Thursday, 26 December 2019

Shark Cushion [A finish]

I have a nephew who loves sharks. So what would any good Aunty do? They'd make him a shark cushion of course. No friendly cartoon sharks here. Oh no! I great big scary realistic great white of course! I bought the foundation piecing pattern from Quilt Art Design and I have to confess that when I printed it out in October, ready to make it for his birthday, I looked at it, swore, and put it away. Hell no! But I don't like to be beaten, and whilst it wasn't done for his birthday I decided to give it a go for Christmas. It was a spur of the moment decision really. I thought "I really should make that cushion" and before I had time to change my mind, I cut out the pattern pieces and found the fabric. And once I had it laid out on the table I took another look, and queried my sanity again....

But foundation piecing is all the same.... just sew the next seam... piece the next section, and gradually it grows and you wonder what all the fuss was about. Right? The first evening I decimated half a metre of the blue background but got all the edge sections pieced. The second evening I worked on the body. And the third day was the teeth. It's just another seam...just another seam. Until those seams are barely four stitches long and the resulting pieces nearly require a magnifying glass to be seen.

But you know what, the sections went together well, and before I knew it I had a 20" shark. Picking out the paper can be a bit of a chore, so I helped my friend Tina baste a quilt and she helped pick the papers out... she left me the teeth....

I did some basic wavy line quilting and used a fab shark print from @sewhot for the back. No zips in seams here - just a regular zip across the back. Upside-down, but he won't notice.

And I think he liked it - my sister-in-law sent me a picture of him watching TV the next week with the cushion, so I'll take that! This was a finish from my Q4 finish along list. You can find my original list here.
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1 comment:

Emily said...

Wow, this is so fun! My 6-year-old is in a big shark phase; I better not let him see this! Hope your nephew loves it!