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31/01/2012 § Leave a comment
The old garden bench would have done you proud this afternoon, when the last few rays of winter sunshine appeared and sent a warm glow across the frozen garden …
Homespun patchwork cushions and a couple of crochet blankets that I made yonks ago! Wish I could find the pattern for the aran one on the bench seat – think it was in a Phildar book circa 1980 and meant to be a bedspread, made from crochet cotton! It’s a super pattern and it’s my favourite old blanket from the back of the sofa, frequently brought into use to keep my knees warm (like Grandma)! Unless I’m crocheting something that already covers them, of course – I do get chilly knees! I wonder if the Queen gets chilly knees? She often has a blanket over them when she’s out and about! Maybe it’s a blue blood thing – my grandmother had airs and graces!
The cushions are all free-motion quilted on the patchwork side, with beautiful thick weave cotton backs. I haven’t made a stripey patchwork cushions before, but I love these – they were great fun to make.
I’ve been wanting to design something with birdies for a while too …
There must be trillions of designs with birdies in birdcages going on at the moment, but these two are obviously in love! She has a frilly tail and his crest has gone all bananas and twirly! Always love a boy with curls! They can of course fly away through the open bars, but they’re all caught up in their little dome home with a heart on top!
I’m just putting the finishing touches to a few purses and then everything will be labelled and packed up ready for the trip to the Monteagle Gallery on Friday afternoon.
If you’re anywhere near Yateley, Hants, then do pop in and have a look.
Enjoy that bit of sunshine, if it’s in your garden, but don’t take your hat and coat off – it’s freezing out there!
PS Flora is just chasing a blackbird and a pigeon on the patio – it’s SO funny! The blackbird is pecking at an apple that I threw out and the pigeon is clearing up Flora’s lunchtime feed scraps. I don’t know whether she’s feeling amorous or territorial, but she waddles purposefully towards them and looks mystified when they fly off!