Saturday 29 September 2012

Mini Honey - Modern Patchwork

Craft Buds have been having a big craft book project blog hop and giveaway this month. The final bit being to link up a project made from a craft book.

It just so happened I made something from a book recently! I am just loving my Modern Patchwork book by Elizabeth Hartman at the moment. I particularly like this book for the inspiring designs but also because she shows minis of the quilts using different colours or scrappy.

As my eldest little girl keeps reminding me it's her birthday soon. She has had a princess cushion on her bed that I made many years ago when she was into princesses. Needless to say she doesn't do princesses anymore so handed it down to her little sister who loves anything princess related! So I decided it was time to make her a new cushion.

I picked the Honey pattern from the book, why, I am not sure as I am not keen on triangles (can be fiddly to line up points!) but I liked the hexagon design. 

My daughter tells me her favourite colour at the moment is blue so I pulled out some of my blue scraps and a Kona solid marine blue. So here's my triangles ready to sew together.

The quilt in the book has a white background fabric. But I decided to substitute the white for my navy blue since the cushion is likely to spend a fair amount of time on the floor! Hopefully it will not show the dust/dirt so badly as white!
It actually went together quite quickly and relatively easily for triangles! And before I knew it I had gotten this far.

Then for some layering and quilting. I straight line quilted the hexagons with the space between lines getting larger towards the centre. Then free machined a meandering (I really must branch out more and do some different designs!) pattern around the marine blue. 

Et voilà ...

I made a simple marine blue envelope back with a four of buttons (no doubt it will need a wash at some point!). I pieced some of the scraps together to make a square and added it to the remaining marine blue. I was struggling for fabric by this point! I then bound the front and back together like a quilt using a bit more of the scraps I used in the hexagons.

I notice that not only does the white look cream in the light the pictures were taken in (too late on an evening probably!) but also this one is rather blurry, sorry! I am really pleased with the way it turned out. I just hope she hasn't changed her mind on blue being her favourite colour!

As you can see I have not quite finished! I need to finish hand sewing the binding and the add the buttons. I will also need to custom make a cushion pad too as it is not the right size for one of my stash! So I have 11 days (and she's counting!) left until her birthday, I must be able to finish it in that time! :)

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1 comment:

  1. Your pillow looks great - and will hopefully find good use, on the floor or elsewhere.