Hello Lovely Folks how are you all doing? Here's hoping you are all fine and well, enjoying your Sunday wherever you are in the world. It is so lovely to see you all again, do come in and make yourself comfy while I pop the kettle on. It is quite breezy with a chill in the air this morning and is starting to feel as if the chills of autumn are coming soon. I must admit though I do love the autumn period as I suffer in the heat as you all known. I would have loved to have gone for a long walk on the beach today if I had time but, sadly, there is work to be done here. However, I did get up very early to make sure I finished the birthday cushion as I was fretting about not having time.
I have been searching in my cupboards for bits of fabric for the cushion and found loads of smallish pieces which weren't large enough for big projects but could be used for little gifts. My gorgeous little granddaughters just love colouring as most young girls do so I had a thought about a pencil case for them. I was up early yesterday morning so quickly measured up some fabric and pencils and came up with this little case. It is not perfect but I hope she will like it - have another one cut out and ready to sew when I get some time today or tomorrow night. Hope you like it Folks - it is amazing the effect which blogging has had on my motivation to get things done, I wonder if you are there all find the same? Wouldn't it be great to be able to bottle up this energy and allow others to share in it with us? Wonder what you all think - would love to hear from you.
I just love the beach hut fabric - have some with the Volkswagens on too which is so adorable.
Now then a little update on my Sophie Tilley dolly. I am so excited about her Folks it is quite unbelievable - two bloggers got in touch to say that they had ordered one each too. I hope Sophie can keep up with the rush. My lovely husband has sketched out the face for me and we now have all the colours we need so it won't be long before I am making her dress for her and she will be ready. I haven't thought of a name for her yet as I need to see what type of personality she has once she has come to life. We are going to buy more for our lovely granddaughters as special gifts too. I am hoping you will help me out with the name for my lovely dolly once she is finished - hopefully this week so watch this space Folks.
Now Everyone, back to the job in hand - the cushion. I had found other fabrics which I thought I would use for the central panel. I did take all your advice into account and didn't try to use the whole tea towel as it just wouldn't fit. Below is the heart shape which I used and I decided to fit in the year, month, calendar and her name within this. I cut out some flower shapes from the tea towel on the far right hand corner and then other shapes from the main fabric and from another piece of orange which I found hiding in the back of the cupboard. I hope you think it looks ok? I was having to move along with this because, as usual, I had left myself short of time. My Husband always says I will be late for my own funeral as I try to do too much.
This the finished back - I used the silky brown fabric for the ties and inner sections which I had used for the bag but had found a brown cotton which I used for the heart shape. I was worried about the silky material fraying which was happening as I was cutting it so I thought cotton would be a safer option. As always I used the lovely Lilly Blossom pattern which serves me so well, I just love using it. Lilly Blossom has opened the doors for me with regards cushions as previously I would never have attempted anything like this. I love this style as it is classy and easy to sew up. Thank you Lilly Blossom!
This is the finished gifts for her. I do hope she likes them although I am always a little unsure when I give handmade gifts as they may not be to everyone's taste - we are all different. Fingers crossed she is pleased.
A final photograph of the cushion, would love your comments, am always pleased for suggestions of how my sewing can be improved. I am very conscious that in Blogland there are so many talented people and I have learned so much in the short time I have been part of the community.
Well Folks that is it for today and it is back to the old grindstone of work. I do hope you all have a wonderful day or evening this Sunday depending on where you are in the world. May you enjoy happiness, relaxation and peace each and every one of you. I do hope you will come back and if you can do leave a comment as it is so lovely to hear from you all. Lots of love to you as always, Dorothy :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxx