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…
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 ;)
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.
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….
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!