Wednesday, 30 January 2013

WHITE ON WHITE

Good Morning to you,


I am very excited to tell you, that we are  planning a trip to India. On our return there will be lots of photos and recipes to share with you.


The downside is, we have just returned from the doctor's surgery after having two injections, one in each arm, so we will both suffer with aching arms tonight, but, a small price to pay for such a wonderful trip. 

So, onto nicer things.

Today, I want to show you a cushion I have finished. It is plain white fabric, with white beading, and do you know, I am really pleased with the effect.


 It sits beautifully against my blue  bed linen.


Here are the corners in a little more detail. You can see, I have mixed the beading with the quilting. I decided to densely bead the three ovals, but I wanted a lighter feeling for the centre heart, so to achieve the effect, I attached the beads randomly. 


The original design was for a single quilted line around the centre, but I felt the piece needed a little more. The effect I was looking for was a necklace of mismatched fresh water pearls. 




Which you can see a little more clearly here.




I cross hatched the centre with a quilting stitch and added a single bead at each meeting point.  



I also decided to quilt the back of the cushion. I felt the front was pleasing to the eye, so the back should be the same.


Now can you guess what I quilted?


Yes, I think you've guessed!


My favourite....a Heart!


I drew the larger heart shape first, then I drew the smaller heart. Then I decided the smaller heart needed more defining, as a single quilted line did not appeal to me.  I quilted freehand until I was happy with the look and then did the same with the outside of the heart.

I am not a planner, my starting point is usually the beads or an item which is not meant for sewing, such as the medallion I used in my brown bead work See here I start, without a clear idea of how the piece is going to look when it is finished. This is not to everyone's taste, but for me it works, as I get a feel for a piece as I am working on it.

I thought I would mention the iron has been bought and all the squares for Danielle's quilt have been ironed....so I am making progress.

I am pleased to report that after two weeks of snow, it has all disappeared....I am able to get out and about to enjoy some nice walks.

Whatever you are doing this week, enjoy yourself
and I will see you later in the week.

This week I will be joining,











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