Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Sweet As Pie

Hello again dear blog friends......here is my little nine patch quilt being hand quilted this week...
........it uses lots of scraps and jelly roll strips and soft green sashing in between the nine patch blocks....
........and i found a pretty green and white backing fabric online......besides actual quilts i love old books that have quilty illustrations too like this one below....
........and as you know i also love a quilt cupboard......and here is a new /old one....
....this little cupboard has been moved into my studio and is perfect to hold some quilt stacks...
........just in the process of filling it up......patchwork birds on the top (pattern in my etsy shop link in sidebar).....molly checking it out......
.........it's time to make a few festive things now like a patchwork christmas stocking....pattern for this also in my etsy shop....
........each year i love to re discover my seasonal decorations and use them as photo props.....
.........and it's always fun to make a few new things as well.....
........lots of bright berries on our walks this week...as well as lots of mushrooms, nuts, fallen leaves, squirrels, and acorns......
..........back to my hand quilting this evening.....the nights have drawn in and it's nice to be cosy and light the fire and scented candles....

 .....thank you for dropping by dear readers and a big special thank you to those who leave me a comment...so lovely to read them.....wishing you a happy week ahead...hope your days are sweet as pie....take care and keep safe lovelies.......back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Hearts and Home

Hello again dear blog friends.....as you can see i've been busy making patchwork hearts......
......these are made like vintage cutter quilt hearts.....but i made the patchwork first for them....
.....i love the simple vintage style and hand quilted texture of them, in a bowl or hanging up....
........along with fabric pumpkins they are decorating our home this week......
..........some days we light cosy candles too....we've been home a lot again as we are in a partial lockdown here once more........
.......lots to keep me busy though.....this week the exciting book tour began on instagram for my new book home sweet home sewing published by tuva publishing....
.........there are lots of fabulous makers taking part as you can see on the list below......
........there are also two beautiful blog reviews of my book by lisa of a spoonful of sugar here and emma of vintage sewing box here.......
.........some cheery pink lisianthus flowers this week with scented eucalyptus leaves are bringing me joy....
...........always love some hearts and flowers....sewing and making....and of course blog and instagram friends.....

 ........thank you so much for dropping by and for the kind comments you take the time to leave......i hope you are keeping well and finding happy crafty moments each day.......take care lovelies......back soon xxx

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

October Days

Hello dear blog friends......we are enjoying some beautiful autumn days at the moment.....there are still a few flowers to pick in the garden, the trees are turning gold and russet, the mornings are bright and chilly...
..........we have had some lovely walks and outings and i've been sewing with these gorgeous fabrics.....they are from the flea market mix collection for moda, designed by the talented artist cathe holden....
.........you might guess that i am very inspired by these and they chime in with my latest love of making my vintage charm quilts......love the vintage button prints and as you can see on my drawstring bag above i added some actual vintage buttons too....(the bag is a smaller version of the drawstring bag pattern in my etsy shop link in sidebar)....
.........an outing to a local farm with my lovely daughter was a real highlight this week.....we walked in the muddy field choosing pumpkins and wheeling them back in a wheelbarrow......
.......the small ones are my favourites....and i got a white one and a green one....
......it was an autumnal kind of day ......grey and atmospheric......
.........and here are some of the pumpkins at my cottage garden gate with my mini autumn quilt, newly finished......
.........and in the potting shed too........
.........with my new bag and some pretty little mushrooms from the garden.....
.........below is a shot of molly peeking out of the window, with the autumn trees reflected rather spookily...
........loving this time of year with the last cottage garden flowers, the fruits and the colours of autumn...such a beautiful season.....

 ........thanks for dropping by to my little bit of bogland dear readers....and thank you so much for the comments you leave which i love to read.....wishing you a happy peaceful week ahead......stay safe and well lovelies.........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Autumn Making

Hello again dear readers.......it's a bright and sunny autumn day here after a lot of cold, windy, rainy days...
........and here is my red fox pincushion to share with you.....a cross stitch motif that i designed a while  ago and decided to use for this little project with some pretty autumn coloured fabric scraps.....
.........the pattern is in my etsy shop...link in sidebar......if you would like it.....below you can see the stitching in progress...it is stitched on even weave linen but could also be stitched on aida fabric.....
.......like the little tag below, cross-stitched onto pale grey aida.......
..........this week there is a lot of hand quilting going on here as i'm working on this autumn irish chain quilt made from lots of scraps and jelly roll strips found during my recent sewing room sort out....
......here it is on my quilt cupboard door....along with my adorable little vintage style bear called honey, made for me by the talented shelley who can be found on instagram as @ada_bee_....
...........also here is my biggest fabric pumpkin so far :).......
..........red fox pincushion shown below on the work in progress autumn quilt.....
..........little tag.....so cute to add to any gift for friends who love little critters......
..........on an autumn walk this week......fallen leaves and a little cottage up the lane.....
.........i love this time of year...makes me so nostalgic and i love the colours and the light.....

 .........thank you so much for dropping by to my blog space lovely readers....and thank you for the kind comments that you leave me...always so nice to hear from you......wishing you a wonderful week ahead and hope you are keeping safe and well........take care lovelies........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Flowers and Blackberries

 Hello again dear readers.......we have been blackberrying here as you can see.....
 ...........this is a little autumn blackberry inspired pincushion new to my etsy shop (link in sidebar)...
 ...........years ago i did bead embroidery and loved how the beads made the berries look so juicy....
 .......so i decided to create something new and this is what i made.....juicy blackberries among some sweet little vintage fabric scraps with a bit of extra surface embroidery....fun and easy to do....
 ........and this is my circle table topper from my new book home sweet home sewing, out very soon....it can be pre ordered on amazon now......
 ...........the gorgeous campanulas were a gift from my eldest daughter...aren't they beautiful...i love these colours together.....
 .........the snowberries look pretty with the table topper too.....
 ...........these flowers gave me a lot of joy :).......and i took a lot of photos of them ;).....
 .............must make some more quilts in these shades....the one here is my rosy lavender four patch...
 ...............and below are two of the quilts from my new book on the rocking chair....
 ........one last campanulas shot......(my daughter also gave me the very tall glass vase they are in....she's very kind to me!)...
.........thanks so much for dropping by to see me here lovely blog friends and for the sweet comments you leave me.......i hope you are all keeping safe and well and enjoying your week.......take care lovelies.......back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx