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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Christmas Cushion, and a visit to the Breeder

We took a short trip away in the caravan this weekend, and I’m pleased to say that my new Christmas cushion  has been completed with time to spare.  The front was stitched quite some time ago, I seem to recall, then it was tucked away and forgotten.  When I found it again, I did a little hand quilting on the front, and finished up the cushion just this week.  This is a Bronwyn Hayes, Red Brolly design.

Made for the caravan

Gemma stretched out on the narrow window ledge

My Christmas cushions

I also stitched up terylene curtains for the bathroom window, for day time privacy, although we have a blind for evenings.  Our previous van had a venetian blind in the bathroom which was very useful.

New curtain needed for the bathroom window

Spotted through the caravan window, a rabbit.  Although they look cute, they are classed as pests and were introduced animals here in New Zealand, without any natural predators.  Gemma was snoozing so didn’t notice him out the window at all.


We had a fairly “close to home” trip away this weekend, and took the opportunity to call in and see Yvonne, our cats breeder, and show her how Gemma was developing.  She was given the seal of approval and said she was a lovely Birman indeed, and true to type.  Then we were taken out to the cattery to see the newest arrivals.  This cute little baby seal point boy is a half brother to our Gemma, and will have a great life when he grows up, as Yvonne will be keeping him to use for stud.

New baby Birman

We had a nice weekend away.   I kept myself busy doing hand quilting and knitting, completed writing some Christmas Cards, while Robin had a couple of meetings to attend in Palmerston North.  And the bonus was that we took Gemma around to meet up with Yvonne, her breeder, her first visit back since we took her home as a young kitten.

Two of Yvonne’s breeding females


ButterZ said...

Your cushion is lovely. Sounds like a great weekend and a super visit.

Julierose said...

You have a wonderful collection of cushions! Love that redwork...hugs, Julierose

Tired Teacher said...

The array of Christmas cushions on your sofa are cheerful and welcoming. I prefer curtains over blinds during the day, as I like the additional light.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

sounds like you had a nice quite get away before all the busyness of the holidays!

Lyndsey said...

Love the cushion. I really like Red Brolly designs and I have several to do at some point in the future.

Quilter Kathy said...

What a wonderful collection of Christmas cushions!
So cheerful and happy!

Judith nb Serena said...

Love the cushions, such a perfect match with your upholstery.
Judith nb Serena

Gretchen Weaver said...

You have a very nice collection of embroidered Christmas pillows, very lovely! Happy Stitching!

Kim said...

Love all those pretty cushions lined up all in a row on your seat. Love the new Christmas one. Your caravan looks like a lovely home away home...how fabulous you get to enjoy it travelling around your wonderful country.

loulee said...

Love your Christmas cushions.
Your caravan must have all the comforts of home.

Michelle Ridgway said...

LOVE your collection of festive cushions...they look lovely! Must be a treat for the breeder to see Gemma all grown xx

Karen S said...

Great work with the cushion. The display is lovely. Good to have a lovely weekend away, too.

Maria said...

Lovely Red Brolly designed stitched cushion. To add to your collection..
Nice to have taken back to the breeder to see how she's grown.

vintagerose said...

Hi Jenny love your xmas cushion and how lovely Gemma got to met some of her family xx

Denise :) said...

Your Christmas cushions are sweet ... what a great collection! Beautiful cats! Wish I wasn't so far away! :)

Janice said...

Your new cushion fits in well with the others in your van. A great finish. The curtains will definitely make a difference.