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City & Guilds Patchwork and Quilting


Below are the images of the cushion I made for the item for an interior assessment.  The cushion is for my computer chair as I need to support my lower back whilst working.

I chose to take the theme/design inspiration from the trees I can see from my front window.  The colours are also inspired by the trees in autumn.  At the time decay and loss were high in my thoughts, which I have tried to indicate in the cushion by just applying the small triangles in the centre section with small cross stitches, this will enable these triangles of colour to curl and fray as the cushion is used.

Please remind me to think very carefully about using velvet in an application like this again as it was a complete nightmare to work with.


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I think I’m back…….

Having been feeling under the weather for several weeks following my migraine, I think, I am final back. Whilst I have been off line I have completed another City &Guilds assessment piece(pictures to follow), helped out at the Solihull Embroiderers’ Guild week in a shop(!), visited both Nottingham and Cambridge, missed the Embroiderers’ Guild sale, an EG meeting and started knitting again. Sadly I have also been thinking about Christmas presents, I think this year they will have to be home/hand made which won’t go down too well with my sister or mother but hey-ho that’s their problem not mine, they can always give the gift to the charity shop or pass it off as their own work and give it to someone else. But what to make? what do people want? My nephew is off around the world of a year starting in January, will he need a scarf or swimming trunks (ahh, the sag of those knitted garments!). My niece is studying forensic science so gloves again or a face mask? My eldest son requires some new slippers, a sat nav, a new cricket bat( I wonder, would he go with one made from fabric?) My daughter is easy she already has a scarf and mittens that I have knitted, she now needs the hat and leg warmers. My little son, hmmm, he wants a mobile ‘phone, ahh I know a ‘phone cover. My husband, would a knitted tie be okay? My sister, mother, mother-in-law and friends had placemats for their presents last year, so what to do this year? I could make my sister, mum and in law little trinket boxes; as for our friends they have asked for some mats to fit inside some trays they have, along with a cake and pudding. I might perhaps make the neighbours small tray type boxes filled with sweets or mince pies. Have I forgotten anyone?