Sunday, 19 June 2011

Rule Britannia and all that...

I was feeling particularly patriotic and so decided it was finally time to make a Union Flag cushion.  All my life I've called it a Union Jack, but that seems to anger Mr CA who says that Union Jacks are only flown on ships.   As my flag knowledge is limited, I'm going to believe him.


I used a selection of layer cake squares, I can spot some Moda Boutique in there...not sure about the others.  I cut them into triangles using my homemade template and sewed them up in probably the worst way I could have done possible.  It only occurred to me later that I'd actually made a pinwheel...  I should have made it like a pinwheel!!

My maths were terrible when constructing this as I forgot completely about seam allowances.  I was making an 18" cushion cover, it turned out 15" which was actually a good job as I only had a 15" cushion insert handy!  The cushion insert is old and very flat, must get a fluffier one.

I cut some strips, folded the edges and sewed them on to the "pinwheel/disaster" with lace underneath. 



I brought it downstairs and put it on the chair to see how long it would take Mr CA to notice it.  About 45 minutes is the answer to that.  He likes it so it gets to stay.

As an added bonus to today's post, you get to play "what's on Wendy's table" due to the reflective film on our windows.  I spot a punnet of nectarines... anything else?





10 comments:

Allie said...

That's darling! And look, it turned out the perfect size, you had just the right insert on hand. Is that a gorgeous table runner I see on your table???

Amanda Makes said...

What a cheery cushion! How lovely. Thank you so much Wendy for your kind comment. Big hugs, Amanda xxx

Sweet Floweret said...

wow, that's cute.
thanks for sharing!
Tina
www.sweetfloweret.com

Nancy Lee said...

Love it!
We always called it the Union Jack, until we got our very own flag. Don't you just love how we have to be good a math to make things fit? Not. Most of the time, I just trust in Providence and it all usually works out.

Sandra :) said...

It looks great to me - ask Nancy ^^^ how many seam allowances there are on a square ... HA!!!

Rebekah said...

I am an Anglophile from the US. I love it!

noga quilts said...

What a lovely patriotic pillow! Great idea!

Martha said...

great patriotic sewing! i love union jacks and im planning my own project with this lovely motif. its great to see your cushion. the dotted fabric is sooooo lovely!

Jenni at Treacle and Ink said...

after seeing 4th July crafts EVERYWHERE it's so nice to see a lovely little Union Jack!

this is so cute. and you are a very lucky lady if the Mr doesn't mind keeping it! xx

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Love it, Wendy! The lace is a lovely addition.