Why hello there!
Can anyone tell me how it is the end of September already! It seems I blink and another month has zoomed by. Christmas is starting to appear in stores and I have made the big decision to bury my head in the sand for a bit longer and just ignore it all. Usually I like to be organised but this year I am throwing caution to the wind and going for the last minute look. Be on the look out for posts full of regret in the week before Christmas 😉
Kerri’s book lives up to all expectations – so many pretty projects to sew and the photos are to die for! Initially I thought I would struggle deciding on what to make but then I saw the deer quilt and my mind was immediately made up. In fact that minute I saw it I knew that quilt block needed to be a cushion.
Interestingly I thought I was going to floral it up like Kerri’s quilt and create a similar look but my eye kept getting drawn to all the monochrome prints on my shelf. I decided to go for it and create my cushion using the on trend colours of black, white and mint. Now this is a complete departure for me as you all know but I am so glad I took the leap because the cushion turned out super cute!
I used Moda Thicket for the monochrome prints and added a touch of Nordic (ears) and Hello Bear for the mint backdrop. Once the block was made it was easy to add more mint and I loved adding the black inset border to lift it all up.
Piecing the cushion wasn’t as hard as I thought and I am so grateful I had just read a tutorial by Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane where she had mentioned starching fabrics before cutting, it absolutely made a difference to my block in terms of precision. I was pretty nervous to start but it came together pretty quickly and with only one need for a seam ripper (always remember right sides together!)
For quilting I decided to stick with the modern theme and I love the look and the texture it gave. I am getting so much braver with my quilting and I really am happy being a straight line girl. I just love how it looks on both modern and traditional pieces.