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.

X-factor swap - Liberty edition

I have entered a few rounds of this fun Flickr based swap in the past, and as such I have quite a few lovely cushions. I could not, however, let a Liberty themed round pass me by.

This is what I came up with, I had some seriously good fun with my Liberty scraps and my new 22.5 degree wedge ruler!


This went off to live with Deb in New Zealand, you can see her far superior photo here.

Coincidentally enough the cushion I received in the post this week was also from Deb, her beautiful drunkard's path variation "Bethesda Arcade".


Again you can see her much better photo here (We still haven't replaced the camera that got run over by a car (ahem possibly ours) when we were on holiday in April, I struggle to take good photos at the best of times but am finding it particularly difficult with my mobile phone).

It's been a really fun swap, and I am super-pleased with my lovely new cushion!

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!

X-factor Pillows again!


The theme for round five was "circles", my entry "psychedelic sun" is made from Kaffe Fassett shot cottons and stripes and was made using a mixture of techniques; paper piecing, traditional piecing and applique.  I really enjoyed making it and especially had fun echo quilting with variegated thread.

Last week I sent it off to live with Corinne in Germany, thankfully it seems to have settled in well in its new home!

On wednesday I recieved a package from the USA... this is what was inside...


The most wonderful pillow from Svetlana!  I love it so much! All those lovely spotty and dotty fabrics :) It also has a perfectly installed invisible zip, and I'm sure I have mentioned before how much they please me (easily amused I know)!


X-factor pillow swap round 4

A few weeks ago I pulled out some of my favourite Kaffe Fassett prints and put together this cushion cover:


The theme for this round of the swap was "scrappy squares", I mixed it up a bit by turning them on point.  I finished the cushion with some Amy Butler home dec. weight fabric and an invisible zip (love these!).


The members of this group are a talented bunch, all of the entries this round were beautiful. 

My cushion went to live with Aylin, and I recieved this fabulous scrappy trip cushion from Jane.


I really enjoy the format of this low-pressure swap and am already plotting my entry for the next round- circles!


BQS wrap-up

My partner was Sarah a.k.a. Narcoleptic in a Cupboard.  She asked for a mini quilt that could double as a sewing machine cover which is why I avoided posting a photo of the whole thing- I thought the shape would be a bit of a giveaway! So here it is in all its glory:


and in action (on my machine)...


I really enjoyed participating in this swap and it was fun seeing all the wonderful quilts appearing in the group pool- lots of inspiration there for future projects.

Brit Quilt Swap recieved!

I am so completely over the moon with my beautiful mini quilt made by Terri.


She did a terrific job, managing to include pretty much EVERYTHING on my list of likes!

She also included a perfect key fob that she had made, as well as some fabric and chocolate (ahem, not pictured) what could be better?

Thank you so very much Terri!

"S" is for...

The votes are now in in the Modern Quilted Pillow Swap, so I can now show you my entry.  This has been a fun swap to take part in with no worrying "will my partner like this?"!  If you hop on over to the flickr group you can find out how it works (round 3 now open!) and see who made what this time around.

So this is the cushion cover I made:


I called it "Esses" on my entry- as in "S" is for Sally.  I made a variety of S blocks some of them back-to-front (on purpose- honest!) using 1.5" strips in an assortment of prints, plains shot cottons and polka dots.


This is the back, I put a concealed zip into one of the seams so that it is reversible. The whole thing is machine quilted in-the-ditch, as I thought the piecing was busy enough already.

It will be heading off in the post today to it's new owner, who may or may not be another "S" ;)

Many thanks to Tiina for organising such a great swap, and for inviting me to play along in the first place.