Liberty Kantha Stitch Along - Part 3


Welcome back to my last update on my Liberty Kantha project.

I shared my ideas for beginning this project here, and how I changed my mind here.

I couldn't be more happy with how this turned out, and I thought I'd share a few of my recommendations for sewing your pretty quilted top into a cushion.

I've chosen to only hand quilt the front of my pillow, but even if you're quilting front and back, these tips might be useful.

Liberty Society Kantha Stitch Along - Part 3 - press your quilted top

I started by giving my piece a good press. It was quite lumpy and wrinkled from lots of handling.

Liberty Society Kantha Stitch Along - Part 3 - trim along edge of stitching

I was pleased to see that it had stayed roughly square, but for accuracy,  I squared up the long ends parallel to my stitching with my ruler and rotary cutter.

Liberty Society Kantha Stitch Along - Part 3 - trim without removing knots

For trimming the short sides, I flipped with piece over to the back, so as to not cut off any of the knots. These are really important for securing your stitches.

I trimmed as close as I could to the knots. If you've got stitching that goes both directions, you'll need to be extra careful.

Liberty Society Kantha Stitch Along - Part 3 - glue down loose thread

Despite being careful, I found that I'd still cut off one knot.

If you find you've done this, you can stitch a line of securing stitches on your machine with a 1.5 mm stitch length to lock everything in place.

Alternatively, try using some craft glue suitable for fabric to dab on the end, which will also help hold the end in place.

Liberty Society Kantha Stitch Along - Part 3 - Liberty Thorpe A backing fabric

I found this Liberty piece large enough for the backing in the perfect tones!

It echoed every colour that was used in the front. I was so tickled!

I also found a teal coloured invisible zip in my stash which matched well too.

I like to put these in the bottom of the cushion as it's such a neat finish.

Here's a quick video on how to put one in...

Sometime I might get around to showing how I put these in too...takes me 5 mins with the right machine foot!

But if this is too daunting for you, a regular zipper or even an envelope closure on the back is perfectly fine.

I pressed the fabric, and cut out a rectangle half an inch larger than the measurement of the top, to allow for slight stretching of the top.

Liberty Society Kantha Stitch Along - Part 3 - pinned top and back together well

I pinned the top to the back, right sides together, and pinned a lot to allow for the crinkly edges. Mine did stretch a bit, so the extra size was a good idea.

Liberty Society Kantha Stitch Along - Part 3 - trim corners

Trim the corners of your pillow close to the seam to allow your corners to poke out nicely. Turn the pillow through the right side, and push your corners out.

Liberty Society Kantha Stitch Along - Part 3 - matching tassels

I'm choosing to make these huge tassels to attach to the corners of the pillow.

They were a really quick and easy make. (Tutorial here.)

I chose colours to also echo the tones in the pillow, and was chuffed that they turned out just the way I imagined!

A couple of the yarns have a sparkly twist to them, which gives some extra bling.

Liberty Society Kantha Stitch Along - Part 3 - attaching tassels

To attach the tassels to the corners, I used a really large, thick needle, and made a reasonably large hole (about 2mm) in the corners.

Thread your needle with the long strands of the tassel, and pull through the hole that you've made, from the front through to the inside.

You might find that you need to thread your strands through in a couple of batches.

Liberty Society Kantha Stitch Along - Part 3 - tie off tassels tightly

Pull on the string firmly, to pull the tassel right up into the corner of the cushion.

While pulling it, tie off as tight as you can, using a  triple knot. Make this really fat, so that the tassel won't pull back out of the hole.

Once you've attached all four tassels, your pillow is done!

Liberty Society Kantha Stitch Along - Part 3 - Kantha quilted pillow

Put a cushion insert inside and enjoy your creation! I just adore the beautiful texture, the fat, swishy tassels, and all the pretty stitches!

I added some vertical lines on my circles for extra security, and just love how everything blends together, and looks like one piece of fabric.

The crossing stitches on the circles give a basket weave effect, and it feels like this is the project that just keeps on giving, as there is so much to look at!

Liberty Society Kantha Stitch Along - Part 3 - Kantha applique quilted pillow
Liberty Society Kantha Stitch Along - Part 3 - Tassel details

Can you see the zipper?? No, you can''s invisible :) lol!

My pillow finished at approx 18 in x 11 in.How are you going with your kantha project? I hope this has given you some inspiration :).

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