Saturday, 18 April 2015

The finished project!

After teasing you last time with a few little sneak peeks of one of my latest projects, I now have my camera back (my son came home from holiday but has gone again now... back to university) and I can show you the finished cushion!





As some of you guessed, it features a cute little owl.  



Just before my youngest daughter also returned to university last week, she picked out some fabrics for a couple of things that she wanted me to make for her. Firstly, she wanted a new cushion for her room at university (and one for a friend) so I actually made two.


I used fused applique finished with hand worked blanket stitch throughout. The 'tendrils' were stitched using stem stitch on one pillow and chain stitch on the other.  I added some tummy feathers to the owls using fly stitch.  I also used fly stitch to quilt the cushion fronts to some batting before constructing them.



The owl applique design came from a book called 'Buttons and Blooms' by Terri Degenkolb of Whimsicals Designs.  I scaled my owl down in size a little from the original pattern and, added some borders to the cushion.  



Secondly, my daughter also needed a shoulder bag to carry a few bits and pieces with her when she is on placement during this coming term.  So, I made this little bag for her to put across her body so that she has her hands free to take notes, etc if she needs to.



I appliqued a cute little heart to the flap which I embroidered with a lazy daisy flower and added a little ribbon message inside.  



It also has a couple of useful pockets, so I think it will be ideal for it's purpose.



The bag is a bigger version of the bag I made for my sister at the end of last year following a tutorial I found on a blog called 'Susie's Country Garden'.  This bag will be posted off on Monday all ready for my daughter to use it when she needs it.

The house feels very quiet now both my son and daughter have gone again!






30 comments:

  1. Such sweet little owls! Your daughter and her friend are going to love them I'm sure. It's nice to have your life back when the kids leave, but you do miss them.

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    1. Hello Mary Anne! Thank you! I am sure my daughter will be pleased. I do miss them when they are away! :) x

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  2. I am sure they will all be very much appreciated by the girls. I love the colours on the first one

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    1. Thank you Janet! I think Josie will like them.... actually the second one is for Alex! :) x

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    2. Ooops! I thought it would be for her house mate. I am sure Alex will like it too x

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    3. Like me he is a big fan of owls! :) xx

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  3. The girls will love them, the owls are so friendly.

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    1. Thank you Brenda! I think Josie will be pleased! :) x

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  4. Beautiful cushions and pretty tones. Lot of fly stitching !

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    1. Thank There are a lot of fly stitches but they seemed to add the right amount of texture and once I got started I really enjoyed adding them! :) x

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  5. You have been busy, Christine. Your cushion is gorgeous. As is the bag. xx

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    1. Thank you Christine! I have had a lot of fun making them! :) x

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  6. Liebe Christine,
    ja, so sind wir Mütter, wie tun alles was wir können für unsere Kinder :-)
    Tasche und Kissen, sehen total süß aus!!
    Liebe Grüße
    Steffi

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    1. Hello Steffi! It is always nice to have the children at home and I really like making things for them! Have a nice week! :) x

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  7. It must be so much fun around your house when everyone is home. The pillows and bag are really pretty and beautifully done.

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    1. Hello Linda! Thank you! I really do enjoy having everyone home.... the house always seems so quiet when they have to go back to their studies! Have a lovely week! :) x

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  8. You made a very nice owl pillow, and I bet your daughter loves her new bag! It is especially made for her and I bet she is proud of you!
    KATRIN W.

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    1. Thank you Katrin! I hope she will like it! Have a lovely week! :) x

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  9. Sweet little treasures. Owls are so popular now. Mom's are the best just in case your children haven't told you so lately :) Janita

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    1. Thank you Janita! I love it when I can make something for one of my children... I feel like it wraps them in a fabric hug!! :) x

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  10. Fantastic cushions! Love the design as you've done them :)

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    1. Thank you Lyn! I really enjoyed making them and they stitched up nice and quickly! Have a lovely week! :) x

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  11. Both Owly cushion are great! They will go great at University - being Wise Owls and all! The bag is great too - they are so handy the shoulder ones. Love the little bits you added to make it special for her.

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    1. Thank you! I really enjoy making things for my children.... and I think the cushions will make the university room feel more homely! Have a lovely week! :) x

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  12. Such sweet Cushions Christine and that bag is beautiful, Great job. You are a good mum. xx

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    1. Thank you Leanne! They were fun to make and I like to think that they will feel like a little bit of home away from home! Have a lovely week! :) x

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  13. Liebe Christine,
    welch schöne Kissen. So eine schöne applizierte Eule. Die Tasche für Deine Tochter ist sehr schön. Toll die kleinen, lieben Details.
    Liebe Grüße
    Monika

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    1. Thank you Monika! I loved making them and I hope that they will feel like a little piece of home away from home! Have a lovely week! :) x

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  14. love that little bag! I think I see one in my future - the owl is delightful

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    1. Thank you! They were fun to make and very quick and easy! :) x

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