This post is a long time coming. I started this cushion in August and have alluded to it several times in my posts but it has been a project that I have picked up and spent 3 nights on and then not touched for 3 weeks etc. I finished it several weeks ago but kept forgetting to take and upload pictures but finally, we're here!
I bought the bird and flower fabric off ebay and knew I wanted to do something for our room but I hadn't decided what to do so one night I took it out along with lots of haberdashery bits and began to have a play around with possible layouts and trims.
I had the peach crochet/ lace doilies from a carboot where there had been about 7 for £2. The little mint green ones were bought in a charity shop -4 for £1. The floral fabric with buttons and coordinating ribbons was £2 from the works and the green buttons were also charity shop finds at 4- 50p! This really was a bargain cushion (my favourite). I realised as I was doing this cushion, that this is what I love the most with crafting and would happily make this type of upcycled, vintage, shabby chic but eclectic stuff all the time- especially if it had birdies on.
I decided to make rosette's from the green doilies, layering them with extra lace trim, crochet flowers (also off ebay) with a button in the centre, I didn't want too many of the same thing so also made a couple of yoyo's with buttons in the middle with quite a contrasting green to add some depth. I felt it would benefit from more detail so appliqued a bird and a blue flower again adding the blue to vary the colour pallet. The white lace around the blue flower has been in my stash since I began collecting ribbons and lace and was £4 for 28meters! It is nearly all gone but has embellished so many of my pieces over the years.
After I had assembled it and was happy it was detailed enough, I began to quilt it and actually filmed a little of the quilting.
It was nearly all done but I still needed to make the back up and also stumbled upon this gorgeous lap quilt in one of my favourite local charity shops. There is a lady who regularly crochet's these lap blankets and baby blankets and I often pay a visit and purchase them when friends have baby showers etc. When I saw this, I knew it would match the cushion and had to buy it!
And here is the finished product in situ. I really love it and was surprised when my husband said he hated it! Pah, what does he know.