Friday, 9 December 2011

I'm a good girl

Yes I'm a good girl.  I've been sharing.  My twin girls wanted to do some sewing so I allowed them to pick freely from my scraps boxes.  And I had to leave the room because I wanted to spend the whole time saying - OK any piece but not that piece.  Or that piece.  Or that piece either.  Especially when she grabbed one of the only existing pieces of Summersville on the whole planet.  So I left the room and left them hacking into my scraps with the 5" square cutter on the Accuquilt Baby Go Cutter.  It's hard to share.


Anyway, as you can see, one pillow is finished. 18" X 28", backed with Julia's wonderful fusible fleece and made to the size that we Brits use as a pillow to put our heads on in bed.  We call these pillows and we call the square pillows that you scatter over sofas cushions.  I pronounce that "cush-un" but my husband is Welsh and pronounces it "cush-in".  So he laughs at me and I laugh at him and my little Welsh neices used to spend happy hours making me say "cushion" and "curtain" when I should have been saying "cush-in" and "cur-tin".


Amy is posing here with the back of her pillow in our conservatory.  I only point that out because for some reason, I get a great reaction from the US when I say that we have a conservatory.  You in the US think it makes me posh to have a conservatory.  Whereas conservatories are ten a penny in England.  We almost all have them.  Plastic additions to our houses which take up 90% of our gardens.  You should know that I am posh though.  Practically as posh as the queen.

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  1. We have the same cushion/pillow terms in Australia - it took my a while to work out its a bit different elsewhere :) Gorgeous pillows though! Is that some Saffron Craig on the second one?

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  2. Looks like there's a great improv gene lurking here in the girls and well done you for giving them a chance to express themselves ;o)
    Oh and we have the same thing going on in our home with regards pronunciation - my N Irish tones (still after nearly 25yrs in SW Scotland) and himself with his Scots accent - it's fun

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  3. Love that pillow!
    We only have one word for both pillows and cushions, i.e. kussen. Kussen also means kissing.
    I never knew the difference between the use of a pillow or a cushion, so thanks!
    And you are a great Mom to let your twin girls play with your fabrics! You are raising the next generation of quilters...!

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  4. Good on you for sharing! It's harder for us grown ups than it is for kids, where precious scraps of fabricate concerned anyway!! (do you need a hiding place for the rare as hens teeth ones?) Lovely pillow-not-cushion (same in Oz)! xx

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  5. LOL! You were a v.good girl indeed, but isn't the smile on Amy's face just worth it all! Jxo

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  6. Lovely! And what a nice lecture in culture :) My pony is Welsh too but she never speaks so we don't have these problems ;)
    Susanne

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  7. They did a great job and obviously have an eye for colour - please pass on my congratulations! Did Amy sleep on her new pillow last night? Hope it gave her sweet dreams...well done for sharing! (And I think using the term conservatory for my plastic addition is pushing it slightly, it's more like a sunny boot room!)

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  8. those are great - well done for the 'hands off' approach. I'm impressed! Also, thanks for the laugh - you are hilarious!

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  9. Your daughter show no fear with scraps and colour- exhibiting great taste. Perhaps they should write a tutorial...

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  10. I completely relate to your wanting to OK the fabrics that your daughters choose for their pillows and applaud you for being able to leave the room. It's difficult for me to part with the last of any of the fabrics in my stash because they each hold a sentimental place in my memory.

    Anyway, to me, a pillow is something stuffed that you lay your head on, lean your back against, or toss on your sofa/bed for decoration. However, a cushion is something stuffed that makes your bottom comfortable when you sit on it. I recently ordered some upholstery fabric and piping to make a window seat cushion for my bedroom. The leftover fabric will be used to make some matching toss pillows to decorate my bed. My definitions are probably not universally consistent with other Americans.

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  11. Mornin' your Majesty (wonder how one pronounces cushion)
    I think you deserve a Knighthood (Damehood?) for sharing so bravely but well done for having daughters who sew........I have a son-in-law with a Stranraar accent which is described as Irish Scots and we have lots of fun poking fun at his pronunciations!!

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  12. wow so Amy has inherited your sense of colour, it's fab! But not a christmas decoration in site. Did you not decorate the conservatory???

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  13. Only the poshest of mums would share their scraps with the offspring.Good on you for sharing! I agree it is cush-un it's closest to the Dutch pronunciation (kussen) so I am sticking with it ;-)

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  14. Very posh, very lovely and VERY good at sharing!!! xxx

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  15. hello madwoman, I loved this post.
    At least one of us is sane. Love from a madwoman over the (small) pond, but you know anyway.
    Yes, it's hard to share, that's why I can be so glad that they've all gone now! Mine don't sew, that's for old people (HA!)

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  16. Posh is good. Every proper English home should have a conservatory. I love the pillows / cushions. I think the girls are following in your footsteps in excellent colour selection.

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  17. I must be very common as I have no conservatory. But I'm loving the pillow lots :-)

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  18. Lol, you made me smile about having to go out of the room.
    Whenever I'm making something Jack's mantra's are "can I have that?" or "do you need this?"

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  19. Having watched programs like "Escape to the Country", "Sixty Minute Makeover" and "Location Location" I am no longer surprised by the number of conservatories in Britain. We have similar things but they are called "screened enclosures" - where you have glass we have insect screen because in our warmer climate we want to enjoy the cool of summer evenings outdoors without the mosquitoes!

    We also say cushions ("cush'ns"); pillows are for beds. Your daughters' pillow-shaped cushion is very colourful; I think I would also have had to walk out and stop saying "not that one"!

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  20. You know, last time I was up at Buck House I'm sure I didn't see a conservatory.
    Hmmm...does that make Lynne posher than Liz?

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  21. I love the pillows. You are posh in my eyes as you have a radiator in the conservatory...we didn't even have radiators until a couple of years ago...and our adjoining neighbour still doesn't - he absorbs all or heat!!

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  22. Well if you hadn't told us you were posh I would have known it first by the queens posing in these pictures and second by the that gorgeous leopard chair. Seriously, though. you have two very talented young ladies on your hands.

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  23. I'm not touching the accents as we may have to get into the north/south divide and bath and scones!

    No conservatory here Miss Posho, but they aren't quite as common in this area.

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  24. I think you can just retire now and let your girls take over. They know what they are doing and have immaculate taste (and that is not because I noticed that they happened to pick an SP print to add into their cush-in - obviously not the skiing one because bro would not approve).

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  26. Conservatory? Yup. Posh... but well done on the sharing, I'm impressed. I'd have presented them with the bits of fabric I could part with, then made it sound really really exciting that they get to choose which bit goes where...all by themselves...

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  27. What a fabulous pillow! You're so brave!
    We don't have a conservatory we have something much more exciting.....an extension! I chuckle every time I hear that word ;-)

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  28. Well done to the girls - lovely pillows. What a great way to get them sewing.

    And conservatory does sound quite posh - in Australia we have a tendancy to enclose the back verandah but it's still just 'out the back' - no conservatory... lol.

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  29. wow ... well done for leaving the room ...

    When I had a friend to stay for a sewing w/e I gave her free rein of the scrap buckets, but then suppressed a little scream every time she picked one out!!

    Pillers look luvly ...

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  30. I found your cushion vs pillow comments really funny! I'm American and when I wrote a post about sofa cushions that I sewed I wanted to call them accent pillows - but my English husband told me that was incorrect. I sometimes feel as though I'll never get it all straight!

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  31. p.s. we commoners don't have conservatories, we have Lean-Tos

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  32. I will remember to curtsy before leaving comments from now on:)
    You are such a good mom to share!
    Your daughters are darling, and the pillows are too!

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  33. Aw! How fun! I'm such a control freak, I don't know if I could have left the room.

    Loved the linguistic details and the mention of the conservatory. It's fun to compare. Even within the US, there are different names for rooms in our house. For example, we have a "Great Room" but others in different regions would just call it the living room. My current house also has a FROG--Family Room Over Garage or a Bonus Room. :-)

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  34. Lynne this post is so funny! I'm sure my neighbours think I'm quite mad randomly bursting into laughter!! Pretty pillow, they made good choices! :) The back looks yummy too. My husband is Scottish and I can hardly understand a word he says ;)

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  35. well done you for letting them have the fabric THEY wanted xx

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  36. I am so pleased to have a posh friend. In Canada we use all of those, cush-in, cush-on, and pillow. Pillows are on beds for sleeping and also everywhere else - sofas, chairs, etc. Cushions are on sofas, the part you sit on but sometimes we also call the pillows on the sofa cushions too and no one finds that unusual. We have mushed it up a bit here, it seems. Gold star for sharing!

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  37. Well of course you are posh! :)
    I would have to leave the room too- that scrap bin is rather precious but you are the best Mom to let her choose away to her heart's delight!

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  38. I loooove seeing kids sewing - it's a good thing! Good going giving them free reign of your stash!

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  39. What a great post! Thanks for the laugh today. It's great that your girls are learning to create.
    Have a great weekend,
    Judy

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  40. very cute pillow---and model! :)

    i do love certain british words. they just make things sound so wonderful, even though they are just everyday. i suppose we have a conservatory in our house too, but we call it a sunroom. :)

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  41. Do you drink tea in your conservatory? hehehehe...just a little side giggle;)

    Anyway your daughters pillows are very pretty and I think they have a good eye for color!

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  42. Starting today I am going to call my Sun Porch a Conservatory!! Love that word...

    Love the pillows... pillus...whatever...

    We always get teased because we say the number after 39 as FARTY...instead of FORT-E...

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  43. You make me laugh! It matters not where you are from we all have different terms don't we! I live in Illinois and moved to Texas soon after high school. I went into a Subway and ordered a Pop... the gal behind the counter did not know what I was talking about! Down there they are Cokes (even if it is a Pepsi) or sodas! LOL Oh it was a culture shock to me!!

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  44. I din't know you had twin girls. I have a twin sister, it is super fun :) And I think the rage of a conservatory might be from the game Clue. That's what I think of as soon as I hear the word :)

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  45. As an American I will fully admit to being impressed by the fact you have a conservatory. I hereby bestow on you, 5 US coolness points. Unfortunatey those points are not redeemable for fabric. bummer right? Your daughter's pillow is fabulous- you've got competition ;)

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  46. I like my girls but would never, ever give them a free for all in my stash. I am far too selfish! I just know every last gnome, and caravan, and owl print, etc, would be gone and then I would cry and that would be so undignified!

    No I just couldn't not handle it.

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  47. Now can you explain 'funbags' please?!!
    You are a good mummy!

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  48. Oh you are a good girl. Adorable photo of your daughter...and cushion...oh and I just bought a ticket for something on in London at the beginning of June? SO excited!

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  49. The smile on your girl's face is priceless. Who knows, maybe one day she'll have her own treasured stash and she'll generously share it with you. ;o)

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  50. You joke, but I have a feeling that you are quite posh. ;) And we all feel more so when we are around you...I like to think that it rubs off on me. And having a conservatory is a much better way of saying you have a sun room or a three season porch!

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  51. Oh dear, what a dreadfully bad example to set to us all....I'm just thankful that Islay can't read properly yet and that Katie is still only interested in milk. How could you give free reign?!
    She does have great taste. Another great crafter in the making I think.
    John and I have that sort of discussion all the time - Scottish pronunciation vs northern english (him) and occasionally welsh thrown in (his mum)!
    Juliex

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  52. I would say you are a very good girl and should now go shop for some more fabrics!! Hopefully my 13 year old daughter doesn't read the blogs I have on my favorites because then she will think she might need to do the same here . . . not happening! They sure did a great job on their pillows.

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  53. It's so hard! My scrap bin is full of fabrics with something cut out of the middle by my daughter. Why she needs the frog that's in the middle of the piece when there are a bunch more frogs much closer to the edge I've never been able to figure out! But she stitches and sews and creates, and that's what's important!

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  54. i get all sorts of flack, living here in the USA for calling cookies, biscuits and pillows, cushions and carts, trollies and sweaters, jumpers and god forbid using a knife and fork to eat my dinner with??.....lol, so bloody posh!, haha. the differences are charming right?. i love the pillow cases.

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  55. I was so impressed with the first sentence about sharing your scraps and then laughed at your having to leave the room. Too funny!

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  56. your conservatory would be called a "sun room" here in the southwest US. But conservatory sounds so much more sophisticated!

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  57. Oh I feel your pain in the sharing front! lol you did good! :) Didn't Amy do well! Wow, that girl's got talent! Posh indeed in your conservatory :) I don't have one, so does that make me a commoner? lol

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  58. Ooh, well done on some tough sharing there! I haven't got a conservative though, because they're a tad more challenging on first floor flats ;o)

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  59. Oh my gosh, you are not kidding - we Americans do think a conservatory is for royalty. My husband and I will browse the home mags and point them out and ooh and aaah about how we wish we had one! I have no doubt you are as posh as the queen.
    Lovely pillow and I'm so impressed you let the girls cut into your stash : )

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