As previously mentioned, I had to make the decision to make only a few handmade gifts in the lead up to Christmas. You can see the other two gifts that I made for friends HERE and HERE. This last handmade gift was for my beautiful friend Mardi. Now, I wanted to make something special for Mardi without her knowing what I was making. I share all about my stitching with Mardi as she is always interested, and gives me great feedback and amazing support, so to be making something in secret takes extra thought.
In deciding what to make, I headed to Mardi's Pinterest board. I had in my head that I would like to make her a cushion for her home, so when I found one that she had pinned that was doable for me, the decision was made. First thing was a fabric pull - again, one of my most favourite parts of starting a new project.
I was very excited to mix up my fabrics to try and put together a combination that Mardi would love. I ended up swapping a few of these out for some earlier pieces of Denyse Schmidt fabrics as they were more in keeping with Mardi's style. I teamed all of these fabrics with a plain grey background. I was ready to begin.
First up was lots and lots of cutting. This cushion involved lots of little 3 inch blocks, so cutting came first.
Next was lots of chain piecing. This sped up the process quite nicely. I was loving this cushion so much already, so anything that helped me get to the next stage quicker was OK with me.
Before too long I had a nice little pile of completed blocks. I lay them out together to get a feel for how my cushion front would look and I was thrilled. I couldn't wait to finish the rest of them.
Once my blocks were completed, it was time to lay them out and work on the layout. I love this part too, switching and changing things around until everything looks balanced.
Once I was happy with the layout of my little blocks, I stitched them all together to form my cushion front.
Next up was pinning, ready for quilting.
I decided to echo quilt this cushion front, which would emphasise the cross or plus aspect through the blocks. I also quilted in a grey that matched the background fabric. I love mid grey over these kinds of prints too, it helps marry everything together.
After a few hours of quilting, my cushion top was complete. I was totally in love with this cushion already and couldn't wait to make the back pieces and see it all complete.
I was on a little self imposed deadline because I really wanted to get Mardi's cushion in the post to her in time for Christmas, so I didn't take a lot of time to do a proper photo shoot of it when I was finished. So before wrapping it up and sending it on it's way, I took a few photos in my room.
I was absolutely thrilled when it arrived at Mardi's and even more thrilled to know how much she loved it too. Mardi shared a few photos on her Instagram too. Making gifts for family and friends truly is one of the things I love most about Patchwork.
I really did love making this cushion so much so that I think I may just have to make one for myself. I will add that to my ever growing list of stitched projects for the year. I haven't set foot back in my studio at all since before Christmas, so am looking forward to playing with fabric again soon. I have more gifts to make, so will be sharing more completed projects throughout the year for sure.