I'm thrilled with my latest cushion!!! It's just perfect for someone who lives near the beach. I made the seagull cushion as a Christmas present, but I'm oh, so tempted to keep it for myself. I don't live anywhere near the beach, but I still think it looks great sitting on my lounge.
I first saw the Seagull cushion over at Celtic Thistle Stitches and loved it straight away. When Fiona realised she had accidentally purchased the cushion pattern twice, she kindly sent me the spare copy. Thanks, Fiona!
The pattern suggests using temporary adhesive spray and felt for the appliqué, but I've gone with double sided fusible webbing and quilting fabric.
I've backed the front of the cushion with thin batting (wadding) and a layer of calico behind and have sewn the scribbly lines through all layers. I"m not sure if this is classed as quilting, but I'll go with that??? As I was using batting and quilting, I should have cut the front layers larger than the finished size and just trimmed them to size, but I didn't. Consequently, the front ended up not quite a square and the cushion is a little fuller than it perhaps should be. I don't think it really matters, but hopefully I'll remember next time.
For the back of the cushion, I've just used the blue, striped quilting cotton and calico. The back closes with a simple envelope closure.
This is my second cushion using uneven, scribbly lines of stitching on an appliqué. The first was my Holiday Memories cushion and I really like the effect!
I just have to show you a close up of those skinny little legs. I wondered how they'd turn out, being so thin, but they were no problem at all.
As I didn't have a temporary fabric marker, I made very light marks for the points of the feathers, with a lead pencil. Looking back at the pattern, I've missed a feather, but you wouldn't know unless I told you.
Initially, I wasn't going to blog about the Seagull cushion until after Christmas, but I just can't wait. I think I'm pretty safe, as I don't think the recipient reads my blog on a regular basis. I won't be showing it on Facebook, though.
One more item crossed off the list, but still a lot to go.