Monday, 26 September 2016

St Ives

 This is where i was all last week.....staying in sunny st ives in cornwall....(a place filled with cherished childhood memories for me and my sisters as our family came to devon and cornwall every summer from when we were tots)............thanks to my mister p for the above image :)........
 .............counting the waves on porthmeor beach, st ives............
 ................the famous sloop inn dating from the 14th century.......there was live music outside here on the wharf (the st ives festival was on and there was art, music, theatre and poetry to be found everywhere)..............
 .................little harbour cottages...and if you walk up behind the sloop inn there is a maze of narrow cobbled streets and fishermen's cottages in the old heart of st ives known as *downlong*..........there are lots of galleries, exhibitions and cafes......lovely coffee too to take out and sip while relaxing  on the wharf in the sunshine......
 .............the rocks all along the rugged cornish coastline make for the most spectacular sea views.....
 .............here is molly enjoying the trip....she was so good all the time even on the seven hour car journey there and back again.............
 ..............there are four beautiful beaches at st ives, some perfect for surfing, some for sitting, some for fishing........it is still a working harbour and this is smeaton's pier built in 1767 enclosing the harbour beach where fishing boats are moored.......
 ................just outside the town, on the moorland landscapes are many ruined tin mines.........
 ..............here are a couple of pictures especially for everyone who loves the poldark series ;)......
 ...........talking to my father recently about our imminent trip back to cornwall, he said he remembers me drawing in the streets of st ives when i was an art student and it made me recall the little black sketch books i worked in at the time, filled with line drawings of tiny cottages and lots of blue and white watercolour thumbnail sketches of the sea and sky..............
 .............this time i began making a picture with fabric........the start of a st ives quilt......
 .............most of the time we were out and about, exploring and enjoying the warm september sunshine but i just had to do a little bit of crafting in the evenings........
 .............i have more pictures of our trip to show you but will save them for another time.......leaving you with this splashing waves picture, one of my favourite sights of all...........
....thank you for dropping in to see me here dear readers and for your kind comments........wishing you a happy week ahead enjoying the new feeling of autumn in the air (or spring if you are on the other side of the world) and lots of happy crafty times..............back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 12 September 2016

Quilt Inspiration

 I've recently been showing you sneaky peeks of some english paper pieced squares.......and this is what they were for............a trip around the world quilt in soft vintage shades..............
 ..................the top is now completed and ready to be hand quilted............just waiting for the backing fabric to arrive..........i love how just simple squares slowly stitched together can create a big pattern across the whole quilt............
 ...............lots of pictures of the quilt top in progress..........and i am sure i will take plenty more when it is quilted :)...........
 ...............most of these pretty fabrics are from tilda's recent ranges, a little bit is from the candy bloom collection that i was given for the blog hop not long ago....
 .............i used some white kona cotton solid to give a bit of contrast too.............
 ................do you remember the little bear from my book modern vintage gifts?........here is another version of him made from an alphabet fabric...............

 ...............and below is my newest fabric acquisition....a gorgeous jellyroll of miss scarlet fabric......
 .............. i have been inspired by antique quilts recently..........when i went to the wonderful quilt exhibition at the V & A in 2010 i brought the book home with me and have been re reading it lately, along with the fascinating old swedish quilts.............
 .............i have always loved the look of antique quilts and over the years they have often inspired my work from greetings cards to china designs as well as actual quilts.............
 ................sweet roses from the garden.......late flowering and with a delicate scent they look pretty with the white japanese anemones which are also flowering prolifically at the moment.......
 .............above is my trip around the world quilt being ironed for its next step of 'making the quilt sandwich'........below is the spare room bed with a different quilt on it this week (making the most of not having ironing baskets in the way any more).............this is of course the red and white checkerboard quilt, always one of my favourites...............
..................thank you for dropping by dear readers and for your sweet comments............i will be taking a little trip myself next week....not around the world but to one of our very favourite places......we will be in cornwall where we spent so many happy childhood holidays......so looking forward to seeing it all again...............x wishing you all happy sunny days and plenty of crafty inspirations......................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 5 September 2016

Quilt Love

 Happy September everyone............time for a new season and a fresh start for many with the new school year beginning......my own fresh start is that i am trying to sort out my house and be more organised.....
 ...............this room is a spare bedroom and i have kept a lot of children's toys in here for my grandchildren to play with..........i also do the ironing in here (though sometimes i don't actually do the ironing but let it remain in baskets waiting to be done)......
 ..............last week i began a bit of a tidy up and cleared lots of clutter, did the ironing, and hung up all the clothes......
 ...............then i spread out the farmer's wife quilt on the bed and arranged some white pillows and some pretty cushions..............
 ...............this sampler quilt is one of my favourites and i am part way through making blocks for another one.....
 ..............i have also been very busy recently making quilts for future magazine projects which is very exciting and a pleasure to do....but they have to stay secret for now, until publication next year when i will be sure to share them a lot..........
 .............some quilts piled up....and an old sampler of mine, the one called *thomas tusser* from my very first book..............
 .................sweet posy from the garden with a little bit of the recent dimity quilt..........
 ...............choosing softly coloured fabrics for a new applique quilt..........love choosing the fabrics from my stash or adding a few new ones by browsing online..............
 ................below is a pile of my old and new quilts............
 ..........i love to use them, display them and pile them up as part of my home decoration...........
 ..............there can never be enough quilts for me and i am always wanting to begin another.....below is the beginning of the last block of a new quilt that i hope to show very soon.....
.................thank you for dropping in to see me here dear readers and thank you so much to those of you who leave me a kind comment, it is such a pleasure to hear from you................wishing you a wonderful week ahead with happy crafty times and plenty of inspiration..........back soon xxxxxxx

Monday, 29 August 2016

Late Summer

 Today has been a gorgeously sunny bank holiday here......we had a lovely walk this morning along our own stretch of coastline and saw blackberries ripening in the hedgerows, butterflies and damselflies and lots of seabirds............last week a kind friend and neighbour brought me these plums, as she does every year and this weekend we had our first late summer (nearly autumn) crumble...........
 ..........i made this little garland of birds with scraps left from my blue and white quilt.....the pattern is the rainbow birds one from my book modern vintage gifts........
 .............and here is the new quilt being quilted..........as i usually do, i pinned all the layers together with curved basting pins which normally works really well.........but this time the layers felt rather slippery so i went up to the attic and dug out a big embroidery hoop to use and that seems to be working much better.....
 ..........a bit of quilting in the sunny garden..........
 .................the sweet japanese anemones are flowering here now.....love them in this beautiful ken eardley jug (purchased from the janet bell gallery here).............
 ................blue hydrangeas below from my daughter's garden.............x
 ..............and tomatoes grown by mr p in our greenhouse...............they are delicious......x
 ..................here they are growing well (this is worthy of note as we have had some serious tomato  fails in the past!).................
 .................so bright and shiny.......and tasty too..........
 ................below is one of my projects in this month's crafts beautiful magazine (there are two this time, the other is a christmas one)........this one is a project featuring apples and pears in cross stitch and applique.............you can find out more here...........
 .............soon i will be heading out to the garden again for a bit more crafting, enjoying the late summer sunshine while i can......
 ...................one more view of the little blue birds...........
...............thank you for your visits here dear readers, it is so nice to see you and such a joy to read your kind comments......wishing you a very happy late summer week with sunny days and crafty inspirations....................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx