July seems to have flitted past in the blink of an eye - wedding anniversary, birthday x 2, end of term all seem to have conspired to limit my time and inclination to sew and blog.
I have managed to do a bit of sewing - I made three cushion covers (for the wee chap's teacher and two teaching assistants). I hope they liked them, hey have done such a fantastic job that I wanted to do something more than flowers or chocolates.
I had a Summersville charm pack that I got on sale so I was looking for designs that would use it up with minimal waste.
I had some wonderful suggestions but in the end here is what I went for:
It is a granny square with an extra ring of squares which I've been calling the Super Gran (yes I am a child of the 80s!) but is also known as a Great Granny (I had fun making this and seriously thought about joining in the quilt along).
This is a mini version of Made in Cherry which I spotted by The Girl Who Quilts. It is probably my personal favourite.
The last one is a simpler design, partly as I ran out of ideas that would work with the available charms because I had decided to limit the number of colours in each cushion. But it turned out well and I liked the colour combo.
I backed them with coordinating brushstroke prints.
And I was brave and went for zip closures - not 100% perfect but I'm glad I tried it as I really prefer the look to an envelope closure (probably as mine always seem to gape a bit).
In other news I have started my Brit Quilt Swap 3 mini quilt. When I signed up I kind of thought it would be fun to try out a new block or a different colour combo but after seeing my partner's inspiration mosaic I almost immediately decided that I wanted to do something more pictorial with appliqué and embroidery - neither of which I have done much of.
But I did mini trials at both techniques and they turned out really well so I went for it. The appliqué is done and embroidery motifs chosen - I'll get the embroidery done while I'm in Scotland later this week (inadvertent good timing!)
Not my typical project but I'm loving it so much I might have to make one for myself!
Bye for now