The ramblings from a small quilt shop on the South Islands West Coast of New Zealand

Friday, August 31, 2012

Just Plain Worn Out


As the start of a new month arrives, I am so very pleased to be able to add a couple more cushions to the collection – officially they were made last month so I suppose I should include them into my August OPAM total.

The first is another ‘stitchery’ type complete with a few Prairie Points to add interest.


I altered the pattern slightly, not the stitching but the piecing, just to make the cushion a little more square.  I’m really happy with this one, the whole thing made from my stash – yeah.

The next cushion is very different.  A touch of candle wicking. So oldie worldly but so calming to sit and stitch.


Another made from my stash, I had the calico but not the candle wicking cotton so I used 4ply knitting cotton.  It took some effort to stitch with it but I think the results are just great (for me).


As you can see from this close up I machine quilted around the outer edge of the stitching.  I did a small stipple to flatten the outer out letting the candle wicking ‘pop’.

There should have been another little cushion but while I was busy putting the outer sashing's on it my machine  started misbehaving – or so I thought.  On inspection I found out that the little arm that keeps the bobbin casing in position had broken – it had just plain worn out.  So now my wee Pfaff is visiting her surgeon and hopefully will make a full recovery.  I know I have other machines, mostly Featherweights, and they are great for piecing, but they’re not Miss Pfaff and I really do prefer to stitch on her.


Today is the first day of Spring here in New Zealand – and judging by the amount of unplanted flowers (aka weeds) sprouting up in the garden I guess I need to do some outside work this weekend.

I hope you all have a great weekend


a name Miche'le



  1. Those cushions are GORGEOUS! I really, really, really love the top one. I'm gutted it's not a kit as I would snap that up.

  2. Such a great feeling to create from your stash. I can just see some of these cushions on the comfy lounge in your shop. Hope your machine gets well soon.

  3. Gorgeous cushions, Michelle - hope Miss Pfaff recovers soon :) Happy gardening - might just do the same over this side of the island:)

  4. Fabulous cushions.
    I hope your first day of Spring is a warm and sunny as ours is up here. Hugs Ali.

  5. You had me worried with that title, glad to hear it is not you that is worn out!! Your finishes are lovely, you are very talented, that candlewicking is gorgeous. Have some lovely time outdoors battling with those weeds...... Nicky x

  6. Lovely cushion. Happy Spring! I have quite a few 'unplanted' flowers too!


Thankyou so much for popping by and leaving a comment. I enjoy reading your thoughts and ideas and will get back to you if needed, hugs - Miche'le

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