Friday, 27 May 2022

Home and Garden

Hello again dear readers on a sunny and slightly blustery day in my little corner of the uk.....
........some pictures today from around my home and garden......spending lots of time in and out of the garden at the moment, and bringing lots of flowers into the house to enjoy.......
.........love to see the lush green beyond the windows, now dotted with flower colours.....
.........cosy beds with quilts and books......and some flower posies too......
.....the quilt here is my lucky fish quilt...pattern in my etsy shop link in sidebar......
........thanks to careful nurturing by my hubby we have lovely wisteria tumbling down the back of the house this year......and mingling with the soft pink roses......
..........more pretty roses from the front garden this time, and after some thinning out and cutting back of other shrubs the pale pink rose there has emerged with many more flowers this year......
.........here's the mother's day clematis i planted a few weeks ago next to the obelisk.....
..........and a view between the adorable bells daisies.......
....to celebrate world bee day last week i released this beehive cushion pattern.......
......and to celebrate the royal jubilee i added this little cross stitch corgi pincushion to the jubilee collection.....both patterns are in my etsy shop link in sidebar.....
.......thank you so much for dropping by to my little blogspace dear readers....and thank you for your lovely comments and kind messages too...it's always a pleasure to hear from you.......wishing you happy days with flowers and sunshine and crafty inspirations.......take care lovelies........love and peace.......back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 

Friday, 20 May 2022

Lake District Days

Here i am again dear readers......refreshed from a very lovely break in the beautiful lake district.....
.........the scenery was more wonderful than ever and the bluebell woods were breathtaking....
.........we stayed in a cosy cottage and took my cottage garden quilt with us seen here on the window seat above........while below is another special cottage......dove cottage where the poet wordsworth and his sister dorothy lived......i've always loved dorothy's journals and am re reading them at the moment.....
..........inside the cottage, glimpses of the wordsworths' family and creative life........
..........we also visited hill top, beatrix potter's cosy home which we have been to many times before.....
........always a special place to see and this time my own bunny lettuce came along too.......
..........pictured in beatrix potter's actual kitchen garden with the watering can.....she was rather thrilled....
..........some of my treasured beatrix potter books which have helped inspire my designing and love of rabbits for many years........along with the tiny bunny....(the fabric rabbit patterns can be found in my etsy shop).....below is the view up the garden path at hill top......the white wisteria around the cottage looked amazing...you can see it better in the picture above.....
...........we walked a lot and really enjoyed it.....seeing the rivers, becks and waterfalls, the green foliage, tiny flowers and mosses was just so peaceful and beautiful.......below is skelwith bridge.......
.........the picture with words below is a sign at dove cottage which i wanted to capture......
........one more pretty view of rydal water sparkling in the late afternoon sunshine.......
.....thank you for dropping in to see me here dear readers, and for the kind comments you leave me....it's always so lovely to hear from you.....now i'm back i'm busy sewing again and making things for summer and the jubilee and working in my garden....i hope you are having happy busy times too and enjoying your days.......take care lovelies.........love and peace...........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 

Friday, 6 May 2022

Flower Pots

Hello dear readers......here is my new and freshly finished flower pots quilt top in a vintage style this time.....
........the original was made in bright fresh colours and i wanted to try it in these softer, more antique feel fabrics.....which i also love.....
.........the flowers of my blooming bellis daisy are always an inspiration.......
..........the fabrics are french general jardin de fleurs.........i used charm packs and also bought a jellyroll to create the borders.......lots left for other pretty projects......as usual i popped in a few tilda fabrics too....i always like to mix fabric lines up a bit....the backing fabrics are from my stash....a basket full of low volume prints that i often add to.....
.........it was fun to make this appliqué quilt, and the pattern is in my etsy shop link in sidebar.......
.........below are some flower pots in my greenhouse growing sweetpea seedlings which have now been planted out.......
...........have been loving all the bluebells and here is a basket full.......
.........a little view of spring flowers, self seeded feverfew in a big pot, and the beehive composter....
.........and on a little wall lots more flower pots including my tulip pot.......
...........i have always found flowers a true joy to see.......close ups of the perfect shapes and colours always delight me....these are auriculas, violas and bellis daisies in the greenhouse this week......
.........and along with this week's quilt stack is a green glass vase of garden grown flowers.......

 ...........thank you so much for dropping by to my little bit of blogland.......it's always a pleasure to have your visits and to read your kind comments........i will be taking a little blog break next week as we will be on holiday in the country for a few days......but will be back the following week as usual.......and you can still find me on instagram if you'd like to.......wishing you a happy time in the meantime lovelies....take care..........peace and love ..............back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Friday, 29 April 2022

Tulip Time

Hello again dear readers....how quickly the weeks are flying by at the moment.....this week i'm celebrating tulip time before it flashes by.....a bunch of bright tulips in a green jug with my newly finished spinning tops quilt first....
........when i sewed the triangles together for this traditional quilt they reminded me of the old fashioned two colour spinning tops children used to play with.......
.........lots of bright coloured scraps made their way into this quilt....and the colours also remind me of tulips and other bright cheerful flowers......
.........we saw some wonderful tulips for real last week when we visited the gorgeous gardens at dunham massey in cheshire......
..........huge colourful pots greet you at the garden entrance........ 
..........and the drifts of tulips weave their way through the beds into the distance.....
.....have never seen so many tulips at one time together.....it was a beautiful sight......
.........here are some very bright ones........the sunshine made them even brighter....it was a perfect day for a garden visit....
...........there were many other flowers and shrubs to enjoy too, like the soft narcissus planted beneath the trees here.......everywhere we looked there were more blossoming trees and interesting views....
..........another picture of the spinning tops quilt which now has a pattern in my etsy shop link in sidebar.....
...........and a final picture of a corner of my sewing room, with a quilt stack and flowers, and the spring nine patch quilt.....
............thank you for dropping by to see me here and for your kind comments dear blog friends......wishing you a happy sunny week with cheerful colours, bright flowers and plenty of crafty inspirations.....take care lovelies.........peace and love......back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 

Friday, 22 April 2022

Blooms and Blossoms

Hello dear readers.......here i am back again with a post full of flowers today...(and a few quilts too).....
........this is my version of an easter tree this year.....fabric eggs made from the pattern in my shop, and lots of twigs with leaves and blossom....all in a pretty folk art jug.....
..........another favourite jug is this pale blue one, perfectly pretty with pink tulips......
..........pictured with my gather the flowers quilt ( pattern in my etsy shop, link in sidebar).....
.....this quilt explores several techniques in an easy way, including patchwork, appliqué, english paper piecing, embroidery and hand quilting.....
.....i just love the soft pinks and blues in this quilt but it might be fun to make it again in other colours too.... bellis daisies and bluebells helped inspire this design.......and the title was from the lines by poet andrew marvell....gather the flowers/but spare the buds........
........all the bluebells are flowering now....the woods are full of them and here are some in our garden.....our own tiny bluebell wood.......
...........sweet pink and white apple blossom.......
........white cherry blossom falling like snowflakes in the breeze......
.....and a gorgeous auricula plant blooming happily in the greenhouse.......we had a lovely easter with dear family here and lots of happy times........
.........the little bunnies all lined up to join in the egg hunt which the smaller grandchildren took part in (and the older, taller grandchildren helped with).........and we all had a lot of fun in the spring sunshine.....there were lots and lots of easter eggs to find this year and in fact hubby and i are still finding them ;)...........
.........thank you for stopping by to visit me here and for your kind comments..........it's always a treat to hear from you.......hope you are enjoying sweet spring days, flowers and sunshine, and plenty of crafty inspirations too..........take care of yourselves lovelies............peace and love...........back soon xxxxxxxxx