Free project! ‘Monsoon Season’ cushion by Nicole Calver

Nicole Calver Modern Patchwork Cushion

Brighten up your sofa with Nicole Calver’s quick-sew cushion project! Read on for our step-by-step guide with extra jungle vibes.

We’re excited to feature a brand new quilt from one of our favourite designers, Nicole Calver, in issue 76 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine. Our new issue is out this week – scroll down to the bottom of this post for a sneaky peek of Nicole’s Monsoon Season quilt, featuring Leah Duncan’s Wild collection for Cloud9 Fabrics.

As an extra treat, Nicole’s created this bonus cushion project to help you continue the tropical theme throughout your home. Read on to find out how to sew a patchwork cushion using jungle prints, or why not sew your stash and use it to show off your favourite scrap fabrics?

How to make an easy patchwork cushion

You will need…

  • Twelve (12) assorted scraps (at least 3in square)
  • Eight (8) assorted scraps (at least 512in square)
  • Border fabric: one (1) fat quarter
  • Backing fabric: one (1) 1512in x 2012in piece
  • Lining fabric: 19in x 24in
  • Batting: 19in x 24in
  • 18in zipper
  • Cushion pad

Finished size

15in x 20in


  • Seam allowances are 14in, unless otherwise noted.
  • RST = right sides together.

Fabrics used

Prints are from the Wild collection by Leah Duncan for Cloud9 Fabrics.

Solids are from the Cirrus Solids collection by Cloud9 Fabrics.

Cutting out

Step one: From the smaller assorted scraps cut:

  • Twelve (12) 3in squares.

Step two: From the larger scraps cut:

  • Two (2) 512in squares.
  • Six (6) 3in x 512in rectangles.

Step three: From the border fabric cut:

  • Two (2) 3in x 2012in strips.

Piecing the cushion

Step four: Using 3in squares make two four-patch blocks, by sewing the squares in pairs, then sewing the pairs together.

Step five: Sew the remaining 3in squares into two pairs. Sew one 3in x 512in rectangle to each pair, sewing along the long edge, to make two 512in square blocks.

Step six: Sew the remaining four rectangles into two pairs down the long edges to make two 512in square blocks.

Assembling the cushion

Step seven: Sew the blocks and remaining 512in squares together in two rows of four. Refer to our photograph at the top of this post for placement. Press the seams in opposite directions row by row.

Step eight: Sew the rows together, nesting the seams together. Press the row seams open. Sew the two border pieces to the top and bottom and press away from blocks.

Quilting and finishing

Step nine: Make a quilt sandwich with the cushion top, batting and lining and quilt as desired. Trim away excess batting and backing and square up.

Step ten: With RST sew one side of the zipper to the bottom edge of the cushion cover. Make sure the zipper is centered. Then again with RST, sew the other side of the zipper to the backing fabric. Make sure that the zipper is lined up evenly on both the front and back pieces of the cushion.

Step eleven: Open the zipper up at least halfway. With RST and starting at one end of the zipper, sew around all sides of the cushion, finishing at the opposite end of the zipper to close the cushion cover. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end. Clip your corners and turn right side out to finish.

Nicole Calver Monsoon Season modern patchwork quilt

Now sew a quilt top to match! Find Nicole Calver’s Monsoon Season quilt in issue 76 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine.