Well, our house has been taken over by Gastroenteritis this past week. I am glad to say it's on its way out and we are all feeling ok again. Baby had it first, then I got it with a vengeance, and Daddy has, so far, managed to avoid it.
I finally felt well enough today to return to my sewing machine (the poor thing has never had such neglect as it has had this past week!). Remember these cushions I was preparing? Well I managed to hand applique the hearts on using 2 strands of dark grey thread in a blanket stitch before I got ill. This afternoon I managed to finish 1 cushion -
I'm really pleased with how this turned out, I ended up adding a white strip down each side of the front of this one as it ended up a little shorter than it should've! I think this cushion has a bit of a 'country cottage' look to it.
After blanket stitching around each heart, I felt the cushion still needed a little 'something'. So out came the buttons, I was going to sew some in between the hearts, but that just didn't work. I decided the cushion needed some quilting detail so I stitched straight lines around each side of the white centre.
It's quite subtle, but I think it really makes a difference and makes the hearts stand out a bit more. Here's a closer look at those lines -
I had to do a bit of a patchwork back for this cushion as I didn't have enough of any 1 of the fabrics, it still turned out good though.
And look! I even sewed my first ever buttonholes! Not at all as scary as I thought with a button hole foot on my sewing machine. I've just got to sew on the 3 self-cover buttons that I've covered with the raspberry gingham.
The cushion is around 22" x 22" and was one of a pair I already owned, but it had an awful plain pink cover on it that just wouldn't stay on! Hence the introduction of buttons on this cover. I may manage to get the other cushion finished off tomorrow - if I can find enough scraps to put together the back!
And did you notice what a great background my quilt makes for my cushion?? (The grey on the cushion is the remainder of the grey I used for the back of the quilt)
P.S. Welcome to all my new followers! I am very excited to have reached double figures lol!
Oh, and my Mum loved the elephant cushion, thanks so much to all of you who left me such lovely comments.