Item eight on my Q4 FAL list was a Christmas cushion using the penguin fabric and octagons (surrounded by white frames so they'd look like they were on ice/snow), and it looked like this at the start of the quarter:
As I said, my plan was octagons and I'd carefully measured the penguins to check what size octagon they'd fit in without having disembodied flippers appearing in the frame, and that size was 2" x 2 3/8" with 1/2" triangles taken off the corners to create the octagon. However, when I spread the fabric on the ironing board and started ironing the templates in place, it became apparent that there were three or four sizes of penguin and my original plan wouldn't work. You can see here how few penguins fitted. And it's also a lesson in opening up the fabric before making a plan as it's much more obvious from a distance that not all the penguins are the same size!
So, time for a new plan. After a bit of thinking, I decided to cut out as many penguins as I could and free piece the white round them, rather than having them framed. I used a small ruler to draw a line 1/4" from the edge of each penguin and then cut them out with small scissors. Here's the first one I released from the fabric:
And here's how many I managed to release in the end - I started with the whole penguins and then moved onto any partial penguins who would have both eyes when cut out. I still can't quite believe I got this many from a fat quarter!
I then set about framing them with white solid in a liberated/free piecing style (no measuring, no pinning, just lop off a bit of white, sew it on and then trim before tackling the next seam):
Soon I had eight:
Then the thirty-six I'd been aiming for (although I counted thirty-seven but couldn't find the thirty-seventh when I laid them out):
And after a bit of dithering (which I think was the last time you saw them), decided on leaving them all the right way up (apart from one, and yes, it's deliberate!). Then I had a dither about borders:Suzanne on Instagram suggested red cornerstones and I thought that was a great suggestion, so went with it:
And then, when I was getting the bits out ready to join some scraps of wadding for the backs of the cushions, I found an unexpected penguin in my sewing room - he just appeared from nowhere!!
After yet another bit of dithering over the quilting, I decided to do random lines round all the penguins so that it would look as though they'd been ice skating. I used my walking foot and just moved the cushion round whichever way I fancied. And, as per Clare's suggestion, I used a stripe for the binding. I bound this cushion first to ensure I had enough to go all the way round.
The back is just the same as the back of the polar bear cushion, so I haven't taken a photo of that. Well, I say it's the same, there's just the small matter of it being on upside down, but we won't mention that, will we?
And here are my two #Christmascushionalong cushions with their inspiration, my penguin cushion from Joanne, which she made for me last year. I realised he was getting lonely as he was my only Christmas/winter cushion, so I was determined to make him a couple of friends.
This is a finish from my Q4 Finish-Along list, and I'll be linking up when the time comes (not long now - eek!)
And excuse the grainy low light photo, but it's safe to say that Archie loves it when it's tuna for tea!
|I love tuna night!!!|