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One of the best things about being a textile artist is that friends and family will often bring me back gifts of fabric, trims and other notions when they go off on their travels.

A couple of weeks ago, I was given this little pile of treasures from Holland:

A lovely mixture of ribbons and trim and a couple of packs of fat quarters. See the trim in the bottom left corner?

Bless This House ... bespoke country cottage cushion, patchworked and hand-embroidered

Here it is again … completely by chance, the perfect binding for the ‘Bless This House’ quilted shabby-chic country cottage cushion – the little flowers echo the quilted flowers on the patchwork and the colours are just perfect. What a happy accident that I received the exact thing I needed to finish this piece of memory cloth just when I needed it.

I love the process of creating, but there’s nothing to beat the satisfaction of finishing a piece, especially when it’s something that means so much to the recipient … a unique piece that captures memory and love and expresses it in a simple object that brings those memories and that love to mind every time it’s seen. And, hopefully, it will be seen every day.

Good luck in your new home Helen … I hope you and your family will be very happy there.