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A done deer!

Yay! At last the front of the quilted Christmas Reindeer cushion version 2 is finished!  Just got to make it up into a pillow now. You can see the original version here.  As you can see there are a few changes in this adaptation, but I think the consensus is that you prefer the first one so I’ll go ahead and write up the pattern for it 🙂  Just out of curiosity, if you were going to make it, how long would expect it to take – and how soon would you want the pattern before the holiday season begins (the original one has less hand stitching than this one)?

Festive reindeer cushion © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

2nd version with medusa antlers (I know!) and folk art appliqué border

Festive reindeer cushion © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

A close up of the centre panel – I do like the shape of this reindeer’s body!

Festive reindeer cushion © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Needle-turn appliqué bird in the border

Festive reindeer cushion © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

And here’s a needle-turn appliqué flower from the border!

I think it’ll look great when it’s finished up and I’m looking forward to getting on with it but i’ll have to wait a bit as I’ve still got to get my sewing machine fixed. In other news I thought I’d show you how I’m getting on with my Summer Blues quilt. The in the ditch hand quilting is coming on nicely and I’m beginning to be able to see some shape forming :

Summer Blues bed quilt © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Could do with an iron!

It’s been quite a tonic working on this during the evenings recently, it doesn’t take too much concentration when you’re just following the seams.  Mind you, I can see some variation in stitch size… when I started I was going to keep the stitches relatively ‘big’ so that I could get it done more quickly, but as I’ve gone on they’ve got smaller!  Bad quilter! If you’re interested in hand quilting have a look at my tips for consistent hand quilting – just remember not to change your mind about stitch length half way through 😉

Linking up with Work in Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Let’s Bee Social over at Lorna’s place – click on over to see some other great projects on the go. Happy Wednesday!

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12 replies
  1. Judy
    Judy says:

    Your reindeer is wonderful and the detail in the block is beautifully done! Your hand stitching is wonderful!! Love the swirling design around the deer 🙂

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  2. sally
    sally says:

    I’m catching up a bit here, but having looked at your previous post, I prefer the first reindeer too, so I’m glad that was the consensus! Your Summer blues quilt is coming on beautifully, hope your machine is sorted soon, I hate it when I’m without mine.

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Andrea, you have to go for it – it’s just so relaxing! And a cushion is a perfect place to start, it’s something you can finish up pretty quickly, but best of all the back of your quilting won’t be seen! (When you first start quilting the back of your work doesn’t often look as good as the front!)

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  3. Sandra
    Sandra says:

    Loving the cushion Stephie?how long did it take you? Is it all handstitched? Yes I would most definitely like to make this ☺it will be good practice for me if and when I decide to make a quilt.

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks Sandra! I did the patchwork by machine, but all the appliqué and quilting is done by hand. I can’t remember exactly how long it took, but knowing me I probably did it over a couple of weeks period 🙂 Cushions are a really great place to start quilting – it’s very satisfying to have a finished up project in a relatively short space of time! I still make them to practice technique too.

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