Last year I really enjoyed joining in with Le Challenge. Each month the lovely Lucy and Nat set a topic, and the challenge is to make something inspired by that topic and link up on the 15th of the month.
I love trying to think out of the box and make something fun, which then usually doubles as a gift for a friend!
This month the topic was The Rising Sun. I have to admit that my immediate thoughts were not of Japan or Japanese fabric. Rather they were of birds chirping, being woken by the neighbours sweeping their driveways, motorbikes roaring past without mufflers, and despite all the noise trying to spend some time at the start of the day in prayer.
In the end I went with a combination of the two. I made a cushion cover using some beautiful Japanese fabric which I had bought from Alyce last year.
Its tenuous link to my thoughts of early morning was this panel.
How I wish the sun would rise at 8am, and not at 5am! And how I wish my Indonesian neighbours wouldn't feel like they needed to wake up and start making noise at 5am! It is something that I still haven't got used to about life here!
I made a concealed zipper for the back, and love this Lecien print. This cushion is a gift for a Librarian friend so I think she will enjoy this!
Linking up with
and with the Pillow Collective at Amy's, where you can find some great tutorials for making pillows/cushions.