It’s only taken two months!

Good evening,

I’m trying to catch up on some posts that should have been shared with you ages ago. This one could have been published two months back if I’d had some free time. Life gets in the way of blogging sometimes doesn’t it?

Anyway, a dear friend of mine had a birthday in May. She is the type of person who is always so incredibly busy, making and doing and caring for everyone else, that she rarely makes anything for herself. At times I think her brain is wired in a way which means she doesn’t even think about herself. She’s also been having a tidy up of her crafty goodies and passed some of them onto me. Well, it was about time she had a nice present and as it was her birthday as well, she was doubly deserving.

I’d made a storm at sea block for Esther as part of a recent block swap (see previous post) and decided to make a different part of that block as a cushion front for my friend. Here’s what it looks like.

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I know I’m going to make a lot more of these blocks. They are so striking and I love all the spikey bits. It’s amazing how much enjoyment you can get from making one project, especially when it is for a gift. I kept the quilting very simple so as not to compete with the patchwork design, using variegated thread which has quite a bit of lustre, almost metallic.

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You’ve probably guessed there was a lot of starting and stopping of the machine when quilting around each of the shapes. The quilting alone took a whole day to complete but I enjoyed every minute.

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I decided to experiment and didn’t think it would work, but it did. I had planned to line the cover with the same white solid fabric but didn’t want the dark thread ends or the quilting to show on the inside. So I only quilted through the patchwork and the wadding/batting and then lined it. I was concerned the inside of the machine would clog with fluff  but it didn’t so the inside looks as good as the outside I think.

My friend had no idea what I was making for her. In fact, I thought she might have seen the beginnings of the patchwork when she came to play in my sewing room but I got away with it. Phew!

I promise it won’t be so long before I post again.

Avis x

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31 Comments

  1. Pretty! Love those colors!

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  2. witchylin

     /  July 16, 2015

    I just have to say I am the very happy recipient of the gorgeous cushion. It really is beautifully made with not a stitch or point out of place. I have it on my favourite chair in the living room and everytime I see it I have to smile. Avis is such a kind and generous person I’m lucky to have her for a friend.

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    • Hi Lin, You are very welcome to the cushion and I’m blushing🙂 It’s lovely to hear that you are using it on your favourite chair too. I hope you are finding some time to yourself for crafting. x

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  3. That is beautiful! Those colors are absolutely stunning

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  4. And you BOTH are such sweeties…I am blessed to have you both as “friends across the pond”!!!!!!! That is so pretty and perfectly finished……INside and out!!! Catching up on blog post reading/writing seems to be a common thread (!! sorry, couldn’t resist..hehe!) across the blogosphere these days (at least the ones I read!). Many hugs………………………

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    • Thank you Doreen🙂 Now I’m blushing again. You are always so positive! I’m wrestling with a tablet that is doing a fine impersonation of a stroppy teenager at the moment. In fact, it’s literally too hot to handle at times so I’m having to resort to using a phone for blogging. It isn’t easy but what would life be without a challenge?

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      • My laptop gets very hot, also. I have to put a mat under it. Ugh!

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        • Please, please, please make sure you have all of your data backed up. My laptop overheated and finally gave up on the day after Christmas. It had been overheating for a while and then it just wouldn’t boot up. I was lucky to have my data backed up as the laptop had to be scrapped.

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          • Yup……..stored in a “cloud” plus photos to thumb drives. I was told that I could purchase an additional fan for it (not that uncommon, I guess!), but the $$$$$ cost is crazy! Will have to get busy on the next purchase…………thanks so much for the warning/reminder!!!! Hugs……..

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  5. monique la bretonne

     /  July 16, 2015

    tres beau travail; félicitations
    bonne soiree
    monique la bretonne

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  6. claire93

     /  July 16, 2015

    I love the way you’ve quilted this with the echo effect and the variagated thread.

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  7. Another beauty! I hope we’ll be seeing this block on F2F as well; as you say, it’s very striking.

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  8. Beautiful cushion cover – lucky Esther!

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    • Thank you. I know I’ll be making many more of these blocks. I think there’ll be lots of secondary patterns when there are many of them put together. Plenty of time to experiment🙂

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  9. Beautiful! I love that pattern and the colors.

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  10. Avis, this is stunning. The colour palette is gorgeous and your points are perfect.🙂

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  11. This is beautiful – and you are so good at the ‘spikey bits’!

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  12. I am sure she loved her birthday present. I like how you have mixed several solids to create an interesting design.

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    • Solids are my favourite fabrics🙂 I’ve been away from blogging for a while so I must catch up with your lovely blog too. See you soon!

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  13. What a lovely pillow, I love the colours! I’ve also quilted some things without a backing and never had any issues with it.

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    • Thànk you. I do like traditional blocks most of all and especially the storm at sea ones. I don’t know why I haven’t made more of them. There is so much variety.

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I really enjoy reading your comments. Have a lovely day :-)

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