|Illustration Friday – Tree|
A quick little Sept/Oct update, and an Instagrammy snapshot of what we’ve been up to in Sept/Oct.
We visited Cornwall with Family and friends in September. It was a well deserved break. We ate a lot (of pasties – yum) and drank a lot of lovely Cornish Ale and cocktails.
I also got to visit ‘Coast and Country Crafts’ (http://www.coastandcountrycrafts.co.uk/) between Truro and Falmouth. I’d seen their advert in Mollie Makes magazine, and have wanted to visit for a little while. It was a treasure trove of crafty goodness and beautiful fabrics, lots of them cut in to fat quarters. I couldn’t resist buying a few to add to my collection.
During September I also visited a couple of local car boot sales, and flea markets, picked up a lovely carved wooden owl for 20p, and came across a beautiful book on Poisonous Fungi, published by King Penguin books. They are a lovely series of books, all with brilliant covers. They were very inspiring.
In the light of my recent worky projects I’ve been feeling a little bit crafty, so I decided I’d have a go at another patchwork cushion.
Whilst I was making it, I thought it would be fun to take a few photos and post up a bit of a tutorial… I took the pictures on my phone – so sorry about the poor quality! I hope it makes sense too, I’ve not written a tutorial before… so any suggestions on how I could improve would be welcome!
Step 1 – Choose 6 different fabrics, and cut strips of 90mm x 540mm from each fabric. Then cut these up again into six equal squares, measuring 90mm x 90mm. It helps if you use a rotary cutter, and cutting mat! you should have 36 squares altogether. (I didn’t take pics of this… but you end up with lots of 90mm x 90mm squares)
Step 2 – On the back of each square, measure draw a line 5mm in from each side using a water soluble pen, or tailors chalk. This will be your seam allowance.
Step 3 – Arrange your squares into the pattern you’d like them to be on your cushion front.
|I decided to use lots of orange
fabrics for this cushion.
|It took a little while to get them looking
this neat, they were a bit fiddly…
Step 6 – Take your first two rows, and pin them together, with their right sides facing. Make sure your 5mm seam allowance lines line up. I found it handy to try to line up the edge of each square so they’re neat when you sew them together. – Do this for all six rows.
|Adding my third row.
I took the pins out as I sewed
|My first two rows together|
|All six rows sewn together|
|Then I ironed it all flat (and the seams on the
back – like I did for when I ironed the rows)
|Lazy pinning (and neatly ironed seams)|