A couple of years ago (could be more) I bought a pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts and made this dog cushion…….
………as well as this block which is yet to be made into anything.
I might make another cushion out of it and put it in the raffle at the upcoming old and disabled doggy fundraiser Christmas Fair, if I get the time. I think I must have done a similar thing with the first one as I can’t find it anywhere.
Flushed with stitch and flip success, I bought a more Christmas themed block last year but, unfortunately, my Mum suddenly became very ill and such things got put aside.
Looking for a new project to work on with my sewing friend on a Wednesday afternoon, I remembered the reindeer and we started searching through our scraps of brown, black and white fabric – actually quite difficult colours to find as brown and black fabric isn’t something I buy that often Anyway, we found enough between us and shared out what we had.
The pattern is available here
I must say, it was a different prospect to the dog as those antlers are formed of quite small pieces. Accuracy is not my strongest point when titchy bits of fabric are concerned and I found trying to keep the seams and resulting larger pieces straight quite challenging which is a euphemism for ‘I undid seams lots of times, had to re-cut fabric on a few occasions and swore a lot’. No fault of the pattern at all, I must say, but I find working in somebody else’s workroom a bit weird. For this reason, I’m not that great in lessons or workshops – too many distractions. I like to have my own things around me and to work at my own pace. Also, we only meet once a week for a couple of hours and, often, the project we’re working on goes ‘off the boil’ for me.
Anyway, after a few Wednesdays of plumbing the depths of my Anglo Saxon vocabulary, it was done.
But what to do with a pieced reindeer head I hear you ask. I’m big on blankets around the place but not so keen on cushions or wall hangings – although I have been known to succumb now and again.
Remember the table runner for my coffee table I made from a Tim Holtz fabric selection recently?
Well, I thought I could make a more Christmassy one using the same quilt as you go method as before but with the reindeer head in the middle and various strips of leftover Christmas fabric either side, thereby using up some scraps – and some of my friend’s too as she had lots more than me.
First I bedecked his antlers with some festive bunting. Not at all because I was trying to hide the fact that my piecing left something to be desired. As if!
Then I joined scraps of Christmas fabric in strips of varying widths on to the backing and batting.
Then I quilted it some more using wavy lines across the width and used a double fold binding stitched down by hand on the back as I do on quilts.
So, I don’t think I have any more Christmas scraps left now – I used up the smaller pieces on the binding. Result!!
It will look quite festive at Christmas on the coffee table – at least the glimpses of it under the usual covering of bucks fizz glasses, mince pies and chocolates – once the morning’s over it might get worse 🤣
Oh, and I found a felted bead in my stash of ‘things’ – I don’t know where it came from, but I knew exactly where it could go.
Joining in with Kate & Gun’s ScrapHappy Day Challenge which focuses on using up your scraps of fabric/yarn/paper/wooden offcuts/anything leftover. More details and list of participants here.
Now I must go and convert more tea towels into aprons for sale at the Twilight Retirement Home for Dogs Christmas Fair on Saturday 24th. I know how to have fun.