Triangles Into Squares

We are almost at the end of January and this is my first post of the year! How are the resolutions going? Along with many of you, I am trying to declutter and get more organised.  Cupboards have been cleaned, tiles scrubbed and bags (and bags and bags) have been delivered to charity shops across Sheffield.

All the sorting and tidying has unearthed a rather unhealthy amount of unfinished projects….so I thought I would make start on finishing these rather than adding new projects to the pile!

First on the list is this bundle of half square triangles……

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I made these a good few months ago when I was in my *triangle phase* (thankfully I am now through that one now) , they are made mostly from an unknown Moda charm pack with some Amy Butler, Riley Blake and a splash of Liberty. Once made up I struggled with the colour and layout, there was just too much colour, pattern and points! So I bundled them all up and forgot about them until my tidy up.

When I looked at them with fresh eyes I did like everything, apart from the triangles. So I sliced and diced them into 2 1/4″ squares and stitched them back together…

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And a close up of my not-too-bad-at-all seams (just don’t look at THAT one at the bottom)…

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My plan is to quilt it with a layer of batting and calico back, and then turn it into a 50cm square cushion cover. I may even have a go at free motion quilting if I can find a simple design which will work. If you have any ideas please leave a comment below or on my Facebook page (see right), I would be most grateful.

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Free-Motion Raw-Edge Appliqué Made Easy

If you *like* Little Red Monkey & Co’s Facebook page  you will know that last night I did a somewhat foolish thing.  I cracked open a bottle of wine during an impromptu sewing session.  You know the sort where you empty your entire fabric collection – including the scrap box – all over the living room.  I was inspired by a fab tutorial found on Comfort Stitching, no idea how I stumbled onto this blog (may have been the wine distracting me from online grocery shopping), but I am glad I found it.  So out came my fabric,  large helping of wine, and I was off on my free-motion-embroidery journey.  I didn’t expect it to work, i really didn’t.  Maybe it was the lack of expectation, maybe it was the wine making me carefree about that needle cm’s from my hands.  But it turned out alright……I was that pleased I made it into a cushion.  Little M has claimed it – he is my number one fan after all 🙂

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Project Christmas has Begun….

Hello…..yes I am still here! I have taken a bit of an unplanned break from blogging, mainly because I haven’t done much “making” of late for one reason, then another, and then another. But I have been doing a lot of blog reading, thinking and planning ready for project christmas. Number one on the list is a quillow for my little boy. For those that have never heard of this before (which was me up until a few weeks ago), it is a quilt which can be folded up into a cushion/pillow. I am following a tutorial posted by A Cuppa and a Catch Up with a little bit of modification, mainly the cushion pouch on the back rather that the front, and so far it is going to plan, although any thoughts would be appreciated. I have pieced together the top as above, I am going for the “suit all ages” look, with the hope that he will grow up loving and using it for many years to come. I also have the material to make a stocking for him for christmas day, an advent calender panel to do and some christmas decorations to sew. Oh, and a free motion embroidery class in a few weeks to attend and the harrogate quilt festival if I can talk my mum into coming with me (Hi mum)…….must crack on with all this!

My Slightly Wonky Cushion Part 2

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I have had a few requests for tutorials for my Slightly Wonky Cushion I didn’t follow one particular tutorial as I have been studying circular pouf’s (sp? You know the things you can put your feet/tea/book on?) for a while. Sew Smug links to an excellent tutorial on constructing this type of cushion, and I am pretty sure Making Magazine had a similar tutorial last month.

So I have been formulating this idea for a while and thought I would have a go at a smaller version first…

I fashioned my cushion by drawing around a big plate, folding into quarters, then thirds to give one segment. Then added a seam allowance either side. This provided the template for my cushion top. I used a piece of string around the edge to get the length needed for a strip of fabric for the edge. And then cut a bottom circle to match the top. I then sewed it all together, stuffed using the innards from a cheap pillow and closed it with a few slip stitches. A hand covered button through the centre finished it off.

If you have a go at this I would advise not making the strip of fabric too wide, it is difficult to get the button through the centre, something I didn’t anticipate. And remember, my cushion is wonky, following a proper tutorial might yield a more even cushion!

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My Slightly Wonky Circular Cushion

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Here is my first attempt at a circular cushion. It is a bit wonky and the button needs to be bigger but I do like it. It is quite thick, like a hands width, which made sewing the button through both sides a little tricky. I tried it without pulling the button taut but it didn’t look right, that little dimple makes all the difference! I eventually managed to get through to the other side with an extra long needle and a lot of squashing, swearing and pricking of fingers. I think it was worth it but not sure I will use a button next time, maybe a circle of fabric stitched on instead?

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Jelica’s Farewell Log-Cabin Cushion

Today is a sad day. A very dear friend had worked her last shift and is starting a new job in a new place on Monday. We have worked together for nearly eight years and I am going to miss her! I made her this cushion as a leaving present. I was unable to give it to her in person, which is probably a good thing…. I hate goodbyes and was guaranteed to cry (even though I will be seeing her on Saturday)…..she has since told me that she loves it (cushion not crying!) which had made me smile x

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Log-Cabin Patchwork Quilt-As-You-Go Cushion

This is my first ever attempt at quilting, and fulfilled a new year resolution from 2011 to make a quilt (I did make it that year!). I made it during a one day workshop run by Running With Scissors a sheffield (UK) based organisation which provides various craft workshops.

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My cushion is very orange and staring at it for too long is not recommended, but it fits in perfectly with my living room decor and I love it!

A Crocheted Granny Square Cushion

I made this cushion as a present for my mum for mothers day last month. The squares were made individually and then sewn together to make the front piece…

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And the back was made by making one square for the middle and then continuing to work around in puff stitch (I think), alternating the colours until it was the correct size….

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I then sewed the two sides together with the cushion pad inside. I closed one edge with a contrasting colour so it will be easy to cut open should it need washing, it is unnoticeable unless you are looking for it so I think this works quite well.