My daughter really wanted an Achievement Hunter cushion to take back to school when she moves into the dorm for her second year at university this fall and I had a pillow form just waiting, so yesterday, I knuckled down and got it done! I started by trying to figure this out using my favorite method of paper piecing. After about 20 minutes, it was quite clear that it would take me much longer to design it than it would to stitch it.
Finally, I threw in the proverbial towel and decided to go outside of my comfort zone and try applique.
First, I printed the Achievement Hunter symbol on the paper side of lightweight fusible webbing. I ironed that on to the green fabric and then very, very carefully cut out the shapes I needed, being careful to preserve the negative space.
I ironed the star on first, and then used the negative space pieces so I could get the circle places correct. Then, I ironed the whole shebang. After ironing, I stitched around with monofilament thread for extra security. I used a tear-away stabilizer on the back, which really helped keep things nice and flat while stitching.
The cushion cover was completed using an envelope style (two hemmed piecing overlap on the back) and then inserting a pre-made pillow form. Made with a 16″ pillow form. The center block is 12″ (12 1/2″ with seam allowance) and the green border are 2″ (2 1/2″).
I am happy and the daughter is VERY happy, so yay!
Sneak Peek! Coming next week – my offering for The Summer of Stitching: Star Trek week!
Marie was very helpful while I was sewing yesterday. She hung out in her window perch and made sure I stayed on task! Rose isn’t interested in sewing just yet, but she’s still darn cute, so I had to share a photo of her pretty face.
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