Monday, 2 April 2012

Flower Patch

The flower patch quilt is steadily coming along, stitch by stitch.......there are just four applique flowers in the centre.....the rest of the white squares i've left plain to show off the flowery fabric patches....though i have dotted a little butterfly here and there....................
 ..........after a day working on the computer or on drawing and painting, it's nice to pick up a needle and thread and do some of my quilt in the evening...........very soothing and a bit addictive......just one more patch.......
                       .....as you can see there are lots of butterflies fluttering over this flower patch...........
                                                                              ....one more.....
.........here's a view of the flower patch quilt spread out on my desk......with a big bright chicken bringing a seasonal feel to the picture.....(it's a very useful chicken money box, that i'm putting all our loose change into)...
 ...........besides finding things to decorate the house with for easter i've made some more little hearts as gifts...
 ...........they're not finished yet, i was waiting for some gingham ribbon to arrive and now it has, so i'll be sewing it on and adding a few buttons too..........hope the girlies they are for are not reading this ;-)
 .......here is a picture of a real flower patch......a bit of my garden that i am filling with flowery plants....i have got all sorts of things planned to go in here, some grown from seed, some ordered from a special nursery, some from our local greengrocer's and some from a car boot sale....i love to pick up plants anywhere and everywhere....
...........these are a few snippets from the flower patch, in one of the little bottles from my tiny crate of six....except that it is no longer a crate of six as one little bottle got BrOkEn last week :-( ...........if anyone knows where you can buy just one of those little bottles from do please let me know...my email address is on the sidebar :-).........
Thank you for calling in to see me today, it's always a delight to have your visits....wishing you a happy spring week......we are looking forward to the easter break and have already cracked open the first mini eggs.........i hope to be back here before easter though so see you soon   xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

50 comments:

MelMel said...

I love the quilt......beautiful!
I'm sorely tempted to buy that chicken money box.....it keeps catching my eye!
XXXX

Teje said...

Dear Helen, your quilt is going to be so beautiful, sweet and lovely - so much like You! Often I think how every one of us has so clearly her own 'look' even we make perhaps similar things and get ideas and inspiration from each others. I just love your style! Always you know to add just the perfect small details in your photos and lovely decorations!
I wish you wonderful, sunny week! x Teje

dutch sisters said...

Just love the flower patch quilt! You used such a beautiful fabrics.

Squirrelhaus said...

What a lovely quilt...it's going to be fantastic when it's finished!!!! Your hearts are super sweet, I love hanging mine on doors and knobs throughout my house.
They make such a sweet statement!!
Hugs,
Chris :o)

serendipity said...

The quilt is lovely. You must have so much patience to hand sew all those pieces together and then quilt it by hand too. Very pretty! xx

Deborah said...

Your patchwork is scrumptious! I love the detailed work. Have a wonderful week! Deb.

jenny allsorts said...

What a lovely quilt, such pretty colors! I always see something here to cheer me up.

claire said...

The quilt looks super- I love the idea of the butterflies.

claire said...

The quilt looks super- I love the idea of the butterflies.

Jenny said...

Your patchwork quilt is so beautiful, I love the little butterfy details and of course all the lovely fabrics. It's such a shame one of your bottles got broken - hope you can find a replacement without having to buy a whole new set (though then you would still have one missing wouldn't you?) Anyway hope someone can help! Have a lovely rest of your week Helen, those flowers look beautiful together by the way. You have a really pretty garden :) Jenny x

cupcakejojo said...

Oooh such a lovely post! I just love your quilt...the colours are gorgeous. I've noticed you can buy those little milk bottles individually on the DotComGift Shop.com website for only a couple of £'s :)

Jo x

Victoria Stevens said...

I love your quilt. Your garden is georgous too .Where did you.get your money box from?

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Helen, Just a lovely sweet flower patch quilt! Colors, fabric and appliqu├ęs are just so special. Love the butterflies too. I love to put little details on projects also, it really adds that extra uniqueness! Love your real flowers. Hope you can find another little bottle, I hate when that happens. I have a similar situation. Have a great week. xoRobin❤

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Your quilt is beautiful Helen, I love the little butterflies. I suppose 'one more patch' is the equivalent to 'one more row' of knitting or 'one more round' of crochet, we all do it!! :)
I buy my flowers from all sorts of places too!
Such a shame about your little bottle, I hope someone can help!
Have a lovely week,
Vivienne x

Patchwork and Play said...

Another visual feast! Your quilt is SO pretty!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Your quilt is lovely and it looks like you've had lovely weather, too. Your stitched hearts in the previous post are so pretty. Congrats on winning the fabric from Tricia. I know you will make wonderful things with it all. Have a great week. Tammy

Trouble said...

Love the quilt!

Luv Jane XX

A tale from toadstool house said...

Hi Helen,love your quilt its so pretty,such a lovely touch adding the butterlies.Love the chicken money box too! Have a super week,love juliexoxo

Kentish Keg-Meg said...

So much of beauty in this post. Love the quilt and the hearts. Your garden is looking great already. Like you I love to get plants from different places . Hope you manage to get another one of those bottles to replace the broken one.

Pink Milk said...

Oh Helen, your quilt is simply beautiful and your hand stitching so neat.

Your garden is looking so pretty and colourful too.

Shame about your little milk bottle - I was also going to mention dotcomgiftshop as being worth a look for a replacement.

Not too many mini eggs now ..! ;-)

Heather x

Connie said...

So so pretty! Love it.

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Gorgeous quilt Helen, and the chicken is delightful :D

vintage grey said...

The quilt os so lovely and colorful! I love your fabric choices!! The chicken is so cute, too!! Your garden is so pretty, and bright! xo Heather

Cozy Little House said...

Your cheerful chickie looks quite perky on your pretty quilt!
Brenda

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

Hi Helen! It looks like everything is ready for Easter at your house. I love the sweet quilt and the adorable hearts!! xoxo Debbie

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

Delightful as always Helen. Your quilt is turning out so adorable and your garden is coming along beautifully. Happy Easter to you, too. Patty

by Teresa said...

Every photo you show is prettier and more feminine and pastel than the next. I just love your "eye". I do hope you find a replacement bottle.. I guess this gives you the reason to go thrifting? ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Paula said...

Hello dear Helen! A lovely post as always! I love your gorgeous patchwork! The butterflies and flowers are so sweet and I love the beautiful fabrics! So cheerful! I love how you used red (or is it pink?) thread for the quilting! It really stands out beautifully! I would have never thought to do that. I love it! Your chicken is the sweetest thing! I have never seen one like that before. The hearts are so pretty and your friends will love them! I love your beautiful garden! It is so much fun to get flowers from here and there! I hope you find a little bottle! Your posy's look so pretty in it! Have a very Happy Easter! Much love, Paula xo

Mia said...

Very beautiful, Helen! I am amazed you have the patience to hand-stitch the quilt, it'll be so precious! And those sweet patches... Lovely spring-feel!

Have a wonderful Easter-week!

Yours,
Mia

driftwood said...

oh that quilt is just sooooo pretty xxxx and the snippets of flowers - perfect. I hope you manage to get a new bottle x

Ali said...

Its beautiful xx

Jooles said...

Hello lovely Helen x
Oh my goodness...your quilt is beautiful....those colours are heaven.
Oh no a broken bottle, how sad :o(
I love your garden photo, and i spy a bee hive, do you keep bees? I only ask as i am considering keeping them myself.
Love jooles x

Simone said...

A gorgeous post Helen! So fresh and cheery and so you!!! x

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

I love everything about this post, hearts, beautiful quilt and such pretty chickens and gorgeous flowers! I love visiting here it always makes me happy!

Anonymous said...

I am fond of hand quilting as it looks so much nicer than machine made. I find it rather a mechanical looking process to see machine stitching on a quilt. This quilt is lovely.

princess said...

Your little hearts are amazing! Love them! The garden has great colours, so nice!!!

Julia said...

Hello Helen

Oh I do love coming to your blog - it's been a while since I pootled about in blogland and Ive missed your colourful posts. Your quilt is beautiful, I recently bought Jane Brocket's quilt book as Ive long had a yearning to try and make one for myself. Between her lovely book and your gorgeous blog I think i'll bite the bullet and start searching out some fabric! Thanks for the inspiration, lots of love and Happy Easter to you!

Julia x x x

Cindy said...

That quilt is so pretty! I always love the colors you choose. I would love to see more of your garden. Could you show us sometime? Have a great day!

Lori ann said...

this is one of the most lovely places in all blogland. dear helen your work soothes and inspires, i really need to make a quilt now!
enjoy your day :)

Peg said...

Love the quilt it's so, so pretty thank you for sharing. Love the chicken gorgeous too :0)

Peg x

Jane said...

Hi Helen what a pretty quilt you are working on. Your photos are so sunny. The weather seems to have changed today and our spring weather has become a little more wintery. Keep snug.
Jane x

Lynne said...

What a pretty post! I love it all!
Lynne

delia hornbook said...

Your flower patch quilt is beautiful i love the fabrics and the colours its so pretty. Your flowers in your garden look gorgeous to. dee x

patchworkandlace said...

Lovely little chicken moneybox and your quilt is so pretty i love the colours and your hearts are so pretty too xxx

Madelief said...

Dear Helen,

Such a pretty quilt you are making. It looks like a lot of work. It dounds as if you are always busy :-)!

Your garden is full of colour. Do I spot a beehive?! Are you a bee-keeper as well? My husband is considering becoming one.

I wish you and your family a Happy Easter! Hope the weather will be fine so that we can spend some time in the garden too.

Lieve groet, Madelief x

bellaboo said...

Lovely,lovely quilt! I've had my eye on that chicken money box ,but I've spent way too much on Ebay recently...naughty me.
So sorry one of the bottles got broken.I hope you manage to find another one soon.
Have a very Happy Easter!

Love Bellaboo X

Crafty Mermaid said...

Wonderful colour choices as always - I wish I could drag you to the fabric shop to help my pick for my projects. Your choices are always so uplifting and inspiring. Ah well, I can't start another major project until I finish my current waiting list :) So its probably for the best I can't kidnap you for fabric shopping outings!

koralee said...

Love your quilt..the fabrics are so pretty.
Sorry about your magazine. I was remembering how once I sent one to Holland and it took a good month to get there...and I did post it fast mail too...crazy. Keeping my fingers crossed for next week. oxoxoxo

Frances said...

Happy Easter to you, Helen, and thank you for sharing all these bright, spritely images that just sing of spring!

Your patchworking is so beautifully done, with all the required engineering and measuring just disappearing into a graceful creation.

xo

Amanda Makes said...

What a gorgeous post! I share your love of Fee's blocks....I have some in my little shop at the Salon. I adore your fresh colour choices. You've inspired me to crack on with my hexxie quilt. XXXX