Monday, 13 February 2017

Hearts and Flowers

 Happy valentine's week everyone ...........here is the happy scrappy hearts mini quilt all finished, bound and quilted that i showed you as a work in progress a couple of posts ago.....
 ............i wanted to make a mini heart quilt to hang on the wall..........
 ..............but it also fits nicely on the little doll bed too............
 ...............i quilted this little design by stitching in the ditch and around each heart shape.......
 ................the effect is very cheerful and i am very tempted to make a much larger version with many more happy scrappy hearts...........
 ................here is bea the garden bunny helping model the mini quilt..........
 ..............the backing fabric is a very pretty one from pam kitty morning.............
 ..............a few more hearts........some of my much loved blocks from chipper nelly............
 ................the little quilt rolled up in a basket with the 'make' heart which was originally a magazine commission.................lots of lovely bright tulips here this week too...............
 ................this is my hearts and flowers cushion from my book pretty patchwork gifts........some of you may remember it and i know that some of you have actually made it too :)...............
 .............this week i have lots of works in progress keeping me busy...quilts, cross stitch, paper crafting to name just a few.......i love all these crafts and it is fun to have a variety of things to work on and to keep interested in...............the sun is out today after a very grey and gloomy weekend..........lots of snowdrops are flowering and the garden tulips have grown another couple of inches since i last looked :)............
.................thank you for visiting me here dear readers........it is always a pleasure to hear from you......wishing you a happy week ahead with plenty of sunshine and crafty inspiration........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 6 February 2017

Quilt in Progress: Big Trip

 I have a long (in fact a very looong) 'to make' wish list with a whole lot of quilts on it....the trip around the world shown here is one of them and i have been working on it for quite a while......i love sewing patchwork squares and love how arranging these squares by colour makes a series of expanding diamonds...............this pattern is also sometimes called sunshine and shadows......
 .............here is an earlier picture of the quilt the other way round, like a granny square......
 ..............just a couple of rounds of squares are fussy cut....the flower fussy cut paper pieces shown here are for one of the rounds that you can see below......
 ..............the other is a round of little elephants marching one behind the other...........
 ..............the auditioning of fabrics for each round is both exciting and quite hard to do......striking the right balance between dark and light and colour and pattern takes more thought than i realised......
 ...........i do love the optical effects and am enjoying this work in progress very much while i work on other quilts at the same time (some destined for magazine publication which i will tell you about nearer the time).......
 .................a close up of my big trip quilt..........and below is the vintage printed flour bag i found at treacle market on our recent visit........
 ..............i meant to include a link to treacle market last time so here it is now.....for those who kindly wondered about the name it became known as treacle market after an accident centuries ago when a horse drawn wagon overturned spilling treacle onto the cobbles...............
 .............one more treacle market picture above....love the handwritten labels :).........below is my gorgeous container of tete a tete narcissi in full flower..........
 ...............spring is on its way and i am very glad to see flowers and bulbs appearing indoors and out and on people's blogs too............here is my project in the march issue of crafts beautiful magazine......a happy hoop design of applique flowers and a butterfly to welcome spring........you can read more about crafts beautiful here.......
 .............one more picture of my trip around the world quilt.......a new row is being chosen and i am beginning to turn it into a rectangle now......i might need to order some more fabric very soon ;).....
...............thank you for your visits here dear readers and your lovely comments.........it is always a pleasure to have you drop by and to hear from you..........wishing you a wonderful week ahead with peaceful times and lots of crafty inspirations..............back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 30 January 2017

Hexagons, Flowers and Treacle Market

 This week i have made a lot of paper pieced hexagons..............one of my favourite shapes to sew and piece...........i am making the classic grandmother's flower garden flowers this time......
 ............and i plan to applique them all onto a plain fabric background so there will be no need to make all those joining hexagons this time ;)..........
 .............these are quite small and very quick to make...also portable to take on trips......
 ...........i did fussy cut a few but most are just snipped randomly and sewn together.....
 ..............i am using a big mix of different fabrics but keeping to a similar range of colours.......
 .............this is such a good way to use up pretty little scraps of favourite fabrics too...........
 .............speaking of trips we went on a lovely visit to my younger daughter and son in law's home this weekend....so good to spend some time with them and to see our dear littlest grandson x......the picture below is of their stylish kitchen.......love those shelves.........
 ................we had an outing to treacle market in nearby macclesfield.........
 ............i had been wanting to go there for a long time and luckily this visit coincided with the last sunday in the month when the market is always held.......
 ..............it takes place in the cobbled marketplace and nearby streets and has 150 stalls of crafts, vintage finds, food and drink and of course flowers......can you see the trays of bellis daisies at the front of the picture above?......one of them came home with me.......
 ..........we all found a treat or two (even my mr p!)........and there were all kinds of interesting things to browse amongst..............i found some tiny vintage jelly moulds, a printer's tray, a vintage printed flour bag and of course my bellis flowers..........all of which i will photograph soon...........
 ..............the weather was very cold so there were not so many people there this time as there sometimes are apparently.......i look forward to going back again soon...............
.............thank you for dropping in here to see me dear readers..........thank you for all your lovely comments too............wishing you a happy crafty week ahead.................back soon xxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 23 January 2017

Scrappy Happy Hearts

 Happy new week everyone.........we are having a happy scrappy week here..........
 .............stitching happy hearts as valentine day is just around the corner.......though i am known for stitching hearts all year round and as often as possible of course....hearts are one of my favourite motifs for applique and for cross stitch too...........
 ..............these patchwork squares with applique hearts are for a mini quilt..........
 ..............lots of you kindly asked about my method for using fusible web (known also as bondaweb or wonder under, depending on where you live)..............below is a little collage showing the first steps of this easy method..........bondaweb has two adhesive sides so you first cut your shape to fit the shape of your patch, then peel off the backing paper and iron the bondaweb on..........draw round the heart template onto the paper backing of the second side of bondaweb and then cut out the heart shape.....
 .............arrange your project so you are happy with the design, then peel off the second layer of paper and iron the hearts onto the background patches............
 .............and then, choosing a matching shade of thread sew neat blanket stitch round the outer edge of the applique heart shapes...............
 .............when the applique hearts were all neatly sewn in place and the rows of patches joined together,  i checked out my stash for something pretty to back the little quilt.......i found this pretty pam kitty morning fabric which has sweet little red tulips in the design.....
 .............now i am at the quilting stage and i hope to finish this little project in the next couple of evenings during my relaxing hand sewing time...........more pictures soon x
 .................we have lots of quilts in use here at the moment as it has been very cold over the last week........we have finally had some sunny days too luckily..........
 .................and the bulbs flowering indoors are such a cheerful reminder of spring........
 .............as we are having a bit of a heart theme here today i thought i would show you this sampler which hangs in my hall..........i designed and stitched the kind hearts cross stitch sampler years ago and it is one of my favourites.....and the words are still a good positive reminder just as antique sampler sayings often were........
 ..............in my kitchen there are hyacinths flowering merrily (supported by some of my old knitting needles here) and the pretty grape hyacinths are out too and producing a second flush of flowers as well.............there are some tiny daffodils in bud which will be flowering by the end of the week .....

.............now it is time to tell you the winner of my tilda bumblebee bloghop giveaway............thank you to everyone who entered and left such lovely comments......

.........the winner is lee of the blog lee's cornwall, cards and crochet............congratulations lee and if you would please email me your postal address i will send you your giveaway gifts..............

.............i think giveaways are a lot of fun and i am planning to do lots more this coming year so keep looking out for the next one everyone :)....................
.............thank you for visiting me here in my little blog space dear readers........it is a treat to have your visits and comments, and to share my crafty enthusiasms with so many like minded blog friends..................wishing you all a wonderful week ahead with sunny happy crafty times.............back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxooooooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxxx