Come back soon, Jack.
Let's try to focus on something else. My project this week comes from this lovely book.
I fancied having a go at this cushion using the "crazy nine-patch" pattern.
You choose nine squares of fabric and place them all in a stack. The pattern in the book directs you to cut each piece 8 and 3/4" square which gives you a cushion measuring nearly 26" square. I thought this would be gigantic so I cut my pieces 6" square. The fabrics are a mixture of vintage and new, reproduction-style.
You then make a cut across your stack at an angle, shuffle the pieces and sew them together in pairs to make nine perfect squares again. You then repeat this exercise a further 3 times, cutting across the stack in a different direction each time, so that you end up with a sort of jumble. I mean a patchwork. There's a lot of piecing and ironing open of seams. That's my exercise this week, to and fro from sewing machine to ironing board. Here are all nine completed squares.
And here are the nine squares finally sewn together.
You then choose some border fabric and "sash" the sides.
Then you make it into a cushion, of course.
It came together really well. I think it's very pretty but I'm not sure I have room for yet another cushion so I will probably sell this one, despite my sister's protestations.
So, yesterday, I headed off for Marylebone High Street and specifically to here...
After yet another whinge from yours truly, the lovely shop assistant gave me their last copy of the catalogue. And what turned up in the post today, about half an hour ago? Yes, my Cath K catalogue. The second copy that is. Life, hey?
I enjoyed a thorough examination of its contents. I pretty much love this page. Yes, this one is my favourite. This is my ideal kitchen, just plain white with lots of added bright and beautiful accessories.
However, I adore this chair. I always love seeing the reupholstered furniture in Cath K's shops. Piping is apparently de rigeur on upholstery this season (according to Living etc) and I do think it looks lovely on this chair.
Also loving this patchwork chair. I would love one of these. We saw two of them in the Winchester shop (seriously to-die-for Cath K shop, the best I've been in so far although its location is a bit "high street") which were priced at £900 each. I do wonder how well they'd survive, with all those patchwork seams stretched relatively taught over the chair.
In the shop yesterday, I had a serious swoon over this sofa. Like it? Well, you can buy it for £1200.
I was really rather restrained in Cath K yesterday. I was actually shopping for the Munchkin's birthday so I did get him some of the lovely new clothes in there but I came away with just a note block for me. Loving this "electric flowers" pattern and I think it is best with this gorgeous blue background.
Ah, I forgot that I also bought a few half yards of fabric although I actually bought this in John Lewis as they didn't have it in the Cath K shop, very strange. This is the new fabric described as "heavierweight haberdashery" in the Cath K catalogue. It has a lovely slight sheen to it and is thicker than the usual haberdashery fabric with a very soft feel or "handle" to it. I was thinking of making a simple quilt for the Munchkin which would feel lovely and cosy.
I think he'd like this Stanley pattern.
Though probably not as much as the cowboy one, of course.
Well, I'll leave it there today. Wishing you all a happy weekend.