26 January 2013

Finished Cushions

At last I managed to finish 5 of the cushions I started way back last winter. I think they look quite fresh and cheerful on my old sofa and they are lovely and comfy as I put extra large pads in them.

Just need to finish the last two now and I can start on the quilt I'm planning. These are the colours I was thinking of using.

7 January 2013


As soon as my cushions are completed that is...

I started five cushion covers before we had the house fire and have just this weekend been able to get back into my sewing room and take out my machine, which I put away while the work was being done on the house to save it from dust and dirt.  So I have begun to try and get the cushions finished so I can have a fresh new look in the sitting room for the spring. I am hand quilting the panels so they will take a bit longer than if I just machined them, but as it has been months since I even looked at them I am not going to worry. Here is the one I am quilting at the moment. I've used some thick cotton flannel to back the panels rather than wadding, mainly because I had plenty of that to use up.

Anyway I also had a look at some blogs I used to read and found some inspiration for a scrappy quilt I want to make for someone here

I also want to actually start the BOM I've been looking at from Jenny of Elefantz, Promises and Borders which is thankfully still available on her blog and will remain a permanent free download.  Thanks Jenny!

I plan to do a trip to the Fabric Guild as soon as I have time - hopefully for the winter sale which starts around mid January.  It's so good to have plans again!

So happy scrappy 2013 to all!


Some of you will know we had a house fire in June last year which wiped out almost all of our ground floor and destroyed the kitchen completely. We had to remove and replace all of the plaster from the walls and replace the kitchen units. Other rooms were all smoke damaged and had to be re-decorated and carpeted, some needing new windows and doors. I was horrified at the amount of damage a small fire can do.  I was also mortified that I had caused it by my carelessness in leaving a pan of oil on the stove and forgetting about it while I strolled around the garden.  By the time I came back into the house, less than 15 minutes later, the kitchen was on fire and the cooker hood had exploded across the room.

We almost lost our little Jack Russell, who followed me into the smoke filled dining room without my knowledge and then couldn't be found. The firemen finally found her unconscious under the table and brought her out. It took 15 minutes for them to revive her on the front drive by sticking her head in an oxygen mask and massaging her chest. I was so thankful that she survived without any obvious after effects, especially as I would have been responsible if she had died.

We tried to find somewhere else to live while the place was such a mess but there was nothing in our area for rent. We stayed with some good friends for a week and eventually decided to go home and live/sleep in the one room at the back of the house which had escaped the worst of the damage. We spent several weeks sleeping on a futon (hard as rock) until the electrician could get the wiring sorted and we could go back upstairs to our own bedroom.

So all in all we had a pretty busy summer going from this:

To something a little more habitable built by my very talented other half and paid for by the insurance company - thankfully!

And I promise I won't burn it down again...

We finished the decorating just before Christmas and the carpets went down just in time for the holiday.  Just a little more to do and we should be completely finished by spring.  We were very fortunate to have a great painter and decorator move in next door just after the fire happened, which has proved to be a lifesaver as we would never have been able to do it all ourselves.

So now, hopefully, back to normal.