Monday, 5 October 2015

Sewing Stars

 There is a finished quilt to show you here today.....the strawberry stars quilt is now quilted and bound and ready to use............i've been sewing english paper pieced six point diamond stars for lots of projects over the past couple of years and this pink and white quilt is the latest one..........
 .............i used a variety of scrappy fabrics from my stash for the stars, and one of my favourite rosy florals on white from the pam kitty garden collection for the joining hexagons and border.........
 ............the backing is a tanya whelan polka dot in pink on blue and the binding is a michael miller stripe.....i quilted this by hand and it was a pleasure to sew on the cool autumn evenings............

 .........a few more pictures showing the backing and binding............the simple star layout.....
                                               ...........and my new wooden horse :).......
 ..............the cushion above is one of the first projects i made with the six point diamond star...it is such a versatile pattern and can produce so many different effects........

 ..............i made this quilt from the star quilt pattern in my new book...............
 ...........modern vintage gifts will be published at the end of october ..........
 ...........it can be pre ordered now on amazon, in shops and online.......one more shot of the strawberry stars quilt now...and we just had to have a rolled up one showing the lovely striped binding......
 ..............here are some pictures of my sewing room this week.......there is a huge fabric sort out taking place, and a lot of ironing, folding, stacking, choosing....and even some recycling going on ;)
 ............i am keeping the fabrics i love but moving the ones that i never seem to use (though maybe only as far as the attic for now)...........i'm also sorting out the scraps and selvedges and have a new storage plan for these which i will show you soon :).......it will all take some time ........
...............thank you for visiting me here in my little blog space dear readers, it is a pleasure to see you and to hear from you too.....wishing you all a wonderful week with cosy autumn days and lots of crafty inspirations ................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

47 comments:

Florrie May51 said...

Lovely quilt, I've pre-ordered your book...looking forward to receiving it when it comes out 😊 I'm not great at sewing I'm hoping to learn x

Kate said...

Beautiful quilt, Helen, makes me want to cuddle up in it. x

Michelle makes and bakes said...

I have pre ordered your book and can't wait for it to get here.xx

Jenn M said...

Oh Helen it's just lovely and so fresh and pretty looking! Good luck with your tidying up - can't wait for the new book:)
Happy Days,
Jenn

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Sew beautiful Helen! :) I love the little star pattern on your quilt and your pretty cushion too!
Love that sweet little horse too!
You find all sorts of forgotten things when you have a good sort out, I find!
Have a lovely week,
V x

Frances said...

Helen, it is interesting to see how many possibilities that diamond shape provides. I expect that your photographs are encouraging lots of folks to try their own combinations. The printed binding on your quilt is a fine touch! How lovely that you hand quited the quilt. xo

Cindy said...

Beautiful quilt! I love that setting with the hexagons. The pillow is also pretty. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week!

Kim said...

The quilt is just lovely, my favorite part is the binding. It is so sweet and adds so much! Fabulous!

KC'sCourt! said...

Beautiful, beautiful quilt
Julie xxxxxxxx

sew said...

Another exquisite masterpiece finds its way into the Philipps household! The striped binding is a genius addition - love it ♥
I've had an iron-as-you-go fabric tidy too but nothing on the scale of yours, of course, but I am pleased with the result - I wonder how long it will last?!
I've had a yarn sort-out too so my sewing cupboard is in a state of shock but I have some stuff to pass on to others, so it was a good job done.
Just crocheting a tea cosy this afternoon but I should really be shortening some trousers for a not very tall friend!

Betty Wood Fairy said...

Beautiful colours and work, the fabrics are very pretty. Good luck with your new book. Betty

Susan said...

I've been hoping you'd share your completed strawberry stars quilt. It's been on my mind since your sneak peek. I think the colors and design are so soft and pretty. And I too love the stripey binding. Have a wonderful week. :)

Stins said...

Such an amazing snuggly quilt! I love blankets of all sorts, but I have never made a quilt.... Maybe I can learn from your new book? Lots of love from Mirjam.

Simone said...

That is such a pretty and feminine quilt Helen and the stars really pop! I think your newly acquired horse is lovely too! x

Christine Barnsley said...

What a beautiful quilt! Can't wait to get my copy of your book... so many beautiful projects in there! Another lovely post Helen! Thank you! Christine x

Linda said...

So beautiful, and I love the fabrics you choose!

Janet said...

What a beautiful quilt, Helen. Very inspirational. Once I've finished my hexie quilt, I'm going to try some diamonds, they look so versatile.

janice15 said...

Such a sweet quilt pretty colors. Happy Monday with love Janice

Jennifer said...

Your quilt is so beautiful, Helen. I love the colors and the stars, and the backing is just perfect. I like that you used blue for it. I will be adding your book to my wish-list of things my husband can choose from for my birthday and Christmas gifts. I can't wait to read it. Hope you have a good week. :)

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Teresa Kasner said...

I'm going to hope over and pre-order your book now. I have the sewing machine.. now I need the inspiration to make my first quilt. I think I shall hand-quilt it too. Your colors always inspire me so much. You're a treasure. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Jane said...

Your finished quilt is beautiful Helen....what wonderful hand stitching. Enjoy getting cosy now that the night's are drawing in xx

Things and Thoughts said...

Your quilt is simply fantastic Helen! I don't know sewing so it seems to me like a miracle! A hand made quilt!!!
Have a wonderful day
Olympia

Gracie Saylor said...

Amazon has promised to email me when your new book is available in the USA, Helen. Meanwhile, I enjoyed the pre-views they offered and you offer here. The star quilt is perfectly sweet. Good for you in your sorting and organizing efforts. You are ever an inspiration :) xx

Tammy McDonald said...

What a beautiful quilt. I can't wait until the first of November when my book arrives!


Annerose said...

Ach was für ein schöner Quilt, tolle Stoffe und wunderschön mit den Sternen.
Ganz liebe Grüße Annerose

Amy at love made my home said...

It is such a pretty quilt! I love the stars and the lovely fabrics, and the stripey binding too! So lovely! xx

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Such a beautiful quilt! Oh, I cannot wait for your book. I love to organize! I find things I forgot I ever had! Enjoy

ALISON said...

Looking forward to buying your latest book......love the quilt...

cristina said...

Helen! a beautiful quilt! and the cushion too! As always your colors take us joy! I hope you have a good week!

Linda said...

Such a gorgeous quilt in your signature scrummy colours. I would love to see what fabrics you are consigning to the attic! And to seeing your new storage solution.

Pat's Patch said...

Fabulous quilt love the combination of lovely stars and hexies.The striped border and spotted backing are genius. X

Thimbleanna said...

Your new little quilt is just beautiful! I've been sewing some stars with no real plan -- I love the way you set yours with the hexagon patches!

scrappyjacky said...

The stars look wonderful....and such pretty fabric.

Laura said...

Beautiful quilt! I, too, have been enjoying a bit of hand piecing and hand quilting lately. As always, your blog is an inspiration!

Bee Lady said...

I'm so inspired by the colors of fabrics on your blog that I've been buying pj bottoms at GoodWill in Christmas colors to make something for Christmas....I have no idea what! I just need something in these beautiful colors you post.

Cindy Bee

Hillside Garden said...

Helen, again such wonderul quilts! I wish you much success with the new book.

Sigrun

20 North Ora said...

As always - beautiful colors and projects. You are always such an inspiration. So talented.

Judy

Pat said...

Your quilting is too beautiful Helen! Pat x

flowers on my table said...

Hello Helen, I think this has to my all time favourite quilt of yours. I just love everything about it, the stripey edge and the gorgeous hexagon fabric, traditional but with a modern twist. Ooh and your fabric bundles are just to die for. It must be hard to choose between them sometimes.Love your wooden horse too! Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog, so lovely of you to drop in.I am so excited about the acorns!! Have a wonderful weekend, love Linda xx

Baa. xxx said...

Gorgeous quilt!

Jacky H said...

Hi Helen what a lovely quilt.
I love your colours.
Looking forward to receiving your book for a Christmas gift.

driftwood said...

oh how I love those stars x

Bev Slater said...

Of course the book is beautifully designed and photographed - your beautiful handwork is inspirational to all who see it!! From Bev Slater

Kay said...

This quilt is beautiful. You have such a good eye for colour and putting patterns together. x

vintage grey said...

Oh, this quilt is just gorgeous and so pretty!! xo Heather

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