Monday, 17 April 2017

Flowers and Patchwork

 As it's still the long easter holiday weekend here i've been gardening and planting flowers with mr p and enjoying all the new blossoms and blooms...........i also finished off sewing this flowery starry cushion....
 ............the star block was one left from a quilt i made using strawberry biscuit fabrics by elea lutz for penny rose fabrics...........i love all the colours and prints in this fabric line and i know lots of you do too..........
 .............i quilted the cushion top by hand which was very relaxing to do.......
 ............here it is as a work in progress...........the little bird is made with strawberry biscuit fabric too..
 ............my favourite bellis flowers looked rather pretty against the new patchwork cushion....
 ............and it goes nicely with my crochet blanket here too..............
 ...............love that deep pink, the colour of camellias in my daughter's garden......
 ................and some of their apple blossom..............and below some of their cherry blossom....so nice to be able to share in their pretty garden ;).............
 ..............below are some flowers from our cutting patch, picked for a little bit of watercolour painting....more on that soon...........this picture also has the first bluebell as it began to open....there are many more now.....
 ............we have had a lovely easter weekend with lots of happy family times, lots of sunshine in between the showers and plenty of treats and chocolate..............below is a peek at our easter tree with the tiny bunny perched on a branch, and lots of eggs and button houses too.............
 ............one more view of the new cushion which i think will be pretty on the garden seat too.....
............thank you so much for your visits here dear readers and your kind comments too......it is always lovely to see you in my little bit of blogland...........wishing you a very happy week ahead with flowers and crafty inspirations wherever you may be ..................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 10 April 2017

Easter Time

 I always love the spring time and now is my favourite time for decorating the house..........we have gathered together lots of spring and easter decorations....some i have had for years, some i've bought and some i've made....and of course lots of flowers too...........
 ...............this new little bunny is a very tiny version of my sugar bunny pattern........
 .............very tiny indeed as you can see...here she is sitting next to a normal sized spool of sewing cotton.........(the sugar bunny pattern is in my book *pretty patchwork gifts*).....
 ...............i've also made some more little button houses in pretty fabrics.........
 .............and some more little fabric birds are flying in too.........a green one and  pink one....
 ...............i couldn't resist buying this sweet egg box containing perfect pastel eggs.............
 ...............arranging the white easter tree...............it's not finished yet, it is a slow process getting it just right, even with help from all the family ;)......
 ............this weekend was sunny and gorgeous here in the uk and we were outside most of the time making the most of it.......my little grandchildren were here for a sleepover (though they live nearby!) and we had some lovely times together.............sunshine, ice creams, lots of games and fun.....
 ..............the easter egg wreath is up, making its reappearance once again....i love it and wish i could keep it up all year round really :) .....
 .................beautiful rainbow tulips......a special gifts from my dearies.............
 ...............and ready for the easter breakfast table........some little birdie decorated egg cosies.....
 ...............this morning i did some gardening............i sowed some flower seeds and re potted some plants.............and then i picked some flowers from the cutting garden..............
................thank you for visiting me here in my bit of blogland dear readers, and thank you to those who leave me such lovely comments...........wishing you a happy week ahead enjoying the spring (or autumn if you are reading from the other side of the world).........happy easter.....back soon xxxxxxxx

Monday, 3 April 2017

Little Quilt

 A finished (and published) sweet little quilt to show you here today......this is my project for this month's crafts beautiful magazine.............made mainly with bonnie and camille vintage picnic fabrics and pam kitty morning fabrics, i loved the warm and pretty colours as i was making this............
 ..............as regular readers of my blog already know, i love sewing squares.....and it really is all about the fabric you use with these simple designs.............
 ..............i continually enjoy seeing the colour and pattern combinations of one fabric with another..........
 ............here is a peek at the pages of the magazine..........they always take such lovely photographs of my projects but i still can't resist taking a few myself too.............find out more about crafts beautiful here............
 ............this small patchwork throw would be good for summertime outings and picnics or to snuggle up small children under when they get sleepy.......we have several quilts used for that already but i think that this is my new favourite............
 .............a couple more close up shots........the squares were all machine sewn together but i hand quilted it in the ditch and then quilted a square within the squares.............
 ..............and as a little extra.....an applique heart....always love to add a little heart if i can.....
 ...............i often mix different lines of fabric together and like the surprise effects which make each piece of patchwork unique..........
 ..............if you wish you can make this quilt by using a charm pack which saves on cutting out the squares.....and one more.... below we just had to have a rolled up quilt shot............
 ...........this little quilt was made quite a while ago of course as we work well in advance for magazine project publication.......since then i've been working on lots of other things.....and making some fun little things for my easter tree too like the little birdie below....more about that coming soon.........
 ............i am loving all the spring flowers at the moment and here is a big bunch of bright tulips.....
 ............so many lovely colours around at the moment it is impossible not to be inspired.......
..................thank you so much for visiting me here dear readers........thanks for all your sweet comments and hello to new readers who have found me here through instagram this week :)...........wishing you all a wonderful week filled with happy sunny days and plenty of colourful, crafty  inspirations ........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 27 March 2017

Big Trip Quilt - a Little Update

 The big trip around the world quilt is almost finished...almost but not quite.......and here is a little update...... below is a reminder of the last stage it was at when i showed it to you here previously.....
 .............. the top picture shows one of the corners with just three rounds to go.......as you can see I fussy cut a round of flower squares.............a few people have asked me what exactly is fussy cutting and how do you do it?...........it is  when you choose an area of fabric with a motif or part of a pattern to cut out, rather than just cutting out the fabric all over to make your patchwork shapes.....
 ...............i make a window template to cut out my fabric for epp...............i use cardstock and cut the template 1/4 in bigger than my paper piece template all the way round, then cut out the window in the middle 1/4 in inside the line.............it is such a quick and easy way to see the shape you would like to use and to position the cut correctly............
 ................it does waste a bit of fabric doing fussy cutting but the scraps will always come in handy one day ;) ............
 .............the fussy cut squares are ready to sew and below there they are on the quilt..........
 ..............a few pictures now of the crumpled quilt top...........
 ...............i have loved hand sewing this quilt, mainly in my spare evening moments......
 ..............choosing the next round of fabric each time has been very interesting and surprisingly demanding but also a new experience in playing with colour values and fabric combinations........
 ...............just a little more to add and then we can have the full reveal..........
 .............and now some pretty flowers as it is spring and yesterday was mother's day :)......
 ............i was a very lucky mum and was very spoilt by my daughters and their families.....
 ..........nothing like a bit of sunshine, family time, cute children, afternoon teas and gorgeous flowers to make you feel happy and full of the joys of spring..............add in a bit of stitching and crafting too..............just perfect..........:)
............thank you for dropping by dear readers.............it is a joy all year round to see you here and to read your kind comments..........if you would like to see more of my crafty days i have just joined instagram so now you can find me there too.................wishing you a wonderful week filled with flowers, sunshine and lots of crafty inspirations ...............back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx