Monday, 1 May 2017

Pretty Flowery Things

 Lots of lovely flowery sewing has been going on here recently.........and lots of sweet blossoms have been filling my tiny vases to help inspire me too.............
 ...............i began making four patch blocks using mainly lecien flower sugar fabrics and pam kitty morning fabrics, two of my favourites............the first sets of blocks i made into a floating four patch design by adding triangles of white to each block and setting it on point............
 ..........i love floating four patch quilts....i made one in red and white years ago and still love the effect......here are a few sneak peeks.....

 .............i also decided that i loved the simple four patch blocks made up of my favourite pam kitty garden catalogue design mixed with florals...so now i am making a second version of the four patch at the same time!........ i loved this particular print so much that i ordered a lot of it luckily.....
 .............i've already backed a quilt with it and made a little bag...........
 ...............below is the first block of the straight squares repeated design...........
 .............more pretty fabrics arrived this week....i am stocking up on more flower sugar by lecien....
 ...............lots of pretty colours to add to my stash and of course to make many more four patches with for both my quilts...............
 .................it's such a lovely time of year with blossom everywhere..............
 ..............we went on an outing this weekend to a beautiful historic house and garden..........
 ................it was grey and overcast so not ideal for pictures.....but i took these of the beautiful apple blossom in the orchard..............love the gnarled old trees decorated with lichen.....
...........thank you to everyone who visits me here in my bit of blogland, and thank you for your kind comments dear readers...............wishing you a wonderful month of may with plenty of flowers and happy crafty times..................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

30 comments:

Frances said...

Helen, it's a pleasure to see how your beautiful creations are so inspired by those lovely apple blossoms! Isn't spring grand. xo

Mickie said...

Helen,
What a sweet floating four patch design, and I love the Lecien Flower Sugar fabric line. I have a layer cake of it that I have been admiring, and am trying to decide what pattern to make. I have been hesitating to cut into it just yet. Your little drawstring bag is so very cute. Have a wonderful creative week, as I know you will.
Thank you for sharing.
Mickie, Indiana USA

KC'sCourt! said...

This quilt is so pretty.

Julie xxxxxx

PamKittyMorning said...

So lovely Helen!

Simone said...

The white background makes it look so crisp and fresh. x

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

Oh , I love your flowery fabrics and I could go wild with those fabric lines. Since I've gotten older I adore roses and pink....things I never paid much heed to in my younger years. I think I got inspired years ago when I watched Green Fried Tomatoes and also the lovely roses and florals that seem so prevalent in the U.K. in decorating and of course, Cath Kidson....it opened up a whole new world for me. I adore the 4 patch and putting it on point was not something I knew about...it's darling! You have exposed me to so many lovely things and I've learned from your books and your blog. It's so wonderful that you share your talent with us and inspire so many! Have a great day in the U.K.! It rhymes! LOL!

Teje Karjalainen said...

Happy 1st of May Helen! Your photos are so perfect for today to celebrate spring and almost summer! x Teje

Jennifer Hays said...

I love the way your patch blocks look with the white, so fresh and crisp. Just lovely. I enjoyed your photos so much today. The apple blossom is so pretty. Hope you have a good week!

pens and needles said...

Happy May Day to you! Your flowery four-patches remind me of a quilting truth that I believe -- fabrics are everything! Even the simplest of simple blocks becomes outstanding and special with the right fabrics. The proof is in the pudding -- or, in the quilt! :)

Gabri Ercole said...

Happy May to you too!!Lovely flowers in your work so delicious apple flowers too!!

Gracie Saylor said...

It is a lovely time of year, isn't it. We have been having white cherry blossom showers this week as the wild cherry tree develops gorgeous green leaves. Thank you for showing us some of your blossoms along with some of your current projects. I especially appreciate the look of your patchwork blocks floating in white. The Sugar Bunny I made from your pattern has been sitting out on the sea chest this Spring. She has such a nice smile, I can't help but smile back at her :) Happy May, Helen!

greenrabbitdesigns said...

You can"t really go wrong with flowers, can you Helen...I love them too!
I love both your quilts, the effect of the floating one is wonderful and of course the fabric is beautiful.
Lovely to see the apple blossom too...so pretty.
Wishing you a floral week,
V x

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

You use such pretty fabrics! It's been cold here :( Hoping for warmer weather so that our flowers bloom.
deb

Teresa Kasner said...

I am learning from you, Helen, that you can't go wrong if your fabrics are beautiful to start with! I love all the things you made. My lilacs are ready to open and I'm so excited for my big annual bouquet of 3 different colors of them! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Blondie's Journal said...

Absolutely perfect fabric and pattern choice, Helen. I'm not a quilter but I know what I love! :) Even the little bag is precious!

Hope the blooms in your garden continue to pop up and make you smile!

Jane x

Studio Maywyn said...

The rose fabric will make a stunning sun dress. Its like looking at an apple tree in bloom. Beautiful work

Jacky H said...

Wow where do I start. Thanks for another lovely read. The Rose designs are so English. The blossom is wonderful. Such an inspiration especially as I'm in Spain at the moment. Have a lovely week Helen.

Jacky H said...

Wow where do I start. Thanks for another lovely read. The Rose designs are so English. The blossom is wonderful. Such an inspiration especially as I'm in Spain at the moment. Have a lovely week Helen.

Rhona said...

Such lovely fabrics to work with, Helen! The apple blossom is so pretty.

Brenda Pruitt said...

The simple patch quilt, whether four patch or nine patch, has always been my favorite. Of course all your quilts are very special!
Brenda

A Joyful Cottage said...

Your designs are delightful, Helen. This quilt makes me smile. I love the fabrics. So cheery. xo

Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

So many lovely colours. I do love the floating squares, how effective they are xx

handmade by amalia said...

This pastel palette is exactly what I like. Beautiful work, Helen.
Amalia
xo

Connie the Cootiebug said...

The fabrics you use are always gorgeous. Love your projects and photos.

Bee Lady said...

I love all of the color schemes you use. And your material stash! Makes me want to get rid of mine and start over! I think I will!!!!!
Even your little ditty bag is adorable!

Cindy

Pat's Patch said...

Love your pretty little floating squares against the white background. Apple blossom's delicate pink and white ae a favourite of mine too. Love Pat XOX

Thimbleanna said...

Such beautiful little blocks Helen! I love PKM fabrics and 4- and 9- patch blocks are my favorites. Simple is best! It looks like spring has sprung in your part of the world -- have a wonderful weekend!

angelasweby said...

Helen, I love your quilts. I have never heard of or seen floating four patch quilts. Love the name, it's perfect and your quilts are too. The fabrics are gorgeous, so summery. The flowers are pretty too.
We had the Bank holiday weekend away in a converted barn in the Cotswolds. We visited Broughton Castle, Upton House and Kenilworth Castle which has the most beautiful old parterre garden full of Bellis daisies in gorgeous colours. I thought of you. I took lots of photos and wish I could show you some. You would have loved it there :-) xx

Art and Sand said...

I thought of you last night and fell asleep thinking of what pattern quilt I should make.

Thanks to you, when my gardening is finished today, I'm going to hit my sewing cupboard.

cristina said...

Love, Love all your Works, Helen ....