Monday, 17 June 2013

Progress

I am still battling with my two projects but had a good afternoon on Friday with the Horizons piece and have got about a third of it stitched together.  The hardest part, filling in some of the gaps, is still to come.  I had hoped to have a day at Stichcraft tomorrow but they are fully booked so I am going to have to work from home and use the bed as a design wall as I don't have anywhere else with enough drop to work on it.

Yesterday we had Mum here, which was lovely and, as she chooses to sit on a dining chair at the care home, I thought it was high time I made her a cushion for her back.  Of course, the home have given her a cushion but everytime I go to see her, said cushion has walked to someone else's chair.  I thought it would be best if I could make a cushion with ties on so that there is less chance of it being whipped off.





Isn't this fabric gorgeous?  I just love it!  I've got just enough left to make myself a bag :-)  The bows are the ties that I hope will deter any cushion-lifters!




And just to be sure I've appliqued Mum's name on the reverse so there won't be any doubt whose cushion it is.  Here's hoping it will work.

If you look closely you will see that the lovely flowery fabric makes several appearances in my quilt for Festival of Quilts, masquerading as the sea.  I've spent some time today joining some of the blocks together and after many changes I am on the way to finalising the design.




Every time I see the quilt in a photo and think I have finished rearranging I notice something else that jars slightly.  Naturally it changes each time I sew block or a row together and adding quilting will change it yet again but I am happy :-)  In fact, I want to make it bigger!  

Wish me luck for the rest of the week.  Deadlines are rapidly approaching!  (Not to mention a big birthday for someone at the end of the week - not me I hasten to add). 


15 comments:

Wendy said...

It is coming along nicely. the orange line in the bottom right corner is pointing out of the quilt, can that piece be turned over so that it points the other way?
Now get on with the quilting......nag nag nag

Maggi said...

Lovely cushion and what a good idea with the ties and her name. It must be distressing when things go missing. Quilt is looking good

Emma said...

Just been catching up here, finally! What a wonderful time you've been having, here there & everywhere. Fabulous cushion & lovely with her name appliqued. The quilt is looking great 7 your worksop looked very successful. I tried curved piecing once.... ;)

Jackie said...

Oh my goodness, Julie!
That cushion is beauuuuutiful!!
Great idea to put the ties on it. Now, I just hope there isn't another Jessie in the home....!!!
(I can't understand WHY someone would take something that doesn't belong to them. I shake my head!)
The colors are wonderful.
You are so talented, Julie!!
I love this.....

Clare Wassermann said...

I like the quilt...the colours are very St. Ives inspired. I look forward to seeing it at the NEC if I can find it....you'll have to give us a clue where it is!

Heather said...

Your Mum will love her cushion. Hope all goes to plan with your quilt and the birthday preparations. Don't work too hard!

Living to work - working to live said...

I do like that cushion - what a lovely idea.

Perhaps I should make my mother in law one like it, she spends all day sitting in a chair but it is not clear quite how comfy she is.

Good luck with those deadlines.

pam said...

The cushion is gorgeous and with her name on is such a good idea. Oh your quilt is coming along nicely it looks really great. You must be busy with the birthday preparations - hope all goes really well.

Angela said...

Nice to see the progress you are making with your quilt.The cushion is lovely.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Cute pillow for Mom...hope it does stay put. Your quilt is really lovely, can't believe another festival is coming up again. xox

Amanda said...

Fabulous cushion! I'm sure there will be plenty trying to pinch it now!!! But at least it knows it's owner.

and the quilt is looking good. It's amazing what a photo can do to perspective isn't it?

Peneller said...

Well done Julie. I hope your Mum likes her cushion. I made one for my MIL and she loves it so much she props it up opposite where she's sitting so she can look at it! Not the idea at all! Quilt's coming on apace.Lovely.xx

Lis Harwood said...

The cushion is a great idea, well done on taking time from your exhibition quilts schedule to make it for your mum.

Gina said...

I'm here wishing you luck! Beautiful cushion and quilt.

underatopazsky said...

It is a gorgeous fabric and a great idea for your mum. The quilt is looking fabulous - those lines of orange really bring the whole thing to life.