Susie Watson

Roses all around the house ….

by Helen on March 9, 2014

Or … I’m still loving my vintage Sanderson fabric!  I think I mentioned a little while ago that I had the most amazing find while shopping in Kingsbridge – 3 1/2 yards of Sanderson roses fabric for just £5!!  It was the end of a roll and I found it in a small family-owned shop on Fore Street amongst lots of other bits and pieces – I think they’d been clearing out their storeroom.  I used it to line the blind in my kitchen and added a narrow border either side.  It’s quite discreet inside, but looks lovely from outdoors.  I didn’t take a photo outside (sorry) – but here’s a picture of the finished blind looking down the kitchen towards the back door …

It’s a simple Roman blind, and I was able to reuse all the fittings.  The most expensive part was the pink check fabric from Susie Watson at £25 per metre – but my bargain fabric and re-using the fittings meant my blind was still very affordable!  On the windowsill is possibly the last of my wonderful pink camellia flowers.  They have been wonderful this spring, but sadly are now coming to an end..

After finishing my blind, I still had well over a metre (about a yard and a half) of my Sanderson fabric left, so I decided to take spring into my front room and make a simple patchwork cloth for my table using a combination of my favourite Susie Watson fabrics as well as the Sanderson roses…

I included some sage green squares as I wanted the tablecloth to work well with the green wallpaper in the front room…..

I’m quite pleased with the result.  I think that incorporating similar fabrics into both rooms brings them together, helping them flow into each other harmoniously.  I don’t have curtains in the front room as the window still has the old shutters, so the tablecloth isn’t “fighting” with any other bold patterns.  

And finally – back to the kitchen – where two sleepy newfies are settling down for their post-walk afternoon nap – hopefully they’ve left room for me to clamber onto the sofa behind that snoozy Miss Daisy!

Back soon with my finished Alphabet Quilt – thanks for the suggestions – and I hope you’ll approve of my choice of border.

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Taking it easy!

by Helen on January 11, 2014

Thank you so much everyone for all your kind good wishes for my speedy recovery.  I’m feeling very much better today and it’s amazing how much I seem to accomplished while taking it easy – possibly because my two furry friends haven’t been here to distract me!  

I’ve been thinking ahead to the wedding of the century in June while doing some stitching for the bride.  Rosie tells me that the wedding photographers they’ve chosen like to roam around your house on the wedding morning taking loads of informal shots.  I think that’s a lovely idea, but do think that some decorating will be required – after all muddy splashes and paw prints will not make a very good background for these photos.  So I’ve been considering different colour schemes for my kitchen and think I’ve finally decided on a Cath Kidston wallpaper for the “sitting” end where I have an old sofa (that Miss Daisy considers to be hers although it most definitely is not!) and possibly a Susie Watson pink check fabric for the door curtain ….

We now have a Susie Watson shop in Kingsbridge and I love her ethically produced, softly coloured fabrics.  I used a Susie Watson fabric in my latest project for the February Bustle & Sew Magazine.  I’ve really enjoyed sitting with my feet up finishing it off ….

Yes, that’s where the little sleepy fox ended up!  And there’s going to be a sleepy bunny too, but I’m still stitching him.  The clothes cover is lined with a lovely soft pink Susie Watson fabric – from their remnant box  …

And a padded hanger too.  After all I’m going to need a very special “Mother of the Bride” outfit that I’ll need to store very safely before the big day.  This will be just perfect.  

I’ve also used this “taking it easy” time to think about the Bustle & Sew Magazine – and in particular if it would be economically possible for me to offer a paper copy in addition to the electronic version.  The problem, of course, is the cost of printing and distribution, especially as there’s so much colour inside.  I’m hopeful though that I might finally have found a way … I’ll keep you updated.

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