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« on: October 10, 2011 03:41:44 AM »

My Elder brother is a nightmare to buy presents for. Since I emigrated we have decided to give Christmas Presents a miss, but We all have birthdays around Christmas so there is still inspiration needed for that. My Mum and older brother love to play scrabble and seem to have a constant facebook scrabble game going! So I thought that maybe he may like a gift that is scrabble related. So I came up with the idea of a scrabble cushion cover! It's not exactly quilting, but the techniques I used are TOTALLY quilting techniques so I have put it in this category.

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I started off by drawing out the tiles and stitching the 100 letters required:

Each tile is 1", with a 1/4" border all around. (so 1.5" in total)

Then, once I had finished stitching, I washed off the guidelines and cut up the scrabble tiles:


Then I had a full alphabet


I decided to use a record breaking board as my pattern: http://www.wolfberg.net/scrabble/lexington/score830/

And cut the blank, pink, light blue, blue and red squares that I required to complete the board.

These were then sewn together in horizontal strips.


Unfortunately at this point I got too excited and forgot to take pictures! But I'll do my best to explain the final steps.

I found that sewing 2 strips together and then sewing them to their ajoining strips was much easier that sewing each strip on individually. It made matching the MANY seams much easier. I pressed one line of seams to the left and the next to the right so that I got a neater finish and it was easier to line up.

Once I had completed the board. I opted for a black border to define the board, this is a 1/2 inch border ( with 1/4 inch seams, so they were 1" strips) and finished it to a 20" cushion cover with a plain coloured boarder to finish. Then I made it into the cushion cover you see before you:

Here is a close up of QUIXOTRY - the highest single play world record.

Now I have completed the project, I think the only thing that I would do differently is to embroider the letters AFTER I had put together the board. It would lead to the letters being more central on the squares.

C&C welcome. Let me know if there are any questions.
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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2011 04:09:38 AM »

That's brilliant. If your brother doesn't like it, I'll come and batter down his door to take it myself! Wink
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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2011 04:17:47 AM »

Wow! What a great present, it must have taken you AGES to make!!
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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2011 04:59:35 AM »

Brilliant!! Totally amazing, great job! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2011 05:21:13 AM »

I love it! It's fantastic.
We love scrabble too.............
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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2011 05:53:18 AM »

That is a labor of love! Scrabble rocks and so does this project. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2011 07:51:07 AM »

Very cute. What a great idea. You did a good job.
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« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2011 09:02:53 AM »

Wow, what a lot of hard work!!! Shocked But such a rewarding outcome!
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« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2011 02:26:47 PM »

Love it!
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« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2011 10:37:13 PM »

Great job! and what a ton of work.
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