All cushions great and small

Well I am still here and still crafting, it has been hard to find enough daylight to take halfway decent photos over the last couple of months (you know, go to work in the gloom, come home in the dark, rain or fog on your day off!). Today is quite bright, so I am going to attempt a bit of a catch-up.

Here are some cushions I made to go with the tee-pee:


You can probably see they are very simple envelope-backed covers to fit 18 inch cushions. I cut the fronts 18 x 18 inches and the backs 18 x 13 inches. I did a double fold 1 inch hem on the back pieces and stitched them together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. I just finished the seams with my pinking shears. A nice quick finish from my quarter four finish along list.

So that covers the small cushions, now here is the great...


Isn't it fab! I can't take the credit though. This started out life as a mini quilt from the Brit Quilt swap in 2012. My partner totally nailed it and I loved the quilt so much, but at 24 inches it was an awkward size to accommodate on the wall. It had a perfect little nook in the hallway at first but had to come down to make way for a new coat rack. It then languished in a drawer for a while,  I felt bad every time I saw it there. So spool forward to October this year when Alexander asked me if I could make him a REALLY BIG cushion... that sparked a light bulb moment which led to the conversion of quilt to cushion cover.


All I had to do was make a zippered back (following my favourite tutorial). I then unpicked the hand stitching on the back of the quilt to free the edge of the binding, attached the new back by machine, and stitched the binding back down by hand. I bought an enormous squishy 26 inch inner so that it would be nice and plump!

Now we can enjoy this beautiful piece every day.

Powerful Pierre

A cushion made for a penguin loving six-year-old:


The pattern for the block is by Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts and is available here for free. I used the 12 inch block and added a 1.5 inch (finished) border of the blue background colour followed by a nice bright red to match his bowtie :) 


The pattern was very well written and I had so much fun seeing him come together. He is named after a song I had running through my head as I was stitching away, I think it suits him very well.

The cushion back I did not bother to photograph as it is totally unglamourous... plain mid grey bella cotton with a hidden zip made following Adrianne's excellent tutorial. The binding is Moda dottie in black.

I hope my young friend will love him!

A few useful little things...

Some mini napkins for packed lunches (they are about 20cm square).

I cut ten inch squares and finished the edges with mitred corners following the guidelines in this tutorial but using the shortcuts descibed here. I am quite pleased with how they came out!

Next up is this non-slip mat for my sewing machine made following this tutorial (I chose to hand stitch the binding to the front).


This finished at about 10.5 x 23 inches and made good use of a discarded 16-patch block and some co-ordinating scraps.

Finally, I have been doing a bit of cross-stitching recently (of which more another time) and have found myself in need of something a bit better than a plastic sandwich bag (current solution!) to keep my scissors and needles handy. Enter the pixie basket!


Cute, isn't it? I actually followed the instructions for this exactly (that doesn't happen often!) the only difference is that I only had 1 inch wide twill tape on hand, so my tabs are a bit chunkier than they are supposed to be.

Cheerio for now...

Time for High Tea

Right then, a new quilt, as mentioned briefly at the end of my previous post. It is for the dog, again... (she will turn 14 just after Christmas!).

The pattern is High Tea by Adrianne of On the Windy Side. It is designed for charm squares, and I happened to have some Kaffe Fassett ones kicking about that I bought several years ago from a (now defunct) online shop. I hadn't used them before as most of them turned out to be only vaguely quadrilateral rather than square.


Obnoxiously bright, isn't it? I made a square quilt (between baby and crib size on the pattern) which measures 43", nice and big for my little old pup to be able to tuck herself in :)


A fast, fun make; let's hope Daisy likes it!


I ought to go and give it a quick wash now, to make sure the snuggle-factor is just right!