Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring

I don't know why, but I am always amazed at the beauty of Spring. Year after year Spring never fails to delight and astound me. I suppose, because I find Winter rather tedious and ho hum and the long months of dreary and frigid landscapes rather bleak, I wonder if Spring will ever visit these shores once more. Just as I begin to think Winter will last forever, Spring magically appears and begins to dust the landscape with beautiful colour. Down here at the bottom of the world Spring is sprinkling new life and beauty to the landscape. Spring is weaving it's colourful magic with cheery profusion.


In our little plot of earth the Daffodils and Jonquils pop up with cheery abandon. Year after year the Spring bulbs multiply with very little effort from my green-fingered gardener. =)  Every year each bulb gifts me with another and another and another bulb. 'Tis magic really.



Sweet, sweet Maisie......doesn't she adorn the countryside beautifully! She is incorrigible, always ready to smile at the camera.

Whilst Spring has been doing it's thing outside, I have been doing my thing inside. I have been whiling away many Spring moments stitching my hexie flower quilt. Each hexie flower reminds me that Spring kisses the earth with sweet flowers.


I have bordered each flower block with strips of  fabric to give the quilt a scrappy aesthetic.


In each corner I appliqued the smaller hexie flowers onto polka dot fabric.


I was going to applique each small hexie flower onto white fabric but I thought the dotty fabric would add a sense of fun and cheeriness. I love these little hexie flowers. I think the addition of the snippets of embroidered doilies in the middle of each flower adds a touch of whimsy.




The quilt top thus far is the size of the top of a queen bed. Now I have to decide how I will border the quilt. I like the thought of fencing the flowers in with scraps of fabric. I am thinking of incorporating some small hexie flowers; how, I am not quite sure but I am hoping something brilliant will metamorphose. =) I will play around and see what imaginations my muddly brainpan will conjure up.

It is school holiday time down here at the bottom of the world so I am going to spend the next couple of weeks stitching this pretty quilt......amongst enjoying other pastimes. I can see in my crystal ball, the enjoyment of many a country drive through this beautiful Spring paradise, drinking in the glorious sights and scents that Spring always magically gifts us. Tassie in Springtime is truly a sight to behold.

Now that the days are getting longer and becoming warmer I might even find myself in my garden, sitting amongst the Spring bulbs enjoying a cup of tea.


Aah....the beauty of God's masterful brushwork is truly magical!


And......of course pick overflowing baskets of Spring bulbs.





Just playing. =)


Enough of this chatting and playing with pretty flowers, there is a li'l stitching to be done!


Until the next time.........have a beautiful day!

40 comments:

  1. such beautiful quilts and gorgeous tablescapes. I think I spelled that right. Maisie is a sweetheart and is definitely smiling. Our fall is trying to sneak up on us. We are getting a little bit of color starting to show. won't bee too long.
    Have a great week.
    Hugs

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  2. I love spring, but fall is my next favorite season and that is what we are in now.Your hexie flower quilt is so pretty.

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  3. How pretty it is in your corner of the world dear Kim. Your daffys are certainly putting on a wonderful display. Dear Maisie ... sweet little face sitting there. I adore your new quilt & love the hexie flowers you have made. I hope you enjoy bordering your pretty flowers. Your hanging jars of flowers made me smile as I actually picked some pretty camelias this morning & popped in a jar to brighten the inside. Have a wonderful week dear Kim Xx

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  4. The joy of defined seasons - not like Sydney's hot&wet; hot&dry; cold&wet; cold&dry. Temps here have already been in the high thirties (errcchhh) and no appreaciable rain for about months. I shall live vicariously among your pretty blooms and imagine I'm sipping tea and nibbling madeleines. I do hope you decide to fend in your hexie blooms. Such a charming quilt.

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    1. Having lived in Sydney for 50 years I can feel your pain, Ann. There were never four distinct seasons such as here in Tassie. We lived in the outer western suburbs and I remember well those stinking hot and humid Summer days for months on end. I do not miss the Sydney climate at all. Fortunately for my green-fingered husband rain is in abundant down here so flowers abound. Thank you for visiting and thank you so very much for your lovely comments. Kim Xx

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  5. I love the photos of you playing, they are so colorful and pretty and fun. I must admit that I love winter as well. Ours is mild and quite short and it is so wonderful to welcome that first rain after the dusty old summer. I wonder when we'll have it.
    Amalia
    xo

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  6. Beautiful photos Kim! Tassie certainly seems to have definite seasons...in Brisbane we hardly notice any difference between Autumn, Winter and Spring...sad really! lol
    Your daffodils look wonderful, as does your beautiful hexie flower quilt!

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  7. Wonderful! I really enjoy seeing photos of spring - as we are hurtling towards the darker months, already in deep autumn. x

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  8. Tea in the spring garden would be delightful! The quilt is so cheerful; just lovely! Be sure and share pictures when you enjoy those rides thru the spring countryside.

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  9. Oh, your garden and the landscape in all your pictures looks amazing and Maisie is quite a model! It must be divine being able to enjoy and soak in all the beautiful flowers with a morning coffee! Thank you for sharing this enticing pictures with us Kim! They beautified my day!

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  10. What a wonderful post full of gorgeousness and eye candy!!! I so love your quilts and this flower hexie one is so divine. Your doily banner is so sweet. I keep telling myself I am going to make one from the hundreds of doilies I have :-). Happy Spring to you. Your joy is felt all the way UP here!!

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  11. Oh Kim, you must be in your lovely glory with outside beauty and then creating beauty inside with yet another take on your Hexie flowers. How I love seeing what magic you are making with those beautiful hands of yours. I look forward to seeing how you finish your newest quilt. Happy Spring to you from your Fall friend!! xo

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  12. I love your latest quilt. It's so darn happy. I love Maisie, I love the daffodils, and I love the tea table. Most of all, I love your posts.

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    1. How sweet of you, Carole and so very kind; thank you. Kim Xx

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  13. Bellissimo il tuo lavoro a quilt
    che bello il tuo giardino primaverile!! :) .. da me è appena arrivato l'autunno...
    un saluto
    Roberta

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    1. Thank you, lovely Roberta. Beautiful Spring down here, beautiful Fall up there. May you enjoy a beautiful day. Kim Xx

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  14. Oh my Kim you do have a lovely garden of flowers and your little Maisie looks like she is enjoying them very much too, quite the model there :)
    Onto your Amazing and gorgeous quilt, I totally love your scrappy Masterpiece, the arrangement you have done with the blocks is perfection and I am sure you will come up with a wonderful border idea!! enjoy your lovely spring!

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  15. Seasons outside...
    Spring inside...Great pictures !
    Hug
    Anna

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  16. I love the cheerful colors in your hexy quilt--so springy! Hexies are so fun and addictive!

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    1. Hexies are addictive, aren't they. It seems these fun shapes are always popping up in my stitching days; they have bewitched me. =) Thank you for your lovely visit; you have put a smile into my morning. Kim Xx

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  17. My farms face is hurting from smiling so much at this absolutely beautiful post full of gorgeous photos!! I feel the same about Autumn here in Texas! I must post some photos and tell my story too!

    Oh to sit in your lovely Garden and sip a Cup of tea with you would be divine!

    Have a lovely day!

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  18. you take the best pictures kim, pretty and artful!! the quilt is gorgeous, i always favor them best when they are hanging on the clothesline!!!

    spring is quite wonderful - like nature waking up from a long sleep!!!

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  19. Hello Springtime Kim! Reading this post and seeing your wonderful photos and quilt top was better than any magazine piece!! Truly, I mean that's how much I enjoyed my visit with you today! Your little hexie squares are just the bees knees! Love it all!

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  20. Kim, spring has sprung at your lovely home! The flowers are gorgeous as is Maisie's smile. ♥ And your quilt compliments the season. xo

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  21. Spring - it's pretty much my favourite time of year because of the promise of the summer to come. Here the trees are just starting to turn colour....think they're late this year because we had such a wet summer. Scraped frost off the car windshield yesterday and I announced that it was quite enough - I've seen enough of winter.

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  22. Maisie is having sooo much fun. I love your beautiful daffodils but I'm LOVING your quilts even more, they're gorgeous!!
    Have a wonderful Wednesday and enjoy your Spring :)

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    1. Ahh yes, Maisie's aim every day is to have fun. She is such a sweet girl. Thank you for your lovely comments, Prunella. You have added a little sunshine to my day. Kim Xx

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  23. Oh yes, it definitely looks like spring is springing! Your daffodils are so pretty and Maisie looks quite content! Loving that GORGEOUS spring hexie quilt. Your talents amaze me, Kim!

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  24. Love seeing all those beautiful daffodils and your gorgeous hexie quilt top. roll on Spring.

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  25. Everything is is looking so beautiful in your part of the world! The flowers are just lovely and your sewing is beautiful. And dear Maisie is looking adorable as always. I'm looking forward toyour Spring and Summer :)

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  26. OUTSTANDING QUILT my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....................

    created the you very own spring out of you art work ,Tremendous hexies and superb delightful colors .

    thank you for sharing awesome photos ,specially loved the table setting among greenery!

    I adore your skills for creating such art work that uplifts my soul,so cheerful and full of life!

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  27. Awww, Maisie smiling is such a sweet pup! Beautiful springtime images of the daffodils and rolling hills. Your view looks like something from a storybook. Your quilt is beautiful, and the polka dot fabric really gives it a fun and also retro feel. You always make the most perfect quilts Kim. Well, off you go on a little ramble through the countryside, windows down, hair flown in a tangle, and the sweet springtime smells filling the car!!
    Wendy xox

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  28. Oh, Kim! What a feast for the eyes! Your daffodils are so pretty and Miss Maisy is indeed the perfect lawn ornament. You and those hexies!! Another lovely quilt top! We've just returned from another visit with our son in Montana. It's turning Fall around here but it snowed the last day we were visiting him. Just a little reminder that Old Man Winter is heading our way. Enjoy your warner temperatures and lovely gardens....don't forget to send us more sunny pictures! Zenda

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  29. How beautiful your spring countryside is, dear Kim! The rolling hills, the river of daffy's, the wonderful sitting area filled with charm just makes my heart smile. Your sweet hexie flower quilt is just too pretty with its polka-dot background, too. Love your darling vignettes - it will be so nice to see your photos of spring while we drift into autumn. Sending hugs xo Karen

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    1. Thank you, lovely Karen! Beautiful Spring down here and glorious Autumn hues up there. We are blessed, are we not, to be able to call home in our beautiful parts of the world. Thank you for your sweet comments. Your visits always delight me. Kim Xx

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  30. Your dafs are LOVELY! Ours don't reproduce like that here in the high country. I think squirrels dig them up and eat them, too.
    Your hexie flower quilt is absolutely gorgeous. Wow. You are such a fine quilt maker!

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  31. Are there words to describe to describe the delight of reading this post? I think not, smiles! You have a way with all your creations and the beautiful countryside you live in, filling my heart with its beauty! Your quilt is delightful, your spring is gorgeous, your daffodils so happily blooming and sweet Maisie is adorable! I know you will come up with an amazing border for this quilt! Thanks for sharing your beautiful spring with me today, hugs!

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  32. Dearest Kim,
    I've been missing you and your wonderful blog posts so much, cherished friend !

    Sincerely grateful for all the Beauty you always share - your Spring flowers and your amazing quikts truly won my heart-,
    I'm sending hugs and ever much love to you

    XOXO Dany

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  33. So many lovely daffodils, you have a gorgeous garden Kim, so many charming flowers all year long.
    The quilttop looks superb, with the very nice flowers.

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    1. Thank you, lovely Loes. Spring is bustin' out all over down here at the bottom of the world. Kim Xx

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