Getting carried away

It’s been an exhausting week, one I’m glad drew to a close with some quiet hand stitching yesterday.

Bird applique. © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Applique and patchwork cushion

I feel like I’ve been asleep for days. Kim was rushed to hospital in an ambulance at 3.30am on Monday morning and after many hours in pain finally had his appendix out on Tuesday. Time for stitching was snatched here and there during the week, with August Rain coming along slowly but surely.  Yesterday though, I fancied a change.  Something a bit more frivolous perhaps.

I decided to make up the little needle turn appliqué panel I made for my tutorial on The Sewing Directory into a cushion. I sewed a few strips of fabric around it until it got to about 15″ square (using the fabulous Mary, of course!) and then got down to some very simple big stitch hand quilting.

Applique Bird cushion © Stephanie Boon 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Finca Perle cotton thread (yellow/orange variegated)

I decided to conduct an experiment: it’s a small enough project for me not to worry if it went wrong!  I decided to use (sharp intake of breath…) a polyester wadding and the Presencia Finca thread I was having problems with on the August Rain quilt.  I really don’t like polyester wadding at all, it’s not warm and it’s not natural 😉 But I keep a little bit in a basket for this and that, because you never know when something will be useful do you?  I wanted to see if the thread would pass through it more easily than it did the thicker cotton wadding I last used it on. And the short answer is yes, it stitches through it like a dream!

Time passed and I lost myself completely, getting carried away embellishing the flowers with french knots and fly stitch, then deciding to quilt some leaves into the background of the appliqué centre.  Now I’m thinking of filling in the centre circle with a crosshatch of small stitches, and then of course quilting the bird too, just a bit. It’ll only take an hour or so. Famous last words.

Applique flowers © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Making knots

Hopefully this week will see things getting back to normal. Ish. It’s half term, so it’s not normal anyway!

Hope you all have a great week, and if you’ve not tried needle turn appliqué before why not check out the tutorial and have a go?

Needle Turn Applique Tutorial - The Sewing Directory

Back soon, until then keep stitching!


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6 replies
    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks Sally, he’s on the mend – but still likes me running around after him 😉 I’ve almost finished the cushion cover now, so hopefully I’ll be able to post some pictures at the end of the week. Hope you’re having a great half term.

  1. Kaja
    Kaja says:

    Ooh, this is lovely. What a great way to use your pretty bird. And your stitching is looking really neat and even. Interesting that your Finca works better with the polyester, though I guess it makes sense.

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks Kaja! I think the polyester is just so much thinner and less dense that it goes through much more easily – good to know at least, though I really don’t like polyester for quilts, they just don’t feel right! x


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