Whereas we gave home-made presents to many of our friends and relatives at Christmas, by some strange coincidence my mother and I both gave each other DIY gifts. I’m not quite sure why this is – we didn’t agree it in advance, or discuss it at all. Perhaps it’s just that we spent so much time in the same place before Christmas that we couldn’t possibly have made anything for the other and kept it remotely secret? Anyhow, that’s how it worked out. I gave her a selection of printed fabric in reds and pinks and purples, most of it designed by the wonderful Kaffe Fassett, with which to make a beautiful quilt of many colours. And she gave me two metres of lovely grey and cream checked linen fabric from a shop in Paris (which, outrageously, I have not had the pleasure of visiting) with which to make a tablecloth.