Monday, 18 August 2014

Scrappy Summer Quilt Finish

When i arrived back from our trip to the seaside i got on with hand quilting this scrappy summer quilt, and after just a few evenings it was done :) ...i quilted it round the edge of each square and then diagonally across the middle of the squares..........i chose a red and white striped binding for it, inspired by the striped awnings of the flower market in nice........
 ..............i love the prints in this quilt, as well as the floral feel and the bright fruit appliques and i liked how the red and white striped binding brought it all together.............
 .................the backing is a gorgeous pam kitty picnic fabric with cherries and roses on yellow......
 .............i love all kinds of quilts and a huge variety of patterns, but i know i will always want to make ones with simple squares (and maybe a bit of embellishment) every now and then......
 ..............i enjoy using text prints as a decorative feature too, and love how they look with a colourful image appliqued on top, like the cherries below which are sewn onto a patch of sew mama sew fabric.........
 ............i took pictures of this quilt all around the house, as usual following the best light, as well as avoiding bright sunlight..........here it is on an old chair in front of a book case on the top floor of our old house............
 ...........sometimes i like to add buttons to my quilts, and i had a little look at these fruit buttons from just another button company to see if any would look nice on my new quilt.............
 ...........i decided just to add the lemon slice to the patch which had lemons appliqued on it.......
 ...............here is daisy whirling and twirling with the new quilt.........the children use the quilts and the crochet blankets to make houses and tents and to wrap up their toys and each other :).............
 ...............we thought the chicken might look pretty with the quilt too...........it is a money box and full of loose change at the moment so is very heavy............
 .............just as my summer quilt is finished we are feeling autumn in the air............the weekend was a mix of autumn coolness, strong winds, grey days and some sunshine..........we had a special outing to a lovely garden where i took this photo of the golden dahlias............
 ..............and i will leave you with this photo of the gorgeous zinnias which have been brightening up the cutting garden recently...........though a snail or two have been secretly munching on them over the weekend and the effect was not a good one..............
..............thank you for visiting me today, lovely readers, it is so good to see you...........and thank you too for taking the time to leave a comment, it is always a treat to hear from you too :).............i hope you have a wonderful week ahead, wherever in the world you may be..............back soon xxxxxxxxx

Monday, 11 August 2014

Sunny Seaside

 We are home again from our lovely trip to the seaside...........a wonderful week full of fresh air and sunshine, blue skies and blue sea............my husband had a great time sailing in the regatta and the family came down to stay too and we had lots of fun..............
 .............mr p and i had a picnic lunch here the day we arrived, watching the waves and the boats and the sea birds..........we explored a bit more of the pretty island too..............
 ..................i love looking for wildflowers (still) a hobby that i began as a child with an i-spy book.....
 ................in the days when i used to paint flowers all day i would carefully draw and paint each flower in watercolour and eventually add them to textile designs or birthday card illustrations......
 ...........purple vetch was one of my favourites and the twining leaves were always useful to fill in gaps in all-over patterns..........i still love to have wildflower posies in the holiday house, even if i'm not actually painting them at the moment..................
 ...............i did a little bit of crochet over the week, finishing my latest flowery cushion.......
 .................here it is outside the holiday cottage.....the chair is mine, i took it with me :)............

                ............now i have my little summer flower pillow collection all done................
 ..................there were bright summer flowers everywhere, and it seemed there were many more than usual, perhaps because of all the good weather............below is a picture of a cottage garden at cemaes bay, packed with colourful flowers............the whole village was decked out with pretty pots and window boxes...............
...............charlie and daisy had a wonderful time playing on the beach and in the water.........there is a safe pool for children where they met up with lots of others too..........they went crab reeling on the pier every day, both proving very deft with the fishing nets, and fascinated by the crabs they caught............we enjoyed every moment of our time.............the house was very quiet when they all left on friday night and we tidied up and packed to come home on saturday morning...............
 ...............as always in beaumaris, i visited the inspiring janet bell gallery and met up with lovely janet herself for such a nice chat and catch up............the gallery always has something tempting and i bought a few treats, including a wonderful wintry print which i will show in a future post.............
 ...............i really love the pretty painted cottages...............i wonder what colour i would choose if i had my own holiday cottage?................i would probably go for something pale like this pretty blue one.............but i do love this rather bright raspberry pink one too..............
 ...............below is my project in this month's crafts beautiful magazine.............
.............a pink cottage and a blue cottage for a cross stitched pin cushion and tag...............find out more on the crafts beautiful website here...................
 ..............now we are home i am getting on with my two quilts and planning more that i'd like to make........i also want to paint some furniture and do some gardening as the garden has been growing madly while we were away..........lots of sweetpeas to snip, beans to pick, zinnias to snip..........and weeds to pull out...........the marsh marigold in the pond has suddenly grown lots of flowers too......i will be looking after the grandchildren a few times over the summer holidays and will enjoy hearing them running about and their little fluting voices again.............
i will leave you with this seaside picture of some ever hungry seagulls watching a family enjoying their picnic nearby............
......thank you for dropping in to see me here, lovely readers, it is a pleasure to have your visits and to read your sweet comments too............wishing you a wonderful week.........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxx

Friday, 1 August 2014

Sea and Stars

 We are busy packing our bags here ready to go off to the seaside tomorrow for our annual trip to the sunny isle of angelsey where my husband will be sailing in the menai straits regatta again..............
 .............so i thought i would just pop in and write a quick post before we go, as i will be taking a little blog break next week...........i will take my ipad with me though, and if i can get a signal (often tricky due to the welsh mountains) i will still be able to visit some of your lovely blogs.......
 ................i am showing some of the starry greengate cups today as they were on my mantelpiece and they seemed to fit well with the star patchwork pillow i wanted to show you too........
 ..............i sewed this big patchwork star block a while ago, around the time i was making my smaller stars quilt..........i found the pattern for it in an old quilting book, and i made it into a pillow more recently............i haven't made such big paper pieced blocks before, the ones i make are generally small and very fiddly, so this was quite a change for me and i rather liked it.............
 ...............i have made one more big star and now need to decide if i should carry on and make lots more for a quilt....or stop and turn it into another cushion?.........
 ................the red and blue star reminded me of these little windmill cake toppers...........
                                  .............so i had a search to find my pictures of them.............
 ...............my grandchildren loved them because they really work and twirl round nicely......
                              ..............sweet strawberries also matching the summery colours..............
 ...............and i wanted to show you the crochet i've been doing........this is the big granny square for the back of the latest flowery cushion...........i haven't managed to finish it before we go away, so will take it with me and finish it at the seaside.............
 ..............below is a photo of our sitting room mantelpiece and i am showing it because the painting above it is of where we are going (if you click on it you can see it much bigger)............it shows the little seaside town of beaumaris as you approach it, with the pretty pastel houses and the peaceful sweep of the sea and shore...............the painting is called gallows point and is by janet bell...............i bought it for my hb as a surprise a couple of years ago.............
.................thank you so much for dropping in to see me here in my little blog space, lovely readers, and thank you too for the lovely comments you leave me, they are such a treat to read..........wishing you a wonderful summer week, with sunny days and happy crafty times.........back soon xxxxxxxxx

Monday, 28 July 2014

Blog Hop

 Today i'm happy to be taking part in the creative blog hop or tour ..........i was invited by brenda at cosy little house...........brenda is a blogger extraordinaire.....she has a powerful way with words, takes great photos, grows beautiful flowers and creates inspiring d├ęcor......she is also a great supporter of other bloggers, and often encourages new bloggers on her welcoming posts...........
 i must add here that i was also invited to the blog hop a few weeks ago (but couldn't take part due to holiday plans) by sarah at a little happy place and by marilyn at pink paper cottage......a big thank you to all these ladies for inviting me.............
 ...............now i have to answer four questions..........so here we go..............

1. what am i working on now?

i am making english paper pieced patchwork churndash blocks in dotty fabrics for a quilt......
...........i love epp and love to take projects like this out and about with me over the summer because they are so portable..........as you can see the quilt will have plain white blocks in between the churn dashes and striped sashing..................
 ..............as well as patchwork, i'm working on my latest crochet blanket..........loving these sweetpea coloured ripples very much and this will be coming to the seaside with me very soon..................
 .................another work in progress is this flowery crochet cushion..........and today i will be sewing a project for a magazine (top secret) and working on ideas for a new book................

2. how does my work differ from others in its genre?

this is a difficult question for me to answer, and is maybe for others to decide......i make whatever i feel like making and use the colours and embellishments that i love........
 ................i have been a designer for many years and have been told that i have developed a style that people recognise.................so perhaps that is what differentiates my work from others..........
                                                ..............a bit like handwriting?...........

3. why do i write/create what i do?

because i have always loved to create i studied art and design and after graduating became a freelance designer.............i need to create and design as much as possible....
 ................i have crazes or crushes on different creative things and love to explore them, which has led to working in different areas and industries over my working life, from surface patterns for textiles, china and greetings cards to sewing, patchwork and quilting................
 ...............i work to create for my job but also simply create for the pleasure of it, so my job is my hobby and vice versa...............
 4. how does my writing/creating process work?

i write my blog to share a creative connection with others of like minds..........i take lots of photographs (love doing this), choose ones for my next blog post and then write the words around the pictures................i write my blog spontaneously and don't write posts in advance.............
 .............i have lots of ideas all the time of things i want to make, and creative plans are always simmering at the back of my mind...........i have a work schedule to stick to for my magazine and book design work with deadlines to meet so each day i work on those first...........in between i make whatever i fancy............crochet blankets, patchwork pin cushions, dolls, bears, bunnies, quilts........
 ...........this blend of fresh creating and the flow of ideas from allowing myself to enjoy the making helps inspire my design work all the time..................

.....now i have to pass the baton on to three other bloggers.......i have actually picked four other bloggers and they are:

gillyflower
gill writes about her beautiful sewing and crochet projects, vintage textiles, painting furniture, books, cooking, gardening and the lovely places she finds to visit and to share.

handmade by mia
mia is a crafter and fibre artist from finland who loves knitting and felting and makes unique things for a living......she loves thrifting and recycling materials and her cute needlefelted creatures are very appealing.

paintdrops keep falling
claire is a talented painter and surface pattern designer and her blog is a visual treat, entertaining and varied......we often find we have taken pictures of the same things, have bought the same things and usually like the same things......

messy jesse
jessie loves to sew and she creates beautiful fresh patchworks and quilts and runs her own online quilt shop called sew and quilt with a range of gorgeous hand picked fabrics, threads and english paper pieces..................

.........these lovely bloggers will be posting their blog hops next week beginning august 4 so i hope you will visit them all and say hello :).........................................

..................that is all from my blog hop, dear readers..............i hope you enjoyed it and thank you for dropping in to see me here..............wishing you all a happy and creative week.......back soon xxxxxx