Some simple sewing

image image After weeks of life’s vissitudes getting in the way I finally did some stitching yesterday.  A friend was celebrating her 50th birthday after a lengthy house renovation, so I decided to stitch up for cushions for her new bench seating.

Very simple, no piecing, just large squares with a side zipper. I wanted to add some piping but I haven’t yet figured out how to add piping with a side zipper. That will have to wait for a future project. Inserting zippers is not my favourite task at the best of times and I discovered that my Janome has the most ridiculous zipper foot I have ever seen!

Anyway here they are. The leaf pattern is an off-cut of some IKEA fabric that I picked up a few weeks ago and the spots and chevron fabric is a cotton-linen blend homewares weight. I think it might be a Robert Kaufman, but I’m not sure as it wasn’t on the selvedge.

Pepe on pilowI bought the cushion inserts last week and Pepe decided that one of them made the perfect throne, so he was very unhappy when I dislodged him from it yesterday afternoon!

S cushion

Susan cushion 1

Aren’t bookshops wonderful?

I finally made it to my local large shopping centre on the week-end to do some of those boring chores such as changing my phone plan, and I encountered a minor miracle!  Lo and behold I saw before me, in a prime location, a new bookshop stocked with a wide array of intelligent reading material.

In the past two years all four bookshops in my local area have closed and it has been getting harder to buy “hard-copy” books.  Like you probably do, I own an e-reader (mine is a Kindle) and I use it for reading what I call my “mind-candy”, primarily crime novels to read before I go to sleep.  This doesn’t stop me craving a visit to a bookshop which has always been one of my favourite pastimes, and I have spent many a happy hour, and considerably more dollars, in them.

Needless to say I had to go in and buy something to support this seemingly foolhardy endeavour in these digital times.  I’m pleased to say that there were many people browsing and quite a few actually buying books.

Deep SouthI spotted Paul Theroux’s latest travel book Deep South and bought it immediately. I have always loved his travel books, though I realised that I have never read any of his fiction.

When I got home I curled up on the couch and started reading.  It was absolute bliss to read a book by a writer who knows how to write a good sentence, knows how to punctuate, how to use a metaphor and a simile, and how to use, or not use, adjectives and adverbs! If words can be considered delicious, in that they can be a feast for our eyes and our senses, then his vocabulary and his mastery of it, is truely scrumptious.

Blue HighwaysThe subject matter also held a deep nostalgic appeal.  Back in 1993 my then partner and I spent ten weeks wandering around the USA by plane, train and automobile, including two wonderful weeks in Alabama to visit friends.

I prepared for that trip by reading  Blue Highways the classic masterpiece of a road trip book by William Least Heat-Moon, which, I’m very pleased to say, I have just discovered is still in print.

Oh how reading Deep South, and thinking about that long ago trip, made me want to buy a ticket or jump in my car and head off somewhere with, as the late, great Chuck Berry used to sing … No Particular Place To Go.