A friend at work has a big birthday on Saturday; so big she should be retiring, she isn't, but is spending the weekend at Belle Tout, the lighthouse from Love and Lives of a She-devil, the one that got picked up and moved further inland, and was probably on Blue Peter or something! (All meaningless words to my non-middle-aged Brit friends, but check the website if you like).
Well her love of lighthouses was mentioned a few weeks ago, and just before I left work today I remembered that I had planned to make a pressie; doh! So a quick sketch from what I could remember of the pattern I saw in Patchwork 318, and a diversion via Eclectic Maker on the way home, and I was sorted.
Ta da! A lighthouse cushion…
Awful photos, dreadful light; the background is actually a lovely pale blue; Architextures in Lake, if you know it. (I hurried past the Doe, totally gorgeous!). Anyway, the white is a new-to-me super find of Stephanie Ryan Modern Roses, Haze in Flax, soooo perfect! A bit more Carolyn Friedlander for the light beam and the last of a Boo Crew bolt of Flyscreen; they all look so, so much better in real life!
I just winged/wang/wung the piecing, sewing the strips, trimming into shape, sewing the diagonals on a wing and a prayer; I could have made some paper-piecing templates, but I didn't have the time, but I am rather pleased with how it worked out anyway...
This is no more true to colour, but the best of a bad bunch.
I didn't use wadding, but simply lined the front panel with white cotton; I topstitched each seam, securing the pressed to the side seam allowances for a bit more strength, it looks good too, sorry you will have to take my word for it!
There is also a little strip of the yellow as binding across the envelope back, which is a grey home-dec weight. It measures up just shy of 16" square, and is already wrapped for work tomorrow.
I had fun with this, and as ever, I am rather surprised at what I can achieve when I have to!