Monday, 11 July 2016

Flowers, Fabric and Stars

 Flowers are everywhere this week...on my fabrics and in my garden.....some of the garden ones are growing so wildly due to all the rain and sunshine that i've had to cut them back a bit, like the mallow in the basket above.....
 ..............i finished quite a lot of projects recently which means it's time to start some more ;).....i got out lots of delicious fabrics from my stash and began cutting out some speedy machine pieced stars....the fabric above is from the gorgeous strawberry biscuit collection by elea lutz...............
 ..............and below some of the beautiful flower sugar from lecien.......i do love some flower sugar in my quilts :) ................the cheater prints from both ranges make great centre squares for the stars, i think.......
 ...............i have been sewing happily, ignoring the rain and cutting and pinning very carefully so my seams nest nicely.......it took me a while to get used to rotary cutting, and machine piecing after a lifetime of english paper piecing but now i love both techniques in different ways......
 .................one more fabric shot because it looks so pretty..............
 ................after i'd made the small-ish star block below i decided to try making a big one, maybe as a mini quilt for the sewing room wall.............
 ..................it took a while to work out the proportions but here is a peek at the larger one......
 .............and then i needed to order some more fabric to make some more because i really liked the big version............more of this summer stars quilt coming soon............below is the birthday weekend garden, with bunting hung up by my elder daughter :).........it was my youngest daughter's birthday the same weekend and we often celebrate it together which is lovely......and the sun shone for us that day too......
 ...............below is miss daisy and miss molly dog, always together as they are the best of friends....
 ...............some peaceful garden moments with a quilt and a crochet pillow in a flowery spot.....
 ...........a nice cup of tea and some time to sit and dream...........
 .............a new garden crate filled with quilty produce this time.......
 ...................and those pretty mallow flowers again......love this plant and it's abundance of blooms...........
..............thank you dear readers for all your kind birthday wishes on my last post, and i am glad you liked seeing the pictures of my studio.........i will show some pictures of my sewing room soon, too....when the fabric is tidied up a bit ;)........wishing you a very happy crafty week with plenty of flowers and sunshine to enjoy.............back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

29 comments:

KC'sCourt! said...

The patchwork squares look wonderful and pretty
Looks like you had a lovely day for your birthday
Julie xxxxxxxx

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

How lovely to celebrate together in a beautiful flowery garde! :) xxx

Jacky H said...

Good afternoon Helen
Thank you for a lovely tour round your garden the colours are so pretty . Especially after living in spain for two months. We are coming on home this week can't wait. You blog has been a real inspiration on a monday afternoon .
Have a lovely week
Jacky

Things and Thoughts said...

Always so inspirational Helen!So many lovely things to admire, to fall in love with! Outdoor living experiences are the best I think and fit perfectly with summertime. Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer Hays said...

Gosh, what a beautiful scene in your garden. I love that photo of your granddaughter with the dog, how sweet. I think your garden looks a little bit enchanted. :) I love those Lecien prints too and have a tiny amount of a few of the Sugar Flowers fabrics for very special projects. I didn't know about the cheater prints, though. Those look really fun. I love the idea of using them in the center of your stars. I hope you have a good week ahead, Helen.

Gracie Saylor said...

You have introduced me to a new to me flower, Mallow. Yours are so lovely! It is sweet to know and see that Miss Daisy and Miss Molly are the best of friends :) Thanks for showing us some of your latest quilting projects and your beautiful choice of fabrics, Helen. Wishing you a happy creative week xxxxxxxxx

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Beautiful stars Helen, the colours are gorgeous. I just love the quilts and cushions in your garden, so pretty and the photo of Daisy and Molly is adorable. Wonderful too that you get to celebrate your birthday with your daughter.
Have a lovely week and lets hope the sun shines so you can enjoy your beautiful garden,
V x

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

Oh yes I'd love to see your fabric stash :)

xo Mary

Ali said...

Oh gorgeous!!! The quilting designs are sooo pretty xxx I look forward to your next post :-) can I ask do you have a structure to your day - I get so easily distracted I never seem to achieve anything lol

Susan Freeman said...

Pretty as always!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Cindy said...

Some how I missed your last post. So, Happy Birthday! I hope you and your daughter had a very good celebration. Love seeing glimpses of your garden and your quilts too. Have a great week!

Ada Kopitopoulou said...

I love the fabrics!

Teresa Kasner said...

*H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to both of your lovely daughters! So much to celebrate in your family. Daisy has such pretty hair and such a sweet dog too. Enjoy your week. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Jane said...

Flowers are just the best inspiration aren't they Helen? Yours look gorgeous on your fabrics and in the garden. Your little party looked wonderful and I'm glad the sun shone. Enjoy the week ahead,hugs xx

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

It's 10 am and 100 degrees here. My plants are struggling, so your garden and flowers are a sight for sore eyes. You are always working with and surrounded by such lovely color and prints and patterns. Best wishes, Tammy

Annerose said...

Hallo Helen, das sieht ja ganz toll aus bei dir im Garten.
Ein wunderschöner Quilt und wieder mal tolle Stoffe und Farben.
Liebe Grüße Annerose

Mike Raven said...

Love the patchwork squares :)

Little Quiltsong said...

What a lovely post again. Love all the eye candy with flowers and fabrics. Loved the birthday garden scenes. What a wonderful idea, using the cheater fabric for the star centers. I'll have to try that now too :)!

20 North Ora said...

Beautiful fabrics, Miss Molly and Miss Daisy!

Judy

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Your photos are always so lovely...I love the charming bunting and pieced stars especially...

Evelyne said...

I missed your last post! Happy birthday to both of your daughters!
lovely quilting work, it's make my happy , with this colours.
I didn't know that you can paint too! You are so creative!
Great horse!
Have a nice week,
Evelyne

desideri chic said...

sei abilissima con il patchwork!! complimenti anche per le altre creazioni!
se ti va passa a trovarmi, sono tua follower :)
http://desiderichic.blogspot.it/

Pat's Patch said...

Super photos of your gorgeous flowers and fabrics. Sweet summery pic of Daisy and Molly, looks a lovely sunny family birthday. The cheater fabric looks great in the centre of the star. Love Pat xx

Maywyn Studio said...

Happy Birthday Youngest Daughter!

Wishing you all a great summer. The fabrics are so cheery they remind me of a skirt my mother made when I was a kid. Great memories. Thank you!

handmade by amalia said...

Your garden is a true haven of beauty, Helen. How wonderful to have too many flowers.
Amalia
xo

Sandies' Patch said...

A post full of eye candy!
What is the white-flowered plant behind your basket of Mallow? Is it some kind of Campion?

bj said...

I start holding my breath when I first start looking at your post and don't breath until the end...everything is so beautiful...I love the colors..bright and yet soft...I love your words and hang on ea of them... I get so inspired to MAKE something after I leave here and yet I have no talent in that way...HOWEVER, studying your photo of the Star piece..and using pretty cheater fabric for the center, I might....JUST MIGHT....be able to do that. I have no idea about size of the cut fabric...but maybe I can work with it and learn a bit...all I've ever made was patchwork..block squares but found out if you choose luscious and pretty fabrics or even FUN fabrics, the quilt looks pretty nice.
xoxo

myworldofwool said...

Your works are always perfect, Helen!!!! have a nice day full of flowers! kisses from Catalonià!

Daniela said...

Hi!your works are fantastc!!!!!
your style is beautiful for me.
very compliments!!!!!