Thankyou for the well wishes, it is working, nearly better. Meanwhile a giveaway... Nova asked me to pattern test her first commercial pattern and knowing her style I said yes straightaway! A great concept, Dresden style pillow/cushion with a pocket.
My version is for my granny. I am on pretty safe territory when I say she won't be online so I can show her Christmas present without a spoiler alert. A back view, shame I got the Alexander Henry Orchard print apples were upside down but the zip was well and truly in by the time I realised. The pattern gives instructions for an easier envelope back.
All the fabrics are chosen with her in mind. She loves gardening and flowers and birds and still tends her garden. Lecien Grandmother's flower garden print with the green background and the pink version for the pocket. The petals are a mix from my stash, new and vintage. The Annie's seed catalogue print was especially good, Green is our family name, so that petal couldn't be more appropriate.
This is my Leila style pose- Hi Leila!
I added some hand stitches to random petals and echo quilted around the edge of the petals. It is such a pretty result, I would be very happy with this myself but I know that Mabel will really enjoy this. I doubt the is going to be putting quilting booklets in the pockets- I was thinking Mills and Boon, tissues and a pop sock. It is a lovely pattern with clear instructions, plenty of tips, photos and lots of detail for making two versions- pointy petals and round petals. I made my pillow a little smaller than the 20 inches suggested as I had a 18 inch pillow ready and it all worked beautifully. There is room for playing around a little- I made my pocket a bit smaller too so I could show off more of the petals. Nova is selling the pattern here but, one lucky reader here gets to win a freebie.
To enter the giveaway, please tell me what would you put in the pocket,
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I need your email either in your profile or in your entry- this style is good
kerrykit at yahoo dot co dot uk
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I won't be replying to these as technically it is a competition and I guess I shouldn't. I will draw a winner Friday morning so entries in by 6am GMT Friday 9th Dec, random number choses the winner.
Good luck x
Edited to add- a winner has been drawn, comments are now closed