Last year I bought yards of Christmas fabric and then some more in the sales. I made bunting and tree decorations and Fran helped with some hand sewing, between us we cut loads of strips ranging from
1 1/2" to 4" and had a bag full left over. While playing with Little Gem and her not 1/4" foot I made some 9 patches and some strip sets. Some were turned into pin cushions but I had too many just for that. I started sewing, pressing cutting etc. I hope that Francesca will like her Christmas Cushion.
I have managed to get a balance of light and dark and used the green fabric that she liked so much last year. It does not have a pillow form yet, I stuffed it with some wadding for the photo.
the front is lined and quilted in the ditch and the back is fully lined and all seams are enclosed, or as my granny called them "run and fell".
The back is an envelope closure, as luck would have it although I have every colour zip under the sun all the red are too small and the green are too light. Still I am happy with that, I will not get a call asking how to get the cushion pad out of the zipper without tearing or breaking anything.
Some of the pincushions have gone to the Charity Shop but I do have 4 left and plan to make some fancier ones soon.
Those 9 patch centers measure 3" and the surrounding strips are 1" finished, this is why my 1/4" has to be accurate. I want to make a quilt with this size block, I may be mad but I have a ton of tiny bits of precious fabrics and want to use every last scrap. This will be a long term project, I want to work my way through my "crumb" scrap bag and use any new ones along the way.
Reasons to be grateful.
1. Another sun drenched day.
2. Fran just called to say that she is having an excellent day at work.
3. The village is sleepy and quiet today, no huge lorries thundering through.
4. I had a parcel from up the Amazon today, a good book from my swagbucks, at last.
5. I have been given directions to a meadow that has a hedge dripping with rose hips. more cooking!
On that note it is time I put Ben on his lead so that we can go hunter gathering. a lazy day really, a little ironing later, a pasta sauce to make with leeks and bacon and a handful of cheese. Some more gentle sewing, I can not do too much until I pick up my new spectacles. Not forgetting the mountain of rose hips to be cleaned, chopped and cooked up.