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 ;-)
Anyhoo welcome to my stop on the Lovely Little Patchwork Blog Tour. This book has been written by a quilty idol of mine Kerri Horsley who I have followed for years, I was even a regular fabric purchaser when she had that gorgeous little Etsy store and used to voraciously devour her blog and wish I could create such pretties! I wont lie when I was invited to be part of this I may have squealed and hyperventilated more than once!
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.
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.
The cushion size I used is 50cm so she is lovely and large, I am a bit obsessed with big squishy cushions these days. They are popping up all over the house.
But the best thing about this cushion was it was finally something handmade I could put in Cooper's room. 10 year old boys are hard to decorate for and I was worried showing him, assuming it would just end up on the couch with all my other pretties. But that morning after I dropped him at school I went looking for it only to find this in his room - definitely a win in my book!
He had even made his bed which believe me is an absolute first! Tonight he is fast asleep cuddled up with it, it is the best feeling to see things I make being used and loved!
Now there are lots of amazingly talented bloggers out there creating amazing pieces from Kerri's book so make sure you go and have a look at all of them! Here is a full schedule of the tour so you can visit the other makers to see their fabulous creations. You can also follow along on Instagram with the hashtag #lovelylittlepatchworkblogtour. Thank you for visiting and a massive thanks to Tuva Publishing and Kerri for giving me the opportunity to take part.