Friday, 14 January 2022

Sewing Hearts

Hello everyone...it's been a bright and sunny day here today and for most of this week too.....
......on my work table are some pretty little patchwork hearts being decorated for valentine's day...
.......i had some little paper flowers and bits of tape measure ribbon......
.....some sweet little silk flowers (bought from amazon)........
.....and tiny satin bows in my crafty stash.......lots more to make and embellishments to add.....the pattern for these patchwork hearts is now in my etsy shop link in sidebar.....and there are suggestions for how to decorate them too.....
...........below....i finally finished the hand quilting on the dorothy quilt and have made the binding.....the pattern is coming soon.........
....we have had some lovely walks this week, really enjoying our time outdoors and appreciating the beauties of nature.....below is the woodland next to the common where we often walk......some of the paths were so muddy and so churned up we had to carry the dog over them!.......
....we also visited ness botanic gardens where i took the following pictures....
..........beautiful red berries against blue sky...one of my favourite fabric colours combinations too....
..........sweet pink camellias blooming among glossy green leaves.......
........and the first of this year's snowdrops.......below is this week's quilt stack topped with a little patchwork bird (pattern also in my etsy shop).......the hyacinths and carnations in the little greengate jug there have such a gorgeous scent.......

 .....thank you for dropping by to my little bit of blogland dear readers.....and thank you for your kind comments.......wishing you a happy week ahead with plenty of cheery sunny days and crafty inspirations......take care lovelies......back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Friday, 7 January 2022

Little Dancers

Hello dear readers....am getting back into posting on a friday again now and here are some pictures of a dottie drawstring bag i've been making.......
.....featuring a little dancer fussy cut from a sweet belle and boo fabric......
...... just absolutely love these sweet and delicate drawings of children by mandy sutcliffe....
......they remind me of my own daughters and granddaughter taking their first ballet steps....
.....and they also remind me of one of my favourite childhood books......
......ballet shoes by noel streatfeild........this is my original copy of the book below......
......i still re read it now and then and still absolutely love the illustrations....
..........lots of little dottie drawstring bags were made by me this year (pattern can be found in my etsy shop link in sidebar).......you can also use the larger scale nutcracker prints for fussy cutting and using on other fabrics as i did with the little bag at the top.....
.........using my sweetheart pincushion this week on my cosy work table.....
..........and enjoying the wonderful scent of these beautiful blue hyacinths on my dresser....gorgeous scent of spring....
.........a garden memory to leave you with now.......we've been summer dreaming here, choosing new plants to order for the coming seasons and planting seeds in the greenhouse....not wanting to wish the time away and as you may know i do love cosy winter days.......but it will be wonderful when the cottage garden looks like this again......

 .....thank you for dropping by dear readers and for your kind comments and good wishes......hope january has begun well for you and wishing you a happy weekend.........take care lovelies....back soon xxxxxxxxxx

Saturday, 1 January 2022

Happy New Year

Happy New Year dear readers.......here i am back again after a refreshing break and a lovely cosy family christmas with all my chicks here.........i hope you had a good one too......these are a few pictures of our home and some of my makes....
.........cosy sugar bunnies tucked up for a nice winter rest.....
............festive quilts and cushions......and the jingle bell house garland.....
.......below is the new quilt which i finished just before xmas.....
........it uses tilda windy days fabrics......the image of the lady in her long mac with her little dog reminded us of my husband's aunt....so the quilt is called after her....the dorothy quilt....
........here it is being hand quilted....my twixmas project this week......
.......here is a picture of the fat quarter bundle before i began to chop it up......there will be a pattern available for the dorothy quilt in my etsy shop soon.....
.........another christmas pic, with my fave pixie girl from maileg......and some quilts and gifts....
.........this is the next project being worked on in my sewing room on this New Year's Day.....
........the vintage version of my bright flower pots quilt....loving making this one.....
........the cosy candle mat is out again this year, i do love these patchwork circles....

 ......thank you for visiting me here, thank you for your kind words, for buying my patterns and books and for sharing your makes.....wishing you love and light, health and happiness dear readers......happy 2022 lovelies..........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Saturday, 18 December 2021

Merry Christmas

Hello dear readers......this is a christmassy post filled with makes and decorations around our house, beginning with some new fabric button trees made from liberty, tilda and lecien fabrics......
.........the next pictures show some beautiful festive bedding called home for christmas by sophie allport.....which i think looks lovely with my red and white checkerboard patchwork quilt.....
.........this year feels very cosy and festive....and i'm quite excited because my girls and their families will all be here on christmas day......
........last weekend my eldest girl and i went to a christmas fair where i found some lovely vintage items for my collection....including a french enamelware coffee pot and candlestitck
..........love all the twinkly lights and candles making everywhere extra cosy.....
.....we put this red and white irish chain quilt up on the wall as part of the xmas decor.......and mabel the big bunny has a new candy cane cardigan.....
........some of my quilts re made in red white and green for a festive look.....these are my daisy quilt, nautical checkerboard quilt, irish chain quilt and star gazer quilt
.....and lettuce the sugar bunny also has a new candy cane cardigan to join mabel in the festivities.....
..........a chippy cupboard with christmas quilts, vintage finds and sweet little lettuce......
.........this week i have been drying orange and lemon slices for decorations....and added a string to this pentagon ball so it makes a pretty bauble......the patterns for these, along with the fabric button trees,  quilts, bunnies and bunny cardigans can all be found as downloadable pdfs in my etsy shop, link in sidebar......
.........so enjoying these cosy festive days....they may be rather short and dark but the christmas feel is so special and all the lights and candles bring such warmth and cosiness to the wintertime.....
......thank you for visiting me here dear blog friends and for those who leave kind comments a very special thank you......this will be my last post before christmas as next week will be very busy preparing to host christmas and enjoying family times......wishing you all a truly wonderful christmas and sending love and hugs to you all.........keep safe and well lovelies...........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 

Friday, 10 December 2021

Feeling Festive

Hello again dear readers....here we are feeling rather festive......first we have a quilt stack in our pink lounge......on an old chair which belonged to my husband's family and which i painted many years ago....
.....the quilt on top of the stack is this one......(it is made using my nautical checkerboard quilt pattern with the colours changed...pattern is in my etsy shop link in sidebar).......
....my christmas checkerboard quilt is made from scraps of minty greens, christmas red checks and snowy white solid.....pictured on the picket fence in between the storms, gales and lashing rain of the past few weeks.....
...........it's a cosy little festive quilt with a fresh feel......and below here it is back indoors on the rocking chair accompanied by a beautifully flowering amaryllis.......
...........more reds and greens now and the little flower square pincushion is on my work table.....
........love the twinkly lights in my sewing room and all the festive decorations around are very inspiring....
..........here is a little sugar bunny dressed in a new striped cardigan ready to celebrate....
..........couldn't resist taking a couple more pictures of my toadstool house too :)......
.........and here is a rustic birdhouse, new to me this season....we saw one like this in the cotswolds and when i got home i wished i'd bought it....but luckily found one online......
......my patchwork birds love it.......
...........and it's a very cosy addition to my festive decorating, surrounded with twinkly lights and candles....

 ..........lots more cosy christmas pictures to come next time.......thank you for joining me here to share my little blog world and thank you for the kind comments you leave me...it's so nice to hear from you....wishing you a happy festive week ahead.........keep safe and well lovelies..........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx