So this is Snowflake #4, version 4, of Joanne's Snowalong on her blog, Canuck Quilter. I took the block and made it into a non-traditional colourway, yet still festive, cushion.
I first added a 1/2" finished white frame around the 9 1/2" block. Then I added a 2 1/2" pink frame to make a 15" square. Next, I made a quilt sandwich, layering a square of muslin with a square of batting, and topping it with the block. The muslin will be on the inside of the cushion, so it won't show. I quilted it using Sulky Holoshimmer threads...how I LOVE them. Seriously. I didn't realize how much I missed them, as I haven't tried them on the Avanté yet. My Bernina loves them too, as long as I back off the top tension, and feed the spool à la toilet paper roll style, over my stand-alone thread holder and guide which I usually use for cones of thread, and from there into the machine.
I zipped outside last night to get some fast-fading light on it to show off some of the glitz. I did all of the quilting with my walking foot except for the 4 corner snowflakes, which I FMQ-ed. The snowflake is a design I love, and which I've used before, from Kathy Sandbach's first book.
Close-up of the corner FMQ snowflakes in sparkly hot pink thread:
For the pillow back, I cut two rectangles, 10.5" X 15". I finished one 15" edge on each rectangle with a 1/2" seam.
Then I placed one of the now 10X15" rectangles wrong sides together, on top of the front quilt sandwich piece.
Add the second, still wrong side of pillow back to wrong side of quilt sandwich. The seamed edges will overlap by about 5".
I slipped in a 14" cushion form and voilà! Christmas gift ready to be given! I've written on the muslin inside the cushion cover, but I can't show that or I'll ruin a surprise...
Note that the elephant ears plants are not so happy anymore, after that 28-degree night and cold north gale-force winds on the weekend. Here's one last outdoor shot close-up. I'm really happy with this gift!
Linking up with Anything Goes Mondays, guest host today is Helen of Till We Quilt Again!