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Boro cushion: “we have all the time in the world”

A while ago, just after my grandmother died, I was looking at her gold dress watches and wondering how to incorporate them into a piece of work … in the end, I came up with this boro piece of wall art,weaving the watches into the gold velvet and chiffon fabric.

Boro cloth - chiffon, velvet, vintage watches

It spoke to me so strongly of time and memory, of recapturing lost moments … I didn’t think I’d ever go down that road again.

Until I acquired a box of broken jewellery that had a number of vintage watches – none of which worked – included in it.

It seemed logical to revisit that earlier, personal piece:

This time, I have worked the boro in a red shot silk … the shimmer in it works beautifully with the watches … and they look like little jewels nestling into the fabric.

cushion - black, red silk, vintage watches

It ended up quite a small panel … it needed setting into a larger piece of fabric. I had the perfect piece waiting …. that black wool cloth. A peddler used to visit our house in Kuwait when I was little – I guess he came round about once a month – and mum always used to buy a piece of fabric from him. This is one of them. It’s a  lovely soft piece of cloth, and has this fantastic red stripe along the border that I’ve used on the back of the cushion …

black and red cushion, vintage fabric

Those brass-effect buttons look great with it, too …

cushion, black, red, vintage watches, boroI think this funky cushion needs to go into a study, or a home office, or perhaps into a cosy reading nook … anywhere you need reminding that you have the time you need to do what you want to do.

It’s available right now in my Etsy shop … or you can contact me if you’d like a similar piece using your own inherited treasures ….

Grandmothers Flower Garden … part 2

So, with the piecing all finished and the basting removed, I’m pretty happy with my little hexagon block 🙂

now for some quilting …. a nice thick sandwich of wadding, and the cream fabric I’ve used in the block as the backing, and it’s onto the machine.

I don’t often machine quilt, but for these blocks it seems a practical and natural way to go about it. I use safety pins to hold the layers together – much less likely to slip out, and much less likely to prong myself mid-stitching. I’ve kept the quilting simple again, just running around the outline of the rosette rings … using crimson thread, just for a flash of contrast colour in those neutral creams and golds and coppers …

but with a cream thread on the bobbin …. for those that like seeing what lies beneath 🙂

and there’s the back of the finished  cushion … binding is done in a cream satin ribbon, and the backing is a double layer of the cream fabric I used in the block … I like to double up the fabric, partly because it takes a buttonhole much, much better on a double layer of fabric, and partly because I like the insides of my cushions to look as nice as the outside, so they’re lined.

And because this one ended up being sold before it was even finished (funny how serendipity works that way sometimes), I customised it with a little hand embroidery on the front ….

modern country cushion - hexagon patchwork

It looks so lovely and plump with its inner cushion pad inserted! Happy birthday Ann – I hope you enjoy this cushion as much as I enjoyed making it.

And …. if you want a cushion like this, then check what’s in stock over at my Etsy shop or for a bespoke cushion, please do get in touch