A huge thank you to Jenna, my partner in the Big Stitch Swap. This week I received an amazing parcel from her...
Our swap was all about incorporating handstitching, or hand quilting into an item... I am so fortunate in having Jenna as my secret partner, as she sussed me out totally! Not only did she make this gorgeous handbag, but the smaller zipped pouch to go inside it :-)
Jenna couldn't have known, but the fabric she used on the inside was one of my first ever favourite fabrics, when I started patchwork. I still love it, and have used dots in many items, but mostly all given away! Needless to say, Miss PatchyRose tried to get her mitts on this straightaway, but I fought her off.
Meanwhile my recipient, KraftyKat, has just received her item from me, so I can show you the whole cushion cover...
Kat's collage was an intriguing one, which immediately made me think of these cushion covers which I've made before. The difference this time, was including the hand quilting and stitching. Kat has six kids (!) so I wanted to make something robust, just for her, feminine and yet not too girlie. The end result was hard to photograph, too light and the embroidery disappears, especially the seed heads and their flyaway seeds... Too dark, and the other fabrics look grubby. Still, you get the idea!
The small one was complaining recently that she didn't have a special cushion on the sofa, which was easily rectified with this free tutorial from Lori Holt:
It was a painless project for the warm summer evenings, and a great use of scraps. The backing is a special piece which the girl picked out for herself when we were last in a fabric shop -
And the little cut off corners were saved, stitched before trimming, and used to make this 5" mug mat -
This was my first attempt at a mug mat, and I am very pleasantly surprised by how well it turned out! After our wonderful, long heatwave, the evenings are getting a little cooler, so the quilts may reappear soon... Hope you are having a fabulous August!