Oh Christmas is over? I know. We've been away for a week at the beach, in a unit with no wifi, in a little town with very unflash internet coverage. I took the laptop with me and was full of excellent blogging intention, but I barely kept up with instagram on my phone, and knew the dodgy internet connection would just drive me a bit batty with the computer.
So, here we are on the 27th with yet more handmade Christmas goodies to share with you - all cushions, lots of pics, let's go.
I posted some XO cushions recently and had been surprised I hadn't blogged about them - I'd gone searching the blog for them so I could remind myself of their size - and that was all because I was about to make two new sets of XO cushions. This first set - all sewn from Cotton + Steel - follows the tutorial on Canoe Ridge Creations blog, with added borders to make the cushions finish at 18 inches.
These cushions have not yet been gifted - they're my Random Santa (as opposed to Secret Santa, since the results of the random name-draw are not a secret ...) pressie for my sister-in-law. They're arriving at the beach from Sydney today - and we left the beach to come home this morning - so we'll arrange to meet up at some stage for a catch-up and pressie handover.
The backs are made from two different Echino prints.
And this next set - already gifted to lovely friends + neighbours - follows the same XO tutorial, but with bigger pieces, so the XO are bigger, but the cushions still finish at 18 inches. I was very intentional with my fabric selection for these cushions - I made them to match a couple of cushions I'd made for our friends a few years ago. The Prints Charming Starbursts and black Echino cars are the same, but this time for a touch of red I've gone with Cotton + Steel lions (one of my favourite C+S prints, along with the navy arrows up above), and added the sweet Echino rabbit print on the back.
And now the third - and last - set of cushions, for my nephews. Mr C is four and loves the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Apparently he most loves the red one (interesting, since I've recently made a Mr Red Turtle cushion ... what's with the red turtle getting all the love?). Mr C also loves Batman. I had the Turtle fabric already sorted, but had to ask my lovely friend Tracy for some Batman scraps.
The backgrounds for each cushion are Lizzy House 'Constellation' prints, and I framed each letter in solids - one red and one orange.
My nephew Mr A is only six months old, so really, he's getting a cushion to match in with his big brother. As the girls gave me the ok to not have to focus on the Red Turtle, I made sure to include the other three as equally as I could, so welcome to the blog blue, purple and orange turtles, one day I might even learn your names.
And since Mr A is only six months old ... I figured he wouldn't mind a little bit of Wonder Woman fabric in his cushion ... I couldn't quite stretch the Batman scraps far enough ... I'm really hoping Mr C has a bit of love in his heart for Wonder Woman, given that she's awesome and has an invisible plane and golden lasso.
I went with red Echino rabbits for the back, plus a bit of Spolight big-spot print in orange. We haven't gifted these cushions yet either - since Mr's C and A are the sons of my brother and sister-in-law who arrived at the beach today (the day we left) as mentioned above. Cross your fingers for a bit of cushion-love.
I hope your Christmas was relaxed, merry and bright and that you shared the time with people who make you happy. 'til next time xoxo cat