Monday, 13 November 2017

Cosy Times

 One of my latest cosy makes is this squashy quilted cushion, made with some of my favourite scraps and some of my treasured tilda yardage too..............i love these soft warm shades.........
 .............the cushion looks nice with the cabbages and roses duvet cover and pillows......
 ..............and with ruby rabbit too :)..............
 .............ruby is here again wearing her winter woollies and keeping cosy............
 ...........some of the last flowers in our garden....this is a bunch of cosmos that i grew from seed and they have flowered wonderfully for months but are finally getting near the end now......
 ..............now is the time to cosy up and sew some gifts like this little bear who is in my book *modern vintage gifts*................
 ...............i love making these quilted cushions and have another one being worked on now with even more embellishment and quilting....lovely to sew on cosy evenings..........
 ..............a mug of lemon and ginger tea to accompany a bit of sewing........
 ..............red and white stripes......one of my favourite things :)...........
 ............along with red berries against a blue sky...........most weekends mr p and i have a nice walk or two with molly the dog........i am looking for berries to photograph at the moment, they look so pretty...
 ..................this was the sea view near our house yesterday.............it was sunny but there was a very chilly breeze.....we need our winter woollies on now.......
 .................one more view of ruby and the little bear.......and one more view of the cosy bedroom....time to get on with my new work projects now.....i had a bit of a break from designing commissions last month when i helped with looking after our grandchildren and doing other family things....but now i am back in my workroom and getting on with projects for 2018 (!)...........
...............thank you so much for dropping by dear readers and for your sweet comments......it is lovely to hear from you and i do appreciate you taking time to write a little note to me...i know some of you had difficulty leaving comments last week so i hope the comment box works ok this time :).......wishing you a wonderful week with cosy happy crafty times....back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 6 November 2017

Nordic Stitches

 As we move into november and the days become more wintry here i am happy to be doing some festive sewing and working on a new quilt...........
 .............as soon as i saw the nordic stitches fabrics designed by wenche wolff hatling of northern quilts for moda fabrics i knew i had to have some.....i bought the charm pack above and a charm pack of kona solids white too and arranged them in a simple checkerboard pattern.....
 ..............i love the designs of reindeer, hearts, snowflakes, knitting stitches and small traditional patterns in red, white and shades of blue......
 .............and i decided to make some applique reindeer to add to the quilt......
 .............it's so cosy sewing these while watching movies and enjoying the firelight of these dark and chilly evenings..........
 .............i hope to finish this quilt in time to use it this christmas so must get sewing this week.....
 ............i love buying a charm pack and then picking my favourites from it and ordering yardage...
 ................the print below is for the backing of my nordic stitches quilt............
 ...............also keeping to my autumn 'finishing up the wips' rule, here is my work in progress ripple blanket, long neglected but now being worked on again..........it was so long since i worked on this one i'd almost forgotten how to do the ripple stitch...but now i am back with it and enjoying it very much again.....
 ...............below are the blue and white bootees i made last week for beautiful new baby louis.......
 .............i gifted them to him at the weekend when we visited and had some lovely new baby cuddles....
 .............we had a lovely walk last week with our dog molly and my elder daughter's puppy betsy.......it's been a beautiful autumn here and there is still plenty of colour and beauty to enjoy in the woods and on the common.....
..............thank you for dropping by dear readers and for your sweet comments.......i love to hear from you............wishing you all a very happy crafty week with lots of sunny days and cosy nights......back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 30 October 2017

Made with Love

 A while ago i was commissioned to make some projects for a sweet little book designed as a cover gift for issue 41 of pretty patches magazine, out now...........it was to be called made with love and there was also to be a reel of pretty ribbon printed with those words too as part of the gift......such a sweet idea.....
 .............i made a little doll, a patchwork cushion and a pretty house decoration.......the projects are still with the magazine but i will photograph them when they come back......the little doll is pictured here on my work table when i had just finished sewing her...... and below in the little book.....
 .............part of the project involved me taking step photographs and you have to remember not to sew too fast and miss out picturing each step.....below are the doll's arms, legs and head ready for turning prior to stuffing with toy filling......
 .............i am fond of this little doll pattern and plan to make some more versions soon....
 ............most of the things i make are made with love....either for the person i plan to gift it to or for the love of crafting and creativity itself.....working with beautiful fabrics and seeing pretty things emerge on my crafting table makes me very happy......
 .............the ribbon inspired me to make some pincushions as gifts for stitching friends and to add strips of the ribbon on the back...
 ................below is a something i have been knitting for a sweet newborn.....our younger daughter and her husband have a gorgeous new baby boy called louis and i knitted these bootees for him.....
 .................every stitch was made with love.........
 ................the pattern is from the knitter's year book by debbie bliss and the yarn is baby cashmerino.......these little red and white bootees are so cute........i am making some blue and white ones too....
 .............i also made a v stitch crochet baby blanket for louis to snuggle up in......
 ..........it is lovely to welcome a new grandchild into the world and to see rhys with his new baby brother............happy times and counting blessings.........
 ..............a pink pumpkin was added to my pumpkin harvest last week......now we are nearing the end of october and the pumpkins will be put away for another year.........
..............thank you for dropping by dear readers and for your kind comments.......i wish you a happy cosy, crafty week ahead....and HaPpY HaLloWeEn! ..................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 23 October 2017

Autumn Making

 We are enjoying our autumn days here this week...especially now the storm has passed (for now anyway).........a few more pumpkins have been added to my pumpkin patch.........
 ...........red and white gingham has always been a favourite fabric of mine so i used some of it to make some pumpkins............
 ..............i tried making some teeny tiny pumpkins ....they look quite cute.....
 ............autumn coloured quilts are keeping us cosy on these chilly nights..........
 ..............and autumn flowers from the garden are still brightening our days..........
 ..........i've been spending lots of time with our grandchildren as it is their half term holiday.......plenty of activities to keep us busy especially crafting related ones..............
 ..............the nasturtiums here are my autumn orange accent ;).............
 .................the susie watson spotty jug is perfect for the garden posy this week............
 ................my blog is a bit late this week as i was at my eldest daughter's house.....cake baking and decorating was going on ........and then we just had to try a piece...........
 .................here are some more teeny tiny pumpkins this time in more traditional autumn shades.....
 ..............last week we went on a trip to manchester and i took some pictures in whitworth park....we went into the art gallery and below is a collage of the cafĂ© in the trees there....such a wonderful atmosphere.....(click on the picture to enlarge it)..........
 ..............this week is another busy one for me and it is full of fun things to do with my dearies.....soon i will have to get on with my work again but it is nice to have a little break and some precious family time now and then......
................thank you so much for dropping in here to see me dear readers and for the sweet comments you leave me......it is always a pleasure to hear from you.......i hope you are having happy autumn days and lots of crafty inspirations too................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx