Flower Ball cushion cover

This was my entry for the x-factor pillow swap round 6.


The theme this round was hexagons. I used the flower ball pattern from Geta Grama, but scaled it down a bit so that the ball was about 18 inches across. The fabrics are a plain white kona cotton, various shot cottons for the flowers and a moda sweetwater sunkissed text print for the background.

The hexagons are English paper pieced and I hand quilted the front panel. It was a fun and satisfying project to work on, watching the circle emerge!

I hope my swap partner likes it!

Right turn bag

Yesterday afternoon I made myself a new bag.  I used this pattern from Anna Maria Horner.  I made the smaller size and found that it came together really easily.  I love it!

I used a remnant of cotton sateen curtain fabric as the foundation and I also added a layer to the strap to make it a bit thicker.  For the patchwork I went through my shot cotton scraps...

...so many fabulous colours!

The only change I made to the pattern was to join the lining to the bag outer by sewing together the seam allowances prior to closing the opening in the lining.

Speaking of the lining, I used a tobacco coloured Kaffe Fassett print with hot pink wisteria blooms, a nice contrast to the more graphic exterior.

It was my first time adding a magnetic snap, so easy! and so useful!

I had fun making this, can you tell?

Twelve Trees

I finished this last weekend, but unfortunately the weather was too awful to get a good photo.  It was dry and bright yesterday morning however, so...


Ta-dah! It was quite breezy out there though...


I bought this as a kit from Oakshott, the design is by Helen Howes and those tree blocks are really good fun to make.  I added one colour from my stash (the colour of the tree in the top left) just to make it "mine"!

DSC03173(do you think Daisy is impressed?)

I machine quilted in-the-ditch along the sashings and around all the trees, extending the "branches" out across the sashing strips.

I really love the way this turned out, and will definately be using these wonderful fabrics again.