Yes that postman has been to Foreman Towers again! This time he delivered a parcel from Coast & Country Crafts and Quilts, as I'd ordered another beautiful kit "Forest Friends" by Lynette Anderson Designs. This includes the pattern, the fabrics, skeins of embroidery threads, ribbon trimming AND these gorgeous hand painted buttons too. I've used a very fine Pigma Micron pen (size 01 in light brown) to trace the designs onto the background fabric...
...once the tracing was done, the fabrics were cut and pieced together using a fine Mettler thread and a Schmetz Microtex size 60 needle and was ready for the stitchery. This project uses some simple hand embroidery stitches using 2 strands of DMC embroidery thread - back stitch, satin stitch and colonial knots. Then it's embellished with these beautiful hand painted buttons (the buttons were all included in this kit, but there are also instructions in the pattern for making applique shapes if you don't have buttons). The narrow border is finished with 2 rows of running stitch...
...the quilting was also kept very simple for this project. I used Aurifil 40wt thread and a size 70 Schmetz Topstitch needle, and quilted "stitch in the ditch" first, then quilted straight rows 0.5" apart on the outer border. I prefer pillow backs with a zipper, so made the back a bit different from the instructions that came with the pattern. I used the backing fabric that was included in the kit for the binding too, and used the single fold method of binding. Once this was machined into place, I hand stitched the binding to the back of the cusion. I added one of my labels before the binding was stitched into place...
...and here is the finished cushion. It's stuffed with a plump used a feather pad which I bought from Barratts of Woodbridge. I was raining yesterday when this was finished, so I had to do my photoshoot indoors. I've really enjoyed making this selection of cushions by Lynette Anderson Designs.
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