Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Sewing Strawberries

 Someone new has hopped into our sunny flowery garden today and her name is little strawberry.....i made her a while ago when i received an order of gorgeous pam kitty morning fabric and i just knew the strawberries on blue design would be perfect for a bunny.......these little rabbits just seem to multiply here...a bit like bunnies do in real life :)................
                             ..............my favourite cereal bowls have strawberries on (and in) too.............
 ...............there are so many ways to pose a bunny......i decided to show little strawberry with the strawberry sampler page from one of my books, published a long time ago and called the cross stitch garden notebook..........i've had a thing for strawberries as decoration since way back to my early designing days....
 ...........lots of people have kindly asked about the rabbits i make and if i have patterns for them.....there is a bunny pattern with lop ears in my book simple sewn gifts, and next year the new bunny pattern will be published too....i will tell you all about it nearer the time......
 ............more strawberries....fabric ones this time.....i love these, having first seen fabric strawberries in a textile museum a long time ago i was thrilled when i found a pattern to make them myself and have done so ever since....they have been made as pincushions for centuries but making them now in fresh new fabrics instantly updates them....there are lots of patterns of varying sizes, and you can find them easily on the internet or in general sewing books...............
                                          ...............a yummy pot of strawberry jam..............
                                            ..........and a dish of fabric fruits to enjoy...............
 .........yesterday, just in time for my strawberry themed post a lovely gift arrived for me from my sweet friend koralee at bluebirdnotes..............it was a copy of the latest issue of the wonderful  creative magazine called where women cook....
.....this is koralee's gorgeous project...so deliciously designed, styled and photographed as you would expect if you know her lovely blog......i will definitely be trying some of these recipes myself as well as enjoying the rest of the magazine......thank you so much, koralee....i will be emailing you x
 .........one more thank you too today before i go this time to victoria at tangled sweetpea who gave me this pretty blog award.....thank you so much, it is so appreciated :)
........little strawberry and i are off for a little wander round the garden now, a bit of evening watering is needed as we had a very warm and sunny day today in our little patch :)......and then i will be sewing a block for my farmer's wife quilt....yes, still doing it....must have a show and tell of the blocks very soon..........
thank you for dropping it to see me here, it's always a pleasure to have your visits......wishing you a wonderful  week......with sunny  summer days and maybe some strawberries and cream..............back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

54 comments:

Tangled Sweetpea said...

Oh little strawberry is simply adorable Helen as is your little jars of fabric strawberries! Hope the sun is still gloriously shining in your part of the world!
Victoria xx

Ms. Redo said...

My you've given us so much wonderful information today! Love your strawberry bunny, just beautiful. I'm going to visit those you mentioned and locate a strawberry pattern. Thanks for adding beauty to my day. Hugs ~ Mary

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

Helen, way too cute and adorable. Love Koralee's blog! The strawberry fabric is so sweet!

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Congratulations, you have a really lovely blog. You had better had that delicious rabbit, I could just eat her up! Ada :)

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Sorry that was meant to say hide! My iPad likes to get me into trouble, it's always changing my words! Ada :)

Teje said...

Helen, I don't know what could be more sweet match than bunny and strawberry! That fabric is so beautiful and the new bunny wearing blue, red and white - just super adorable!
Congratulations - that award is perfect for your lovely blog!
I wish you sunny and happy week!
x Teje

Patchwork and Play said...

What a sweet bunny! And your blog is always a delight to visit with your wonderful photos and words too.

BLONDEDESIGN said...

The fabrics just make the strawberrys look super cute. Kx

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Oh Helen I love her! :)
Little Strawberry is so beautiful!!
Your little fabric strawberries are so pretty too.
Congrats on your very well deserved award, you definitely do have 'one lovely blog'!!
I didn't need to water the garden tonight, Mother Nature did it for me!!
Vivienne x

sew said...

I have a little dish of strawberries I made from pieces of red satin embroidered with black french knots & with green felt 'stalks' on the top! I dare not think how long ago !
Love your latest bunny.

Jane said...

You know me well enough Helen to realise how I share your love of the strawberry as a summer image. I just love this post...all things Strawberry! I had to water tonight..summer has finally arrived here. Have a great rest of the week,
Jane x

mags said...

Love the strawberry theme such a sunny idea (and its still raining in Cumbria). I've made 2 of the rabbits from your pattern - the first was a bit spooky but I like the last one. Both girls so maybe I need to make a little boy! Looking forward to seeing some more farmers wife blocks.

Cozy Little House said...

You're blog posts are always good for a smile and some cheer with your perky colors and bunnies!
Brenda

my4lilgirls said...

Just a lovely post Helen, the bunny is so sweet & I love that fabric.
Can't wait to see some of your farmers wife quilt :)
Have a great week
Karen x

PamKittyMorning said...

I am so giddy to see my sweet strawberries there. What a cute rabbit. All the pictures are making me totally weepy!

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

I adore everything you make Helen! Your posts always put on smile on my face!! xoxo Debbie

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Helen those strawberries are just darling and in that jar/ looks like an ode to strawberry jam!
xx
julie

Petunia Pill said...

Such a cute bunny! Love your work.

Lori ann said...

oooh i'm looking at flora as i type this, your bunnies are whimsicaly adorable and all your strawberries are too. helen, coming here to visit you is always on one of my 'favorite things to do' list.

Frances said...

How I do love strawberry season, and your post adds to the pleasure.

Thank you for reminding me of a little fabric strawberry in my first childhood sewing box. I think it was filled with some sort of emery powder that you would keep your pins and needles rust free.

Now I wonder whatever happened to that particular strawberry.

Your new bunnies are terrific.

xo

koralee said...

You are so sweet my friend...thank you for mentioning me...I am so happy it fits in with your post. Your little guy is adorable...I love his strawberry ears and polkadot shirt...and a jar filled with sweet strawberries is too cute for words. Thank you my sweet friend..you are such a blessing. xoxoxo hugs

vintage grey said...

Hi Helen! How sweet is your bunny, who has the cutest name, and all those pretty fabric strawberries!! I love making them, too!! Koralee is the sweetest!! Have a great week! xo Heather

serendipity said...

She is so sweet. I love the little jacket with the red stitching. xx

Linda O said...

Little Strawberry is just gorgeous, the fabric is so sweet.
I love the fabric strawberries, I think I'll have to find a site with a pattern and have a go!!!

Strawberries are Summer!!!

Love Linda O xxx

Missy said...

Your rabbit is so sweet, the tiny details are amazing. Every time I read one of your posts I find the Greengate! This time it's hiding a little bit but it's still there! It fits in so well with your photos, it's as if they make it all just for you!
Lovely post, very summery and pretty.
Happy Wednesday!

Jooles said...

Hello lovely Helen and little Strawberry, i hope you had a nice wander around your pretty garden ;o)

Helen you are so clever....little Strawberry is so sweet and i love your fabric strawberries too.

Enjoy the sunshine
love jooles x

KC'sCourt! said...

Gorgeous! I love that pretty blue fabric with strawberries its gorgeous.
I'm making a few strawberry [in cushions right now for my stitchy freinds for Christmas
Julie xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Lots of strawberry loveliness Helen...perfect for this sunny weather we are having at last!
Ooh, Little Strawberry is just delicious!
I love your little jar of fabric strawberries too...so pretty in those summery fabrics!
Koralee does bake the most wonderful things...and her blog is always full of inspiration.
Hope you have a lovely day...I think it's going to be another warm one here!
Susan x

Simone said...

You inspire me Helen- you really do! I wish I could be as productive and creative as you are! Little Strawberry looks so seasonal and gorgeous!!! Have a lovely day however you choose to spend it. x

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Her little strawberry ears are just precious ... and that little jacket, adorable. Of course, all of your strawberry creations are wonderful! Very humid here today. Much better to sit inside and create. Have a great day. Tammy (PS I am on the hunt for doublesided tape ... not sure we have that thin kind here).

Carole said...

Oh Helen
What a beautiful blog post, i really want to make that bunny she is soooo gorgeous.
I just find your blog so inspiring and beautiful.
Thank you so much
Love Carole from Rossendale xxx

Lynne said...

I love this fabric on your Bunny, that little jacket is too cute! Pass the strawberries please!

by Teresa said...

Helen, I just love the new bunny! And the fabric strawberries are just brilliant and fun.. I wonder how many people you've inspired to make some? Love it!
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Karen said...

I love the stawberries! Especially in the jam jar :) And the bunny, obviously, is gorgeous too xx

Annette - "MyRoseValley" said...

How cute is that little rabbit! I want her to jump around in my vegetable patch to add some cuteness to it. Adorable! What patience it must involve to make something like that... I would never be able to. I admire you.

Kay said...

Your bunny is adorable, she would make many a little girl happy.

Jilly said...

I really enjoy visiting your blog, it is always a pleasure to read. Lovely little rabbit.

gilly said...

Little Strawberry is THE sweetest little bunny ever! Glad that summer has eventually arrived, hope it stays for a while :-)
xx

claire said...

A lovely post as always :)

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

I have bunny envy now, and a craving for strawberries!

It is such a long time since my sewing machine saw the light of day, but looking at those little strawberry pin cushions I'm thinking I might have to dust it off!

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Helen, How sweet is little strawberry! I love her and all the tiny berries. Nothing is so appealing then a bowlful of handmade beautiful fabric berries. I want to eat them all up stuffing an all!!
Congratulations on your lovely award, so appropriately named for you!!
xoRobin❤

Scented Sweetpeas said...

Loving your strawberry themed post and of course Strawberry bunny :-) I have some strawberry fragrance I bought some time ago for when I get the chance to make some fabric strawberries, one day, one day I will get time to make them :-)

Siobhán said...

Your little strawberry is adorable! My beloved Aunt Wanda, may God rest her soul, made me a few bunny dolls like that with clothes. I've gotten rid of a lot of stuffed animals as I've (gulp) aged but I can't part with those. Seeing the fun fabrics you used made me finally click the order button on some Pam Kitty Morning fabrics I've been lusting over. ;)

Your strawberries are adorable--love them in that jar!

Penny said...

When I went to make my comment, I was reading the one above me by Siobhan. I had forgotten that my grandmother made bunnies similar to yours! Her comment brought back great memories!! BTW, i LOVE your stawberries and bunnies!!! Penny

Crafty Mermaid said...

How wonderfully strawberry-ish

Natalia Glazacheva said...

Your Little Strawberry looks so sweet, Helen! Love your beautiful pictures and simply cute strawberries as well! Congrats on your award, your blog is really lovely.
Happy weekend to you dear friend
Love
Natasha

The Burlap Cottage said...

Hi Helen,

You are sooo talented and your blog and creations are so lovely! I just love the strawberry! I just added you to my reader. Thank you for the sweet comment over at TheBurlapCottage.

Leanne

Cozy Little House said...

For some reason, on my laptop, I can't get your Contact link to open. It's my laptop; had this problem before. Anyway, in case you see this comment, I just wanted you to know that I featured you on my blog today, of blogs I'm loving right now.
Brenda

Grayseasailor said...

It is always a treat to visit you, Helen. Your latest bunny and strawberries and in fact your whole post cheers me.
Thanks for making the time to share with us =)
Hugs from Gracie <3

Apple Blossom Barn said...

Hi Helen
Love your strawberry friend so sweet love the fabric
Always appreciate your lovely comments on my blog
Best wishes
Denise

Dagmar said...

How sweet your blog looks today..love your bunny and your blocks! I am so thrilled to be called a friend by Koralee..we live only 3 hours apart here in BC and have been able to meet..planning to meet this summer again! Happy happy day to you! Xox❤

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

Oh, I love Strawberry! Glad to hear you're coming out with a pattern as I was going to ask if you sold them. I've noticed your "bunny friends" before and just adore them. I was never into dolls much as a child but an stuffed animal...yes and still am! It must be the Beatrix Potter part of me with their cute little clothes and lifestyles living in cute little cottages in the woods in the hollow of an old tree....perfect!

adaisygarden.com said...

Wow! So many beautiful things! Great ideas, wonderful photos!

marble floor insert said...

Helen, the fabric strawberries are just brilliant.. I see many of us are inspired to make something like this? XOXO

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