Let’s just say that further to my last post, I’m thrilled. Of course this is a bit of shameless self promotion but I don’t care. The last time I won a competition was when I was 12 and sent an encouraging fax to our Australia athletes at the Olympics and scored a walkman which worked for about a month. So there you go.


A little birdy tells us that making this cushion was quite an extensive project; from designing and sewing the diamond quilted fabric, to screen printing the unique design and sourcing those project-perfect buttons, but it was well worth it for Sophie Pennington, May’s Competitively Creative winner.

When Sophie told us her cushion is filled with 100% duck down, we suddenly wished we’d told you all to send us your work, because we would love to cuddle up to this one!


Sophie’s birds were hand drawn before being transferred to freezer paper, cut out and hand painted with fabric paint and ironed to seal. Once her cushion design was complete, all Sophie needed to do was to find the perfect buttons. Her extensive online search came to an unexpected end when she stumbled across these perfect black and white models in a local shop.

“I think overall it’s quite effective, and looks comfy too,” Sophie said of her cushion. We’ll have to take your word for it Sophie, but if you feel like sending it our way we’ll be more than happy to test your claim!

If you want to buy this cushion, you can find it in Sophie’s online store, In The Round, where 10% of all profits are donated to the Murdoch Childrens’ Research Institute for research towards paediatric stroke.


PS. Next month’s competition is to create a scarf. I’m pretty sure I won’t enter, as this isn’t my forte, but I did find some gorgeous cream wool in a great Canberra store the other day (am holidaying), so might have a fiddle, if only because Melbourne is so damn cold at the moment, and is only going to get colder.

PPS. Good on Living Creatively for making mention of In The Round‘s charity, the Stroke Clinic at the Royal Childrens’ Hospital (funded by the Murdoch Childrens’ Research Institute).



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About Sophie

Living in Melbourne, juggling a day job in medical defence with recious 7 and 1 year olds, and trying as best I can to raise money for research into paediatric stroke.
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2 Responses to Yippee

  1. waverider says:

    Yeah, Yeah, YEAH!!!!! Congratulations!! Proof that you are onto a good thing and that this "creative thing" is definitely your forte. Onward and upward!

  2. Trish says:

    Fantastic, Soph! It's a gorgeous cushion. I can see that bird design on all sorts of things… curtains, quilt covers, or just framed. Beautiful.

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