Whirlwind Patchwork Quilted Cushion Cover - Sewing Tutorial using the Terracotta Fabric Panel

Create a cosy, quilted cushion cover using a whirlwind style quilting block made from half square triangles. This tutorial uses echo quilting, giving the cushion a wonderful texture. A great project for beginner quilters with a basic knowledge of quilting or experienced sewers looking for a fun project!

Finished size -

14.5" square

This cushion is made using my new fabric panel 'Terracotta.' Exclusively available at debbieshoresewing.com here are links to the panel and the bundle -

Panel - All Fabric :: Terracotta Fabric Panel By Kimberley Hind (debbieshoresewing.com)

Bundle - (2 half metres of coordinating plain fabric included) All Fabric :: Terracotta Fabric Panel Bundle By Kimberley Hind (debbieshoresewing.com)

I've included measurements for the fabric requirements, so if you aren't using the panel you can still make this cushion using your desired fabric!

What you'll need-

4 x 6.5” squares of cream shapes fabric

4 x 6.5" squares of terracotta pots fabric

1 x centre panel measuring 5.5” square (one square cut from the panel)

Back – 2 pieces of fabric measuring 10” x 15.5”

Tools -

rotary cutter and cutting mat

erasable fabric pen

pins or quilting clips


1. Pin the squares together in pairs, one shapes and one pots, right sides together. Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other. Sew ¼” from each side of the line.

1. Cut along the line. Open out the triangles and press the seams to one side. Repeat with the remaining squares. You should have 8 in total.

3. Trim each piece to 5.5” square. Arrange the blocks around the centre panel to create the pinwheel effect.

4. Sew together, right sides together in rows of three.

5. Sew these three rows together, matching seams.

6. To quilt the cushion cover, sew 1/4" down either side of the seams of the pinwheel shape (terracotta pots) using the seams as a guide. This technique is referred to as 'echo quilting.' Sew inside the centre block 1/4" from the edge and sew along the seam (stitch in the ditch)

7. For the back, fold one long side of each backing piece over by ¼” twice and top stitch to create a hem.

8. Place over the front of the cushion cover with the hemmed edges overlapping, sew all around the edge. Snip across the corners.

9. Turn the right side out and press. Insert your cushion pad and you're done!

Happy sewing!

Kym x

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