Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Seaside Flower Garden

 The seaside flower hexagons have finally all been sewn together and made into this little quilt........
 .........i enjoyed making these so much  (even the many plain white hexies) and am thinking of making another hexagon flower garden quilt soon, with lots and lots of scraps..................the backing is a pale blue spot from tanya whelan and the binding just had to be a red gingham............................
 ..............i've been reading an old quilt book which says that hexagon flower quilts were sometimes called *martha washington's flower garden quilt* in colonial times, such a lovely name...............
 ...............my seaside flower garden quilt reminds me of times over the summer when i was sewing it, and the blue sea and sky, buckets and spades, boats and lighthouse of our seaside week.....................
 .............here is the quilt on the middle landing banister...........taking quilty pictures means following the light all around the house.................
.............more quilty snaps with a sweet seaside block and a little toadstool pincushion......
 ........and while we are talking about patchwork and quilting, here is the new issue of the fabulous *love patchwork and quilting* magazine, now to be published every 4 weeks and with a free cover gift with every issue :)...........i am very thrilled to be working on a project for this gorgeous new publication at the moment..............you can subscribe online here...............
 ...............besides my red white and blue quilt i have something else to show you in those colours..............this beautiful pillow made by lovely judy of 20 north ora.........i recently won judy's generous giveaway and a parcel of treats arrived here from across the pond last week............
 ...........the pillow looks so at home here in my house.......and there were some other lovely handmade treasures in the parcel too but i want to show those to you next time.........thank you so much judy.......please check out her lovely shop here .....................
 ...........since i last wrote we have been on another little trip...........on friday we drove down to surrey, to stay at this beautiful hotel about 25 miles from london, where we were guests at a lovely wedding.......... the bride's parents are dear friends of ours, and it was a pleasure to share their special day.........so many sweet details, like the wedding favours and little place cards in the top right picture............love and romance in the air and the sun even came out for the garden photos :).........
............thank you so much for visiting me here today, lovely readers..........it is always a pleasure to see you, and i wish you a wonderful week with sunny crafty days...................back soon xxxxxxxxxx

49 comments:

Chrissie said...

This colourful post is just what I need to brighten a very stormy, grey day! The quilt is marvellous, I love that you've stitched happy summer memories in each hexie! I'm going to check out that magazine, thank you for the tip! I wonder what colours will strike your fancy next,.. Chrissie x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Another beautiful quilt Helen...you are such an inspiration!! Gorgeous giveaway win too..very you. :) Just love all the red, white and blue today! :)
Glad you had a lovely mini break...nothing quite like a lovely wedding!
V xxx

serendipity said...

What a lovely cheerful post. The quilt is gorgeous, very summery. I'll look out for the magazine, haven't bought one for a while. xx

Fiona said...

This is stunning, I think my all time favourite colour combo are the red white and blue variations, I am just finishing a retro nautical red white and blue crochet throw, never tire of the colours!

Annerose said...

Dein Quilt ist wunderschön geworden mir gefallen die Stoffe sehr gut und das rot-weiß-blau macht den Quilt so frisch und sommerlich.
Vielen Dank für die schönen Bilder.
Liebe Grüße Annerose

Rhona said...

Oh, Helen! Another fantastic quilt. I always love your colour combinations...this one is so bright and cheerful - a perfect for those chilly autumn evenings.

Ali said...

Wow!! your quilt is gorgeous loving all the photos - I missed your last post so just having a catch up - just lovely xxx

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hello Helen,
That is such a sweet Hexie quilt. Love the colors, they looks so crisp and welcoming! The red gingham binding is just the best. I don't think we have that here.
I will have to get my hands on that magazine you are featured in, you know I love your work!!! What a gorgeous place to have a wedding, the setting is just so lovely. I love weddings and the surrounding happiness and love.
Your winning pillow goes fabulous with your hexie!!
Thank you for your sweet comments, Helen.
Have a pleasant rest of the week. xoRobin

Christine Barnsley said...

Your seaside hexagon quilt is beautiful and your blog post is bright and sunny as they always are. They always brighten my day! Thank you!!

Deborah said...

Such a beautiful quilt, Helen! The gingham binding is just the ticket! I'll keep my eyes open for this lovely magazine. I'm hoping our local Barnes and Noble will have it.

Teje Karjalainen said...

Dear Helen, just what i needed after coming home tired and hungry from work. You posts are always beautiful, inspiring, happy and relaxing! Thank you for a lovely moment - I love your new quilt! x Teje

Hen said...

Hello Helen, your quilt is just lovely, you must be so pleased. I do know exactly what you mean about photography at this time of year, I am finding it most challenging. The cushion you won will go perfectly in your home.
Hen xxx

Amy at love made my home said...

Your new quilt is beautiful, and it goes so well with your new cushion! Love the idea of you following the sun around the house, a good way to get to use all of the rooms! xx

Lynne said...

This is very inspirational! I have wanted to make a quilt in these colors for a long time now, and the hexies are just perfect. I love the red gingham binding too.

busybusybeejay said...

I so love your quilt.It is imteresting what you said about projects reminding you of occasions or places.I look all round my house and can evoke different memories around different projects.

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

Hi Helen!! Another happy visit! Your hexie blanket is wonderful!!!! That gingham binding.....so cute!
Happy week!!
xoxo

Jenny said...

I LOVE it! Love, love, LOVE IT! I'm making a pink and green hexie mini quilt right now but I'm pretty sure I have to make a red, white and blue one next!

KC'sCourt! said...

That quilt is stunning. I love the colours.
Julie xxxxxxxxx

Hannapat said...

Such a gorgeous quilt Helen, it looks every bit seaside to me. It sounds like you had wonderful time at that beautiful hotel and isn't is just wonderful to share weddings, they are such special times. Thanks for sharing that magazine with us, I have been wondering which quilting magazines are good, so thank you for the tip. Hope you have a wonderful week and thanks for brightening up my day xoxo

Jane said...

Red white and blue is such a great colour combo Helen. Your quilt is a beauty and I love the gingham edge, it looks superb. Glad you had a lovely trip down South, I do so love wedding too ;0) Have a good end of the week x

gillyflower said...

What a beautiful quilt!
The fabrics evoke summer and seaside, and you just can't beat a touch of red gingham!
Lovely giveaway win too.
Happy sewing Helen!
Gill xx

My Little Home and Garden said...

A beautiful thing, like your quilt, is even lovelier when there is a story that goes along with it.

Happily knitting here,
Karen

Things and Thoughts said...

All things you create are really attractive and cool! Your posts are so enjoyable Helen !






Cindy said...

What a very pretty quilt! I just love those colors and plan to make quilt in those shades very soon.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh, the quilt came out beautiful! I love everything about the sea and the sweet pillow you got from Judy, too! It's perfect! Enjoy your week my friend! Sweet hugs!

Grayseasailor said...

A nurse once told me she read an article that said that looking at a cobalt-purple-blue for 15 minutes a day is an anti-depressant and an appetite suppressant. I can not verify that, but I do know that viewing your gifted use of color and design in your blog brings me great joy. Thank you for posting!

I am so glad you won Judy's beautiful gift. You are a winner, Helen!

Gracie xx

vintage grey said...

Hi Helen,
Your seaside hexie quilt is gorgeous!! I love all the pretty prints!! And, you have made me excited about finishing my flower garden quilt. Wishing you a wonderful week!! xo Heather

scrappyjacky said...

Your seaside quilt is looking lovely...everything about it says seaside and summer.

forgetmenots blue said...

Lovely quilt. It's so pretty. A real reminder of summer. Well done on winning the gift.
Looks like a beautiful hotel that you stayed in xx

gilly said...

Your posts are always such a feast for the senses, Helen. Just truly lovely and your hexie quilt is quite gorgeous.
Happy rest of the week to you,
xx

Jooles Hill said...

Helen ..... you have floored me once again ..... (I'm back up off the floor now so that I can continue typing of course ;o) your hexie quilt is so beautiful, it looks so fresh and seasidey. I'd love to make one soon.
Gosh the hotel looks stunning.
love jooles xxx

Kay said...

Gorgeous summertime quilt, thank you for the inspiration.

my4lilgirls said...

Oh Helen the quilt is stunning, I love the colors, so striking.
Inspired as always :)
Karen x

Dorothy Griffiths said...

Hi Helen I am always excited when I see that you have a new post and I am never disappointed. Your quilt is quite stunning, all you work is but this one is a particular favourite of mine as I adore the colours. The echoes of the sea and seashore are just perfect. A wonderful post as always Helen, you are a joy. Thanks so much, big hugs to you
Dorothy
:-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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paula said...

The hexie turned out nice. I have wanted to make one, but felt a little daunted. Thanks for sharing your talents. Love reading.

Mia said...

I do love, love the seaside flower hexagon quilt. Very pretty. I am usually not a lover of red, but red along with light blue is just so very pretty and cheerful.

I do like everything you make, and the colours you use.

Mia

Simone said...

The quilt is stunning Helen and how wonderful that you won a giveaway cushion that matched perfectly! x

sky-blu-pink said...

Very Patriotic! It is a beautiful quilt!

A Little Happy Place said...

I love the red, white and blue combination, so bright and cheery. Gorgeous as always! Sarah xo

Janine Marques said...

Dear Helen thank you for your visit in my blog i´m very happy ...
As always your work it is perfectly beautiful love the colors of the fabrics that you use :)
Have a good day with peace
Hugs
Nina***

Laura said...

Your hexagon quilt is gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing it with us. You inspire me to get started on one for myself....once I finish a number of WIPs. ;) Always a happy visit to your blog.

xo Laura

Heldasland said...

Fab,this rocks as my daughter would say. Helen, you make very inspiring stuff

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

A beautiful quilt as always Helen and I love those fresh and pretty colours against the white background...a gingham border is definitely the perfect finish!
Such a lovely Giveaway win from Judy too...your new nautical cushion looks lovely sitting on your quilt.
You can't beat a weekend of romance and sunshine...what a beautiful place to have a wedding!
Hope you have a wonderful Sunday,
Susan x
P.S Love the little posy of flowers in the stripy jug too!

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Gorgeous quilt Helen.

I used to have a stripy jug just like yours ... I do like a bit of blue and white china and the flowers you've chosen look perfect in it :)

DianeM said...

What a nice post, catching up with all that you've been up to. Your quilt is beautiful!
Smiles, DianeM

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

Lovely quilt and adorable little pincushion!! The wedding must have been wonderful, such a pretty hotel, too!!

koralee said...

This is so so beautiful my friend...and that little mushroom pin cushion makes me smile. Hope you are very very well. xo

Avondster said...

Wonderful.

Barbara said...

Dear Helen, just catching up ... I love this quilt so much! and the checked binding is perfect ...
Barbara x