Block 7 of my Hearts and Happy Flowers quilt (pattern designed by the Australian designer Leanne Beasley) is finished - pieced together 5 months ago, the last appliqued heart has just been stitched in place ❤ These gorgeous fabrics are mostly from the Katie Jane collection by Makower UK and are really lovely. As always, Julia from Cross Patch has put a gorgeous kit together for this quilt. Looking forward to seeing these blocks all sewn together - just 2 more to complete!
A selection of applique hearts have been prepared, ready for the remaining blocks of my Hearts and Happy Flowers quilt, designed by the Australian designer Leanne Beasley. These will be held in place with a few spots of Roxanne's basting glue then secured with Aurifil 80wt thread.
Block 7 of my Hearts and Happy Flowers quilt was pieced together 5 months ago. The last couple of evenings have been spent stitching these teeny tiny satin stitch hearts with Lecien Cosmo embroidery threads. The backgrounds are just tiny 1" squares. There are 25 of these teeny tiny hearts in this block!
I called into Kis Quilting Ltd yesterday, and was lucky enough to see this GORGEOUS "Rosewood" quilt, stitched by one of their customers Jo Thompson. Here's Jo holding her quilt, along with Lyn, one of the lovely KIS ladies. It was a real treat to see it close up, it had been pieced together beautifully, and Jo had quilted it herself too...
...there are a few kits still available from KIS to make this quilt, and it's got 20% off in the sale! It has been designed by Carrie Nelson for Moda, using the Rosewood collection of fabrics by 3 Sisters, and I love Carrie's designs, and have several of her books (she also designed the fabulous "Schnibbles" patterns and books too). The quilt is 76" square, so will easily cover a double sized bed. And no, I didn't buy it but it was extremely difficult to resist - I'm not sure how long my willpower will last!
It's been a few months since I stitched any of my Hearts and Happy Flowers quilt - I can't believe it was at the end of November when I was away at a quilting retreat in Norfolk, when I pieced the blocks together, just leaving the hand embroidery and applique to finish! That row of tiny satin stitched hearts are made up of 1" background squares. This morning I've stitched the applique hearts in place on block 6 - it just needs a final press...
...drum roll please! Here's a picture of block 6 of "Hearts and Happy Flowers" -this 10 part BOM by the Australian designer Leanne Beasley was supplied along with all the fabrics from Cross Patch in Wales here in the UK. This block has been made with a variety of techniques - machine piecing, hand embroidery, English paper piecing and hand applique.
Just before Easter this fabulous book arrived - Nautical Quilts by Lynette Anderson Designs is full of new projects, large and small. All the quilty goodies in the book are made with a selection of fabrics from Lynette's previous collections...
...living not far from the Suffolk coast, this is giving me lots of ideas for future projects. There's such a good variety of projects in this book, the only problem is deciding what to make first!
These GORGEOUS threads arrived in the post a few days ago - they're the next instalment of the Cottage Garden Threads Vintage Sewing Club. I signed up to this a few months ago with Cross Patch and I'm so glad that I did. These threads are lovely to sew with, and the colours are absolutely glorious.
Last year I made some "Spring Ornaments" - pattern by Lynette Anderson Designs - and this year they're hanging on my Easter tree. These were all hand embroidered, embellished with raw wood buttons and stuffed with toy filling. The glass eggs and the wreath were purchased on a recent shopping expedition to Snape Maltings, where they had a super display of Easter goodies, both decorative and edible! My basket of chocolate goodies will be shared out with any visitors over the Easter weekend - will you be a lucky recipient?...
...did you spot a very cute Easter bunnie, sitting beneath my Easter tree?...
...these gorgeous decorated glass eggs are so pretty. Unfortunately I gave away all my fabric scraps that were from the same collection that the Spring Ornaments were made from, so the Bunny Garden quilt that I shared a picture of yesterday was made with other fabrics - I may well have to source some more LA pastel fabrics and redo that mini-quilt at a later date!
I've been decorating my home for the Easter holidays, and have added some homemade pieces along with flowers and spring-themed ornaments. This mini-quilt pattern is my most recent project, and was finished just in time! The pattern is "Bunny Garden" by the Australian designer Lynette Anderson Designs. I'd bought the pattern and the hand painted wooden buttons that are used to embellish it from Cross Patch, an online shop in Wales, back in 2016!
Bunny Garden is a cute pattern that is ideal for spring. The pattern is by the Australian designer Lynette Anderson and I'd bought both the pattern and the hand painted wooden buttons that are used for embellishment, from Cross Patch back in 2016! A few days ago the design was traced onto a piece of background fabric using a light pad and a very fine tipped Micron Pigma pen. A lightweight interfacing was fused to the back...
...and here's the finished wall hanging! The hand embroidery was completed using Valdani variegated threads and the hand painted wooden buttons have been stitched into place. This was machine pieced very simply, just stitch-in-the-ditch, using the same Aurifil 50wt thread that was used to piece the mini-quilt together. I've added a narrow quilt sleeve on the back, and it's ready to be displayed on a decorative quilt stand, along with other spring-themed decorations.
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