Saturday, 4 August 2012

ET Turn Up the Volume!

I learnt a lot making this cushion but mostly that I need to abandon ideas of what is perfect, what is popular, notions of right or wrong and just go with what I love no matter how it turns out!

**apologies for the bad pictures, had to use my mobile phone!** Since re-shot with the camera.

I have to be honest and say that when I started this I wasn't too sure about it, I liked it more when I'd done some hand quilting and it's now my favourite cushion.

ET Turn Up the Volume cushion:


I used Lynne's ET phone home block tutorial using School Days by American Jane. The busy fabric choices I made for this block have really grown on me. I adored this fabric line when I first saw this blog post by Amy and learnt a bit about the inspiration!


I don't usually buy fat quarter bundles but with this I had to! I got a yummy bundle from Fabricworm.


I decided to use the connect the dots in graphite for the back and how could I resist a bit of hand stitching? I used some coordinating perle to literally connect the dots and had so much fun doing it.




When I was making the cushion I realised I wanted to use the dot/flowers (Recess in graphite) for the binding but didn't have enough and managed to order that, as well as more of the ABC in manilla from Fresh-Squeezed Fabric, it arrived really quickly, which meant I could finish it up perfectly!

I was also thrilled to discover this tutorial from the fabulous Mary and I'm so pleased with how the binding turned out.



For me it's a happy ending!


Linking up to:

 TGIFF, which is at one of my bestest bloggy pals Erin's aka Missy Mac Creations this week

and
 There and Back     Fresh Poppy Design


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36 comments:

  1. That is such an awesome finish! I love the colour scheme and the binding is really effective =D

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  2. great cushion! I love that dot-to-dot print, and your hand stitching gives it a great finishing touch :)

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  3. I love what you did on the back!!! That's one of the coolest uses for hand quilting, seriously!

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  4. How clever! I love the front too, now its finished! Thanks for the link to Mary's binding finish....I need that!

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  5. I really love it Lucy! The back is genius - that would have been so much fun! The border and binding are perfect.

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  6. Love it Lu! Bet you love looking at that every day. Thanks for linking up to TGIFF. :)

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  7. Beautiful cushion. I just LOVE the back with the hand stitching joining the dots!!!

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  8. So cute - love your dot-to-dot sewing! And thanks for the link to the binding tut too!

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  9. it's lovely! The hand sewn dot joining is inspired!

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  10. Love what you did one the dot to dots....very clever...I think the cushion came out fantastic...You are too hard on yourself Lucy.

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  11. Loud and Proud! Its awesome :-) Love all your finishing touches too.

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  12. Coolest cushion ever!! I knew it would look fantastic :)x

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  13. I had no doubts - it is beautiful!

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  14. Love this pillow! Especially the back. See? Go with your gut!

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  15. Very, very cool pillow! Awesome fun with the connect-the-dots. :D

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  16. I love the join the dots!

    I'll have to buy some at some point.

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  17. It's wonderful - there's no stopping you with cushions now!! I'm planning a similar background for my ET quilt - I hope it looks half as good as yours!!

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  18. I love how this one turned out! And the back is such a cute addition.

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  19. This an amazing cushion! Inspired fabric choices!

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  20. Fantastic cushion and love what you've done on the back! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. This is such fun! love that join the dots! Great finish.

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  22. Lucy this is so cute!! I just love it, I love this fabric line too :)
    Jessie, xo

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  23. Love your ET cushion! That binding is fabulous

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  24. It's a great cushion Lucy, keep going with what you like and you won't go wrong.

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  25. It looks awesome, Lucy! I really like that dot-to-dot backing fabric and I LOVE that you embroidered it!

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  26. It looks great, and love how you did the back too :o)

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  27. Absolutely brilliant, Lucy! I love the binding and love the finished result. Your stitches on the back side are super cute! This is totally something to love!

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  28. I'm not surprised it's your favourite cushion - I love it! Oh, and hear hear to doing your own thing (or own thang).

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  29. The way you connected the dots completely cracked me up. Love it.

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  30. Cute! You're a machine :-D I can't believe this is already a finished cushion! I love it!!!

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  31. That is beautiful! Love the stitching!

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  32. I cannot get over how much I love what you did on the back! I am inspired to bust out my embroidery threads now! Well, maybe actually when the kids go back to school next week... ;)

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