Emerald & Gold Cushions | Half Square Triangles

Emerald & Gold HST Cushions | basting beauty

Emerald & Gold HST Cushions | basting beauty

These cushions were inspired by a project I saw on Oleander & Palm via Pinterest, and I immediately fell in love with them. The gorgeous hues of green with the jolts of unexpected, shiny gold played well to my love of combining traditional and more eclectic styles. Like many of the delights I spy on Pinterest, it sat in waiting, until now…

Emerald HSTs | ready to whack in half

Emerald HSTs | ready to whack in half

My first order of business was to locate the gold fabric – it had to be JUST garish enough… and I think I succeeded. I headed to the costume/grad dress section of Fabricland and lo and behold, there was gilded bolt of fabric with my name on it! I knew it would be tough to work with, but who cares? It’s GOLD fabric in a quilt!

As I began to cut the gold squares (along with several green shades of Kona solids), I was transported back in time to the mid-1980s – this was the exact material my Mom used to make my Jem costume (of Jem & the Holograms, of course)… Do you remember that, Sweet P? It was then I knew these cushions were going to be great ;)

Emerald & Gold HSTs | stitched, basted, ready to quilt

Emerald & Gold HSTs | stitched, basted, ready to quilt

When I had a pair of mini-quilt tops stitched together and basted, I decided I would experiment and quilt them in two different ways: one, following the squares, and the other on the diagonal. I keep wavering on which one I like better in the end.


Square Quilting | basting beauty

Square Quilting | basting beauty

Diagonal Quilting | basting beauty

Diagonal Quilting | basting beauty

 

I’m pleased with how they turned out – they offer just the pop of fresh colour that my living room needs in time for St. Paddy’s Day and Spring…. OK, in time for St. Patrick’s Day for sure. Spring arrival is day-to-day, at best, in Calgary….

Emerald & Gold Cushions | Scout the Wonder-doodle

Emerald & Gold Cushions | Scout the Wonder-doodle


In a related story, I am now looking for other pops of gold to add to our place… which is how this ‘champagne’ hue made its way into my cart at Home Depot. I’m still firming up my plans on exactly where its going… but it will be on one of my walls in some form. Stay tuned!

Rustoleum Champagne Gold | basting beauty

Rustoleum Champagne Gold | basting beauty


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9 Comments on Emerald & Gold Cushions | Half Square Triangles

  1. Paulette Doyle
    March 16, 2014 at 6:26 pm (8 months ago)

    Ahhhh yes….the Jem costume! I remember it well…gold skirt if I remember correctly …times THREE of course!!
    Hey, LOOK at those PERFECT HSTs!!….I am SEW mailing you that yellow and grey fabric so that you can make your own HST quilt! I will quilt it for you….how’s ;;that for a deal! Great job on the pillows…looks fresh and SpringY
    Top o’ the day to yee!
    Sweet Pxo

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    • erin
      March 17, 2014 at 7:14 pm (8 months ago)

      Eeeek! A whole quilt of HSTs? I dunno… ;)

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  2. Karen
    March 16, 2014 at 7:46 pm (8 months ago)

    The pillows look fab on your lounge! Great colour selection.

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    • erin
      March 17, 2014 at 7:16 pm (8 months ago)

      Thanks, Karen! :)

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  3. Hayley
    March 16, 2014 at 8:34 pm (8 months ago)

    They look great!! Very jealous of your sewing abilities. I was soo close to buying that exact same paint this weekend! For now, I just use gold acrylic craft paint for my gold accessory obsession, so let me know how that paint is. Looking for some new things to paint gold…any ideas??

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    • erin
      March 17, 2014 at 7:16 pm (8 months ago)

      Maybe you need some new cushions? Let me know your colour preferences!

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  4. Gai Butler
    March 16, 2014 at 9:50 pm (8 months ago)

    Love those cushions, my favourite being the ‘square’ quilting. Hmm, you have given me some ideas by adding that splash of gold fabric. Can’t wait to see what you do with the paint. With being half way through painting my entire home, it will be great to see someone else painting for a change.

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    • erin
      March 17, 2014 at 7:13 pm (8 months ago)

      I think I agree… the more I look at them, the more I like the square quilting also. Good for you for all your painting-progress – that is tough work!

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  5. mh330
    October 9, 2014 at 11:23 am (3 weeks ago)

    Did you ever end up using the Champagne color on your walls? I’m thinking of doing the something similar, and would love to see your results!

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