At first I was only going to do basic applique stitches to secure the snowflake to the background using a white rayon thread. Then I spotted a spool of metallic silver thread in my thread box...
and the next thing I know, I'm outlining the snowflake with that sparkly thread! Pleased with the results, but wanting more sparkle I also FMQ inside the design of the snowflake. Then I came across a treasured glass button I have from my great- grandma. It seemed the perfect finish to the center of the snowflake as it adds more sparkle!
The blue, white and touch of silver looked lovely and I was all set to quilt my cushion top and proceed to finish the cushion, but the lovely colours in this jelly roll gave me another idea. My plan for finishing the cushion changed! I decided to add some patchwork along the four edges of the front, incorporating some of the fabrics from the Sophie line.
Ready to quilt, I couldn't decide on a design. I thought of stitching swirls or echo quilting the snowflake but neither choice really seemed to be quite right. I kept staring at the cushion top... until it dawned on me that simply quilting circles around the snowflakes printed on the fabric would convey the look of falling snow - which I think suits it perfectly!
As much as I love the front, I adore the backing. What goes better with pretty snowflakes than bright coloured mittens?
A hidden zipper runs through the center back, making it easy to remove, while the busy print echoes the bright colours of the patchwork bordering the snowflake on the front. LOVE it.
The final fun touch, is the red pom-pom fringe!
Look how well my new cushion coordinates with my Stars of Friendship Quilt. You'd almost get the impression that I like combining red and blue. ;o)
It really looks at home in one of our living room chairs,
but it clearly out sizes the red cushions currently on our love seat. That must mean I need to make it some friends. ;o)
Meantime, I'm going to enjoy the sparkly snowflake that will never melt.
Wishing you a happy weekend and some sparkle to your day!
I'm adding my Sparkle Snowflake Cushion to
and entering it into this month's