Greetings from Antarctica 2

16 Dec

At the very beginning of this year I made this little beauty:

Greetings from Antarctica

It’s from the book Pretty in Patchwork Holidays, I wanted to make the other 2 cushions but didn’t get round to them until recently. In November I managed to get the paper piecing done:

polar bear


And then with a bit of effort in December I managed to turn them into cushions:

Polar Bear, Pebbles and Pete

I found some pom pom trim and cut one off to stitch on to the penguins hat as there was no way I was going to attempt to make a tiny pom pom.  Buttons were scrounged from the button box, I never have 2 matching black buttons for the eyes but surely that adds to the novelty of them!

I even had the crazy idea of adding piping to them!

Cushion piping

Making the piping was easy but stitching it in between the front and back wasn’t as simple as I thought it might be. Any tips on how to stitch as close as possible to the piping gratefully received, I tried using the zipper foot which helped but I wasn’t overjoyed with the result.

They have been well received by the children, the polar bear has been named Snowy and the new penguin is a girl called Pebbles.


I’m pleased with how these turned out, they are the only festive decor that we’ve managed so far – you might find they are still hanging out in our living room next summer!

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11 Replies to “Greetings from Antarctica 2

  1. They are awesome and definitely for all the year!
    I hated doing piping on the cushion I tried, the corners were a nightmare – yours look great though xxx

  2. Gorgeous cushions, Mary, and that little pompom is perfect! I tried using my zip foot for piping a cushion and it was okay but not completely perfect and I need to remember to use the same colour thread as the piping next time for when there were places where you could see my stitching. Almost worth buying a piping foot? XX

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