Friday, March 29, 2013

T.G.I.F.F. #12 - Another Day - Another Cushion!

Another quick Friday night post from me!  I only have one finish this week, it's been another crazy few days!

I told you the other day that we had a lovely Japanese student staying with us for a few days.  Well, I decided on Tuesday that I would make him a gift to take home.  Whipped down to Spotlight to find some Australiana fabric, and was a tad bit disappointed with their lack of choices.  However, I hastily picked a blue print with Australian animals on it.  It's a little bit kitsch, but I thought he would like it.  

The finished product!  I tried to "boy it up" with the earthy tones, so it wasn't too "cutesy"!
And I took out my prized collection of Aurifil (all four of them!) and chose to use a lovely silver/grey for the straight lines around the main wonky star.  I was quite pleased with myself, how straight the lines turned out, and how it does actually look like it's  pretty much on point!  It's also the first time EVER I have tried pebbling.  The rusty coloured fabric has a beautiful swirly, pebbly pattern on it, so I wanted to amplify that by pebbling over it.  It's far from perfect, but I think it works really well.  I used a gorgeous gold hued Aurifil for the pebbling.

And the recipient!  He was quite taken with his gifts.  I made him a photo book to go with the cushion, and he was quite taken with the animals.  His english improved ten fold in the four days he was here, and he was able to tell us the names of all the native Australian animals.

I used THIS wonky star tutorial for the middle block.  It was quite easy to do, and a little bit of fun - considering it didn't have to be perfectly straight!

I'm finding cushions are the perfect project for practising quilting.  I started a divine cushion cover last night, and finished over four hours of paper piecing this afternoon.......only to have my bloody iron spit rusty spots all over the crisp white fabric.  To say I was shattered would be an understatement.  I consulted Dr Google for a remedy, but it hasn't worked properly.  I am hoping and praying the spots will magically disappear so I can show you all next week!

I'm linking up with T.G.I.F.F. being hosted by Never Too Hot To Stitch!


  1. What a thoughtful and fun gift for your guest! Your quilting turned out beautifully too! Good luck with the rust -- maybe Ease Out?

  2. His pillow came out great. In years to come it will be a instant memory of his trip.
    I got the same rust spots when I ironed my quilt top yesterday. Let me know if you figure out how to get them out. I don't want to mess it up, it was supposed to be a wedding present.

  3. What a lovely gift! I finished a pillow too this week! You are absolutely right, they are a great way to perfect your skills!

  4. Very clever! Love the wonky star.

  5. How awesome! Love the quilting on it too! Have you tried hydrogen peroxide dowsed on a clean white cloth, then place the iron on top of the spots? It happens to me ALL too often, and that has worked. Good luck!


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