Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A special request....

I was recently asked if I could make a cushion that looked like a US flag. This is what I came up with. A crazy pieced star section out a my blue scraps and strip pieced red and white solids to make the stripes. I'm quietly pleased with the result.
The finished cushion ends up around 11" high x 14" wide. A very gratifying finish for this week which I'm linking up with Crazy Mom's Finish it up Friday.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

A little bit cross....

Recently I acquired a piece of vintage grey wool blanket. It was milled in South Australia's Onkaparinga Woolen Mills which is now long gone but its reputation for good quality wool products was second to none.
I have several pieces of wool stashed for baby blankets that I used to embroider....but I rarely find time to sit around these days, so when I came across the grey, I remembered a bit of red and had a thought.....
That thought turned into these little cushions with a red cross.
I cut the red cross out of a 5" square which was as much about need rather than heavy duty mathematics! From each corner I cut out a 1.5" square to make the cross which I then top-stitched direct to the grey.
The cushions are rectangle finishing at 14" x 11". I cut these inserts from a 23" x 14"....tricky but worth it to get the perfect inner.
And whilst I was at it I made a few extra for the Vitalstatistix market next weekend.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Strawberry pincushions....

I have had these little fabric strawberries cut out since last December and seeing as they were lying in the cupboard unfinished, I thought it would be a good opportunity to finish them up for the forthcoming market. I managed a dozen! I used the free pattern on Martha Stewart's website but adapted the top to make them more strawberry-ish. They are so cute and the perfect mini pincushion when you need one for just a few pins at a time.