There is still chance to go and enter my give away here.
Some of you have no doubt been wondering why I have been asking about purple fabrics. Well, the short answer is the give away was a completely random, spur of the moment thing and I always ask a question and the purple fabrics question was the first thing that popped into my head. I could have just as easily asked one of the other questions that keeps drifting around my brain like: What's the best summer tank pattern you've found that doesn't require doing yards of bias binding around neck and sleeves? Or: Have you noticed how TV theme tunes were more catchy in the 1980's and what's you favourite theme tune of all time and why?
The longer answer, concerns why I'm thinking about purple fabrics. I know for some of you purple fabrics are up there with peach and brown in the like ability stakes. Last week after work my Mum and I went to visit one of her oldest friends who still lives in the village. With holidays and my being ill the last time we visited was in the middle of July. That visit had been a shock, she had lost weight, was bed ridden and bright orange. She didn't look like herself and I really didn't think she was going to survive for more than a couple of weeks. She had just been diagnosed with cancer and they were investigating just had bad it was. She also has Alzheimer's.
Her daughter had telephoned and said she was now up and brighter and would like us to visit. I'm not sure what my mum expected. But I think we were both a little shocked by what greeted us. The lady was up, sat in her living room, she'd started to put on some of the weight she'd lost, her skin (which she's always had problems with) looked clearer than it had for a long time and she'd also lost the orange colour. She looked well. We chattered, her daughter popped in and made us tea, bringing brownies baked the night before by the grand daughter. We looked at old photographs of happier and healthier times.
And as I was sat there looking at our family friend sat there in a purple skirt and cardigan I remembered this was her absolute favourite colour. A colour that I associate with her more than anyone else. I've always worn a lot of purple and know other friends have proclaimed it their clothing colour of choice in more recent years. However, this family friend has always adored anything purple, long before it was fashionable.
I thought how nice it would be to make her something, maybe a small lap quilt in lovely purple colours. I've actually decided a cushion might be a more practical way to go. So my mind has been very much on purple colours this past week. I made her a patchwork cushion some years ago which she kept until it must have fallen apart. I think my skill level has improved, so hopefully this cushion will be enjoyed for much longer.