A few weeks back a came across this piece of Aquascutum fabric in a charity shop, I used it to make two more cushion covers for Christmas gifts. I used the same design as I used previously but this time because the fabric is fairly thick I stitched on the right side and then bound the edges with a blanket stitch in wool. I am really pleased with the result. I used velvet tape for the hoop and recycled buttons that I bought in the same Oxfam shop.
All our Grandchildren are together in South Africa at the moment the twins will be back in the Uk on Monday and will be with us until Tuesday, on Thursday we travel down to Devon to be with them for their birthday. I thought I would post some photo's of them all enjoying themselves in South Africa.The girls appear to be taking on the Zulu culture of carrying their babies on their backs and I can imagine Maggie's great excitement when the turtle swam up to her!
I have a couple of days finishing off some items, my sister in law has a birthday coming up so I have made her an apron and birthday card and bought her a few edible items to go with it. Another job which I should have done for last Christmas was an advent calendar for our youngest son and his wife, I made one for our children when they were young and then one each for our daughters and their husbands when they got married. I have then made a card each for our twins who have their second birthday next week.
We have just retuned from 5 days in Wales. We stayed in a caravan on top of a hill with fantastic views for miles all around. The weather was lovely, although a bit blustery at night, this added to the atmosphere of staying out in the countryside in the Autumn. I visited a number of patchwork shops and one of the highlights was our visit to the National Wool Museum. This is housed in the old Cambrian Mills where amongst items of clothing, beautiful Welsh blankets were made. There is still a commercial working mill on the site. There is a wonderful textile gallery showing a great range of blankets. The photo's really dont do it justice. My ancestors on my mother's paternal side are Welsh and my mother was born and grew up there. This photo was on the wall in the museum but I can imagine my ancestors looking something like this lady!