The last time I mentioned my polar bear cushion (I think), I was having a bit of a dither about what to use to fill the spaces where I didn't have enough polar bears and snowflakes and had decided to start piecing and leave gaps where I thought something might go. It turns out that piecing gaps is harder than you might think (I kept thinking I'd leave a gap and then finding I'd filled it!) so I decided to scrap all my ideas of using grey or turquoise fabric for the gaps and instead sacrificed part of the remaining polar bear fabric I was (still) hoarding, and cut more polar bears and hexagons.
Once the hexagons were pieced, I checked that my plan for the trapezia and triangles round the edge would work (I'd deliberately kept the red snowflakes away from the edges so I wouldn't end up with two prints together):
And hand pieced those in place before choosing a border, which was attached using the machine:
I pressed the seams and marvelled at the polar bears' neat backside(s):
And then admired their front(s), with Eddie standing guard in case one of them wandered off:
I then marked vertical quilting lines (using a hera marker) and layered up the front and back pieces. I machine quilted in Gutermann white thread (which is lovely to use) and then added the binding. I didn't have enough to bind the whole cushion in the stripe, so added a couple of strips of red snowflake to make up the shortfall:
The back is quilted with wavy lines (no marking, just set off at a clip and wave from side to side like a boy racer until you get to the far side) and has a covered zip:
This is a finish from my Q4 FAL list and I must admit that I'm rather chuffed with it!
Archie grabbed the opportunity for some sunbathing the other day:
|I do love the feel of the sun on my back, even when the ground beneath my tummy is damp.|
Thanks for popping in! I hope you're all getting on well with your Finish-Along lists? Do shout if you need Archie to come round with his big stick...