Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Winter Cheer: Quilts and Flowers

 Hello again lovely readers......it was a gloomy grey week here last week weather wise though the sunshine came back at the weekend luckily......here is the finished bow tie quilt made from tilda old rose fabrics and kona cotton in bleach white......
 .........i enjoy sewing bow tie blocks by hand and i enjoyed quilting this by hand too...perfect for cosy winter evenings by the fire....this is our new tea tray ( a christmas present)............(it's from emma bridgewater and matches our mugs)......
 ............the old rose fabrics are very subtle, soft and pretty....
 .............this time i used the bleach white kona cotton solid for the backing for a vintage look rather like the old calico backed quilts............
 ............at the weekend we went to a local nursery for some plant shopping.....
 ..............we got the first pots of primroses of the new season.....they are such cheerful pretty flowers i always love having them nearby during the cold dull winter days.....
 ............i finally unrolled the jelly roll of tilda apple butter fabrics and began making nine patch blocks for a new quilt.....
 ............will show you more of this one soon..........
 .............the first apple butter fabrics i bought were used for my little apples quilt (pattern in my etsy shop link in sidebar)...........i love this fabric collection the best and love using my little apple applique quilt.........pictures on my work table of quilts, fabrics, spools and flowers.......these things always inspire me......
 ............the small floral log cabin blocks are also slowly being sewn together and they are brightening up the sewing room too..........
...........thank you for dropping by dear readers and for your kind comments......it's so lovely to hear from you......wishing you all a wonderful week ahead with sunny days, happy flowers and plenty of crafty inspirations.....................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 13 January 2020

Hearts and Home

 Happy new week dear blog friends......it's a cold and blustery start here.......hard to leave our cosy bed in the morning but nice to start with a hot cup of tea and a little bit of reading.....above is my heartstrings quilt (pattern in my etsy shop link in sidebar)...........
 ............and here is a new version in pink.............
 ............lots of my favourite pink scraps in this one, and as in the original quilt a mix of low volume fabrics for the background squares.............i am also adding some embellishments to this one......it will be nice for valentine's day......
 .............i've also been knitting socks having learnt over the past year or so and made quite a few pairs for my husband who loves them :)..........below is one being knitted for me in zigzag yarn colour:pinks.........i use the excellent pattern by winwick mum ........
 ..............the sweet buttons and adorable spool stitch marker were from my lovely friend vivienne at green rabbit designs here......
 ...........and the next thing to show you is a whole lot of bright and cheery hexies for an english paper pieced random hexie quilt............
 .............i love making these and adding a few hexies to the pile when i get a few spare moments....
 ............this will be the first random hexie quilt i've made in years and years although hexagons were the first shape i ever used in patchwork many moons ago.....
 ...............more hearts on this cosy little doll's quilt......the same hearts as the heartstrings quilt, just a mini version.........sometimes i hang it up as a valentine wall hanging.....
 ..............this little cloth doll is going to be a new pattern very soon, including her clothes......
 ..........the tiny bunny pattern is already in my etsy shop....might make some more of these in time for easter.....lots of cosy projects to keep me busy on these chilly winter days......
..............thank you for dropping by dear readers............and for your kind comments...........wishing you a happy, cheery, crafty week ahead........keep cosy......back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 6 January 2020

Happy New Year

 Happy New Year to all my lovely blog readers....here i am again after a very refreshing break....
 .............and beginning the year as i like to do with flowers, fabrics and quilts.....lots of projects in the pipeline and exciting creativity to look forward to as this fresh new year begins.....
 ...........this pretty bouquet of spring flowers was a gift from my daughter and they are so cheerful and uplifting.....and they have a gorgeous scent too because of the hyacinths....here they are with my bow tie quilt which is my current hand quilting project, perfect for evenings by the fire watching movies....
 ..........i've also been busy making log cabin blocks like the one below.....
 .............the violas have been growing in a pot in the greenhouse (luckily mr p remember to water them every now and then).....i love these sweet little flowers so much, and it was nice to pick a posy to enjoy indoors this week, in one of my favourite susie watson jugs.....................
 .............my log cabin making has now evolved into two quilts......the first will be the red white and blue one below........
............i have added strips of white round each block........... this one will be more airy in effect and the busy blocks kept separate....am hoping to add some textured quilting to the white areas this will create.............
 ..........i sorted out some scraps and found some more sweet ones to fussy cut......
 ..........lots to keep me busy .............more log cabin quilt pictures coming soon.....
 .............still loving the cosy winter days with firelight and candle light and time to read and sew.....but nice to see buds on the trees and to plan my garden for spring and summer, looking at seed catalogues and choosing plants for the cottage garden is such a great way to spend this quiet season...
...............wishing all my lovely readers health, happiness and creativity in 2020 and all through the new decade......thank you so much for joining me here in my little blog space......it's always a real pleasure to have your company and to read your sweet comments...........back soon xxxxxxxxxx

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Christmas Time

 Hello dear readers....we are very busy here at reindeer road getting ready for christmas.......
 .............and doing some essential crafting like making this reindeer cushion with some of my favourite scraps ;).............the pixies are all out and about now helping and looking cute.....
 ...........the reindeer cushion is another to add to my patchwork series made in previous years which i still use and love.....
 .............and i think the reindeer road sign might just have to stay up now......
 ............in my sewing room the winter quilt made a couple of years ago is on the wall behind my sewing table......
 ..............it's very twinkly and cosy in there with fairy lights and candles............
 ............i found my holly hexie pot holder and put it in the kitchen to add to the festive feel.....
 ...........enjoying lots of mince pies and hot cups of tea.....
 ...........i snapped this picture beneath the beautiful holly tree in our local churchyard.....it's a good year for holly berries here......and below is a quick easy make.....a holly pincushion made with wool felt bobbles and snipped felt holly leaves and a bit of festive ribbon with a message on......
 .............we are really looking forward to christmas and family times (and seeing the small grandchildren open their presents)......lots to do still and i will be taking a little blog break next week.......
............thank you for dropping by here all year round lovely blog friends.....your comments are a joy to read........i wish you all a very merry christmas and happy holidays.......hope all your wishes come true......take care and enjoy the season however you spend it....sending lots of love to everyone who reads my blog..................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Festive Home

 Hello again dear readers.........here i am again with a few pictures from around our festive home this week....the house cushion is now finished and i loved sewing it........more pictures and details coming when i've finished writing the pattern for it....
 ...........one thing i love at this time of year are some bulbs with their fresh green growth.....
 ............and frosty apples, twinkly star lights and red and white quilts stacked up......
 .............i treated myself to a bunch of supermarket roses and added ivy and berries from the garden to the arrangement........and a little bunny...........
 .............bunnies in bed is a theme i have loved for many years......ever since i made a cake with that theme for my youngest daughter when she was about four years old.....
 ......here is lettuce the sugar bunny snuggled up under a very festive doll quilt......
 .............she even has a tiny stocking hanging at the end of her bed.....
 ..............the little dogs doll quilt is from my book *modern vintage gifts*......this version was made with cute little joys fabrics by elea lutz................
 .............as well as making toys i can't resist buying maileg toys sometimes and of course the grandchildren like them too :).............
 ...............the big princess mouse is becoming fond of the new cushion ......
 ..............and more maileg pixies are here with one of my sugar mice.............my mouse and bunny patterns can be found in my etsy shop link in side bar.......
..............we've had some dark rainy days and enjoyed the cosy candlelight and firelight as well as the twinkle lights........and then some sunny days too.....thank you for dropping by to see me here lovely readers and for your kind comments..........wishing you a cosy happy countdown to christmas.......back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx