Thursday, 20 September 2012

Patchwork

Lots of pictures of patchwork today.....this is a large new pillow i've just finished sewing.........
 ..........it makes me think of seed packets and flowery gardens and was inspired by the flower patch pincushion shown below......i loved the effect of the plain white patch here and there.......
 .........i took it down to the potting shed on a sunny afternoon to take a couple of pictures there too...
 ......in the background you can see some of the old flower pots i found, now scrubbed clean :).....
 ...........besides sewing patchwork this week i've also been reading about it in this fabulous new bookzine.........i was so glad to finally get hold of my own copy and am thrilled that i am mentioned in it too....
.................and so is my lovely long time blog friend debbie from the gorgeous and inspiring blog happy little cottage, and newer blog friend jessie at messy jesse whose adorable blog i recently discovered.............one of my photographs is also featured to show how i find inspiration and colour ideas from all around me...........there are lots of wonderful patchwork ideas in this bookzine, even cath kidston is in it :)..........
...... my new flower patch pillow has a little bit of applique on it......a flower pot with some tulips in, a spotty green watering can, and a little bee skep with a bee button.......the bright pam kitty morning fabrics are perfect for this theme i think..........
 ......and the colours go with my spring flowers granny stripe crochet blanket, ready to remind us of the garden when all the flowers have faded away during winter...........
........thank you for your sweet birthday wishes for my eldest girly's brithday last week.....she had a lovely time....this is the big yummy birthday cake made for her by my mum (great nanny).....with pretty cake bunting made by jooles at sew sweet violet here........
.......it's been a mainly sunny week here as you can see by my pictures, though we have had some torrential rain in between.....the air is nippy and the leaves are beginning to fall as the trees change to their autumn shades........wishing you a happy weekend with LoTs of crafting  and peaceful times.......thanks to everyone who pops in to see me, i love your visits :).....back soon xxxxxxxxxxx

53 comments:

A tale from toadstool house said...

Hi Helen I LOVE your patchwork,Youve choosen such lovely fabrics,it does go lovely with the crochet blanket too.The big yummy cake looks DELICIOUS :)
Have a happy crafting weekend too,lots of love Xxx

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Just beautiful! Very pretty and I love the colours! Have a happy weekend! Ada :)

greenrabbitdesigns said...

What a beautiful new pillow Helen, I love the cute applique! It's a perfect match for your pretty crochet blanket. :)
Congrats on your magazine feature but if it's a patchwork bookzine then it really is no surprise you are in it! :)
Happy weekend,
Vivienne x

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Helen, I love the way your new gorgeous patchwork cushion has the same colouring as your granny striped rug, they really look great together. What a lovely birthday cake your mum made..a sponge by the look of it, the bunting on it is so pretty as well. We could do with some of your rain here at the moment. The grass is drying out dreadfully and we've had to put the sprinkler on and it's only spring!

marigold jam said...

Lovely patchwork and I am amazed at your potting shed - not a spider nor any dirt to be seen not like mine! I missed your previous post too and loved the photo mosaics of granny's garden too.

trish said...

Oh soo pretty Helen! :o) Congratulations on being in the Love Patchwork bookzine! What an honor. Your work is so beautiful!!
Have a lovely day. Trish xo

Aunt Spicy said...

that pillow is so fun and bright and cheery! love your use of color...of course they wanted you in the book!

Jooles said...

Ahh! what a gorgeous cushion, so very pretty and i especially adore the little bee hive patch, so cute.
thank you so much for the very kind link Helen, oh how i'd love a slice of that yumy cake right now :o)
love jooles x

P.S nearly forgot to say that i have a copy of the patchwork book and saw you in there, its a really lovely little book too

gillyflower said...

What a pretty bright and cheerful patchwork pillow - just gorgeous!
Congrats on being mentioned in the Bookazine!
Happy sewing!
Gill xx

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

It's rare I don't covet the things you make Helen, but I have such a huge case of the wanties for a cushion like that ... it's just so darn jolly! Gorgeous work, and something to carry some of summer's sun into autumn :)

Happy in red said...

Aww, that's really lovely. I like the colours!
Esther.

Pati from London said...

What a lovely and lively patchwork pillow! I love the fabrics that you used... Congratulations for the magazine feature! Pati x

Tangled Sweetpea said...

Gorgeous Helen! Your cushion matches your granny stripe perfectly, such beautiful colours. Scrummy looking cake too :) I love Jooles' bunting.
Victoria xx

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hello Dear Helen,
Oh how I love your beautiful patchwork pillow and pin cushion. It will be very handy to look at come winter months and rainy days. The colors are so vivid and cheery, I love brilliant festive colors. I have been on the hunt for that "Bookize" and have not had any luck yet, but I won't give up!!! It looks so fun and YOU are in it along with Debbie!
Hope you have a great rest of the week, xoRobin❤
Thank you for your kindness with my situation, I am grateful.

Cindy said...

Very pretty pillow! I love that you added the few applique patches.

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

I Love all of your patchwork!! What a cute cake bunting for your daughter! Your granny stripe crochet blanket is adorable!! Congtatulations on your mention in the bookzine, I hope to find a copy soon!

Simone said...

Beautiful cushion and blanket. They complement each other perfectly! Congratulations on the bookzine mention too! x

Frances said...

Helen, your patchwork cushion is witty and beautifully jolly in its colorway. Wonderful to see that you are included in the new bookzine. I'll be keeping an eye out for it in the coming months.

Your designs always seem to have just that little bit extra...very subtle additions that give them that special quality.

Bravo! xo

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

Hi Helen!

I have to say that I was more excited to be featured next to you in the bookazine, than actually being in it!! I love everything you make...but all of this took my breath away. So lovely!! xoxo Debbie

Jane said...

Hi Helen, I am back from my holiday. Great to see you featured in the magazine but then they should feature only the BEST eh ;0) Your cushion is beautiful and I can see the garden/seed inspiration there, such lovely work.
Jane x

Deborah said...

Ah! Such a lovely cushion! All my favorite colors. Congratulations on your special feature. I would love to find a copy of this...will keep looking.

PamKittyMorning said...

Ohmygosh! That pillow is so cute. I'm just dying over the little details. xo

KC'sCourt! said...

WOW! All things bright and beautiful. That cushion is gorgeous.
Julie xxxxxxxxx

Sherri said...

What beautiful inspiration photos! I love all of the patchwork!

vintage grey said...

So beautiful is your patchwork pillow! Love it! Yay, for being featured, and Debbie and Jessie are so sweet, too!! Such a sweet birthday cake! Thank you for always being so inspiring! Have a wonderful weekend! xo Heather

Ali said...

Your Patchwork looks brilliant!!! Off to have a nosy at the blogs you have mentioned xx

by Teresa said...

Helen, your blog is so full of happy colors, it will feel like summer when I visit even during the darkest days of winter. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Madelief said...

Dear Helen,

The cake your mother made for your daughter looks beautiful. It's the first time I see 'cake bunting'. It looks really nice :-)

I like your new pillow very much. You always use the prettiest fabrics!

Happy weekend!

Madelief x

my4lilgirls said...

I love the cushion Helen, the colors & fabrics are so lovely & I'm crazy about the wee applique.
Happy belated to your girl :)
Karen x

YarnRoundHook said...

That's such a pretty little cushion - I love the patch with the green watering can - such a nice touch.
Victoria

sky-blu-pink said...

So jolly and cheerful!

20 North Ora said...

Your patchwork is always just breathtaking!,! Congratulations on the magazine article.

Judy

Alessandra said...

Lovely and colourful post!!!
xxx Alessandra

Carole said...

Hi Helen beautiful blog as always. Where did you get the 'Love Patchwork' bookizine from, please?
Lv Carole from Rossendale xxx

gilly said...

LOVE your cushion - it's so bright and cheery! And congrats on your mention in Love Patchwork - I bought it and have earmarked several lovely projects to do.
Have a fab weekend,
xx

Debby said...

What a sweet, sweet, pillow!!!!

Crafted by Carly said...

What a gorgeous pillow!!! I love the colours and prints of the fabrics you put together! :-)
Carly
x

Missy said...

I always love your posts, so colourful and cheerful! Loving the cushion, it's perfect. I feel inspired to start my sewing again.
Have a smashing weekend!
xxx

Grayseasailor said...

The palette of colors you bring together around you encourages me, Helen! Thanks for sharing your current lovely projects. So glad you and yours had a grand celebration :) xx from Gracie

Patricia Reid said...

I absolutely adore the patchwork pillow ... such pretty colours all brought together ... just perfect!
Would love to know what most people use to fill the darling little pin cushions that are so often on your blog.
Hugs,
Patricia Reid

Rhona said...

Such cheerful colours...makes you want to smile!

Auntie Bliss said...

What a pretty and happy blog!

♥ Miss Tea said...

Hi Helen! just found your cute blog! totally in love with the patchwork pillow you made, so fun and bright, loving it so much!

x susan

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Hello Helen...Your patchwork cushion is so pretty..I love the cheery colours, fabric choices and especially the addition of the little appliqué motifs which make it extra special...
Congratulations on your feature too...I shall have to look out for this...it does look so full of prettiness!
Great nanny's cake looks delicious indeed and the addition of Jooles bunting is lovely..
Wishing you a happy Sunday,
Susan x

Jessie @ Messy Jesse said...

Gorgeous patchwork Helen, such a cute little pillow! :) thanks so much for the mention as well, it's so great to have you as a blog friend too!
Jessie, xo

Mia said...

Hello Helen,

What a lovely post, I am always admiring your perfect quilting, smaller things like pincushions and bigger like pillowcases and quilts are equally adorable.

Have a wonderful last week of September!

Yours,
Mia

Pomona said...

I love the cushion - I have the Pam Kitty Morning fabric and plan to make a quilt with it - I might just have to do a cushion too!

Pomona x

flowers on my table said...

Hello Helen, all your patchwork is lovely, but I especially like the one with the applique squares with a garden theme.
Belated birthday wishes to your daughter, her cake looks so scrummy!
Many thanks for your visit and lovely comments. The blackbird's nest in your beech hedge, with all the little chicks, is an image engraved in my mind now....just lovely. I am glad you enjoyed my story. Much love to you, Linda x

My Little Home and Garden said...

Good Morning, Helen

It must be such a thrill to have the skill and creativity that leads to having one's work featured in various publications. I wonder if the novelty of that has worn off or happily continues.

Enjoy the rest of the week.

-Karen

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

What a great sewing room! Thanks for visiting my blog. I really appreciate it.
Penny

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

What a great sewing room! Thanks for visiting my blog. I really appreciate it.
Penny

purple-roses-country-cottage said...

Dear Helen, the gingerbread pin cusion looks so beautiful! And the patchwork pillow is so nice. I love the fabrics you use. Have a great week. Nicole

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

Congrats on another publishing! I tried to get the magazine on Amazon but it stated "unavailable" here in the U.S. I may just have to move over there!