happy dancing with mermaid cushion

Back in September of last year, I showed you this

mermaid

a very pretty mermaid, stitched from a free kit (with Cross Stitch Crazy).  Kit that was gifted to me by Carole.  I said then, that I probably wouldn’t finish her off in the bookmark card, that came with the kit.  And simply put her away in a drawer until a later date.  Well, the later date arrived, finally!  Prompted by a visit from our neighbour’s daughter, Cléo, who enjoyed having a good old rummage in my sewing room . . . found this mermaid waiting to be finished, and exclaimed at how beautiful she was.  It just so happens that it’s Cléo’s birthday in May . . . so what did I do?  Yup, spurred on by Cléo’s praise, I pulled out some strips of fabric to play with, and made a cushion cover for Cléo’s birthday present.

mermaid cushion 01

Mermaid looks a little bit hemmed in, top and bottom, because the aida fabric in kit was only just big enough, so very little extra fabric even for 1/4” seams. 

mermaid cushin 02

I used the walking foot for quilting, but had a sort of curvey thing going on . . . thought it went quite well with the ocean theme, but it’s totally haphazard.

And on the back

mermaid cushion 03

a synthetic, sort of velvety fabric, and fastening with 3 plain blue buttons from MIL’s button box. I made cushion to my usual size: for a 16” insert. 

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