Here's how it looked at the start of the quarter (it's item four on my list), when it was going to be turned into a pin cushion:
I decided that I didn't really need another pin cushion where I had to be careful of where I'm putting pins. In the end, I decided to stretch it in a hoop so it could be hung on my sewing room wall.
I found a strip of turquoise solid that was almost but not quite wide enough to go behind it, so I pieced another bit on with a quarter inch seam and then top stitched it to make sure it would tolerate the stretching required. I then stretched it over the hoop and secured the back. You can just make out some of the seam at the bottom of the hoop:
I then did the same with the pulled thread work (after giving it a quick press), but used a pale pink thread to secure it so I could easily see which thread to pull when tightening it:
And here's the finished hoop, hanging out with the sweet peas (yes, I still have sweet peas hanging on through the frost!):
I'm really pleased with how this worked out, and it's nice to be able to finally say it's finished! When the time comes, I'll be linking up with the Finish-Along:
Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got a cup of tea and a nap calling my name. And several penguins clamouring for attention and wanting to be made into a cushion front, would you like to see?
Eddie's come to stay for a couple of days, and Archie thought he'd try out the cage for size. Eddie didn't want him getting any ideas:
|No, I won't shuffle back, I didn't ask you to come in here with me to show me round, please get out. Or stay there, because you make a very good head rest.|
And Eddie can't quite believe what a relaxed attitude we have to teatime:
Thanks for popping in!