This one has gone to the youngest member of the family, and for her and her sister, we've decided to do something a little different. This time, it's memory bears. I've used two contrasting shirts, and we've even managed to keep the pocket from one of the shirts. I just love the tail.
For these, I've used a pattern from How Joyful and have a license to make and sell these. This was the first one I did and is full of character. The second one, has turned out slightly different, but will show you that one, after some more cushions.
The next one was a bit of a challenge. It was to be a neutral cushion, and the two shirts were stripey. I had to think of a way they would work together and be pleasing to the eye.
By bringing in some white, the centre squares were set on point, alternating white with the beige. The other shirt was used for the outer contrasting triangles and for the backing. In the end, it all worked out well.
There is a brief break from cushions to work on something for the little grandaughters. Join me tomorrow to see what they had.
This was extra special for me to make, as we're very friendly with this family. We wanted something that would suit the son, but also take into account his wife's Finnish roots. The blue theme fitted with the decor in their sitting room.
This was another one that evolved as it was in the making and I'm delighted with how it turned out. I was privileged to be there when they were given it. The cushion now has pride of place in their sitting room.
Over the course making these cushions, it's surprising how many times, the original idea evolved into something different. I'd see the two shirts chosen and have an idea, but by the time they'd been washed and ironed, something else would appear.
This one has gone down south to live, and was done for his brother in law and wife. The buttons have been taking from the blue shirt.
After receiving this cushion, they asked if one could be made for their son. Fortunately, there were shirts leftover, so one has been made, and will be getting to it's new home this weekend.
The next cushion to be made was for a grown up grandaughter. Previously, we had gone through the shirts, matching up colours to individuals, according to their tastes or decor.
It was lovely to work with such a contrast of fabrics, it made for a stunning cushion.This
This time, I went for pinwheel blocks. Once the front had been pieced and quilted, I then sewed buttons from one of the shirts in the centre of the four blocks, as well as where they met. The back is the front of the darker shirt, keeping the pocket.
Come back tomorrow, to see the next in the series.
There are some things we get asked to do, that have a special poignancy.
This spring was a difficult time for one of my friends, it was the one year anniversary of the death of her husband. In conversation, she said she wanted something special to remember him by but wasn't sure what. She was aware I did quilts, but she also wanted something for other members of the family. After some thought, we came up with the idea of cushions, all done differently, using his shirts.
The first shirt was to be used for his grandson. We wanted something masculine, something that held the character of his grandad, and that wouldn't hide that it was a shirt.
First, I cut the back from the shirt, closely quilting horizontal lines. The arms are place on the top, and top stitched in place. They are showing the sign for love, as the family all know and use sign language. The back of the cushion, is the front of the shirt. I made a pillow to fit as the finishing touch.
To come, there are cushions for five more family members, as well as something special for the little grandaughters.
The bed runner is growing. The name and date of birth have been appliqued and outlined. More blocks have been added either side of the central panel. I'm now waiting for the batting to arrive, so it can all be sandwiched and quilted.
Make a peg bag. There is probably more than one way to do these, but this is the method I use
This was the last item made to go into the parcel to Texas.
This buttoned scarf is knitted in Sirdar Big Softy yarn, which lives up to its name. The buttons have come from the button tin and were perfect for the finishing touch.
All being well, there should be a tutorial tomorrow. If you requested one, come back tomorrow and see if it's the one you wanted.
Do you remember the snuggly cushion? The one with the gorgeous wool? I told you the wool was so nice, that more things would be made from it.
The first extra, is this lovely scarf. It's just a plain scarf, with garter stitch ends, perfect for wrapping up this winter. This has gone to Texas, along with the pillow, so ir will be in good company.
There's one other item that made the journey over the Atlantic, I'll show you tomorrow.
I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.