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“Constructivist” envelope cushion cover

The finished cushion is 16 inch square. 

Download Chevron block pattern (pdf). You will need to make 2 patterns (2 pieces per pattern). Print pattern on printer paper.

The block is a beginner paper pieced block. If you’ve never done paper piecing, this block is easy enough to learn the technique. 

How to make the chevron block

Whatch  a short 3.45 minutes video that demonstrates how to make this pattern using foundation paper piecing. 


Front of the cushion

Cut for each of the four pieces you need to complete two blocks:

  • Area 1: One 5 1/2 inch to 6 inch square cut in the diagonal into 2 triangles (yellow)
  • Area  2: Two 2 inch x 7 1/2 inch strip in charcoal
  • Area 3: Two 2 inch x 7 1/2 inch strip in beige
  • Area  4: One 5 1/2 inch to 6 inch square cut in the diagonal into 2 triangles (white)
  • One 5 1/4 inch x 16 1/2 inch rectangle in yellow and another one in white

Batting and backing

  • One 17 inch square piece of batting
  • One 17 inch square piece of fabric

Back of the cushion


  • One 12 inch x 16 1/2 inch rectangle in yellow
  • One 10 x 16 1/2 inch rectangle in white

Making the cover

First make the pattern twice and lay the pieces in a chevron pattern as shown on the picture.

Stitch the 4 pieces together and remove the paper pattern.

Stitch a rectangle in yellow and a white one on each side of the chevron row  matching the colours (see photo below). 

Press well.

The next step is optional but I prefer quilted cushions.

Now make a quilt sandwich by placing the fabric backing right side down, the piece of batting on top and the front of the cushion on top.

I quilted the piece along the chevron lines using my quilting foot to mandate the spacing between lines. The spacing is about 1/2 inch wide.

You don’t need to quilt the whole surface. I didn’t.

When finished, trim batting and backing to 16 1/2 inch square.

To make the back of the cushion, take the two rectangles for the back and make a 1/4 inch fold along the edge of each rectangle and press.

Stitch along using a zig zag stitch.

Place the front of the cushion side up, then place the yellow rectangle on top, right side down. The folded edge should face the middle of the cushion (see photo below). 

Make sure the colour matches with the yellow on the front.  

Place the white piece on top in the same way.

Pin well and stitch all around the square leaving 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Trim the corners to reduce bulk.

Turn inside out.


English Paper Piecing: megahexagon of hexies or improv EPP

This is my new English paper piecing project that I started without any planning – a lot of my quilts and projects start this way -, as something to do while I watched TV and just seeing it grow, and watching where it took me.

For this I printed a few sheets of 1 inch hexagons (pdf), the same size as my Scrappy flower quilt, still in progress.

This is a beginner’s project.

Below is the sequence so far.

At this stage I’m thinking I’m going to do a star shape with the points in a lighter colour and the background in a dark pink, purple or brown.

Twirly Whirly quilt tutorial

Approximate finished size

54 inches W x  84 inches H.

Binding type

Self binding quilt.

Fabric needs

The fabric colours, particulary the solid colours, have been selected to match the charm squares colour scheme. Select solid colours to match your charm pack colours.

Quilt top

The quilt top is made out of 7 x 11 rows of squares/pinwheels and insert solid 6 inch squares distributed as:

  • 77 pinwheel blocks (77 x 5 inch charm squares + 77 contrasting 5 inch fabric squares)
  • 6 inch squares (see note below)
    • 12 gray
    • 12 light brown
    • 8 occre
    • 4 light green
    • 4 darker green
    • 20 cream
  • Side triangles:
    • 16 x 6 ⅞ inch squares cut in the diagonal to obtain 32 half squares
    • 2 x 5 ⅛ inch squares cut in the diagonal to obtain 4 half squares

Note: The pinwheel block should be 6 inch square though my blocks turn out usually slightly smaller. This one is about 5 7/8. Therefore I recommend that before you cut the insert solid squares,  you measure your pinwheel blocks and cut your insert squares accordingly the same size.

Back of quilt

  • 2 pieces of fabric each 86 inch x 20 1/2 inch in a matching fabric
  • 9 x 5 in squares in white
  • 9 x 5 in squares in printed fabric
  • 2 strips of white fabric each 86in x6in

Pinwheel block

Each block is made with two 5 inch squares.

The finished block should be 6 inch square.

How to make this block

Watch a 2 minute pinwheel block video tutorial:

Quilt top layout

The quilt blocks are set on point.

Arrange quilt as per layout below with one row of pinwheels blocks alternating with a row of solid fabric.

If you are using charm packs, place the pinwheel blocks combining colours as you can see in the photograph below.

Once you’re happy with the placement, start stitching on the diagonal, starting for instance with the bottom right corner block. Attach a corner triangle and 2 side triangles to the block.

Then proceed to the next row starting with a side triangle, a pinwheel block, a solid square, another pinwheel block and a side block.

And so on.

Back of quilt assembly

This is the back of the quilt.

Start assembling the back of the quilt through a middle row of 5 in charm squares  alternating in white and contrasting colours.

Then stitch a long strip 86 inch x 6 inch to each side of the charm square row.

And finally attach the 20 1/2 inch x 86 inch pieces to each side.

This is the back of the quilt.


I´m not going to give directions to the quilting. There´re plenty of tutorials out there. I chose to quilt mine using free motion.

 Self binding

The quilt backing is large enough to self bind.

Learn how to self bind a quilt in less than 2 minutes.


I don´t know if I prefer the front or the back of this quilt.