Sunday, 28 April 2013

Progress being celebrated

Hello there

Last week I told you about the first patchwork block I had made from the Craftsy 'Re-piecing the past' class I subscribed to. This week, I've completed my second block. This one is called Sherman's block or barn door in America.
We had some sun, so I took it outside,
as you do :-)

I used up the last of the fabric I had leftover from cutting the lounge curtains shorter. I will never work with that again; it's too stretchy for patchwork and it frays far too easily. I have some leftover still but that's getting thrown out.
The other material I got from America last year from Joanne's and is Batik in style.

I had a few issues with cutting and sewing the
 triangle pieces together but I got there in the end

Finished block
 After finishing the block I made some 2 inch wide strips of way too long length ( I told you I was keen to use up as much of this fabric as possible) and sewed them round all four edges of the block, as this meant it would be big enough for the front of my cushion cover. The back of the cushion cover I made with the curtain fabric (yes, using it up!) and created an envelope seal.
Seams like these make me feel good :-)

Both cushions are now in place in the lounge and I'm a happy bee for achieving something this week. I even managed a button closure on the back of one of the cushion covers, which was good, as I haven't done a button hole on my machine for a long time.

Take care out there

outtake from the photo shoot session:

Seconds after taking the first shot of the cushion, I took another one (just incase) and of course both Chris and Nero decided they wanted in on the act, so Chris promptly put the bottle of Prosecco on the chair and Nero sniffed at the cushion he'd never smelt before. We wanted to celebrate the new patio, new relaxer garden chairs and my cushions, so the wine was necessary. Chris was outside with the bottle as he always pops the cork in the garden, as he likes to see if he can get it to land on the decking from the back door and because the dogs get all excited and run to get it and see who is the first to chew it and leave bits of bloomin cork all over the garden.... oops I slipped into fuddy duddy garden mower then :-)


  1. Gorgeous cushion and love the outtake with the little snippet of life !

    C xxx


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