I didn’t intend to stitch a mushroom house.
But then we were challenged at our sewing group to make a 12 1/2″ block suitable for a child’s quilt, with a theme of ‘homes and gardens’. The quilt blocks will be donated to a charity called The Linus Project, sewn into quilts and given to sick children. Great, I thought, can’t wait to get started!
It was the red and white polkadot fabric that caught my eye – that’s when the idea of a mushroom house began to take shape.
So I appliqued the little house and a couple of clouds in the sky. But I didn’t stop there. I love details you see. I can’t help myself. I stitched a crooked picket fence, a birdhouse, creeping vines, window boxes, birds, bees, bunting and roses around the door. Finally, some wisps of smoke billowing from the chimney (just to show that someone is home!).
When I’d finished, I soon realised that my whimsical little block wouldn’t really be suitable for inclusion in a child’s charity quilt that is likely to be washed repeatedly. Back to the drawing board to think of something else.
But I was determined not to let this cutie become just another UFO (unfinished object) so I made it into a cushion and added some sweet red & white binding around the edges (way easier than making piping!) .
And speaking of cuties, I forgot to show you what I did with my little embroidered Harriet. I framed her in a patchwork frame that I picked up at Ikea last year – it couldn’t have been more perfect for her! And the best part? The frame was only £6! All I did was add a little wadding behind and some ric-rac around the inside edge to make it pop!
Harriet seems content in her new home 🙂