The design for the cushion is to have a positive side and a negative side which works really well for the fabrics I chose for this one. I love the splash of turquoise among the charcoal and white, and the postmark stamp fabrics is really fun without being too childishly novelty.
|I used a lovely turquoise thread to outline quilt the star - works a treat against the charcoal.|
Now I know I've had a go at zips before - in cushions and in pouches, but if I'm honest it's all a bit hit and miss with me and the zip. My efforts for the Mouthy Stitches Swap earlier this year were reasonably successful, but something seems to happen when I try to get the needle close to the zip teeth and keep running straight along the bulk of the fabric and wadding layers.
The insertion of this zip was not fun, entirely user error, of course, but not fun! If you could see closer up you would see two or three lines of unpicked stitches on that charcoal Kona. Other than that it looks okay from this distance now, but it really could have and should have been better. The pattern instructions were great and the class demonstration made it all look so straightforward but, me and my zip foot have issues - we may need some therapy to work them through! It almost feels like I should use the quilting foot to keep it all feeding nice and evenly through the machine, rather than the zip foot itself. Hmmm, need to figure this one out ...
In the meantime, I do have a lovely finished cushion and I don't expect the invisible zip police to be inspecting often!
PS - If you're at all interested in the pattern for this cushion it is available on the Just Jude Etsy shop (and be assured the zip issues are all mine not the fault of the pattern).