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Thursday, January 23, 2014

W.I.P. and a Couple More Cushions!!

Yes I have made a couple more cushions! I am preparing for a class making appliqué cushion covers, and wanted to provide a variety of machine appliqué techniques for the students to consider.  And, obviously depending on their machine's capability, choose one to suit their ability and machine.


So today I am sharing a sweet birdie cushion that was inspired by a t-shirt I saw someone wearing with birds all sitting on a line.  I also have a roll of washi tape with a similar design on it!


I just love this fabric.  It was a Tilda fat eighth bundle I bought last year from ebay.  Look at all these pretty fabrics!  I used the red with white stars to make the reindeer pillow.


On this pillow I have used a blanket stitch which I love.  I find it easy to keep it neat with this stitch and it just looks classic.


I then stitched the line across three times with a straight stitch.


This next pillow was just a bit of fun and I plan to add a few more of these abbreviations to the to do list!  Not all machines have a blanket stitch on them.  In fact most basic machine will not.  But they will have a zigzag stitch that can be adjusted in length and width. So for this pillow I chose to use the zigzag stitch.


You can see the stitches more clearly in the close up below.  I was pleasantly surprised with how this one turned out, having had mixed results in the past with zigzag appliqué!


And now for the W.I.P.  Well I bought all this yummy fabric before Christmas to make a baby quilt for my friend Lucy.



Again I had been drooling over it for ages and then when it came to buying it I had to source from all over the place again: Australia; Singapore; and America! For those of you who don't know, it's Little Red Riding Hood by Tasha Noel.


So far I have drafted the pattern and laid out my charms.  Now just got to start sewing! Lol!

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Fresh Poppy Design

7 comments:

  1. Those cushions are lovely but I especially like the Little Red Riding Hood quilt-to-be. It's adorable!

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  2. Those pillows are beautiful and awesome!

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  3. Great pillows! I love the birds on a wire, the colors and shape are perfect.

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  4. Lovely cushions Jo! Good luck teaching. Quilt will awesome. Still have a charm pack laying around waiting for a project top!

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  5. Wonderful pillows! I especially love the birds on a wire pillow. It looks like you're setting up for a fun class.

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  6. Lovely cushions, great fabric choice, makes one happy!

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  7. I love the birds! Just lovely!

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