...there have been highlights. In fact, I must confess that this rather delicious parcel dropped through the proverbial letterbox last week. See, I knew last week was better!
How could it not have been when your parcel contained delights from the world's best fabric shop keeper, Donna Flower, of course!
And so the stroking commenced. The oohing and aahing, the "which is my favourite" and the laying them out first one way, then another and errm, then another! In between of course, I hot footed it to the North and back and then, well then, there was no stopping me. This week, I got to actually do something with it.
Do you remember my patchy cushion? The one I made to sell but when I took it to the cottage for its very own little "photo shoot" it sort of ended up staying there! Well sadly, all this divine vintage fabric doesn't pay for itself and there's always a thrill to be had in making something for others so it was time to sew with intent! Off I went down the patchworky route. There's something so satisfying about putting all these vintage fabrics together. Then you get to enjoy each and every little one rather than having to choose (or bankrupt yourself!) My notebook covers are always popular and so I made some "pretty and practical" covers for these A6 notebooks which had been awaiting my attention.
There's a scrumptious mix of vintage fabrics and vintage embroidered linens. They're lined with white cotton (couldn't have anything fussy to compete with that patchworky loveliness) and of course, each cover is removable so that when you've filled one book with your billets-doux, you can pop along to the stationers and buy a standard sized replacement.
Cushions. A subject close to my heart. In fact, I must do a post just all about cushions. Yes, soon. For now, though, I'll show you what else I've been working on. Time consuming, oh yes.
Because that photo above shows you just the back, you see. I trimmed one edge with a divine rosey 1950's cotton and made a proper fastening with pretty mother of pearl buttons. No reason why the back can't be pretty, is there?
But the front? Well, they're a bit special (I think so).
Each front of each cushion cover is made from 81 individual 2.5" squares. All patchworked with love!
When I had a little play for these photos and put them on the guest bed with my crochet cushion, well, I was rather loathe to part with them to be honest!