Monday, 18 November 2019

Pinwheels and Flowers

 Welcome to my little blog space dear readers on a cold and wintry november day...........
 ............here are some pictures of my freshly long arm quilted pinwheels quilt...........
 .............it arrived back this week and i am very pleased with it....love how debbie holland quilted the circles which really make the pinwheels swirl.............
 ............also this week i was given some lovely red and white flowers ..........
 ..........which i divided into posies in different jugs.........love the effect of red berries and white china...
 ..............my studio and sewing room just became festive.....especially as i was gathering things together for photo shoots of toys and quilts..............
 ............the sugar mouse pattern (medium sized, the same as the sugar bunny but slightly shorter due to her ears!) is now in my etsy shop link in sidebar.....
 .............lovely little brocante milking stool makes a nice prop for displays....and i still love my red and white greengate jug......
 ..............little doll quilt and susie watson jug filled with red and white floral snippets..........
 .............the latest log cabin block for the ongoing quilt is a festive one...........
 ....love these lewis and irene fabrics especially the little soldiers................and finally one more pinwheel picture with a sign i couldn't resist buying...........think it will be very useful for my december decorating :).............
..............thanks for dropping by lovely blog friends and for your sweet comments which i always enjoy reading...............wishing you a wonderful cosy and happy week ahead...back soon xxxxxxxxx

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Festive

 Happy new week dear readers......feeling a bit festive here and using some lovely red and green fabrics for this new applique house and garden cushion......this was inspired by the quilt that i had published in australian patchwork and quilting a couple of years ago.....
 ...........i'm having a fun time adding little elements to this and doing lots of hand quilting.....trying out broderie perse and using the sweet birds from some lovely tilda fabrics.....
 ..........it's cold and windy here and definitely time for cosy quilts and cups of hot tea.....my old red and white checkerboard quilt is always a favourite.....
 ............taking some festive photos of my makes ready for christmas shopping..... the tiny mouse looks cute peeking out of the top of my red patchwork stocking....
 ...........and here are the tiny bunny and tiny mouse together..........(patterns in my etsy shop link in sidebar)...........
 .............at the weekend my daughter and i went to the little christmas brocante in burton village, cheshire...............here are some quick snaps to give the general effect....it was very christmassy and lovely......
 ..........i did find some treasures and meet some lovely people....more pictures soon.....
 .............outside the sky was blue and the sun was shining after a huge downpour the previous day.....
 ............the woods are soaked with all the rain........
 ..........and the holly berries are gleaming...........
 ............in my studio....here is a work basket filled with tiny animals..........and below is a corner of my desk where i am drawing templates and writing patterns.............
...........thank you for dropping in to see me here lovely readers...and for your kind comments......wishing you a wonderful week ahead with happy days and crafty inspirations.......back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

November

 Happy new week dear readers and happy november too..........on a bright day last week i took some quilty photos in the garden and in the potting shed............
 ............these are the three little fruit quilts i made this year......
 .............apples, plums and cherries were the inspiration for them.......
 .............and i also did a little bit of halloween inspired sewing too.........
 ............the spider web block in black and white.............
 ..............made into a coaster............below are some of this year's fabric pumpkins and gingham birds.......
 ..............we had a lovely family firework party at the weekend too..........
 ..............and lots of beautiful autumn walks...........below is my walk through the park to our little seaside town where i shop and go to the post office......
 ...........i've been trying to finish lots of works in progress and managed to complete this pinwheel quilt top last week.....it will be longarm quilted for me soon..........
 .............and also ready for the coming festive season is a new little mouse......tiny mouse is very tiny indeed.....
 ..........she can be used as a decoration or a toy......a cute little tree ornament or a stocking filler.....the pattern is in my etsy shop now link in sidebar...............off to do some more work now....but maybe a cup of tea first...........
..........thank you for dropping by lovely readers and for your kind comments.....it's always a pleasure to hear from you.......i hope you have a great november and lots of cosy crafty times......back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Cosy October

 Hello lovely readers.......here are some cosy october pictures today as we near the end of the month (already!)......i've been busy sewing with these very pretty old rose fabrics from tilda....above is my redwork berries pincushion......(pattern in my etsy shop link in sidebar)......
 ............and this is the beginning of a bow tie quilt which will have a checkerboard border too......
 ..........i wanted to use some bigger pieces to see the pretty fabrics properly....love these gorgeous shades of purples, pinks, creams, teals and reds.....
 .............i even found a bunch of supermarket flowers in similar colours to enjoy last week....
 ..........it's soup time here (well actually i love soup and make it all year round!).......
 .......but now it's pumpkin soup time :)............and this is my latest (and largest) fabric pumpkin.....
 ..............in the garden the cherry tree has shed its colourful leaves across the lawn.....more work for mr p at the weekend.....
 ............we cut the fuchsia bush back very hard last year and it loved it and has grown much bigger....
 ...........beautiful berries that are perfect for decorations in and out of the garden.....
 ........cottage garden view....plants are dying back but lots are green still and we have towering cosmos flowers.....i bought more tulips ....pink ones!...(i hope!) and need to plant them this weekend too.....
 .............cosy october means candle light, fire light, hot drinks and hand sewing......a log cabin block for my on going quilt in warm colours............and below some cosy decorations celebrating the season.......
............wishing you a very happy end of october dear readers.......hope you are having cosy crafty times and (if you celebrate it)...happy halloween.......thank you so much for visiting me here and for your kind comments which are such a treat to read.......back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 21 October 2019

Bright Corners

 Hello lovely blog readers and happy new week...........we've had some bright days here as well as some rainy grey and gloomy ones.......here is my quilt fresh from the longarm quilter....it's called bright corners...........
 ............it was made with a jellyroll of lecien child smile fabrics and white kona cotton.....
 .............the block is a nine patch variation.....very simple and quick to sew.....
 ...............i rotary cut all the pieces and then sewed this up on the machine very quickly and then debbie holland longarm quilted it for me in a modern loops pattern.................
 ...........i enjoyed making it and now i'm making a red and white one using the same pattern......
 ............this one is on the wall in my sewing room now brightening it up even on the dullest of days.......mabel the big bunny is there too with her new woolly scarf..............
 .............at the weekend we visited our youngest daughter and her family to celebrate the second birthday of our littlest grandson louis.......our older daughter and family went too and we had a lovely time.........here are some 'in car pictures' on the way...we started out in pouring rain and then it brightened up nicely......
 .............cheshire lanes with falling autumn leaves and the occasional dog walker.....
 ............still lots of green leaves....autumn is late this year......
 ................back home now and this is in our greenhouse..............
 ............i filled the terracotta pots up with violas and bellis daisies ready for some cheerful autumn colour.....and beneath the trees at the bottom of our garden are tiny bright cyclamen blooming.....
.............thank you for visiting me here in my little bit of blogland and a big grateful thank you to everyone who leaves me a kind comment......it's so nice to hear from you......wishing you all a wonderful week ahead with lots of bright and happy times.............keep cosy......back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx