There's been rather a lot of activity going on in the den. Some things I'm afraid I currently cannot show you as they are intended as gifts. Just a little glimpse then...
My main project is our bedroom which has been over looked really, in the five years we've been here. We picked up a few sample pots a week or so ago but realistically, I don't think we'll be tackling the painting until the New Year.
I have been able to get on with a few more quick and decorative projects, though. Inspired by Beata and her gorgeous edgings and cushions, and the marvellous book Crochet Adorned (remember I blogged about that), I took up a trusty felted blanket, some gorgeous Louisa Harding "Thistle" yarn and came up with this beauty...
The edging is from "Crochet Adorned".
I closed the back with some toning buttons and I find the effect quite amusing, sort of like a face!
So our bed is looking quite cosy today. As you can see, the wall behind the bed is less than attractive! We had a doorway to an en suite blocked up a while ago but we will finally deal with that when we get round to the painting.
I must tackle the headboard though as in those five years, my vision for this room has changed a bit. It's all going softer and a bit more vintagey. I think I will make a cover for the headboard from a vintage woollen blanket in a more colourful shade.
Did you spot the pillowcases? I got the idea to crochet the edging from Beata and you can see the fabulous ones she has made on her blog (she also has some for sale).
The rosey pillowcases came in a bedding set from the ever-dependable TK Maxx. I used the sheet to make curtains for the sitting room at the cottage and the pillowcases have been waiting patiently for their day of glory.
The edging has been crocheted in a Patons bamboo yarn (which I loathe as it splits dreadfully) and took me a few hours in front of the box last night. Thank you for the idea, Beata.
On to my other project and it's a biggie. I've always shyed away from a full-on patchwork quilt because I really prefer smaller projects, ones I can generally complete in a day. But for whatever reason, I finally decided I would take the plunge. I spent a whole two days cutting out 5" squares, 256 of them to be precise.
I laid them out on my spare room bed, it took me ages to place them all. They are a mix of vintage, vintage-inspired, modern Kaffe Fasset prints, Liberty tana lawns and vintage embroidered cloths.
It's really just a big hotch potch of all my favourite fabrics. Here it is, draped over the ironing board, the rows I have patched together so far.
Would you like to see some of my favourite patches?
I bought the green/white/rosey checked fabric (in the centre, below) from Donna and it is one of my most favourites. Thank you, Donna, she specifically pointed it out to me as she knew I would love it and I REALLY do!
I also love the central fabric below. This came from a scrap bag from Donna. I only had enough to cut four patches. Looks like eiderdown fabric to me. Scrumptious, truly!
Well, that's it my friends. There'll be more joining of squares next week. I've ordered the backing, a simple cotton flannel for guaranteed cosiness, and some bright, vintage-inspired fabric for the binding. I'm a bit scared of the quilting and binding though, so I might need you to hold my hand, please!