If I could make her a sampler quilt of her own for the special birthday then I could also precede it with a cushion that would match it for her Christmas pressie. Two gifts decided in one little thought - result!
Hubby and son agreed with the plan. Lovely son helped me choose fabrics he thought Nanny would like
|Modern Meadow and a taupe scroll co-ordinate.|
and I did a little research for a nice block to make up into her cushion.
|Grandmother's Choice block|
Anyway, my son was very interested in the block designs and the names they had and he chose this one - Grandmother's Choice - because he liked the appropriateness of its name for his Nanny's Christmas pressie cushion. The block wasn't too difficult to make even if I did have to unpick and rearrange a few pieces as I hadn't paid attention to the direction of the pink print (smart!).
After adding a wee border and basting, I tried (honestly I did) to FMQ in the block. Three times I tried, but it was AWFUL with capital letters all the way through! I just don't seem to be able to shift the fabric around smoothly and ended up with teeny weeny tight stitches and then great big jumpy ones. On the basis that I need a finish this side of Christmas (!) I hung up my FMQ boots and opted for a little outline quilting. I'm not madly happy with how this works but can't quite put my finger on why. Possibly because I had the FMQ vision in my head and this is not it. I don't know.
Anyway, we now have a pressie half way to completion. If I'm very diligent tomorrow I'll be able to make the quilted envelope backing and check it off my "shopping" list - fingers crossed!