As usual, once I started thinking about Christmas giving for this year, my head was full of all sorts of wonderful and creative ideas of homemade. I was going to sew up and print tshirts, make a wooden cutout of a traditional Swedish clock, start and finish quilts, piece and quilt table runners, applique cushions, fill jars dressed in crocheted covers with homemade lollies … it was a lovely list :-) I even thought I’d try my hand at creating a mini world in a broken terracotta pot with succulents … check it out here, it’s entrancing. I just hadn’t factored in how tricky that four week placement would be – especially once I added in the bad back, endless hayfever, hours of driving, and insomnia. It certainly wasn’t the sort of Advent I’ve enjoyed and loved for many, many years. 2014 – I definitely need to start early!
However, on that last Friday of working, I rushed home, out to the sewing shed, gathered an armful of fabric (the pieces I wanted to use had been percolating in my mind for the last few days) and set to work. Christmas pillowcases. I pieced and ironed and measured and cut and it was bliss. Such bliss. And by suppertime, 2 pairs of pretty pillowcases were ready for giving. Just a shame I’d missed the last post before Christmas. Never mind – they’ll arrive in the New Year and be just as fresh and useful.
This set is for my dear old Nanny and Grandad. They love the pretty old fashioned look and Nanny will especially like the reproduction pieces in this. That gorgeous blue paisley is one of the Julie Rothermel reproduction fabrics from Sturbridge Village. More of it to come! The two reds are civil war reproductions from Karen at the Quilter’s Store – she has the most extraordinary and beautiful collection of reproductions – I have never seen its like anywhere else. Oh how I loved just standing in amongst it all. Let alone loading up my arms with bolt after bolt, then staggering off to the cutting table to ask for just 30cm! And the the wee houses – well they’re not reproductions obviously but add to the whole charm of it, yes? They’re from my wee houses quilt that is a.l.m.o.s.t finished. The beautiful blue stripe is a fabric I found at The Fabric Store a few years back – it has a wonderfully crisp and sturdy hand. And the broderie trim is from The Button Shop in Glenferrie Road – the old gentleman who owns this store has an awesome collection, some of which I think has been sitting there for at least 30 years. My kind of place.
And for one of my sweet aunties – a riot of colour and florals. So many of the pieces have been used here and there. I love this – it’s like my quilts and cushions and trims are all cousins. There’s pieces from Caleb’s quilt (Cousin Elena’s babe), Gumnut Fairies from Francesca’s quilt (Cousin Clara’s babe) and my blue crosses quilt, some Anna Maria Horner from Mum’s picnic quilt … I picked up the floral background from Karen years and years ago. I had long forgotten plans for it … never mind. That’s the fun of having a stash. And the trim – why from that Button Shop again :-) If ever you’re in Melbourne and you feel like stepping back in time, you really must visit it!
So here they are, my quartet of Christmas pillowcases, beautifully pressed and folded (thank you Mum) and waiting for the reopening of the post office on Monday morn.
Perhaps I should start next year’s Christmas pillowcases this summer!