Friday, 15 January 2021

Rabbits and Rainbows

It might be winter here with lots of cold grey days......but working with colour has always brightened my january days......whether the colour comes from painting designs, sewing with colourful fabrics or knitting with colourful yarn....
........the bunnies lolly and lettuce here are wearing their new spring cardigans which i knitted over the christmas holiday....i knitted a lot in the evenings for a change from quilting and made lots of cardigans for all the bunnies once i'd worked out one that fitted....
........the knitting pattern is available in my etsy shop link in sidebar, as is the bunny pattern and the bunnies quilt pattern too....
.........lots of bright pastels......
..........it's probably wrong to have a favourite bunny but i am very fond of lettuce ; .....
.........the pale pink tulips were left on my doorstep by my kind  daughter as a little treat.....
........and the hyacinths from christmas have had a second set of flowers on three of the four bulbs....
.........little birds now on my tiny quilt cupboard......also in spring pastels....
...........the quilts are all chosen here for bright fresh colours.....
.......and below is a complete stack of them.......
..........there will be new patterns coming soon....i've been very busy this week pattern writing and diagram drawing.......soon i want to tidy out my studio and re organise it......working on my book a lot last year meant lots of things piled up and now it's time for a sort out....
.........thank you for coming to see me here in my little blog space dear readers.......your lovely comments are such a treat too......wishing you a good weekend with happy crafty times and lots of little treats......take good care.....stay safe lovelies........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 

Friday, 8 January 2021

Home Is Best

Hello again dear readers.......back today with a cosy homely post.....we are all in lockdown again here...the home is best mug took on a new meaning recently.....
.....(the quilt being sewn here is my lucky fish quilt)....
.........just stitching in the kitchen on a sunny but chilly day.....there are biscuits in the red and white cornishware jar......
.......the quilt top was made last summer but it has been languishing in the to-be-quilted pile for months....now it's coming along quite fast and is a pleasure to hand quilt....
........we have seeds to plant and bulbs to look forward to as well as enjoying those delicious flowering hyacinths in the picture above....
......looking forward to gardening again and there are buds on so many plants and trees and shoots appearing everywhere in the wintry cottage garden......
.....cosy homely times.....hubby is working in his study upstairs much of the time.....
.....and i move between my sewing room, my studio, the kitchen and the living room.....
....it's not too bad in lockdown and as i've always worked from home i'm used to it....sometimes i do like to go out though ;).....we've had some local walks and seen some beautiful views and even some flowers...
....these are snowbells (or three cornered leeks)....hubby took this picture......
........and this was the pale blue sky behind winter trees in our park yesterday........

 .........thank you for dropping by to see me here lovely blog friends...and thank you for leaving me such kind comments too......hope you keep safe and well while we wait for things to improve......take care lovelies.......... back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Friday, 1 January 2021

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all my lovely readers around the world.....we are beginning with some fresh flowers...
.........and some new quilts......
........star quilts to be exact.....and i have begun two new ones in the last few days...
..........we have had a peaceful quiet christmas and new year here....cosy and warm....
.........staying home and staying safe......
......hot tea and mince pies....striped candles and a bowl of bulbs from my daughter....
..........homemade biscuits and favourite old books......
.....the lovely illustration on the cover cover of this old edition of winter in thrush green by miss read helped inspire my new pale stars quilt......
.........making these by using a rotary cutter to cut the pieces and then sewing them on my machine so they are quite quick to make....
........for slow sewing in the evenings i've been hand quilting....and also knitting little cardigans for my bunnies which i'll show you soon....
.......these hyacinths have a wonderful spring scent......and i'll leave you with some bright stars for a bright start to the new year....
.....thank you for visiting me here dear readers and for your kind comments over the year.....wishing you the very best for 2021...peace, happiness and of course good health....enjoy the quiet days and crafty times....stay safe while we all look forward with hope to spring, to the vaccines and to the end of the pandemic........sending lots of new year love to you all.....back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 

Thursday, 24 December 2020

Merry Christmas

It's a sunny and bright Christmas Eve here and i wanted to show you some christmassy pictures....
..........my cross stitch signs are kept from year to year and i am planning lots more this coming year....this is my shaker horse from the old shaker shop and my little quilt cupboard.....
.........wrapping presents for the family......some posted in a big parcel....some to be opened in the garden, socially distanced.......
........candles and coffee to accompany the wrapping....
.......using my heartstrings quilt....
.........one of my favourites...pattern in my etsy shop.......as is the pentagon ball ornament pattern used below....
....these are really fun to make and to choose fussy cut fabrics for....
....love adding little hand embroidery stitches too and appliqué....
....so many different ones to make...it can be quite addictive....
.......the santa sign is up....and the second try with the reindeer decorative rolling pin worked much better....
......this time i chilled the dough first for 30 minutes, then rolled it out, cut out the biscuits and then chilled them again for 30 minutes.....even if the pattern did disappear the first time they still tasted yummy :)....

 thank you for visiting me here dear readers.....i wish you a peaceful and happy christmas time whatever your circumstances are....hope you enjoy some magic and even though we can't all be together this year ....all hearts come home for christmas....take care, stay safe and well lovelies and MERRY CHRISTMAS xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

December Days

Hello again dear blog friends.....it has turned very chilly here and we are glad of our quilts and heating and fires this week.....
.........a bit of festive baking has been done ......couldn't wait to use this reindeer embossing rolling pin....
..........i made some cookie dough and rolled it out......some of the pattern faded in the oven .....maybe i cut the cookies too thick or there was too much butter in this recipe....will be trying a different one tomorrow and hope i get the perfect pattern on them...
.......finished the circle table topper (from my book some sweet home sewing newly published and available on amazon, in book shops and other online sites)........this is my festive red and cream version of course....
.........it makes the perfect candle mat especially with this sweet old cath kidston chamberstick...
........a peek at one more snowy window.....
.........for the backing on this mat i chose a gorgeous tilda print from the bon voyage collection....
...........love these bold circle flowers.....
........here is a peek through the snowy sewing room window (quite a blizzard isn't it?).....
..........and here is the little window with candles and fabric robins against a snowy pane....
..........winter scenes are very quiet and peaceful......loving the pale colours.....

 .......thank you for coming to see me here dear readers......thank you for the kind comments you leave me and the good wishes you send......wishing you a warm, peaceful week with simple joys and cosy times.....take care of yourselves and stay safe and well lovelies........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx