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Grandmothers Flower Garden … part 2

So, with the piecing all finished and the basting removed, I’m pretty happy with my little hexagon block 🙂

now for some quilting …. a nice thick sandwich of wadding, and the cream fabric I’ve used in the block as the backing, and it’s onto the machine.

I don’t often machine quilt, but for these blocks it seems a practical and natural way to go about it. I use safety pins to hold the layers together – much less likely to slip out, and much less likely to prong myself mid-stitching. I’ve kept the quilting simple again, just running around the outline of the rosette rings … using crimson thread, just for a flash of contrast colour in those neutral creams and golds and coppers …

but with a cream thread on the bobbin …. for those that like seeing what lies beneath 🙂

and there’s the back of the finished  cushion … binding is done in a cream satin ribbon, and the backing is a double layer of the cream fabric I used in the block … I like to double up the fabric, partly because it takes a buttonhole much, much better on a double layer of fabric, and partly because I like the insides of my cushions to look as nice as the outside, so they’re lined.

And because this one ended up being sold before it was even finished (funny how serendipity works that way sometimes), I customised it with a little hand embroidery on the front ….

modern country cushion - hexagon patchwork

It looks so lovely and plump with its inner cushion pad inserted! Happy birthday Ann – I hope you enjoy this cushion as much as I enjoyed making it.

And …. if you want a cushion like this, then check what’s in stock over at my Etsy shop or for a bespoke cushion, please do get in touch

Indian Summer – bespoke cushion

Another day, another bespoke cushion 🙂

Indian Elephant - bespoke cushion, appliqued silk and hand embroidery

These oblong cushions are very popular at the moment …. this one is worked in a vintage saffron-gold needlecord, with an appliqued panel of chocolate-brown shot silk. These hot spicey colours work so well in both neutral, modern interiors and more traditional country interiors ….

I embroidered the elephant design in concentric rings of chain stitch, using different co-ordinating coloured embroidery threads.

I am seriously loving those bright, rich colours, especially when everything outside is so grim and grey.

Indian Elephant - cushion, hand embroidery detail

I’m really pleased with how the embroidery came out – it draws on ethnic techniques and style, without going too overboard.