Tuesday, 19 February 2013

I don't give a ...

Flying Monkeys!!

Those words often fly from my mouth in the company of small children, especially when their shouts and screams are heard over the buzz of the sewing machine, and my intervention has been requested!

Anyway, enough of my parenting style, here is my little dabble in green.

The Pantone colo(u)r of the year is Emerald.  The official colour is not what I would particularly call emerald, but what do I know?  Ali of a²(w) however has deemed all green as good green when it comes to the Quilt Challenge.

I do love green, but more the brighter, limier(?), grassier greens, and this was blatantly apparent when I searched for suitable fabrics.  However a few trusty Summersville scraps and a FQ of ELB's Quilt Blocks fitted the bill, with a few others thrown in for luck.

I toyed with the idea of flying geese, and then had those pesky flying monkeys from the Emerald Forest, going round in my head; although it is not officially the Emerald Forest is it, just the Emerald City I think - but I am not a fan, so it's all a bit lateral thinking.  I do know the monkeys are really blue, but you get the gist!!

Anyway, long ramble short, bring on the Flying Monkeys cushion...

Pre-quilting, in the sunshine.
I started with a 12" block, 64 x 1.5" HSTs paired with natural Essex Linen.

I was going to quilt the panel in my thread of choice Aurifil 50wt 2021, but it looked just a little too skinny, so I unpicked and went with a lovely green 40wt (2888), and it looks way better.


I sashed with linen to make it up to about 17" square, then French seamed the two sides together.  Flea Market Fancy green seeds and some more Quilt Blocks with a 16" cushion pad, job done.

They're in the trees, they're coming!
It's not going to win any prizes, but I made it for the fun of it, the challenge was simply that, a challenge to go a little out of my comfort zone and start overhauling the lounge cushions, because they really are starting to look like they have seen better days.

31 comments:

  1. Oohh so pretty! Love the combo of greens with the linen and the jungle shot is brilliant! What with half term there's a lot of 'flying monkeys' in this house too ;)

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  2. So fresh! Really love it :-) Our kids were off last week so I'm all flying monkeyed out :-)

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  3. This is stunning! I love green so I'm in luck with the color of the year.

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  4. Well, if the Emerald City monkeys were blue no reason why the Emerald Forest monkeys wont be green... Should've gone with bogies and leprechauns...
    Love the cushion though, the linen looks so lovely with those greens.

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  5. Love it and that last pic is brilliant.

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  6. I'll be honest, it sounds like you lost the plot there for a bit, but basically it's a green cushion for the emerald challenge is that right, and although not a big fan of green personally (usually), I think this is rather fabulous, good work! x

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  7. Great job! I have little in the way of good greens. Love what you did with yours.

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  8. I think it's a super design, love the linen and the quilting is fab. Now where do I get one of those cushion trees? I could use a few new ones too!

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  9. Lovely cushion although tonight when I'm out with my friend I bet I'll have the music from the wizard of oz running through my head. As long as The Horse of A Different colour isn't on the menu all will be cool though :-)

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  10. Beautiful - love all the different greens!

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  11. Luscious greens! Lovely cushion! Jxo

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  12. Love it! There are even touches of sunshine in that last photo!

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  13. Oh it should definitely win a naming prize :oD

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  14. Looks lovely in the tree...... ;-)

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  15. Now that my dear is a gorgeous cushion and totally worthy of winning - gorgeous fabrics, clean lines , lovely HSTs and just so fresh and springlike. Do you understand that I LOVE it!!??

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  16. Love the greens mixed with the linen !

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  17. Cushion is making me green with envy (see what I've done there) ;-) and amazingly my kids are being great this half term. Plenty of time for a mummy meltdown yet though!

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  18. I love it!!! Green has been my color of choice lately! Though I tend to prefer the shades you picked as my favorites!

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  19. OOPs! I meant to ask in my previous reply, what color/make is the linen background you used? I love it!

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  21. Oh I really love the effect that the quilting has made on the cushions. wish it was on my couch.

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  22. I really love this, cheerful, yet not cute, and so many nice fabrics.

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  23. that's lovely! How did I miss this? I must have been away!

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  24. So lovely Hadley! I love the range of emeralds that you used!

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