Giving & Receiving

{GIVING}  Back at the beginning of this year, I made THIS wedding cushion for my brother-in-law and his wife to be.  I had such beautiful feedback from everyone, and one of my bloggy friends in particular – Cornelia.  In her email to me, Cornelia said she wishes she could make something like that for her own wedding.  I said I’d be happy to make her one.  And from there, I got colour scheme, names and date.  Fast forward a few months, and I have finally gotten around to finishing the cushion top and posting it – to Austria!  I didn’t make the complete cushion cover, as I was trying to keep the postage costs down (damn you International postage rates!), but Cornelia said she was more than happy to put the actual cushion together.

Another finished wedding cushion top! This one is travelling all the way to Austria for a quilty friend I've never met! I hope you like it @corneliadesigns xxx #aurifil pebbles are a workout!
The feature fabrics are from the Flora range by Lauren & Jessie Jung.  Perfect for the green and yellow theme.  Lots of little Aurifil pebbles in there to make everything pop!  I hope you love it Cornelia!
{RECEIVING}  On Tuesday, whilst minding my own business and checking my mail box, I was VERY excited to see an envelope with an international postage sticker on it, and the sender being “Spain”.  I ripped that baby open and found the most delightful little wrapped packages and gift card…..
 Oh my giddy aunt! Thank you @katespain for this gorgeous birthday gift!!! I'm feeling very special! Xxx #cushionformeincoming
I am always, but shouldn’t be, so totally surprised and floored by the generosity of the quilty community!  I feel so special, that Kate not only sent me a little gift, but that she knew it had been my birthday and that I’m heading towards that big number 4-0!  I decided then and there that these mini charms would become a cushion – for me!  And today, with the couple of hours spare time I had, I did just that….

Horizon by Kate Spain 
How fabulous are those colours??  Drool…..  This new range from Kate is called “Horizon” and will be available in September I believe.  Check out Kate’s blog post HERE.
Horizon by Kate Spain 
This very simple, yet stunning cushion, was put together simply by working out the arrangement of the charms (I am sticking with my gradient colours obsession), then chain piecing myself silly.  Sewing all the rows together and then cross hatch quilting each row diagonally.  I used beautiful turquoise Aurifil #2810 and lengthened my stitch to 3.4 on my machine.  This cushion used two mini charm packs and ended up being 18″ square.  Perfecto!
Horizon Cushion Back
And I backed it with this gorgeous print from Spotlight!  I have only ever made myself a couple of things, which is quite absurd really when you think about it?  But this one?  Well, it’s already living on the lounge and being lounged on.
{GIVING}  And lastly tonight, Cornelia has just released her first ever quilt pattern!  It is called “Every Which Way” and is so pretty! 
 Cornelia is giving back, by offering one of MY lucky readers a copy of her pattern for free!  All you have to do is leave me a comment here on the blog, telling me which fabric line you think would work well with “Every Which Way”!  If you follow my blog, leave me an extra comment for an added entry.  And if you follow my Facebook page, another comment for a third possible entry!  Entries close Monday 4pm Melbourne time.  I will announce the lucky winner on the blog Monday night!  You can also grab another chance to win by heading over to Cornelia’s blog HERE and entering her giveaway!  Win win!
Happy Happy Friday Everyone! xxx

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