Monday, 18 August 2014

Scrappy Summer Quilt Finish

When i arrived back from our trip to the seaside i got on with hand quilting this scrappy summer quilt, and after just a few evenings it was done :) ...i quilted it round the edge of each square and then diagonally across the middle of the squares..........i chose a red and white striped binding for it, inspired by the striped awnings of the flower market in nice........
 ..............i love the prints in this quilt, as well as the floral feel and the bright fruit appliques and i liked how the red and white striped binding brought it all together.............
 .................the backing is a gorgeous pam kitty picnic fabric with cherries and roses on yellow......
 .............i love all kinds of quilts and a huge variety of patterns, but i know i will always want to make ones with simple squares (and maybe a bit of embellishment) every now and then......
 ..............i enjoy using text prints as a decorative feature too, and love how they look with a colourful image appliqued on top, like the cherries below which are sewn onto a patch of sew mama sew fabric.........
 ............i took pictures of this quilt all around the house, as usual following the best light, as well as avoiding bright sunlight..........here it is on an old chair in front of a book case on the top floor of our old house............
 ...........sometimes i like to add buttons to my quilts, and i had a little look at these fruit buttons from just another button company to see if any would look nice on my new quilt.............
 ...........i decided just to add the lemon slice to the patch which had lemons appliqued on it.......
 ...............here is daisy whirling and twirling with the new quilt.........the children use the quilts and the crochet blankets to make houses and tents and to wrap up their toys and each other :).............
 ...............we thought the chicken might look pretty with the quilt too...........it is a money box and full of loose change at the moment so is very heavy............
 .............just as my summer quilt is finished we are feeling autumn in the air............the weekend was a mix of autumn coolness, strong winds, grey days and some sunshine..........we had a special outing to a lovely garden where i took this photo of the golden dahlias............
 ..............and i will leave you with this photo of the gorgeous zinnias which have been brightening up the cutting garden recently...........though a snail or two have been secretly munching on them over the weekend and the effect was not a good one..............
..............thank you for visiting me today, lovely readers, it is so good to see you...........and thank you too for taking the time to leave a comment, it is always a treat to hear from you too :).............i hope you have a wonderful week ahead, wherever in the world you may be..............back soon xxxxxxxxx

49 comments:

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Helen! What a simply beautiful quilt. I love it!! I really like your choice of the lemon slice button it adds a little extra dimension. What beautiful flowers too... you are clever to plant so many different types so that you have blooms to cut all year round! :) xx

Ali said...

What a beautiful quilt xx

Jane said...

Hi Helen, the finished quilt is gorgeous and the buttons look edible. Your darling grandchildren must love having a never ending source of wonderful "tent" covers to use for their play. No boring old blankets in your house! Have a lovely week too, we are off on a little break over the bank holiday...it will be so very welcome xx

Gillian said...

That is a beautiful quilt - I love them made with simple squares like that. I was wondering - have you ever published a book with Christmas projects? Simple projects!

By Neymes said...

OI Helen como sempre tudo lindo por aqui.Sabe que também quero vasos cute como os seus.Boa semana.Beijo.Valéria.

magical said...

stunning quilt x

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

fab quilt!!!!
xxxxx Ale

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Beautiful quilt Helen, I too love squares and guess what I have some squares ready to sew, can you believe it, not that I know what I'm doing!
The buttons are a lovely addition and indeed the quilt has a very Marche de Fleurs feel about it.
Grrrr to snails!
V x

Lorrie said...

Your newest quilt is lovely, Helen. I especially like the way your little helper shows it off. Quilts that are loved are used - the best kind.
Summer is winding down here, too, but I'm not quite ready to let it go. Lovely dahlias and zinnias - those snails - ugh.

Ingrid Orens said...

Your quilt is quite stunning !
And those dahlias... They are soooo gorgeous !
As for the weather, the same here... autumn is approaching, one can feel it. Too early for me, I would like some more summer weeks !

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Your quilt is so pretty! I, too, love the simple patchwork style. The appliqué you added makes it all the more special. Have a happy week!

Joan said...

Your quilt is gorgeous. Love it!

scrappyjacky said...

It looks gorgeous....and definately says 'summer'.

Cindy said...

What a beautiful quilt! I love how you added the applique here and there and the button too:)

Teje Karjalainen said...

Dear Helen, this is so beautiful quilt! Just perfect for little Daisy! I like also very much the simple square pattern even haven't had time to make many. Now I have plan for one. Your photos are adorable and the stripy binding is great! x Teje

Simone said...

Another gorgeous quilt! You are such a prolific crafter Helen and your makes are always top notch! Have a lovely week. x

Amy DeCesare said...

What a perfect quilt that tells you made it, in every delightful detail. I love the fabrics and the binding is fabulous!

Crafty in the Med said...

Just look at that!!! It is so gorgeous ...everything about it just sings summer time.
I wish I could find fruit buttons like those ,mind you I'd keep them all for me!!

keep well

Amanda x
PS:Mediterranean giveaway still open :-)

claire said...

Lovely quilt - brings back happy memories when you say the children build dens with them, as mine did too :) ahh...

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I always love the pretty colors you use in every project. And the small details make things special! I would twist and twirl, too with something so beautiful! What a cute photo! Hugs, Diane

miss ann said...

I always love the colors you choose , this quilt makes me happy :)

Teresa Kasner said...

Hello my friend, Helen! I am home from my camping trip and you'll have to show your husband my sailing pictures. We're on Sunfish which are only 14 feet long, but we sure have fun on them. What kind of boat did your hubby race on? I would love to see a photo of him racing on his boat! Love your quilt and your flower pillow.. must make one someday.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I just love squares. And the way you pick and put fabrics together is always a treat for the eyes.

patchworkandlace said...

Hi Helen your quilt is so beautiful i love the colours ,your work really is inspirational xxx

Annerose said...

Wunderschön dein Quilt. Ich mag es auch sehr gerne wenn es nur Quadrate sind, gefällt mir und der Stoff ist wieder mal einfach super. Die liebevollen Kleinigkeiten wie die Applikationen oder die Knöpfe machen den Quilt noch schöner.
Ja bei uns ist auch schon richtige Herbststimmung, kühl, regnerisch und oft Nebel. Deine Zinnien sind traumhaft.
Liebe Grüße Annerose

Heldasland said...

My goodness, can you hear that?? It's my jaw dropping to the floor. What am absolutely delightful quilt. Your little model looks so cute.I adore your work

Madelief said...

Hi Helen,

Your quilt looks lovely! I hope my Zinnia's will look as lovely as yours. They are still tiny, but you never know they may still give me some flowers.

Happy week!

Madelief x

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I think tiny squares make for a lovely little quilt. Your family is lucky to have so many handmade items to use. Have a great rest of the week. Tammy

Amy at love made my home said...

It is gorgeous Helen, and I love the little buttons too, they make a great touch!! xx

DianeM said...

Your projects are always so lovely <3 The handquilting adds such a special look to the quilt - already it has a 'vintage-y' feel to it.
Smiles, DianeM :)

gillyflower said...

It's a gorgeous quilt Helen, so cheerful and pretty! The red striped binding sets all the lovely fabrics off a treat, and the backing is so pretty.
Been feeling very autumnal here too this last week or so, I hope that's not it for summer!
Have a good week Helen
Gill xx

Thimbleanna said...

What a beautiful little quilt! I love a simple patchwork quilt -- probably one of my favorite kinds of quilts. And the pretty little touches you've added all around -- just perfect!

Frances said...

Helen, your pretty quilt truly is a Summer Quilt. How beautifully it translates summer colors and imagery with your talented light touch!

It's grand to have each of these photographs, as each one shows something particularly great about what you've created.

Many thanks. xo

Pat's Patch said...

I love your simple squared quilts too. The colours, patterns and photos are all scrumptious. Love Patx

Christine said...

Beautiful!!!!! You pick such gorgeous fabrics that your simple patch quilt is stunning. Love the binding!

Miss said...

It is always a pleasure to see what you do. I like the little cherries on it.
Beautiful quilt.
Miss.

Annie Cholewa (aka knitsofacto) said...

Another beautiful quilt. Your style is just so delightful.

sajuki said...

great !
Greetings from Poland :)
Katarzyna

www.sajuki.blogspot.com

Maywyn Studio said...

Wow, that binding really stands out beautifully. It starts me to wondering what a striped frame might look like on some paintings.

I'm glad you had a good time away.

My Little Home and Garden said...

Yet another beautiful quilt, Helen. I like how you tied it all together with the red and white binding. Your inspiration for it makes for a good story too! Sharing the things that inspire you helps me look at things around me with fresh eyes and I appreciate that.

I hope your week is a happy one.

-Karen

vintage grey said...

Oh, I just love how your quilt turned out!! So beautiful!! Love what a sweet touch the appliqué fruit give it!! Have a lovely week Helen! xo Heather

Pat said...

Aahh such a beautiful quilt Helen, and your dahlias are toooo beautiful!

Betty said...

A very pretty quilt Helen, you have been busy.

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

Okay...that is just the most perfect summer quilt! Summery fabrics and colors and buttons. I have to go find some "textual" (is that a word?) prints and vintage image fabrics not only for fussy cutting for hexies but for a great visual interest in quilts. I too am very fond of the old fashioned utilitarian style of patchwork although I've not forgotten your Farmer's Wife blocks...loved those.
I hope Fall is coming as it is so hot here...100's in Fahrenheit.
Your little granddaughter is so sweet even from behind...what a good grandma you are to let them play with your gorgeous creations. They are so fortunate to have such a creative role model as you.
I adore the little chicken too. Take care!

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

A beautiful quilt and I do love the squares for quilts. I have not made one like that yet but I think it is on my long list of things to make. I love your blog Helen, your flowers are always so pretty and go so well with your beautiful creations and photos!!

Gracie Saylor said...

Such a pretty quilt, Helen, and I love seeing Daisy whirling with it :-) xx

Mia said...

Hello Helen,

What a wonderful summer quilt! Daisy will love it so, and it will be treasured years on. I especially love that little lemon slice, such a perfect touch!

Happy day, and sunny greetings from Finland!

Yours,
Mia

sky-blu-pink said...

Beautiful quilt, and what a lovely use for it Daisy has found!

A little happy place said...

Super pretty!!! xo