Wednesday, 30 January 2013


Good Morning to you,

I am very excited to tell you, that we are  planning a trip to India. On our return there will be lots of photos and recipes to share with you.

The downside is, we have just returned from the doctor's surgery after having two injections, one in each arm, so we will both suffer with aching arms tonight, but, a small price to pay for such a wonderful trip. 

So, onto nicer things.

Today, I want to show you a cushion I have finished. It is plain white fabric, with white beading, and do you know, I am really pleased with the effect.

 It sits beautifully against my blue  bed linen.

Here are the corners in a little more detail. You can see, I have mixed the beading with the quilting. I decided to densely bead the three ovals, but I wanted a lighter feeling for the centre heart, so to achieve the effect, I attached the beads randomly. 

The original design was for a single quilted line around the centre, but I felt the piece needed a little more. The effect I was looking for was a necklace of mismatched fresh water pearls. 

Which you can see a little more clearly here.

I cross hatched the centre with a quilting stitch and added a single bead at each meeting point.  

I also decided to quilt the back of the cushion. I felt the front was pleasing to the eye, so the back should be the same.

Now can you guess what I quilted?

Yes, I think you've guessed!

My favourite....a Heart!

I drew the larger heart shape first, then I drew the smaller heart. Then I decided the smaller heart needed more defining, as a single quilted line did not appeal to me.  I quilted freehand until I was happy with the look and then did the same with the outside of the heart.

I am not a planner, my starting point is usually the beads or an item which is not meant for sewing, such as the medallion I used in my brown bead work See here I start, without a clear idea of how the piece is going to look when it is finished. This is not to everyone's taste, but for me it works, as I get a feel for a piece as I am working on it.

I thought I would mention the iron has been bought and all the squares for Danielle's quilt have been I am making progress.

I am pleased to report that after two weeks of snow, it has all disappeared....I am able to get out and about to enjoy some nice walks.

Whatever you are doing this week, enjoy yourself
and I will see you later in the week.

This week I will be joining,


  1. Hi Daphne, your cushion is truly beautiful...such neat beading and a lovely design. It looks lovely against your blue and white bedding.

    A trip to India? Wow, exciting stuff! I'm looking forward to the photos already.

  2. How much fun to go to India... and I know about the needles. Before my first trip to Africa, I had to get a total of 5 shots... I was crabby all weekend and realized why babies are so crabby after their shots. Love your pillow..It reminded me of one that I did many years ago and now I wonder what happened to it.

  3. Daphne...Your pillow is lovely.
    The beadwork is a beautiful touch !
    I love how you gave attention to the back of the pillow also. ;)

  4. Oh Daphne, that pillow is just beautiful! What amazing work you do. I can't believe you hand stitched all that. Wow. It makes a stunning addition to your bed. And I can't wait to see more progress on your daughter's quilt. You'll have it done in no time! Have a great Wednesday.


  5. Daphne, exciting news about your trip to India. Enjoy! Your pillow is exquisite. Beautiful stitching. It looks stunning against your blue bed linen.

  6. Daphne, that pillow is gorgeous! I love the white on white effect...just stunning. A trip to India?! How exciting. I hope the pain subsides rather quickly and please make sure you take a ton of pictures for us to enjoy as I don't see myself travelling there anytime soon. Have a wonderful day!

  7. What an exciting trip! I can't wait to see your photo's!

    Also your pillow is just lovely...what detailed and beautiful work!

    I'm glad your snow is gone...there's nothing like taking a good long walk outside. Take care and have a lovely week.

  8. Hi Daphne, your quilted & beaded cushion is so lovely. You certainly achieved the necklace effect with all those tiny beads, such delicate beautiful work. A beautiful cushion to adorn your blue & white bed linen.

  9. What a lovely cushion, Daphne! Excellent work! I just love both the front and the back!
    A trip to India! Lucky you! It will remain only in my dreams!

  10. Oh my goodness, both of these are fabulous. Such beautiful work. Can't wait to hear about your trip. Hugs, Marty

  11. Daphne this is just so stunning. What beautiful handiwork and it looks so great up against the blue and white.

    How wonderful to be going to India. We just watched Marigold Hotel and it was so beautiful with all of the colors. I know you will have a great time - well worth the shots. They will probably seem easy compared to the airplane flights!

  12. Gorgeous pillow! Oh my, I love it!

    Congrats on your trip to India! How wonderful!

  13. Hello Daphne,

    Wow this is stunning, adding the beads was a fun idea. It looks so lovely and homely on your bed with the blue and white linen. Good luck with your travels in India, hope you have a wonderful time,just want to warn you about some of the toilet facilities. One of my daughter's friends went on a tour recently and the toilet stop was well a bit below par. A piece of tin on the ground!! I think she held on for a while.

    Happy days.

  14. Hi=ello Daphne!

    I am just about at the point of catching up with everyone's blogs--moving was such a big job! Whew!

    How exciting to be planning a trip to India! That would eb the trip of a lifetime for me. I'll be excited to see your photos when you return.
    Your quilted/beade pillow is very lovely! I love the white on white theme and your detail is exquisite!
    Hope your arms are feeling ok--maybe ice packs would help?

  15. Hallo Daphne!Your cushion is so beautiful!Hope you have a safe and good trip to India!Wishing you all the best!!Have a lovely day!

  16. Daphne,
    You're going to India - how exciting!!! Nel loves Indian food, and I will have to get a few recipes for her when you return. The white heart cushion is so sweet; I have a thing for hearts. The pearls on it are lovely. Have a fun trip and be safe, my friend.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  17. What gorgeous work you do and now the comment you made about my mother's precious quilt means even more--coming from such an accomplished needleworker! May you have a wonderful time in India and may you not remember the aching arms when you travel. Travelling mercies to you!

  18. How beautiful your pillows are!!
    Thanks for stopping by with the get well wishes!!
    Have a wonderful vacation!!

  19. Thanks for stopping by my blog and your sweet comment about Grandma Ware's buffet.

    Your quilting and beading is beyond gorgeous, you're an artist! The pillow is beautiful, especially against the blues of your bedding.

    I'm off to look around your blog some more, thanks for sharing.


  20. How pretty-- would never stay white in my house though :)

  21. Beautiful! Found you on A Favorite Thing! I would love to have you share this tomorrow on The Creative HomeAcre Hop! Kicking it off on Superbowl Sunday...

  22. Your cushion is just gorgeous. Beautiful work!

    Oooh - India! How wonderful.

    Thanks so much for joining in this week!


  23. Wishing you a wonderful trip to India! Everyone I've ever met who has been, has loved it, said it was magical and they felt forever changed by the experience. And I adore Indian cuisine, may be my favorite. Yum!

    Your quilting is so very lovely, thank you for sharing it with us.

    Happy week to you!

  24. Pleased you should be as your work is beautiful. I can't imagine you not being enchanted with what you see in India.

  25. That is a stunning pillow. I am a great fan of white on white, it's on my to do list. Thanks for the inspiration.

  26. That pillow is just beautiful, Daphne! You have such precise hand-sewing. The beading is beautiful, and I love the hearts on the back.

  27. Daphne, this is beautiful! You do such amazing work. And, India, OMGoodness! How wonderful. Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  28. Daphne, wanted to let you know you wil be one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party tomorrow at The Dedicated House. See you tomorrow at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  29. Hello, Daphne

    I missed this post when I was away. The pillow is stunning. I was very much interested in reading about how you approached a piece you are creating.

    Enjoy planning your trip to India. No doubt, you'll return home with bits and pieces you can use in your handiwork.


  30. Oh Daphne, your quilted cushion is so beautiful! You are very talented--and patient. Handwork is really so relaxing but requires waiting for the end result.

    A trip to India! I can't wait to see the photos and the things you bring back. I am so happy for you my sweet friend.

    Warm wishes,
    Linda at The French Hens Nest

  31. That is so beautiful! You don't see really good needle work that much anymore! Would you please consider linking this up with me? I would love to feature you!

  32. You cushion is absolutely gorgeous!! I love white on white, and the beading adds just the right amount of texture. Love it, thanks for linking up!!!

  33. Dropped by from 'Anything Goes' - your work is just beautiful :)

  34. Love your beautiful cushion, Daphne. Have a fun trip to India! Would love to see my 'country of origin' through your eyes. I arrived at your blog from Marelize's linky party at Stitch by Stitch. I've just joined your blog and hope you will join mine.
    My Favourite Things

  35. are an amazing needle artistist. I'm honoured you visited my blog. i love your beautiful cushion..i don't know if i can ever do such a beautiful hand work.

  36. I will be featuring this incredible work tomorrow at my place! Thank you for linking it up with me :) Family Home & Life

  37. What a gorgeous cushion, how talented you are and I also love the blue and white toile, is it a bedspread? I am looking at re-decorating my living room which is full of Chinese ginger jars in blues/whites, so very attracted to blue and white. I want to bring in some blue taupe cushions as my curtains are taupe linen and my sofa is a light beige.

    Lee :)


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