I had a rummage through my box of patterns by Lynette Anderson Designs and found this one for a cushion called Quilt Shoppe that I'd bought a few years ago, and luckily I'd bought the hand painted button that is used to embellish it with too. The pattern includes an iron-on transfer sheet so I didn't have to spend ages tracing the design! I collected together some DMC embroidery threads, ironed some weaveline to the back of the fabric, and I was all ready to start stitching with a selection of DMC embroidery threads...
...once the appliqué templates had been traced and cut out of applique paper, the paper was fused to the back of the fabric ready for the gluestick method. Then the stitchery design was drawn onto the applique shapes with a Micron Pigma pen, ready for some more embroidery...
...the shapes were glued into place with a few spots of Roxanne's basting glue, and were ready to be stitched securely to the background fabric with a neutral coloured YLI silk thread. When the stitchery on the appliquéd shop was completed, it was time to chose some fabric for the cushion front. I had planned to use some blue and white polka dot fabric, but then I decided to use a piece of linen for the cushion front instead. The main design has been appliquéd into place on the cushion front by hand. I decided not to use ric-rac trimming, but I did have an idea for a little twist on the binding....
...there was just time for a quick photo shoot this morning before I went off to work! I added an enclosed zipper to the back, and used a scrappy binding to cover the edges. The binding strips were made with leftovers from a Jelly Roll, Martinique by 3 Sisters for Moda, and I'd used a few scraps from the same fabric range for the applique, so it co-ordinated nicely. A cute wooden button was used to embellish the front. Mr F despaired when I said it was going to be added to the pile of cushions on our bed - so this now has pride of place in my sewing corner.
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