So as I'm in a home-made gift making phase and given that she's from Holland I started searching for Dutchy things that I could perhaps give a go... Pinterest provided a suitable idea... a Dutch pinwheel... I wasn't going to attempt anything as elaborate as a whole quilt so I decided on a suitable smaller option - a cushion cover.
I searched good old TradeMe for some cushion inners and found some brand new ones for $4 each. Armed with my new cushion inner and it's dimensions I set to work.
First some planning: Very high tech as you can see. I'd decided to made a double border around the edge so working out sizes was fairly simple. Of course I just added on an extra centimetre on all sides for the seams.
Fold open and press. If you are using white it is suggested to press the seam to the coloured side so it doesn't show through the front.
Lay the squares out in the pinwheel pattern.
I then added the first of the borders around the outside.
I wanted to quilt it to give the borders some definition. I got some batting and quilters cotton, then hand-quilted (I'm yet to get a foot for my sewing machine to do this) around the edges (sorry I completely forgot to take pictures...) Again this is about personal preference. Many people do a full-blown quilting job, others do nothing, and some do different elements.
The quilters cotton is slightly waxed and therefore goes through the 3 layers more easily. A small sharp needle and a simple running stitch is all that is required for the quilting... and a little time. The quilting took longer than the rest of it combined but was fun and a bit new being the first time I've attempted anything like it!
Measure, cut, hem, pin the two back pieces to the front (right sides together) and sew the outside edges together. I doubled back over the opening edges for extra strength (when inserting and removing the cushion over time).
Trim the corners back, turn the cover inside out, I used a bic pencil without the lead to help push the corners out properly, pop the cushion in and voila!
Hopefully that wasn't too wordy and you're still with me!
Have a happy week!