Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Sewing Squares

If you read my blog regularly you probably already know that i like making patchworks using squares...and i am happy to say that my latest one, the flower patch quilt, has just been finished..........i showed you some of it a few days ago but now here it is all done..........
 ...........i sewed on the binding at the weekend........always a nice job to do, that last bit of slip stitching at the end when the binding is neatly closed over the quilt edge.....you finish off the stitching, snip off the thread....and suddenly you have a finished quilt......
 .........here is the quilt fresh from the drier, with that crinkly look so many quilters (including me) love......
 .....i love both the crumply washed quilted look and the smooth patchwork effect, like in the pincushion below...
 ...i made this flowery pincushion especially for fee as one of our swaps......in return i received some really gorgeous blocks.........find fee and her chipper nelly blocks here...........
....these sweet blocks have been looking so pretty and colourful mixed in with the fabrics around my studio.....i still have lots of squares left over from my quilt, so i think a patchwork cushion will be next........
.....and here is a (mainly) square pieced block from the farmer's wife quilt book.....this one is called checkerboard and i love it.....above on point and below a straight square block.....the book pieces the quilt blocks together on point and i think i probably will too, but that's quite a way off yet ;)......
......there are lots of things i want to make at the moment, i have a big long list of them.....more bunnies, another quilt, a cushion, my jubilee blanket, new paper crafts to try, and seeds to plant in the garden.....lots of crafty pleasures to enjoy over the next few weeks and i'll be back soon to share them with you......thank you very much for visiting me here today and i hope you are having a lovely week and happy crafty times too.......back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

53 comments:

Dinki Dots said...

That quilt is so pretty - such lovely colours! It looks all snuggly with the washed crinkly look! I love the pincushion too - gorgeous!
Maria x
(I'm running a giveaway over at my blog at the moment by the way!)

Prettee Craftee said...

Oh my goodness I love that quilt!

mags said...

Your quilt is lovely and as you say especially when its crinkly - I haven't tried hand-quilting yet but this definitely inspires me to have a go! Also in awe of your block ... I find it very challenging to get everything matching up accurately and this is such a lovely block.

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

Hi Helen,

Your quilt is so pretty and cheerful! Love the wrinkly, crinkly from the dryer look :) xoxo Debbie

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Helen,
Wow, what a fabulous quilt! Just love the fabrics, colors and the red thread quilting. It really looks so homey, cosy, and lovable. Would love to cuddle with this sweet quilt. Now i have a question, do you hand stitch the squares together also? It looks like you do! If so that's amazing too!
xoRobin❤,,

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Gorgeous quilt Helen and I too love that crinkly look.
Your farmers wife quilt will look amazing too when you finish all your squares.
That is quite a 'to do' list, looking forward to seeing it all! :)
Vivienne x

vintage grey said...

Helen, you quilt is gorgeous!! I love your red quilting on the white blocks!! Beautiful fabrics, too!! So cheery! I love the crinkly!! xo Heather

Lynne said...

As I near the end of stitching down the binding, I find myself going a bit faster, always checking how much is left to go. Tying that last knot before throwing it in the wash is a great moment! Your quilt is beautiful, love the colors and the hand stitching.

koralee said...

Your quilt is just adorable ...I am loving all the sweet fabric pieces in it.....such pretty vintage patterned fabrics.
Hope you are enjoying your spring so far...ours has been way too wet for my liking. xoxoxo HUGS

Lori ann said...

oh my i LOVE your quilt. i am honestly going to make one this summer (try anyway!). i always think this after i see your work, but i need a quilt like that! it's just so pretty. love fee's blocks too and your pincushion. it's a pleasure visiting as always helen.

Christine said...

I really love your quilt and the quilting finishes if off perfectly.

Teje said...

Hi Helen! Your quilt is so beautiful! I think the square is the best - it makes so many different lovely blocks!
Sunny (yes) wishes from Finland! x Teje

cupcakejojo said...

Your quilt is just beautiful :) I love the stitching details. I'm secretly wishing I owned it!! Well not so secret now :) can't wait to see your next crafty endeavors.

Jo x

claire said...

Lovely pretty quilt just right for a summer picnic.... Maybe a rainy day quilt should be up next ! ;)

delia hornbook said...

Wow your quilt is truely beautiful i aodre your colours and use of fabrics its so pretty. I want to make another quilt for my summer house but i have a few projects i must finish off for my stall first. But you have inspired me again now and i want to start it ;-)) Have a lovely week, dee x

KC'sCourt! said...

Gorgeous quilt. It is so pretty
Julie xxxxxx

Happy in red said...

I really like it!
I have a bunch of vintage squares laying around that I would LOVE to make a quilt out of. But I can't quilt of course :'(
Esther.

Paula said...

As ever a wonderful feast for the eyes! what gorgeous colour combinations. They look so cosy and comforting. A quilt is something I would love to do in the future but shy away from it!

Sounds like you have a lot of crafty plans, I would love to get my garden up and running but with this horrible weather it seems but a distant dream at the moment.


P x

Gill Smith said...

Wonderful quilt Helen. LOVE the crinkly look too.Uplifting blog to read on a cold wet day!
Yes I too have one of those LISTS..just seems to get longer and longer.Gill

Jooles said...

Oh Helen, your quilt is BEAUTIFUL... i wish i could curl up under it right this second ;o)
You inspire me so much x
lucky Fee too, that pin cushion is mighty pretty.
love jooles x

Apple Blossom Barn said...

Hi Helen oh I want that quilt so beautiful!

Best wishes

Denise

DianeM said...

Another beautiful project Helen :)
Your blog always makes me wish I could just stay home & craft all day. I can't wait to see what you make next.
Smiles, DianeM

Country Rabbit said...

love the quilt so stunningly beautiful xx

Simone said...

I like smooth and crinkly too Helen! Your quilt is gorgeous and a joy to look at on this grey, wet afternoon! x

Fleur Cotton said...

As always a beautiful quilt Helen. I am looking forward to seeing your jubilee blanket .. after a weekend in London I'm loving all the red, white and blue!!!

Have a lovely week.
Fleur xx

Tangled Sweetpea said...

Gorgeous quilt Helen, adore the blue roses fabric!
Victoria xx

Pipany said...

Hello Helen. Wow, that quilt is amazing! Really so very beautiful. Makes up for all the rain and gloom of late x

Sam I Am...... said...

I am a new follower and am over the moon about your projects and your fabrics! I have spent hours on the internet trying to find something similar. Your sense of color and design are so wonderful and I thank you for sharing them! I never realized how much I loved color until I started visiting English blogs like Attic24 and Bertie Meadows and now you! I feel like Alice in Wonderland who just found the rabbit hole! I'm so excited to start filling my home with COLOR like yours! So beautiful and inspirational....thanks again!

Paula said...

Hello sweet Helen! I love your colorful, cheerful posts! Your photos are gorgeous and I love your beautiful quilt! It makes me happy just looking at it! The fabrics you uses are so pretty! I love the crinkly look too! You are inspiring me to make a quilt! I have made little doll quilts, but I would love to make a lap quilt and then one for my bed! I love the beautiful pin cushion! Fee will love it too!The blocks she made are so sweet! I love your farmer's wife block! Enjoy all of your wonderful plans! I have so many things I want to make too, and gardening! I hope you have a lovely week and enjoy your garden and crafty times! Love, Paula xoxo

Carole said...

Hi Helen,
I can`t tell you how much i love your quilts and all the crafts you do. They are so fresh and crisp. Can you recommend a good basic quilting book? I have never quilted before. But i love the type of quilting that you do.Thank you so much for your lovely blog.
Love Carole from Rossendale, Lancs xxxx

Sandra (Cherry Heart) said...

What a wonderful quilt! I love the fabrics and the colours together, so bright and happy and cheerful. So needed in this horrible, wet, windy weather. Gorgeous!

S x

My Little Home and Garden said...

Everything is looking "springy",Helen! I'm just delighted that I could mow the lawn for the first time today. (The novelty may well wear off at some point.) I do hope you are having a lovely week.
-Karen

my4lilgirls said...

Oh Helen the quilt is absolutely gorgeous, lovely spring colors
Karen x

AshTreeCottage said...

Oh Helen, I love your precious little squares and the crinkles too!!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Pink Milk said...

It's just beautiful Helen. You are clever.

Hx

fee @ chipper nelly said...

beautiful as always - I'm so tempted to stray into sewing when I come over here...BUT have more than enough on! There just aren't enough hours in the day are there?
back to the workshop for me...fee
(that little block collection works a treat with your things doesn't it! It's one of my all time favourite paper collections)

fee @ chipper nelly said...

beautiful as always - I'm so tempted to stray into sewing when I come over here...BUT have more than enough on! There just aren't enough hours in the day are there?
back to the workshop for me...fee
(that little block collection works a treat with your things doesn't it! It's one of my all time favourite paper collections)

harmony and rosie said...

I've never made a quilt, would so love to do one but I have a knitting project that just doesn't want to get done, various sewing projects I've earmarked to do but haven't yet found time. I can't see myself making one in a very long time, so I shall have to look at yours instead. It's beautiful!

Jenny said...

Gorgeous, absolutely beautiful your quilt is Helen. All lovely and washed and crinkly ready to snuggle under... perfect. I love the contrast of the white squares in between the colours and the big blue border really finishes it off - you are making me want to go start making a quilt, hehe (yes I know I have been talking about doing it for months!) The colours in your posts are always so bright and uplifting, really cheer me up on grey dull days. Hope you have sunshine today, it is out here for the first time in ages, horray! Jenny xx

Madelief said...

You must be sewing non stop Helen! Your blankets look beautiful and so does the little pincushion for Fee.

Have a lovely evening!

Madelief x

Crafted by Carly said...

Ooooooh! Aaaaaaah! Helen, what a beautiful, beautiful post!!! You are such a busy bee - and so wonderfully talented!!!
Carly
x

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

What a wonderful quilt. Your workmanship is so fine, Helen.
I'm off to find the Lakeland post now!
xx
julie

Mia said...

Beautiful quilt, Helen, and I love that "straight from the dryer" -look too, makes the quilt look so cozy!

You've been so so so busy I can tell, and I can't wait to see all of your bunnies-quilts-blankets-papercrafts!

Happy last days of April!

Yours,
Mia

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

That quilt looks heavenly. I am under the weather today and I so need a nice snuggly quilt here on the red leather sofa where I'm curled up with my knitting. The whippets are piled on too, keeping me warm, but they are sooooo heavy. Guess I'll have to get stitching.

Gorgeous blocks Helen. I have also got new blocks from Fee that I must share with everyone. She's such a clever lady.

notes of sincerity said...

Your quilts are the most charming! I love how precious and simple they are. Your hand quilting is lovely!!
And what fun goodies. :o)
I hope you have a lovely weekend dear friend. :o) Trish xo

Naturally Carol said...

It's just lovely to be able to visit you here again and see what you've been up to. I love your springtime list and your beautiful new quilt!

gillyflower said...

The quilt is gorgeous, and looks so cosy and tactile with the crumpled washed effect!
Love the sweet little pin cushion, and the colours in the last block are so pretty!
So much pretty patchwork here, thank for sharing Helen!

Gill xx

by Teresa said...

My goodness, Helen.. your blog is getting very popular!! All the comments! I know why, though, as you're such a sweetheart and your art is always just sweet and bright and pretty. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Hopelessly Romantic Art Studio said...

Love it! Such cheery quilty goodness. You are truley a talented seemstress!
Gerri

hawaiigrammi said...

I love this heart quilt can someone please tell me what kind of cotton thread was used to hand quilt around the hearts. Much Mahalo

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

Everything is just beautiful, I LOVE your quilt with squares! I will come back and have a few more looks just to take it all in!! Have a Wonderful weekend!!

Mike said...

I love all the motivation you have to design crafts. I learn so much from all the art you create. You really are super talented.

Anonymous said...

so fresh. love it