Last week my lovely next door neighbour showed me how to make a basic patchwork cushion.
This week I've practised my new skill by making two cushions for the conservatory.
I bought two books of fabric samples from the clearance area of a local Interior Design company (£10 for a huge pile of fabric.... I think I'll be making patchwork items for the whole family this autumn!)
I'm really pleased with the way that the samples allow me to play around with designs and colour-ways.... but the two cushions end up with a similar 'look'. The material is also really nice quality so it's given my work a nice finish (for a first attempt).
I was so inspired by my progress that I went back to the clearance area for another look. This time I came home with two enormous sample books. These were more expensive but still good value, given the size of the fabric samples. I plan to make a set of complimentary garden cushions etc. for next year. (Our current garden furniture is plastic and falling to pieces, so our families gave us a very substantial amount of money as a Silver Wedding present to buy new furniture for next summer. I can't wait to have a meal surrounded by a 'grown up' garden furniture suite!!)
I've also been busy doing my needlework...
(This is a small sampler that I worked for my friends wedding anniversary.
It's a mixture of two traditional 'Florentine' designs and various textured cross-stitch patterns.
The colours tried to reflect the fact that 35 years of marriage is 'Coral')
Thomas has really got into the idea of having a human at his "beck and claw"..
He likes to supervise,while grooming, from a chair in the conservatory..
Then falls asleep mid-lick.....
His white fur hides the fact that he's an old cat....