Tuesday, 2 October 2012

A Cushion and a Pattern

I feel as if there are quite a few half finished projects lying around here at the moment, so it feels really good to have finished something.

I am extra specially proud of this finish as it is 100% my own work:
  •  My paper pieced kiwi pattern; 
  • my free motion quilting (I was desperate to move onto something new, but decided that it was better to learn to stipple well before jumping onto something more advanced) and 
  • my improvised cushion pattern.
 I love how it all came together.

It makes a great pair together with the birdie cushion that I made a few months ago (the colours are slightly different, but I don't care!) They will proudly adorn our sofa and wait with baited breathe to see if I get round to making any more cushions for the set!
They don't look it in this photo, but I promise that the stripes are straight! I was a bit adventurous and did some FMQ on the back panels too- I like it!
Kristy from Quiet Play was kind enough to take some time out from designing fun quilt blocks to test my kiwi block for me. Didn't she do a great job!
What's that you say? A Kiwi in Australia?!

... And you know what that means? The pattern has been tested so its ready to be distributed here on my blog.  Click on the picture below and you will be taken to the pattern.

I recommend that you download the pattern first and then print it ensuring that your printer settings are for "original size".

If you have any problems, please don't hesitate to get in touch. 
Either comment here or send me an email - tartankiwi.blog(at)gmail.com

Edited to add: I have altered the pattern now, making it easier to piece accurately. The new pattern can be found here
This pattern is for a 10 inch block, if you are interested in a 12 inch block let me know and I'll publish that too.


  1. Congratulations!! AWesome!

    Love your new kiwi blog header too! :)


  2. I love this pattern. How incredibly generous of you to give it away! Thank you! I believe I will make one tomorrow. Your pillow is fab!

  3. WooHoo!! Congrats on your pattern! It turned out so cute, and the pillow is gorgeous. I esp love that pink kiwi at the top of your blog. :) Way to go!

  4. Looks great and you FMQ is pretty impressive too - love the new header too!

  5. love love love it! Super cute and your FMQ is looking fantastic- I am so very proud of you! I will be making this as soon as I get a little sewing time which has been on very short supply lately.

  6. Well done you it looks fantastic!!! Love your stippling... It's so tidy and consistent! Yay for your kiwi pattern! xx

  7. Fabulous cushion! Well done trying the FMQ - you did a great job on it! Your Kiwi pattern is very sweet!

  8. Go you xxx
    LOVE my kiwi in the top corner *ssqeee*
    I had plans to craft today but hmmmm plans didn't work

  9. How cool is the cushion and the pattern!!

  10. Awesomeness.. I love blues, I am such a nautical person and these cushions are adorable. good job on the stippling and thank you for stopping by my blog, keep in touch

  11. Thank you so much for the pattern, the cushion is so so cute!

  12. That is perfect! Thanks for sharing :D

  13. I've featured your Kiwi cushion today...

  14. I love the stripes and quilting on the back. Very artistic!


  15. Beautiful cushion and what a neat bird!

  16. Thanks heaps for the pattern. I made a cushion for a kiwi friend using your pattern: http://www.flickr.com/photos/59466258@N04/8256044971/in/photostream

  17. This is soooo cute! Thanks for sharing such a fun idea!I so love the color choices! You might enjoy my quilt with vintage hankies, just go to the search box on "Quilted Nights..."

    Keep up the lovely work!

  18. I have started this project and I am having so much fun. This design was what made me want to try paper piecing which I had never done before. I am about 1/2 way through but hope to finish by Friday:

  19. Here's the final product of using your amazing design. I loved it and want to do more paper piecing.


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