You see, my lovely mom had a birthday recently. I thought I would make her a few cushion covers for a new couch my mom and dad just added to the living room. The furniture in this room is quite neutral (three pieces in cream or beige or caramel golden brown), so we thought adding in a few quilted cushion covers would brighten the room up while keeping them in their decorating comfort zone.
The pop of color in the room comes from the quilts I made them. Mom's quilt is from 2011 made with French General prints. I can not find this same line of fabrics in online shops, but thankfully French General is quite consistent in their color choices. I picked up a two FQs of reds, one of the darker blue and a yard of a small print neutral to use in the cushions, so I am ready to go there.
Dad's quilt was made A) to be a man quilt and B) to coordinate with their neutral living room color scheme. It's far outside my normal choice of bright rainbow fabrics, but it suits him and the room quite well. I gave away all of my scraps from this project, but I know this line is a Makower basic that is still available in shops. I can scoop some up without a problem.
So, here is the challenge given to me by Mom: to make 2 cushion covers (for 18x18 inch inserts) that combines the fabric from both quilts in one combined quilt block.
1) Have you ANY idea of a block that would suit these two lines? Mom loves cathedral windows blocks - she's lost her mind if she thanks she's getting cushion covers with cathedral windows!
2) What fabrics would you use from Dad's quilt to coordinate with Mom's French General reds/creams? I can't see how I could include the blue, green and grey, but I could work with the browns in combination with Mom's reds/blues. Would that still be coordinated enough?
3) Would you make two with the same block or would you make two totally different cushion covers?
They don't want it too bright or too dark (this is not how they're making a design statement) but they do want it to be a pretty splash of color on their couch. Any ideas are welcome! Thank you!
P.S. Mom and Dad subscribe to my blog via email. They are going to be very surprised to find themselves here in this post. Hi guys! Talk to you on Sunday.
9 Feb 2015: Edited to add a comment from my mom:
What a surprise to find us featured on the blog! Cindy did an excellent job of describing the “problem”. We both love our quilts and cuddle up with them every night, so we’d like some colorful pillows that work with both quilts and add a little sparkle to the room. Also, I do love cathedral windows but that’s not a requirement. Thanks to all of you for your suggestions. I’m sure we’ll love our new pillows. Thank you honey.