Quilted Patchwork Cushion #1

Well here it is, my first quilted patchwork cushion. I have absolutely loved making it and can’t wait to get started on my next one. It’s been an interesting experience though as this is the first time I have quilted using my sewing machine rather than by hand.  This has meant that the cushion came together much more quickly than it would have done (I still have two hand quilting projects ‘on the go’!!!) which is very satisfying.

I used a combination of traditional machine quilting (stitch in the ditch) and free motion quilting (for the hearts and swirls). Although I am very used to free motion stitching, using it on this project has been a bit of a challenge. It felt strange going from the very precise and neat process of patchwork to the completely free and almost messy flow of free motion stitching3. But it works….I think….

Dashing through the snow

This year we have added a new limited edition’Coastal Christmas‘ range to our homeware and have been busy getting it ready for the website.  The central motif is this gorgeous reindeer (above), inspired by the swooping swirling lines of early folk art.

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Wassily Kandinsky

We’ve taken this central design and adapted it for a new line of Christmas cards, festive stickers, and napkins (coming soon).

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Reindeer Christmas Card

I always love this time of year, and have often thought I would be quite happy running my own all-year-round Christmas shop 🙂 It’s not so much because I love Christmas Day itself…. it’s because I love Christmas time, and most especially Advent (which I will say more about when it’s here). For me, it’s all about the preparation…..cosying up the house for the longer darker days. Lighting the candles. Snuggling under the blankets. Choosing a new decoration for the tree.  I love the deep warm reds and the soft russets and burnished golds that bring the autumnal colours of the outdoors inside.

My guilty secret at this time of year?…..ssh……feel good movies on ‘Christmas 24‘…….but don’t tell………

At home in my ‘studio’

In preparation for a ‘Meet the Maker’ feature to appear on the Devon Life website (next week) I arranged for my amazing product photographer to do a photo shoot in my ‘studio’ – aka the kitchen table. We had a lot of fun and for someone who absolutely HATES having their photo taken, I’m really pleased with the results 🙂

Here’s a sneak preview:

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Well, the lapwings have landed…..

They have been a long time in the making. I’ve had the idea of them in my head for some time, and knew exactly how I wanted them to look, but try as I might, I couldn’t find the right fabric for the wing. Until finally I stumbled across this beautiful design (Finger Print Leaves) on Woven Monkey (http://www.wovenmonkey.com):

 

 I ordered a swatch just to make sure the print was the right size – it was perfect 🙂 I loved the fact that not only did it give me the hint of blue/green/grey that I was looking for, it had the most beautiful ‘watery’ feel to it – very fitting for my lapwing. 

And so here he is. The finished product. 

  

He makes me smile. I had wanted him to be a proud bird and he certainly seems very pleased with himself, and with his new wing, and of course, with his glorious head of hair. He will be delivered to my local stockist (Panorama Gallery, Topsham) this morning where I know he will be looked after until he finds his ‘forever home’.