A Finish: Hadley Doughnuts

My Hadley quilt plan became a large cushion. It just felt right not to make too many of these, and the fact I got to stash most of the fabrics again had absolutely nothing to do with it of course…


The background is Kona Natural I think, and it uses a mixture of techniques. Firstly, there is improv foundation piecing going on with the feature fabrics, appliquéd turned circles for the middles and the background is done with the reverse appliqué/ facings/ portholes technique to ensure no raw edges at all in this design, which is how I like it. I hate raw edges.


I made piping. It’s never my favourite thing to make so I put it off for a bit but it came together with no problems so I think I’m getting better at it. It’s also a Denyse Schmidt print but it’s a Chicopee one. I’m looking forward to Denyse’s New Bedford line to see if I like those just as much. I wasn’t too taken with the whole collection of any of Ansonia, Franklin or Shelburne Falls, but I have a few selected prints.


The background is just improv pieced from 5″ wide pieces of what was left over. I stuck a flap and metal zip in too.

Here’s the deets.

Size – 24″ square
Number of blocks – four
Time to make– about four hours?
Fabric – Hadley by Denyse Schmidt, Kona Natural
Backing Fabric – Hadley by Denyse Schmidt
Binding Fabric – A plaid from Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt
Threads – My amazing £3 cone of white poly from Boyes that has lasted three projects so far with no issues
Batting – 80/20 Soft and Elegant
Quilting- “organic” spiral, off-centre, starting in the middle of one of the doughnuts.


2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

This is my second finish this quarter (Q2) for the finish along which means I’ve achieved half.  I didn’t think I’d do that well to be honest! Gearing up for Q3 and one of the two project will roll over, there will be two- possibly three- re-entries and a new addition to the list. That’s not really a spoiler, it’s a predictable list!


  1. Kay Eyles
    Posted June 22, 2015 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    This looks lovely. I really like making cushions as a girl can never have too many and they are a great way to try out blocks. x

  2. Posted June 22, 2015 at 11:16 am | Permalink


  3. Posted June 22, 2015 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Ohhh that looks lovely! And chuckling at you trying to make a rationale for stashing DS 😀

  4. Karen
    Posted June 22, 2015 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Piping AND portholes! Nicely done!

  5. Posted June 22, 2015 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    I love it!

  6. Posted June 22, 2015 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    Who you calling a doughnut!?
    Looks beautiful.

  7. Posted June 23, 2015 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    it’s so lovely! Surely you shouldn’t be stashing fabric though young lady… is it on your form?

  8. Posted June 23, 2015 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    I’m a big DS fan and really looking forward to the new line – I did’t get Hadley. I can see why you’d want to keep them in your stash a bit longer. Really like how this turned out – haven’t tried reverse applique yet – piping frames it nicely!

  9. Posted June 27, 2015 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    This is such a great cushion!! The porthole piecing is perfect, I love the pieced back and the piping was so worth the extra trouble.

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