Sunday, 26 August 2012

Imitating a Sloth

Imitation may or may not be the sincerest form of flattery, but I have been doing one heck of a good job making like a sloth here. I have moved at record slow speed from one task to another, managing to keep the family fed, invite friends over for them, and little else.

I contemplate doing things, but taking the action from mind to productivity seems to be quite a problem. So please bare with me, there are only ten more days until school - and therefore routine - returns to our lives.

Despite that dire warning, I do have something to show you, which is the finished hexie cushion top.



This is different from anything I have done before. All that EPP, for one - then appliquĂ©ing it on the background fabric. The embroidery as quilting thing. I think it is even my first proper rainbow project.

I didn't plan the embroidered flowers. Just stitched them freehand in whatever style I wanted. I like some better than others (the yellow one and the wee little green ones are currently my favourites) but over all I think it makes for an interesting effect.


The little stitched 'ties' in the hexies took me way longer to do than I expected. I changed the colour of the thread as I worked my way round, to keep with the rainbow theme. It might have been time consuming but I like the effect of these too. It is fun when a project takes us out of our comfort zone and shakes up the sewing routine some.


Now, what one earth will I do for the backing?!

Thank you for all the comments about our plans to go ice skating. I have been on a  computer hiatus for the past few days but will get to the emails eventually. It was a great day out. The girls all had fun, and ate themselves into a stupor in Pizza Express afterwards. Emily also made a new friend. His name was Sebastian. He was instrumental in making the skating such a success for her. Without him I think she would still have been clinging to the boards two hours in.


Susan

29 comments:

  1. Your cushion cover is truly beautiful. Why not keep the back plain with perhaps a small amount of rainbow detail? The ice skating looks like it was fun! Di x

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  2. It looks fab, you must enter it into the festival of hexies

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  3. Tell you what, you sloths sure do make pretty things. I think your quilt-embroidery for this project was inspired and there is such a lot of effort and detail in this - hope the recipient will love it to bits!

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  4. I love your cushion cover - it is absolutely inspired! Things can't be too bad if you can produce such loveliness, can they?

    Pomona x

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  5. The cushion is really lovely

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  6. Oh wow I love everything about this - the hexies alone are perfect but I love all the other detailing you added and the rainbow border. Completely inspired!

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  7. SLoth like or not, the cushion looks gorgeous!

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  8. Wow - I love that cushion: it is amazing. And what a great idea to have Sebastian at the ice rink

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  9. Your hexies are perfect! And I love the embroidered flowers!

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  10. Love the cushion top - nice work!
    I always bags a penguin when we go!

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  11. Qhuite possibly my favourite of all your makes so far.

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  12. I love the idea of embroidery as quilting. The tiny green flowers and the darker blue one are my favourite, but all are lovely. The rainbow ties look great, too.
    Ice skating in summer seems so cool :) I don't think we have such helpers as Sebastian, but like the idea.

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  13. Im right there with you in sloth-ville girl. I’ve spent a huge chunk of the weekend either running like a mad woman or sleeping (but mostly sleeping !)

    The cushion cover is ABSOLUTELY terrific. I’d be doing a scrappy back in rainbow colours to keep the theme going.

    I definitely need a Sebastian. Do you think it would look weird though since I’m an adult?

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  14. Your cushion top is gorgeous and the flower stitching is great.

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  15. Embrace SLOTH! Especially when you make such loveliness as this Susan - I love your twists on things - you are so inspirational!

    Clarissa had a penguin friend last time she went ice skating but now with lots of roller skating I am hoping she can do without next time!

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  16. I've just spent about 5 minutes looking at the cushion detail, the flowers and the stitched ties are so well matched to their background it's impossible to see them except in a close up. Be proud of it, it's fantastic.

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  17. I really love the cushion - I mean, there are so many details to love - the rainbow, the embroidery, the border. . .

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  18. Awesome stitchery goodness there S! So glad you've been taking it easy! Jxo

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  19. Suse that cushion is bloody gorgeous! Love it.
    Three Cheers for Sebastian and his sanity saving ;-) Glad Emily had a good day!

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  20. What a great idea for learning to skate!

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  21. Your hexie pillow top is beautiful and I think the embroidery is very complimentary to the overall look. I finished my hexies while on holiday and now to figure out what to do with them!
    Emily looks to be having a grand time with Sebastian, I wish they had something like that around here for my kiddies to use, me too come to think of it {it's been ages, the ice age, since I've been on skates}. Now I'm terrified of falling and breaking something.

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  22. Yep that rainbow embroidery of it is fantastic!

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  23. beautiful cushion top - the stitching is perfect!!

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  24. Gor juss.... You could have a Rainbow flap covering the zipper like Laura's 'Rudey' one....

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  25. The pillow is beautiful! The skating looks like fun.

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  26. Your front is stunning *wink* I want to go ice skating!!

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  27. Oh wow Susan your cushion front is absolutely stunning. The detail you have put into it, your choice of fabrics for the rainbow effect and especially the stitching. Absolute perfection. I want it!
    I wish Sebastian had been around when I tried to learn to skate.

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  28. ice skating in august !!!! gorgeous sewing :))

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