a little bit of whimsy

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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.

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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!).

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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!) .

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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 🙂

Natalie x




25 thoughts on “a little bit of whimsy

  1. Hi Natalie, I’ve just found your blog through another blog that I follow and I love your little mushroom house cushion and I’m wondering if you have a pattern available for it??? Your work is beautiful 🙂 Lizzi xo

  2. Your cushion is beautiful Natalie and how sweet is little Harriet…she looks so pretty in her patchwork frame and I love the addition of the ric-rac too x
    Hope you have a lovely new week!
    Susan x

    • Harriet is sitting in her patchwork frame on the shelf in my sewing room starring sweetly at me right now! I have a real soft spot for that little embroidered girl. Glad you like her too and thanks for stopping by today xx

  3. I love your imagination!!! always creating little and gorgeous details!!! by the way, what did you prepare for the child’s charity quilt? I’m just curious to see what you sewed, for sure something lovely…

    • I haven’t decided what to do for the charity quilt block yet, but I think it will need to be something ‘pieced’ so that it can withstand frequent washings! Thanks so much for your visit today 🙂 x

Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to leave a comment. I love to hear what you have to say - it really does brighten my day! Natalie x

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