the usual way. The cushion cover is basically a nine-patch block measuring 18″ square:
Partially quilted; you can see the tacking threads in some areas. I tried Jude’s
fabric strip weaving in the lower left corner square, since I had a few very thin strips of hand-dyed cotton. The central heart motif is satin stitched with silk thread – a similar weight to cotton perle no. 5, but very lustrous. I think I’ll have to work over it somehow as the stitches are quite long, and I wonder how stable they’ll be over time. The central panel is a vintage hand-stitched linen mat that I dyed the other week.