The Great Gatsby Cushion!

Let it be known – I read “The Great Gatsby” back in 1992 for English Literature – and LOVED it!  I also loved the original movie, and was THRILLED when Baz Lurhmann remade the film, in a magnificent way.  So when we were invited to a friend’s 40th (which I am attending as you are reading this) and the theme was “Gatsby”, I was just a tad bit excited.  I mean, costume parties can be a lot of effort, but once you’re there, they are so much fun!

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Anyway – I immediately knew what I wanted to make her as a gift – an Art Deco inspired cushion.  I googled myself silly before remembering I had a Quick Curve Ruler, and some fabulous patterns that SURELY would have something reminiscent of the period?  Ahuh – correct I was!  I whipped out the Metro Scope pattern by Sew Kind Of Wonderful and got straight to work!  And this is what happened……

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These patterns the SKOW girls have designed are truly beautiful.  And the QCR makes it all so easy.  After deciding on a very simple black and white theme, I got out my #2000 gold Aurifil thread and planned my next move.  I had been staring at the art work for the movie for a long time, when I whipped out my Frixion pen and started drawing out some sort of pattern to follow, making my own emblem.

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I switched up the letters in the centre – SG – for her initials, and then tried to come with lines and shapes that were Gatsby-like.  And I am REALLY pleased with the end result.  It doesn’t even matter that it’s the first time a Frixion pen has not completely erased from my fabric (if anyone knows why this is the case, please share!) because I just love it!

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The backing is a fabric I had leftovers of for a long time.  Perfection!

So, another cushion to add to the millions I’ve made!  They truly are the bestest gift ever!


17 Responses to The Great Gatsby Cushion!

  1. Dawn says:

    Awesome cushion. Nailed it!!

  2. Kate says:

    Love it, it’s gorgeous!!
    I’ve had frixion pens not come out of dark fabrics/prints before – very annoying! I use a white pencil on darks now 🙁 Can’t help you with why tho …

    • Ms Midge says:

      I’ve had a couple people say the same thing! Hmmm, I may have to switch to pencil then! Thanks for the tip!

  3. Ms Midge says:

    Don’t open the Frixon can of worms… from now on I just wouldn’t use them on the fronts. (I’m kind of stunned you’ve missed the whole “frixon pens are evil” internet debate.) Get a silver gel pen, it doesn’t iron off but it flakes off it that makes sense?

    The cushion is lovely! I hope you had a fabulous night.

  4. Laura says:

    Love it! 🙂 Of course I do, it’s a QCR pattern! You’ve done a great job Ms Midge!

  5. that’s some perfect stitching there! Love it!

  6. That central quilting, absolutely incredible!

  7. Susie says:

    Fabulous!!

  8. Benta says:

    I think the frixon pens sometimes scratch the fabric, I’ve noticed it more on black and batiks

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