Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Quick Quilted Cushions

Our youngest is playing Little League Baseball® this spring for the first time. While it’s fun to watch her on the field with her team, those metal bleachers are uncomfortable to the point of distraction.

As I was going through batting scraps to make my last quilt, I came across some old quilting samples. Two were from a free-motion quilting class, and another was from a quilt-as-you-go class. In the back of my mind, I’ve been mulling over what I could make with them.

As the proverb goes: Necessity is the mother of invention. Why not whip up some quick seat cushions from the quilting samples?

For the first cushion, I paired a free-motion sample with the quilt-as-you-go sample. It measures about 15 by 13 inches (38 by 33 cm).

Sample from a Free Motion Machine Quilting Class

Sample from a Quilt-as-You-Go Machine Quilting Class

For the second cushion, I paired the other free-motion sample with two layers of heavyweight orange fleece. It is almost 16 inches square (40.5 cm).

Sample from a Free Motion Machine Quilting Class
Yes, the date is the upper right corner says August 5, 2000!

I stacked each set right-sides together, sewed most of the way around the outer edges, trimmed the corners, and turned the pieces right-side out. Topstitching around the edges sealed the openings.

These aren’t the thickest cushions. In fact, calling them “cushions” is a stretch. One has two layers of batting with four layers of cotton fabric, and the other has one layer of batting along with two layers each of cotton and fleece fabrics.

Two Cushions Made with Quilting Samples

But the cushions were done within about an hour before a game! They don’t make the bleachers fully comfortable, but they make them less uncomfortable. The difference is enough to keep us focused on the entire game.

Pass the peanuts and go Rays!

Edited on April 23, 2018 to add:
After another game and some feedback from my husband — and after finding a partial bag of Poly-Fil® in the closet — I reopened each cushion to add some fluff. Now we can truly call them cushions!

Two Cushions Made with Quilting Samples and Stuffed with Poly-Fil


  1. Good for you! Sometimes you just have to make something that utilitarian.


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