Thursday, 18 October 2012

Flowers and Fabric

We have had some beautiful autumn weather here this week, as well as some rainstorms, but most days there have been at least a few spells of golden sunshine lighting up the richly coloured leaves and berries in the garden, and showing up the last flowers in the cutting patch..........
           ........i brought some posies indoors and put them in my favourite jugs and vases............
..........accompanied by the rather lovely white pumpkin they are such a pleasure to look at...........
..........these are the japanese anemones, still going strong..........they remind me of christmas roses in this photo with the berries and red leaves........ there is also a pink-tinged white rose tucked in there, surely the last one for this year?.......
...............time to get out the red and white things, the cosy baking things and a new tea towel to use...one of a set i embellished for a project for sew magazine a while ago.............
........................and time for new candles on the kitchen table as the nights are drawing in...............
 ......some fabric supplies have arrived this week for a new quilt :)....the pin tin contains the curved basting pins i love to use, we have the backing  fabric, the binding fabric and the wadding (batting) and the top is almost finished....yes, the farmer's wife quilt is almost ready to be quilted and i will take some photos of it very sooon ......i am so looking forward to the quilting part too....so cosy for autumn evenings......
....and as many of you so kindly requested, here are some of the websites i love to buy fabric from:

 fat quarter shop here, fabric rehab here, the quilt room here, fancy moon fabrics here, gone to earth here, the cotton patch here, ru craft here, superbuzzy here, quilter's cloth here, puddleducks quilts here...........and i must mention a  brand new fabric shop, just opened called sew and quilt here.......i hope all these links work ;).................

 
......the fabrics above all came from the fat quarter shop and are for magazine projects........the pam kitty morning fabric button bag is my project in this month's crafts beautiful magazine..........i love browsing fabric websites and find the quality of the fabric photos is just fine for choosing the colours........i hope the list here is useful to some of you, and do let me know your own favourite sites please too ........and for those of you who are not quilters or sewing enthusiasts, i hope you enjoyed the flowers :)..........thank you for popping in to see me today and wishing you all a wonderful autumn weekend to come.....back soon xxxxxxxxxx

51 comments:

Shari said...

Hi Helen...I am Shari, a new follower. I love everything about your blog...so sweet and inviting! Love, love,love you white pumpkins and of course your flowers. Just a few of my favorites also. Come visit me if you ever have a moment in your day. I will surely be back, Hugs Shari!

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Helen! You have still so beautiful flowers from your garden! Summer continues here but no flowers in my garden. I think I have to get some of those extra sweet flower fabrics! Your latest projects are adorable and I'm looking forward to see your quilting! Thank you for the shop links! Have a lovely time! x Teje

Rebel Blossom @ Studio 2sixty said...

Hi Helen!
Such pretty posies! there isn't much alive and pretty here in our corner of the earth so it's lovely to see yours. Thank you for sharing your fabric sources, I was wondering that myself.

xx

Simone said...

Beautiful arrangements Helen and I just adore the white pumpkin! it reminds me of cinderella's coach!!!x

marigold jam said...

Pretty and bright - your signature!

l.wilks11 said...

What a refreshing and colourful post.
I think we are luck to have this mild weather, i am still picking runner beans and managed to grow 10 pumpkins which i have given some away for halloween. I just love this time of the year.......xx

Jane said...

Hi Helen, I loved your flowers and although not a quilter I do love looking at your fabrics too. What a sweet button bag. Enjoy the last cuttings from your garden, autumn is certainly here now,
Jane x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Such a pretty little posy. :)The white pumpkin is beautiful, magical even!
I love the button bag and your gorgeous new candles!
Happy weekend helen,
Vivienne x

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Helen..I love all of your lovely displays today. The Fat Quarter shop is one of my favourites too..and I just adore the way they fold the fabric so beautifully and package it neatly in a plastic bag...it always makes the fabrics look so attractive.

The warm fireplace said...

I use a company called strawberry fayre to order fabric from, thank you for your links i will have a look.
sue

Cindy said...

All the photos are so pretty. We have a few roses still blooming.
I really like the button bag. Such pretty fabric and stitching.

Lori ann said...

oh dear helen,
beautiful. i love all your photos, so light filled and gentle. and your projects, you always inspire me deeply. if i could only put down my knitting needles, maybe i could find time to sew. it was really so kind of you to share all the links, i plan on bookmarking them for the future. thank you! have a lovely cosy weekend!
xxx lori

by Teresa said...

Dear Helen.. oh I got jealous of some of those CK things I saw.. the flatware, the candles.. and I just adore all the pretty things you make.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

vintage grey said...

I always love looking at all your beautiful photos of pretties! Love those candle holders!! Thanks for sharing where you like to buy your fabric! Have a lovely, autumn weekend!! xo Heather

Jooles said...

Hello lovely Helen x
Your flowers are so pretty, when it stops raining i'm shall be out into the garden to pick a few blooms to pretty my home too, yours are just beautiful.
thank you so much for the fabric shop list, i am looking forward to a little 'window' shopping.
Oooooh how exciting, i can't wait to see your beautiful quilt progress.
wishing you a lovely weekend
love jooles x.
P.S I loved reading your fab Christmas article in Handmade Christmas magazine, you are so inspiring to me x thank you x

Country Rabbit said...

you have a real art for display ;0) i love the colour combinations- Autumnal bliss ;0)x

serendipity said...

That fabric is so pretty. I've banned myself from buying any more for a while, but I'm almost tempted! I find The Bramble Patch very good; they always post out the same day.

GrannyTaughtMeToCrochet said...

Thank you for those links - i'm having a good old browse now!! x

Rosabears said...

I love the sweet colours on your blog.
It always brings a smile on my face.
Have a nice weekend,
Marja

delia hornbook said...

Such a beautiful and inviting warm post all those lovely colours are so lovely on a chilly day. Love the idea of a red and white spot quilt with your new fabrics. Those 3 little candles are so pretty to its funny how the seasons bring different elements out in us ;-) Enjoy quilting and wadding your quilt and i look forward to seeing it. Have a lovely weekend, dee x

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

So beautiful Helen, as always. Your posts are always a feast for my eyes! They put a skip in my step! Have a great weekend, hope this sunshine continues! Ada :)

Crafted by Carly said...

This post has made me drool! Sooooo many pretties on a page!!! :-)
Happy weekend to you!
Carly
x

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Such beautiful fabrics Helen, and thank you for the shop links. I have to be careful ... I tend to stockpile fabric these days as I'm no longer doing much sewing (the sooner someone comes up with a life hack to give me more hours in the day the better!)

Meanwhile, as I fret about all the things I don't have time to do, I'm enjoying watching the colours on all the blogs switch from summer to autumn, even winter, yet each still fitting with the individual blogger's aesthetic. You have such a distinctive style ... love it :)

Natalia Glazacheva said...

Thank you, Helen for sharing with us your fabric sources :o) Sweet button bag and beautiful posy as well :o) Hope I could grow some anemones next year too.
Have a nice weekend
love
Natasha

Helen said...

I am enjoying the Japanese anemones at the moment too - such beautiful flowers! Looking forward to seeing your finished farmer's wife quilt... Thank you so much for the fabric shop links, I am going to have a lot of fun with those!!!! Have a lovely weekend, Helen

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Helen, had a spare moment to read your post from Mom's . All such beautiful arrangements! A button bag how sweet, we love buttons! Beautiful in Pennsylvania, at least 5 weeks behind Vermont. The foliage is gorgeous. Have a great weekend and thanks for the eye candy fabrics and flowers.
xoRobin❤

Poppy said...

Hi Helen,

I finally got how to use my Reader in this boggling blogosphere and so here I am to tell you that I ADORE all your colours and patterns and vignettes! Your charming display contains all my favourite colours. Thanks for bringing some sunshine into my ho-hum day!

Have a great weekend!

Poppy

PamKittyMorning said...

OH MY!!! I'm so thrilled you used my fabric for a magazine project!

I love all your photos here, everything is so lovely. xo

Thea said...

I love wandering around the garden looking for a posy, yours are so pretty, such wonderful fabric too .. a treasure trove of loveliness
Thea x

patchworkandlace said...

Hi Helen always love reading your blog and seing your makes which always look so beautifully made xxx

Frances said...

Helen, I always want to see what you've been working on, and am always delighted. Thank you so much for posting all these links to sources of wonderful fabrics.

I've clicked over to lots of them, and will have to return to see the rest. I agree with Lori, that I'm now very plugged into knitting, but still yearn for that eighth day of the week to do some sewing.

xo

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claire said...

I enjoyed it all :)))

Tangled Sweetpea said...

Gorgeous autumnal blooms Helen. Loving the red and white too!
Victoria xx

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Hello Helen...Your cut flowers and the pretty white pumpkin would surely make any room happy (and I love the little toadstool too!)
Your button bag is just lovely..sure to be a popular make!..and now I'm off to visit some of those shop links (thanks for sharing your list lovely lady!)...off to make a coffee first then I'll put my feet up and explore!
Happy weekend,
Susan x

AshTreeCottage said...

Dear Helen,
When I saw on my blog roll that you have a couple of new posts I could hardly wait to pop over. Your pics just always inspire me. I am drooling over that adorable doll, the sweet bed, the precious quilt and oh, your cute heart shaped measuring spoons. Everything is so charming. I have a big smile on my face and will be thinking cheerful thoughts all day just because of you!

Big Hugs from Idaho,
Susan and Bentley

Tammy said...

I always love seeing how you use simple stitchings to embellish things. The button bag is so sweet. And the teatowel is lovely, too. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Tammy

princess said...

I love everything red-white and cosy!!! Your pictures are amazing!
Thank you for all the information about fabric sites!!!!

Madelief said...

Your posies look very sweet Helen! I haven't been to my garden lately, but hopefully will have some time tomorrow to pick the last autumn flowers. Your new fabric looks lovely. Looking forward to see what you will use them for.

Have a lovely Sunday!

Madelief x

Barbara said...

thank you so much, Helen, for this wonderful (and dangerous!) list of shops, actually I just noticed the fat quarter shop has reduced postage this weekend ...
I love your choice of fabrics, the colors are so fresh
wishing you happy sewing
Barbara x

My Little Home and Garden said...

Helen,

Visiting your posts is like spending time in a colour-filled garden!

Have a wonderful week.

-Karen

Liv said...

Love those fabrics Helen
Livx

flowers on my table said...

Hello Helen, I see you are embracing Autumn over here. Your posies are lovely. I thought the Japanese Anemones were Hellebores at first! I love the white pumpkin too. It is very hard to get anything other than orange in the shops here, so I may paint mine this year.

I keep seeing you in lots of magazines at the moment. I love the button bag, your choice of fabric and ribbon is just perfect.

Many thanks for your kind words about my header, they are much appreciated. Lovely to hear from you. Much love, Linda x

Maria Glazacheva said...

Bonjour Helen!!! :O)
Quelles jolie fotos!!! :O) Sur tous j`adore la première et la 5 eme !!! Ils ont vraiment cool!!! :O)

Bonne journée!!
xxx Maria xxx

gillyflower said...

Lovely photos Helen, and its cosy to see touches of red.
Thanks for sharing some of your fabric sources, its always good to find some new online fabric shops.
Sweet button bag, the fabric is so pretty!
have a good week
Gill xx

koralee said...

Such a pretty post..love red and white. Your china and fabrics and candles are all so pretty. xox

bellaboo said...

Your posts are always so pretty and colourful..filled with all the things I love!
I'm glad you liked my pics of Cornwall.I wish i was there now instead of back home with a mound of washing to do!
Take care Helen,
Love Bellaboo X

Phioxee said...

these things are all beautiful and interesting.

just me,
www.phioxee.com

Poppy said...

Hi Helen,

I've been a follower of yours since May, when I first became a cyber citizen of this blogosphere! So, when you dropped by today, it was extra special! I had stumbled upon your pretty blog via another and was hooked! Although I have no talent for sewing, I truly appreciate people who can create such beauty and charm with a needle and thread! I absolutely adore your projects; they make me smile and think of simpler times.

Poppy

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

Obviously I am missing out without a subscription to that magazine. I'll have to see if I can get it on Amazon. But I think I could probably figure out a similar "button bag" between your cross stitch book I have and some new fabric I am now itching to buy! I swoon over your choices. They are wonderful! I love that button bag! TFS!!!!