Well it’s only taken most of the week. But, after more stops and starts than I think I’ve ever before encountered in a simple patchwork cushion, I have FINALLY finished my Spring Meadow Cushion.
It all started last weekend when I said to Abby, “I’ll just whip up a couple of blocks with that pretty tablecloth fabric”. In my head, the squares I needed to cut from the Mozi linen tablecloth were 10 1/2 inches. In reality, I cut the first strip 10 inches. Bugger. Never mind. I can work with that. But then, I cut the first one off my strip at 9 1/2 inches. That’s not a square dear.
So I decided to trim the wonky square into an octagon (which I kept calling a hexagon – good thing patients don’t come as either hexagons or octagons) and use it as the centrepiece for a new cushion cover. I “found” one of the lovely huge feather cushions Ikea used to make – they now make this size in a nasty polyfill which would lose its shape on the way home in the car – in the sewing shed and thought it would be useful for Abby who likes to sit on the floor when she’s creating.
In my head (a faulty place to be last weekend) I would sew scrappy strips round and round my “hexagon” until it was big enough. Only when I was playing with my scrappy strips, I laid them on the cushion in a completely misleading way and then spent the next 6 hours trying to make my strips look like those above – with those nice little triangular bits. Did this work? Of course it didn’t!!!!!!! It was a “hexagon”. It didn’t matter how many times I unpicked my strips, those triangles never appeared and I became very disillusioned by my obviously poor grasp of geometry.
I sat there, all Sunday evening, trying to draw it on the computer – to no avail. Abby thought the only option was defeat – especially since my “hexagon” didn’t look anything like a hexagon. ”Why does it have 8 sides?” she queried. ”Because it’s a hexagon silly,” I said. She rolled around the floor laughing. ”No it’s not!!!!! It’s an octagon!!!!! Octagons have 8 equal sides. You are NEVER going to make triangles appear on every second side.”
It was blindingly obvious the minute she pointed this out. And even if it was a bloody hexagon, its sides are even too! Folks, I am truly not usually this stupid. It must have been all the stress of waiting for the grad positions.
There may have been many deep sighs. And frustrated stitch ripping. And flinging of scrappy strips. There may have been cursing. But the next morning, when I sat down and looked at it …. I could SEE what I needed to do. And so, got stuck into it. Round and round and round. The only rule I needed to observe was to make the current strip overlap the previous one and the next strip – as you can see below. It was peachy after that :-)
I was feeling pretty chuffed with myself and before I knew it, I had reached the desired size, quilted my centre, added my envelope back, and bound it. Then I started the crochet edge. Ahem. There were several errors. Which required metres of unravelling and redoing. But the best bit was late last night, when I’d sat up well past bedtime to finish the bloody thing. And I ran out of lilac cotton. With only two scallops to go. Strangely enough, it didn’t even matter that I saw that shortage coming so crocheted FASTER.
Never mind. Never mind. I could just stop by Wondoflex first thing in the morning to buy another ball. Except that Patons have discontinued most of their lovely 4 ply cotton colours and replaced them with incredibly harsh, bright ones instead – the sort that are usually found in an 8 piece box of children’s crayons – from a $2 shop.
So … there was more unravelling …
… which turned out to be very serendipitous because the green is much lovelier and so very very springlike :-)
So it is with great relief, I can finally give you … a quilted and crocheted squishy spring meadow cushion!
With so many of my favourite fabrics … that vivid purple on the left – that’s leftover from Abby’s Christmas dress when she was 10. That purple check with the little daisies – that’s from Old Nanny Cottam’s stash. The Kaffe pansies – they’ve been in almost everything for the last 6 years. The Christmas balls and boughs – that’s in Abby’s Moomin quilt.
And I know Mum and Julian will think the crocheted edging is a bit over the top – but hey! More is always more in lily-land.
Lastly, here it is being put to very good squishy use on the floor. Just as it was meant to be.
Unless you are a bit whiffy, a bit grotty around your furry edges, and your name is Lucy. In that case – paws off!