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Sunday, 16 October 2011

How old?...

I set to it at full throttle last night, determined to sew a cake in the time it would take someone to make a real one - I, on the other hand like to keep Mr Kipling et.al. busy in the baking department, so all timings are approximate.

So here is what I came up with...


I think it looks pretty good, in a '90 year old lady' kind of way!


I would have liked to have gone more wonky, scrappy and colourful, but it's not for me.

The finished block measures 18" square and I am planning on using one of the other blue florals on the back, with a couple of buttons to close.  I'll bind it in the same print as the top tier.  I need to line this panel as the back is a rather messy, but I am not going to quilt it, as am happy with it as is and don't want to spoil it.

I just need to read up on how to do buttonholes, I know I have the 'contraption' somewhere!


November 5th is my deadline to get it all finished and delivered, so panic over, for now. 

Thank you again for all your help and direction on this one - I hope you think I have cooked up a good 'un.

30 comments:

  1. Great job, love the candles :-)

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  2. You did a great job - very cool!!

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  3. This is perfect! Your grandmum will love it.

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  4. That's fab. I hope she loves it! is it worth puttingher name on the back? Homes are notorious for losing people's stuff. I see no one else has offered help with button holes. I havent used that attachment. I usually make two back sections that overlap, a bit like a pillowcase, or just sew the cover closed.

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  5. The contraption is huge - you can`t miss it! I agree with Benta - an overlapping envelope style back is easy and as long as you get the cushion - cover ratio right (pretty stuffed), it stays beautifully. I love your cushion and so will your granny!! Great work Hadley.

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  6. What a brilliant job Hadley - this puts me in mind of Ayumi's intricate piecing. Gran will love it.

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  7. Looking great...she will love it!

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  8. Great job - glad you didn't need to put all 90 candles on this cake! She will love it!

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  9. this is fabulous, what a great idea!

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  10. She's bound to love it! good stuff Hadley x

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  11. Looking fab! I'm sure she'll love it :-)

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  12. Ooh, that looks fab, I'm sure she'll treasure it

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  13. Hadley you have done a fabulous job! It's great! A lovely memento!

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  14. Another wonderful job, Hadley - what a cool present!
    I actually had great fun with my buttonhole contraption, and if I can do it .....
    I was so pleased that I could stitch on the buttons too - I really hate doing them by hand! I found it handy to secure the button in place first with a little piece of sellotape :)

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  15. wooo i can comment again. missed you! love the cake - perfect for diabetics! x

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  16. It's very worthy of a 90 year old! You did great! When you come to do the button hole, if you have any stitch and tear, use it just under the button hole are to keep it a little more stable, or a medium weight veilene. Give it a practice go firt :)

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  17. Don't you need to put 88 more candles on the cake still? Lovely job and great gift to commemorate the day.

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  18. Thanks for sharing this, its given me a great idea for daughter;s 16th birthday this weekend. She is overseas on exchange but I will still "bake" this cake and post it on facebook for her! Thank You!!!

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  19. Grandma is going to love it! You did a great job!

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  20. Ummm... someone has skillz!!! Check out those flames! Amazeballs.

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  21. ps I am totally giggling at the fact that Laura said Amazeballs :)

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  22. What a brilliant cushion for your gran! It's beautiful and you've really thought about her as you've chosen the fabrics and design - that makes it all really special, whether she can understand that or not at this time. I'll be praying it makes her smile.

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  23. wonderful gift! sometimes we work better under pressure! xxx

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