The first thing I want to show you is this lovely fabric. I can't quite make my mind up if the deer fabric would be suitable for Christmas, given that every shop I go into a present seems to have a cushion with a reindeer on it! However, I am not sure about the colour. It would look great any time of the year, and I especially like the birds. My daughter Katie has browns in her sitting room and has just bought some green accessories, so I will be making some cushions for her from it. I will probably put wadding behind and quilt a little just to give it a bit more body. The fabric is by Moda and part of the oh deer! range.
I love the odd blue bird, but wish they had done the same with the deer and the spots.
This is Debby' wall hanging, she used up lots of her red scraps. You could quite easily just make one and turn it into a cushion of a smaller wall hanging. You could also embroider Happy Christmas, or similar round the edges.
I have been busy cutting for Christmas presents. Unfortunately cutting is as far as it has got so far, but I will let you see what I have made eventually!
There have been some grey days so far this November, but today the sun is shining. Sometimes when I get the bus to Wellington I get here early. I decided I would try to get to know Wellington a little better, and get fit at the same time by walking. My plan is to walk at least a couple of mornings before I need to open the shop, even it it only means getting off the bus a couple of stops earlier! This week I discovered the park. My son worked over here for the local council during the summer holidays when he was a university, and has told me so many times I should take a look, so now I have. It was lovely, especially so early in the morning. It was funded by the Fox family in the early 20th century. I am not sure if I have mentioned them before, but the Fox family were Quakers, and owned the local mill, along with another one at Uffculme(I hope I have got that right) called Coldharbour Mill now a museum. The Wellington factory is still open on a very small scale. They make the most beautiful soft woolen fabric. Deborah Meaden of the Dragons Den has taken an interest in at as they were in trouble recently. Most of the old mill is now empty, but it is a lovely old building. I am finding as I walk around there are some really interesting buildings which you just don't notice when you are in the car. That said, yesterday's walk was not so good I ended up walking through housing estates, but at least I know they are there now!
Earlier in the week one of the local community Police Support Officers came into the shop and said he had a photograph he wanted to show me. I immediately thought there was some kind of problem and he was going to show me someone he would want me to identify. However, he pulled out his phone and proceeded to show me a picture of a cushion his wife had made, her first attempt at patchwork! It was great by the way. It is so nice when people take the trouble to show you what they have made.
I think that's all the news for now - happy sewing!