Brit Bee did its annual Secret Santa Swap again this year. It is hard to believe that this is the third time we have done a Christmas swap. You all know that I consider this group of women a great blessing in my life and the chance to make a secret gift for one of them cannot be passed up. We agreed that cushions would be the make this time around, and each person could specify if they wanted a Christmas cushion or a more general year round one.
This year I was a little sneaky though. Because the name I got assigned was Laura Jane. Laura gave the option of her Secret Santa making her a holiday cushion or not. Add this to the fact that she had just moved house and we had a small gathering there recently at which I presented her with a house warming gift of a new cushion (the teal and lime green one I made) it seemed only right that the second cushion would be a Christmas one.
When we were all at her house I was working on the snowflake cushion and showed everyone photos of the Noel cushion too. I asked them which they would choose if it was being made for them. Laura chose the snowflake cushion so I merrily continued to stitch it right in front of her, with her totally unaware that it was going to be for her. Job done!
Meanwhile, over in Belfast, Judith was secretly stitching a Christmas cushion for me. I had opted for this choice because I like the idea of some time in the not too distant future being able to totally make over the sofa come Christmas time with seasonal cushions and quilts.
Here is the totally wonderful cushion Judith made, double sided at that!
This cushion is just so big and puffy and totally Christmasy that you can't help but love it. The bauble designs are genius. Judith did a perfect hidden zip in the bottom, and she sent me some great Christmas FQs.
If I lived in Northern Ireland I would so be taking some of her sewing courses, especially the hidden zip one! So, Judith, my wonderful friend, thank you so much for getting it absolutely perfect for me.