Finally the first daisy popped open. These are the flowers we call Daisybones in honour of our lovely Tom cat who died a couple of years ago. I had to take a pic as soon as I could to send to Himself  knowing it would make him happy, too.

Got lots to do for the craft fair and am working on a couple of cushions. The design was very obviously based on the 70s(?) iconic love square, for want of a better title. I had to draw it out in Illustrator and get that bit right first. Then I fused a sheet of Bondaweb onto the cotton fabric and printed the design (1pt stroke, no fill and reversed vertically) onto the paper backing ready to be bonded to the front piece.

The design is for a 20 x 20″ square cushion. The material is gorgeous. Soft wool-rich pink tweed with lovely cotton for the appliqué letters all stitched down with Gutterman silk thread.

The angle I took the photo from makes it look as though the lettering isn’t level – believe me it is. I had two quilter’s rulers aligning everything – no one was allowed to breathe for fear that a slight breath, like the effect of a butterfly’s wings causing chaos, would displace the fabric and be responsible for a murder most foul. You understand, I’m sure.

The back pieces (envelope cushion cover) are measured a hundred times and cut out (Himself read this and said ‘haven’t I told you a million times never to exaggerate?) so will overlock the edges and stitch it together later. But have another cover to applique first. Same fabrics but have the word ‘Home’ for a  long, rectangular cushion this time and will be stuffed with a fat feather-filled cushion form. Sumptuously plump and soft, darling.

I finished off the mount card for the Samsara birds. I have the meaning of Samsara explained in a spiral of text still to be printed and cut out and pinned (not sure about this bit yet) to the bird or the card and it’s looking good so far to me (IMHO) toot-toot.

So, must crack on. Going to get a big mug of coffee and maybe a slice of toast with honey – should do me for lunch.

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