I was happy to spend yesterday away from the computer, and instead with my husband after he returned home. Seven weeks apart was enough.
I was also able to give him his anniversary gift, something that combined buying and making. As I have made him a couple of blankets already, blankets he only sort of needs, I went a slightly different direction by making him pillows for the new couch I bought for him.
The couch is nothing special, just something from ikea. The joy of the couch, is in placing seating in his office, which gives me a place to be if we want to hang out, but he is on his computer. I suppose that makes it more for me than for him, but as an anniversary gift, I think it fits well. It’s not just a couch, it is the potential to spend more time together.
The pillows were a little work, as they are 18X18 of 1 inch squares with machine embroidered lettering on the back. That is 324 squares per pillow. It worked up pretty fast, using a technique I learned here. I really like how they turned out; this is probably the first time I have ever had perfectly matching corners on a pieced item like this.
I’m not sure I would use this technique for a blanket. It looked nice, but it made for a very stiff fabric. I think it worked well for a pillow, which has a lot of cushioning, but it didn’t seem like something that would be comfortable to cuddle into, which is something I look for in a blanket. I can’t promise I won’t try it with a blanket, since I really like the idea of a postage stamp quilt, with thousands of tiny squares. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how brave I get later. Today, I am going to curl up on that new couch, and get some homework done. Enjoy your weekend everyone!