Monday, 20 March 2017

Garden Notes

 Happy new week!............we have been full of the joys of spring here :)...........last week we had the sunniest and mildest days of the year so far...........
 .............it was the perfect time to venture down to the bottom of the garden and creak open the potting shed door again...........time to get out the crochet pillows and blankets and soak up a bit of sunshine............
 ...........time to pick some posies of spring flowers and pop them in to lots of different containers....
 ................lots of daffodils, narcissus and jonquils are coming into flower here now..........
 ...............we even have a new garden inspired pincushion to use this week..............
 ...............made from sweet scraps of fabric from my basket of tiny scraps...love all these fabrics so i keep every bit............
 ...............here is my spring cutting garden with plenty of primroses, cowslips and tiny bulbs......
 .................i love having different places around the garden to sit and listen to the birds, look at the plants and flowers, and sew or read if the weather is warm enough............
 ..............the glass vase below (really a candle holder) is one of my favourites to hold hyacinths and short iris flowers........i have refilled this with the same floral combination to enjoy on my work table again this week.............
 ..............last week i showed you a bit of the flower wreath quilt with the sashing added..........
 ................below is a little peek at the work in progress border.........it is fun to create this and i am looking forward to putting it all together............
 .............today i am working on a magazine commission...........and i have my big trip quilt waiting for the next round of square patches to be added tonight............but first i am going to have a little wander in the garden to see if any flowers have opened since yesterday..........to look into the pond to see the frog spawn and newts...........and to have a little potter in the potting shed....and i'd better water the greenhouse plants too.......spring time in the garden......i just love it :)............
................thank you for dropping by lovely readers and for leaving me such kind comments..........wishing you all a happy crafty week ahead............back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 13 March 2017

In the Studio

 This week i will be spending a lot of time in my studio working on a (top secret for now) garden inspired project...............so i thought i'd show a few pictures taken in here.......the one above shows the grey painted printer's tray that we found at treacle market recently.......i am using it as a display shelf for cards, vintage finds and ephemera as well as flower posies......
 .................desk views...........painting spring flowers in my tiny daily sketchpad........
 ................adding a new flower to an older painting.............
 ..............and finding more flowers to be inspired by every day...............
 .............before i moved into working in the stitching industry i used to work in the greetings card industry and paint flowers all day long.....i find painting is as absorbing and soothing as stitching.....
 ..............i love this time of year and being able to pick some pretty pastel spring flowers from the garden...........we are working on our garden at the moment, re doing a border and mr p is putting up a new arbour on our sun downer spot....looking forward to summer evenings there later in the year.....
 ..............i am working on several works in progress quilts too this week..........below is the flower wreath quilt which is being added to daily here and there, and now has hyacinth pink sashing......
 ............when the new fabric arrives i will be designing the applique twining floral border which i am a bit excited about :).............
 .............the hyacinths in the glass vase below are on my table as i type this and their scent is just wonderful..............
 ...............the little iris all came into flower among some long grasses....they always give me a nice surprise each year..............
 ...........each day i go for a walk with molly the dog and seek out the blossom trees..........
 ..................back to my studio now and on with the work..........one more picture of the printer's tray shelf before i go....(the picture is a postcard of a gorgeous lucy boston quilt)...........
............thank you for visiting me here dear readers and for your kind comments too........wishing you a wonderful week ahead filled with happy crafty days.............back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 6 March 2017

Spring Things

 Happy March everyone!........the sun is shining here and we have a post filled with spring things today..........first of all there is a little spring rabbit all ready for spring outings in her little knitted dress and matching hat..............
 .................the bunny and her outfit are my project in this month's crafts beautiful magazine which you can read about here..............
 .............and she is even on the cover, just about to step out of the picture...........
 .............i love knitting and i love knitting clothes for the bunnies i sew too....they are fun to make and don't take too long.............the stripy dress on my spring bunny is made from stylecraft special dk but could be made from any dk yarn and is great for using up scraps..............
 ................these sweet pastel shades are why i love spring so much..... pretty flowers and bulbs, sugar coated eggs, easter decorations and the blossom just beginning to open on my favourite cherry tree...........
 ...............there are some lovely photographs of this bunny in the magazine but i just had to take a few more myself too..............this pretty daisy embroidered table cloth belonged to grannie (mr p's mother) who loved flowers as much as i do...............

 ...............i have picked out some fabrics in these sort of colours too...thinking sherbet fruits sweets or sugared almonds or maybe mini eggs :) ................
 ..............to make an hourglass quilt specially for spring.............
 ..............i used a rotary cutter to cut squares to make half square triangles and then cut them in half again...........each unit has different pieces so the overall effect is mixed up and scrappy......like a pile of sweeties..............
 .........below is the first sewn together block.............hope to show you plenty more of this quilt very soon.......
 ...........i was pottering in the greenhouse on saturday when it was sunny and warm in there....
 ............everything is growing happily and it is lovely to see bulbs emerging that i had forgotten about :)......and luckily this bunny is very well behaved and doesn't nibble the plants.......
.................thank you for dropping in to my little crafty space here in blogland dear readers...........thank you so much for the kind comments you leave me too....it is lovely to read them.......wishing you all a wonderful week ahead enjoying the beginning of march and the start of spring (or autumn of course if you are reading this from the other side of the world)...........enjoy your happy crafty days everyone............................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 27 February 2017

Home Sweet Home

 It is no secret that i love houses....and homes....and home making too :).......i feel very lucky that i can work in my studio and sewing room here and it is certainly my happy place.......after a wild week of storm doris whirling round out house it is great that things have calmed down now......the fire is lit in the studio and it is nice and cosy.......
 .............below is my home sweet home quilt which i am happy to say is featured in Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine............it is in the Annual Applique Collector's Edition (Vol. 26 No. 12).............
 .............the lovely magazine arrived here last week and i enjoyed reading it at my kitchen table with a nice cup of tea.............lots of projects to create and inspire............
 ................here is a work in progress shot of my quilt taken in my sewing room before it was quilted....
 ...............i sent the quilt to my lovely longarm machine quilter and as usual she did a lovely job on it......the design is hand sewn applique and patchwork and i loved making this one so much......
 ..............besides placing a big house in the centre there is a little garden on each side filled with trees, flowers, fruits, birds, and a beehive too....
 ..............the backing is a lilac polka dot and the fabrics were all from stash or from my scrap basket....lots of lecien and pam kitty morning in there and that purple background lakehouse floral that i love so much was used for a wide border.......
 ..........each part of this quilt is easy to do as all the different motifs have a template to trace and i used fabric with bondaweb to apply the shapes and then stitched round them with blanket stitch....you could also sew round them with a sewing machine of course...............
 ...............here is one of my little stuffed houses made from some of the quilt fabric.....
 ............and here is one of my favourite mugs of the moment .............
 ...............the sun is peeking out here and there are more spring flowers beginning to bloom each day.........this morning i picked some tiny narcissus, cowslips and primulas from my cutting patch to put in a tiny glass vase on my sewing table......
 ................and while i was out there i took this quick picture too.......my first garden picture this year :)..............looking forward to taking many more......
.................thank you for visiting me here dear readers and for all your lovely comments..........wishing you a happy week ahead with flowers and sunshine and lots of crafty inspirations........back soon xxxx