I have a sewing project to share with you today. I spotted some rather lovely cushions on the Crazy Mom Quilts blog and decided to have a go at making one this weekend. I used a mini charm pack that I'd bought at a fabric shop in Petersfield last time I went down to Portsmouth and some other fabric that I had at home for the backing and in between pieces. Amanda's tutorials are very clear, and I didn't have too much trouble making it. I do need to try to get a little more accurate when sewing as my blocks don't all quite line up! But I am so happy with my first attempt at quilting. I judged the lines by eye and I don't think I made too bad a job of it! Here's a quick 'how I made it' for you.
Step 1 - sewing together the mini charm squares with the aqua blocks in between to make 5 strips.
Step 2 - joining the strips together with the aqua strips separating each row of blocks.
Step 3 - attaching a piece of quilt batting and quilting the entire piece.
Step 4 - finish off with an envelope backing. I used a pretty floral print.
Step 5 - admire your cushion! (There has been rather a lot of this, I must admit!) Be prepared for quite a few photos. You can also see our new garden table and chairs. I sat on one of our old chairs last weekend and it collapsed under me! (It was rotten, honest!) We picked this set up at Homebase yesterday and gave it a test this afternoon between the showers!
I am so thrilled with it, I cannot stop myself from smiling every time I look at it. So far I have managed to keep it away from Flo's clutches, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time before she discovers it! She'll be putting in a request for a quilted cat bed next! I cannot wait to make another one and want to rummage through my bag of scraps. Each little coloured block is 2.5" square, so it's perfect for using up quite small pieces. Watch this space!
My knitting has been rather limited this week because of very dry and sore hands. In fact, my hands have been catching on the wool and it's been quite painful at times. I have been using loads of hand cream to try to moisturise them, but nothing is really making a long term difference. If you have any brilliant suggestions, please let me know. See you soon! xxx