Monday, 17 October 2016

Autumn Days

 Lots of making has been going on here over the past week as i have had quite a few deadlines to meet......at the weekend i picked up my rather neglected v stitch crochet blanket and had a bit of cosy crochet time......we have had chilly mornings and evenings which meant putting the heating on and lighting the fire again sometimes.....
 .............but lots of bright autumn sunshine too and sweet flowers to pick.......
 .............the last of the tomatoes here reminding me of traffic light lollipops.....
 ...............and another block for my modern vintage flowery wreath quilt...........
 ...............i am just beginning to stitch around the applique here with matching embroidery thread....
 .............lots of lovely bright berries from our garden and purple daisies from my daughter's as michaelmas daisies just won't grow for me for some reason......
 ..............we went to the farm and bought a pumpkin ready for halloween....just got to carve it now ;)........below is my little tea tray with a recent crafts beautiful project applique cloth on it......
 ...............below is part of my festive project for the crafts beautiful christmas special available now and you can find out more here.........
 ................besides making, stitching and crochet i have been planting bulbs ready to enjoy next spring........i have put lots in the ground and am going to plant up quite a few in pots and keep them in the greenhouse for even earlier bulb displays............looking forward to those already......
 ............the next block for my wreath quilt is applied and ready for sewing......i love making the same block but varying the fabrics used........the pam kitty garden one below is one of my favourites.....
 ...............one more sweet daisy with some festive fabrics in the background....more about these soon as i am planning a cheery christmas quilt this week.....
 ..............time for a cup of tea now and then back to work at my computer......
.................thank you for dropping by lovely readers and for the kind comments you leave me....it is such a pleasure to hear from readers old and new and i do try and visit you too if i can :)........wishing you all a happy week ahead enjoying the cosy season (or the fresh new spring of course if you live on the other side of the world).....hope you have plenty of sunny days, cheerful flowers and crafty inspirations.................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

34 comments:

Thimbleanna said...

Such a pretty breath of fresh air! It looks like you're busy and happy and creating some beautiful things. I love the background of your PKM block - one of my all-time favorite Lakehouse prints!

PamKittyMorning said...

Oh I love those blocks! You make such lovely things, can't wait to see how these turn out!

Art and Sand said...

I love that flowery wreath pattern and of course all the beautiful color in your work.

Wood Fairy said...

the wreath designs are very pretty. I do love the way you use colour, in your work and around your home. Betty

Jacky H said...

What a pleasure your blog is to read. The colours echo the time of the year.
With a few extra just to spice things up. It's nice to see you crotchet again. You certainly get the best out of your garden all year round.
Have a lovely week and enjoy your crafting.
Jacky

Jacky H said...

What a pleasure your blog is to read. The colours echo the time of the year.
With a few extra just to spice things up. It's nice to see you crotchet again. You certainly get the best out of your garden all year round.
Have a lovely week and enjoy your crafting.
Jacky

KC'sCourt! said...

Your flowers are so pretty, and I love the quilt block.

Julie xxxxx

Simone said...

The vintage style wreath blocks are so unusual Helen. I love seeing all your crafty makes! x

Anonymous said...

You continue to produce the prettiest blog ever! I'm sewing and crocheting here too and have decided it's time to light my wood burner and order some logs - the end of BST is less appealing,
I have to say.
Your quilts are beautiful and inspirational - I do wish that basic sewing skills were taught in schools these days. The first thing I made at Chester City High School (age 11) was a cookery apron - the pattern for which we had to draw ourselves on squared paper and, on completion, had to embroider our name on the pocket!
Happy days, but can you imagine anything like that now?
Thank you Helen. xx

sew said...

anonymous made a mistake - should have read sew!
Sorry Helen.

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Its definitely getting to blanket time again Helen, the colours of yours are beautiful. :)
Its an inbetween time in the garden ...........time to plant bulbs yet there are still summer flowers in bloom.
Amazing stitching as always...have a lovely week,
V x

Teresa Kasner said...

Love the candy colors in your newest crochet project. I enjoy your posie bouquets in your home and studio. I think it's wonderful that your job is making such pretty things.. everyone should be so lucky. We're off to the beach for a week.. my next post will have the Pacific Ocean in it! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Cozy Little House said...

Your quilt applique is lovely, as are your tomatoes. Still hot here, unfortunately. Today we have high winds. But then that's pretty common for Oklahoma. I miss doing applique, but my arthritis just can't handle it. I'll just enjoy looking at yours!
Brenda

Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

Beautiful colours, I imagine your house to be so pretty and light xx

Frances said...

Wow, Helen, you have been busy...the results that you show us here are lovely to see. I'll be on the lookout for the November Christmas issue of Crafts Beautiful. An issue full of inspiring projects.

Over here, I've been busy too...I finally bought my first smart phone, and have addei instagram to my blogging community. Somehow, I am keeping my smart phone education/investigation to an hour or so each day, so that there is still time for artistic, creative projects. I painted a birthday card for a dear friend that featured a jug of autumn lavender asters...not too different from an image in your photos.

xo

Jen Kershner said...

Such lovely photos and I love seeing your makes. I feel like one of the best ways I can spend my time is by creating!

Gracie Saylor said...

Your magazine Christmas project is lovely and your current stitching looks challenging, and beautiful. I stitched together 15 practice squares this weekend on a Featherweight Singer and patched together a pillow backing for them. It is the first time in many years I have attempted machine sewing, and I enjoyed it. I have two Hollyhock blooms left and and two Rose blossoms as the outside growing season winds down. Thanks for another inspiring post, Helen. xx

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

So many lovely creative pieces...I love the magazine project!

Ali said...

Love, love, love these photos x

Studio Maywyn said...

Your applique wreath is lovely. The round flowers are my favorite. The green strip is a surprise the way it adds spark to the already cute design.
Bulbs! Thank you for the reminder to plant them

Mountain Mama said...

Such beautiful creations!! I, too, must get busy with bulbs if I want to add to my spring gardens...it's on my very lengthy to-do list!!

Lorrie said...

Your blocks are so pretty - vintage and modern all at the same time. The Scandi Christmas book looks like it would have some great projects - I wonder if it will be available here. We do get some UK magazine publications in our bookstore.
Bulbs. Yes. I need reminding. Perhaps this weekend.
Have a lovely day, Helen.

Madelief said...

Dear Helen,

Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. Sorry I haven't been around much lately.

Your stitching looks beautiful as always.I enjoyed seeing your lovely garden flowers too. Hopefully I will have some time this weekend to pop over to my allotment and see if there are any flowers left for picking.

Have a lovely evening!

Madelief x

Lee said...

Ooooh,I love your pics,makes me feel so warm n snugly.They also inspire me to get some work done hee hee.I have two crochet blankets on the go.Being a dog walker in St.Agnes does not leave me much time to make.Happy Week.x

Ana Lopes said...

I always love your posts, dear Helen! Wonderful pics!
Have a wonderful autumn!
Hugs and love from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft
www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

Jane said...

Good morning dear Helen...yes it's time to cosy up isn't it.I'm glad to see you still have some lovely flowers in the garden and that your bulbs are in. I just have one more pot to plant but still have fuschia in flower so I am waiting. Your cake border looks fab. Enjoy the rest of the week.Hugs xx

ana@carpe_diem said...

Every single photo is truly amazing and inspirative! So many pozitive vibes 😊

Stins said...

Hello dearest Helen, finally reading your blog again, and loving everything I see!
Your pictures are so beautiful and cosy as always, and i wish I could quilt when I see all that prettiness ;-)....
Lots of love from Mirjam.

Janice Kay Schaub said...

I am catching up on my blog visits. I am glad to see you are still here as I am enjoying the visit.
Time to get crafting again on the winter days to come and I get inspiration from my blogging friends
Janice

Cream Linen said...

Lovely flower wreath pattern.
I always love the colours in your makes and photos.
Thank you for sharing such pretty items and crafts with us.
Tina x

cristina said...

Hi, Helen! I'm sure in next spring, we will see the bulbs you've been planting! You're also a good gardener! As always a pleasure to read you here in your blog! have a nice day, helen! thanks for sharing!

Terri Brantley said...

I am so excited to find your blog! Oh how I wish we were neighbors! I absolutely love everything I've seen so far. The colors you choose are so lovely and delightful! Thank you so much for taking the time to post pictures and share your beautiful creations. Your blog is truly a treasure!

Smiles and hugs!
Terri Brantley

Angela said...

Beautiful work! Lovely photos.

Gabri Ercole said...

always lovely photoes in your post...autumn come also in Italy and we have light fire at home so warm with rain out!!Have happy week