Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Improv cushion for the Modern Makers Retreat blog tour


Prepare for photo overload!

A few months ago, I sorta, kinda, maybe started another business with two crazy chicks (you can read all about it over at Modern Makers Retreat). 



This month we launched the Cushion Palooza competition (terms and conditions here). We decided to have a blog tour, yep I'm claiming myself as a blogger on this poor neglected blog! So I called in a few favours with some friends and tada - a blog tour was created.

Strategically, I scheduled myself last. Because the deadline was looming. And yep, needed the weekend to finish it. 

So here is my creation. 




My mum and dad visited last weekend and I showed mum the cushions I had started to make her for Mother's Day (yeah I'm totes late!). They were super cool, retro browns, corals and oranges tones. And then they bought a new couch. Which was black - doh! So back to the drawing board (and the other ones are still sitting there half done). 

I wanted to work with these beautiful screenprinted fabrics from Spin Spin. I picked up a sample pack ages ago but just couldn't bring myself to cut into them. Mum loved the bright colours and wanted to include them all. Add in a little Kona solids in Goldfish (orange colour) and Cyan and this pillow really pops!



I embraced my recent foray into improv style - just slice and dice it all together. The pieces were all different sizes so it really suited what I had. 

Add in some cross hatch quilting - seriously the texture on this is amazing - and it was done. 

I kept it simple and just did an envelope back with some fabric that has been sitting there for ages (so totally justifying the stash growing, right?)

As an aside, my grandfather gave me this little wicker chair when I was three and it has now made it's way back to me. It makes my heart sing when I see my little ones sitting in it. 



And my dad's comment "oh its bright!" Sorry dad, mum designed it!

Head on over to Modern Makers Retreat to see the other bloggers on the tour and check out the amazing prizes on offer. You just have to make a cushion. You never know right ...

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