Monday, 22 August 2016

Flowers and Sewing

 Here is my rosy patchwork all finished and up in my sewing room....this is the trip around the world mini quilt that i showed you back in june when i paper pieced together the squares of pink and green fabrics from pam kitty garden, lecien and lakehouse studio.............
 ............i really like the trip around the world pattern and am working on a two other versions at the moment............my work in progress list is rather long just now and includes work projects, ones for fun and exploring new ideas and ones that have been started a while ago and get added to now and then which makes them hang around a long time.......but with crafting the joy is in the journey not just the finished projects i do believe :) ........
 ................i found some bellis daisies this morning at the garden centre and had to bring them home....such favourites that i always get them when i see them and they have inspired many a design.....
 ...............the rosy trip around the world as a finished block above and below when machine quilted in a gentle wave pattern..................
 ..........my longarm quilter lady is wonderful at transforming my quilt tops for me.......
 ................below is the beginning of a new applique quilt block for a new quilt that i have had in mind for a long time and now i am rather excited that it has begun.....
 .........inspired by flowers, by history and by antique quilts, this will be a lovely one to make and eventually i hope to share the pattern with you............
 ................more applique flowers below...........as well as real ones from the cutting patch.....
 ...............this design is appliqued using fusible web and blanket stitched round the edges.......
 ...............a sewing room picture from the weekend.......delicious scented and colourful sweetpeas, such a pleasure to have nearby while stitching busily.............
 ................below are the sweetpea and runner bean canes in our garden, with the plants growing well and twining happily upwards.....
 ...........and below is a picture of the cutting garden with its surprising number of orange flowers...........another surprise is the plants that did not come up or simply disappeared.........where did the hollyhocks go i wonder?.......probably the slugs and snails had them for dinner........
 ...............below is not my garden but a national trust garden with a gorgeous display of hollyhocks...sigh.....maybe next year........off to stitch some more flowers now and enjoy the sunshine which has peeked out again after a morning of rain............
..................thank you for dropping by dear readers and for leaving me such kind comments......it is always a pleasure to see you........wishing you a happy crafty week with lots of flowers to enjoy.......back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 15 August 2016

At the Seaside

 Here i am again...home from the seaside and feeling very refreshed :) ........
 .............we spent a lovely week with family and friends on the sunny isle of angelsey.....
 .............my husband sailed in the regatta and we watched the boats set off into the blue waters of the straits each day...or sometimes the grey waters....but always lovely to watch......the scenery in the background, on the other side of the straits is beautiful snowdonia..........
 .............this is the lucky dip quilt that i began this time last year.......it has been finished for ages and was longarm quilted for me quite a while ago too......it was the perfect quilt to use at the seaside, with its gorgeous daysail fabrics by bonnie and camille...............
 .............i really love the boats on white for the backing fabric..............the central panel is made up of snowball blocks and the wide border is ta dot in ocean by michael miller.......
 ..............this year we stayed in a different house in beaumaris....a tall old house overlooking the straits...........it was amazing to wake up to this view each day and we were all mesmerised watching the boats and the seabirds through the large windows...........
 ..............below is a view through our bedroom window at low tide................
 ..............as always when we visit beaumaris we love to see the janet bell gallery......and this year it was twice as good as there are now two janet bell galleries :).............below is the brand new one through the archway, light and bright and filled with janet's paintings..... it has such an uplifting atmosphere...............
 ..............the earlier gallery is filled with treasures too....stocked with the work of 60 other artists, designers and makers.............below is one of the stylish windows freshly painted with gorgeous grey......you might be able to see some blue striped mugs in there and i might have bought those......
 ...............below is a detail from a new painting by janet bell called beaumaris bay.......we loved this especially as it shows a fleet of boats sailing out to puffin island.....i bought this painting for mr p (and me!)...............i had some other treats from the galleries too which i will show you soon....and when the painting is hung in its new place i'll show that too.................janet was very busy painting in her studio but took a little time out to come and have a coffee with me.....x
 ..............there are lots of flowers blooming on the island, both in gardens and growing wild along the coast.......i found this little jug below in a charity shop in beaumaris, just waiting for me to put some daisies in it..............
 .................it was a happy week being with the grandchildren too.....seeing them enjoy the seaside in the same way as we did as children.............we had a lovely afternoon here at penmon, rock pooling and finding tiny pebbles to paint on when we get home next week.............
 .................and now i am home again and looking forward to getting back into my sewing room.....i have some exciting new designs to do including some quilts to make and some sweet appliques to sew and i have ordered the backing fabric for my blue checkerboard quilt so will soon be hand quilting that...........
................thank you for dropping by dear readers and for all your kind comments.............it is always such a pleasure to see you........wishing you a happy sunny crafty week.....................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 1 August 2016

Into the Blue

 Maybe this post should be called still into the blue..........when my blue and white checkerboard quilt top was finished i had a few squares left over so i thought i would make them into a cushion.....
 ..............it also meant that i could try out some hand quilting patterns on a small project to see what would look nice on the actual quilt...........i fancied  quilting some circles using indigo thread........
 .............and i liked the effect a lot.....also liked how it echoes the sarah jane children at play fabric used on the alternate squares..............i drew the circles on my patchwork in a rather rudimentary way, using  big and small greengate cups and a water soluble marker pen......as this didn't show up on the very dark blue squares i used a little piece of tailor's chalk to draw those parts......
 ..............now i know i really like this pattern and want to use it on my quilt i might make a proper template and buy a chalk pencil to mark the darker areas with......
 ........it is quite a quick one to stitch and i'm looking forward to getting the backing fabric and beginning this quilting..........meanwhile i have a new little summery blue cushion to enjoy......
 ..........i do love blue, even though i usually use a lot of pink and other bright warm colours in my sewing....... i have a lot of blue dresses ;)......
 ...........i added some seasidey pale blue stripes to the cushion for a simple border......
 ..............below is a posy from the cutting garden this week.....
 ..............also this week we celebrated the anniversary of 150 years since the birth of beatrix potter.....regular readers of this blog know how much i admire beatrix potter, beloved author, illustrator, scientist and conservationist.....i have loved visiting her house at hill top every so often since i was in my teens, have read her little books to my children and grandchildren countless times over the years, and have enjoyed her collected letters and the biographies of her too..........
 ............it's that time of year again when we begin to pack our bags and head off for the seaside.....
 ............i will be taking a little blog break next week and having a nice change of scene......watching my husband and others sailing in the regatta and spending fun times with family and friends...........above is a janet bell painting of beaumaris (on the sunny isle of angelsey)  that i've had a long time and which i love...........and we shall be there soon :)..........
 ............we are packing our stripy tops....and lots of books and crafty things of course......
............and just in case you are wondering if i am now totally obsessed with blue...no, still into pink too and here are some sugar pink hydrangeas from our garden specially for you :).......thank you for visiting me here dear readers and for leaving such kind comments..........it is a pleasure to hear from you or just to have you drop by........wishing you a cheery sunny start to august and plenty of  happy crafty times...............back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 25 July 2016

Blue and White

 Maybe it was because last week it was so hot hot hot here that i decided to use cool blues for my newest sewing project.......i've been planning to make a blue and white checkerboard patchwork quilt for quite a while and like all my projects, first it is a plan in my head and then all at once it is being made......
 ..............all the blue fabrics were pulled out of the cupboard and lots of white but slightly patterned ones for the contrasting squares..............
 ............i cut the squares 4 1/2 in so they ended up as 4in squares when all sewn together......
 ........i rotary cut the squares and then strip pieced them in rows then joined the rows together......pressing the seams in opposite directions and nesting the seams helped with accuracy....
 ..............i loved the deep indigo blues and had to order some extra fat quarters of some new ones as i was running out.......i used up many pieces from my scrap bin for this quilt so there is a nice mix of different fabrics and lots of other projects to remember that they were used in too when i look at it.....
 ............my little sewing machine worked very hard, speeding along the seams.......
 .............and of course i then began particularly noticing blue and white things around me.....
 ................like blue teapots, plates, mugs and jugs........and the palest of pale blue hydrangeas.....
 ............at the weekend we went on an outing to a lovely country garden........we had a picnic lunch, a nice walk and later a cream tea in the tea room garden.........and i took some photos of blue flowers.......
 ..................gorgeous blue clematis above.....and below the pretty agapanthus............
 .............the weather here has cooled down now and is back to normal again after soaring to temperatures of 33C last week (on the hottest day of the year) and with high humidity too.....but now our mini heatwave seems to have ended.................
 ................now my quilt top is finished and i need to decide what to back it with and what kind of quilting to do.........this week i am working on more xmas designs and an applique quilt so plenty to keep me busy............also spending time this week with my sweet grandchildren as school is out for summer here and we will be doing a bit of crafting together again..............
..................thank you for popping in to my little blog space dear readers and for all your kind comments about my dimity quilt in my last post........it is so nice to hear from you and to have your visits.............wishing you sunny summer days and lots of  happy crafty times.......back soon xxxxxx