On my small round table outside - how lovely the simple pleasure a table outdoors can be - with a linen and lace cloth, a jam jar containing a bunch of sun-drenched rosemary, clove-scented pinks and a few violas peeping like little friendly faces. They are beside, a very old piece of Laura Ashley fabric I've had squirreled away for years .... and now a piece of it has been patched to a pretty deep pink fabric and floral button made into a brooch for a friend.
Buddy's quilt is complete at last.
A little cross stitch date and name to acknowledge his arrival a few weeks ago.
Hanging on the line after washing to give that lovely clean fresh smell and to give that homely crumpled look ....also, a photo opportunity!
And the on the reverse a sleeve for hanging on Buddy's wall as requested by Buddy's Mum .....the polka dot sleeve ends matching the border ,as I hadn't quite enough matching ocean boat material. Polka dots for Buddy's Mum, who loves them. .......... and my personal label in cross stitch at the bottom.
appliqued boats above, pattern from the fabric design applied with bonda web and edged with blanket stitch.
A little cross stitch to finish.
a sweet bag filled with chocolate for my dear little great niece Winnie, inspired by Helen Philipps. The cross stitch and many more gifts and designs can be found in her book, " Simply Sewn Gifts"
this one, another Helen Philipps inspired cross stitch comes from a 'Crafts Beautiful Magazine', sampler chart book produced to mark the 200th issue. The eggs and chicks are part of a much larger sampler but these were quite enough for a beginner like me. I used this pretty design as the centrepiece to a cushion for a nursery chair in my great nephew's room that my niece had requested. It was a pleasure to make.
The welcome cushion complete, with my first attempt at mitred
corners on the front, and a trendy alphabet design on the back complete with 'pillow slip' opening and three matching buttons.
This was a baby cot quilt for friend Barbara's grandson. We both love buying and seeking out fabrics from her local fabric store in Burnley, Lancashire when I visit. I couldn't resist the one with Miffy the little dutch rabbit. In fact it enticed me to make a Miffy to go with the quilt.
My inspiration for the patchwork quilt with white border bound with a floral binding comes from needlecraft designer and artist Helen Philipps. She is the small sewing gift guru. I love everything about her work, and follow her delightfully excellent blog. She can be found at www.helenphillips.blogspot.co.uk
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