Thursday, 5 June 2014

I will conquer you Improv...

I've been improving!  OK, so it's a very gentle kind of improving.  Sort of following a tutorial improving.  But improving is improving.  And I'm not talking about improving as in improving, I'm actually saying improving.



This cushion is made following Mod Mosaic, a free tutorial by Oh Fransson!  It's a great wonkilicious tutorial, though I don't do wonk very well, as witnessed by the minimum wonkiness above.



this gigantic cushion was made for Jacob, to go with his quilt, so uses the same Scoot fabrics with white.  I talked about the making of this cushion a few weeks ago, saying I was going to use a 20" cushion insert and wanted it to be snug, so had sewn it to 21".  Good job I did, when I went to buy the insert, I discovered The Range doesn't sell 20" ones, I had to go for a 22" instead.


I hand quilting inside each piece with Perle 8, wonkily and improvly.


and backed it with whatever I had to hand!  Slight miscalculation on the backing front - the whiter fabric was supposed to go over the zig-zag fabric.  I can't think in 3d.










20 comments:

Cindy said...

You're cracking me up with this. Your cushion cover is lovely - perfect for little J. The hand stitching is a fab personal touch. Stars all around!

Just-Do said...

Love it! The fabrics you've used are awesome together. I really like this technique, because you just don't know what your top is going to be like up front.

Rachel said...

You can creep up on increasing wonkiness - start small and get wonkier!

pennydog said...

I get the cushion back the wrong way round all the time!! I could have given you a cushion insert on the weekend, I got a couple of brand new ones on freecycle and they're rather big. In the past when my inserts have been too big, I've made a little slit in the side and pulled some of the stuffing out- works a treat :)

cauchy09 said...

looks great! you know,, one can also improvise without wonkiness.

moira said...

I have issues with wonk too. Lovely finish

A Nudge said...

Great pillow. Congrats on the improv and wonkiness - I've found it takes a lot of time so admire anyone who can do it.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Excellent pillow! It'll go really well with his quilt :D

JoJo said...

Love it!

Sandra :) said...

I achieve maximum wonk when I'm not trying to - it's something I seem to excel at :D Your pillow looks great - I always struggle with the "top or bottom first" layering as well - I've learned to baste first so I can check my results before final stitching - live and learn :)

Katherine said...

Chuckling as I sorted out your improving from your improving....;o)
Fantastic cushion cover to go with the quilt for your nephew, Wendy!

Diana @ Red Delicious Life said...

You're doing a great job with the improv. Me, I suck at it. BTW, thanks for stopping by my blog for the New Blogger's hop. For some reason my email won't let me respond to you. I've try replying and forwarding and it just doesn't work. Hopefully you found some new blogs to follow. I know I have!

margaret said...

I do like wonky and this is no exception, very nice indeed,

Jane Galley said...

I love this, and I'm sure Jacob will love it too

Celtic Thistle said...

What an improvement! Must check out that tutorial too.

Maria said...

I think it's gorgeous and the stitching is just great. At least you attempted it I wouldn't even consider doing hand stitching. Don't get me wrong I much prefer the look of hand stitching I just don't have the time or patience.

Pam @Threading My Way said...

I find it hard to visualise 3D shapes, too. Love this cushion, just as I loved the matching quilt!!! You are doing wonky very well!!!

Heidi said...

I love Scoot:-)
I am hand quilting for my first time and chose Perle. It is whole-cloth and I don't really have a plan for my stitching, so I guess I am improving my improving in a way too..

Cheryl said...

I like the fabrics you used in the pillow, so cheerful!

Jo Ferguson said...

This is a big, cuddly, squishy, colourful, snuggly, huggable, embraceable, adorable pillow. I love it.