Thursday, 6 September 2012

The Colour Purple

The Colour Purple

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. 

13 comments:

  1. You are lovely! If I stumble upon a hidden cache of purples I will send you some. They are always low in my stash and I keep an eye out for good ones.

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  2. Ah now we know...."When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
    With a red hat which doesn't go......etc"

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  3. You are so lovely.
    She is going to love it.

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  4. Good luck with the purple gift :o)

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  5. Did you see the lovely purple fabric on the back of my swap mini from Reene? I believe it's Kate Spain's Good Fortune. I hadn't seen it before but it is a lovely shade of purple. You might be able to find it somewhere if you like it.

    So lovely of you to think of making a cushion for this lady. Hope you find the fabric you are after.

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  6. For am elderly lady in deteriorating health I would suggest a blanket or quilt rather than a cushion. Why? If she has to go into hospital the quilt can be right there on her bed and can also be laundered. A cushion does not allow these. Use some purples but please also add some embroidery or appliqué. In those sections add her name and important life details. Alzheimers is ghastly and she and her carers will need these aide-memoires.

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  7. That's very lovely! If you have a certain size of pieces you are wanting to start with, let me know. I have a bit of scraps because I have too always loved purple!

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  8. Louise as you're a no reply blogger I can't respond to your comment personally. I've ruled out a quilt for several reasons. I do not know the long term prognosis and would like her to have something to enjoy while she can as in a few months when I got a quilt finished it maybe too late. She's also prone to falling and has to have a wheeled frame to walk to a lap quilt could become a danger if she had difficulty removing it when she wanted to get up. I also know anything made for her, her family would keep at home rather than risk it getting lost in hospital.

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  9. Sorry I missed this but here I am throwing in my penny's worth.....I love purple and made a couple of Bee blocks for Judith today - in purple.
    I loved my 1001 Peeps in purple.

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  10. What a lovely idea, she will love what you make her

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