Sunday, February 10, 2019

A Li'l Bit of Happy

Hello all you lovely lovelies♥ 'Tis Sunday again. The day when I take it a little easier....the day of rest (well it is at least for me)..... the day for a little slow hand stitching. This week I have been enjoying a li'l bit of happy stitching. More fabric baskets and handles, which I chatted about here, have been stitched together. More playing with bright and happy reproduction prints.....and of course more playing with flowers cut from the garden.

More tiny circles of pretty fabric have been coaxed into flower buds and appliqued onto the baskets. I must say these little buds and leaves are the easiest to applique.....much easier than the flowers on my flower garden quilt.

If I am not careful my fingers will forget how to fashion flowers for my flower garden quilt. My fingers will forget the deft touch needed to shape those sometimes complex flowers. Funnily enough, if you leave appliqueing the more ambitious flowers even for a little while, you easily forget all those little tricks you discovered and learnt along the way. It is so easy to consign into oblivion those little things that make forming fabric flowers more facile, those little tricks that prevent you from going a little loopy after you have just formed what seems a gazillion tiny petals and having taken all day to fashion them. If I am not careful those helpful tidbits I have gleaned as I dawdle along the flower applique path, enabling a more pleasurable stroll.........well......they will slip from my memory. Aah yes....that memory of mine.....mmmm!!  Note to myself.....Must, Must fashion Cosmos so they can bloom on  my Flower Quilt, this week......if only to reprogram my brainpan and kick start the memory; to enable all the encodings in the nerve endings of my needle-pricked fingers to start computing again! 'Tis amazing the process of  flower applique....isn't it. =)


Another row of scrappylicious flower buds sitting in baskets...soooo much fun to stitch. This quilt is going to be queen size so there is a ways to go yet. As it is Sunday I am going to steal some moments  of a li'l bit of happy.......a li'l bit of hand stitching. Ain't Sundays grand??

Once again, the calendars all around the world show us that Valentine's Day is nigh. The day that comes but once a year, when sweet-faced cherubs with swathes of gossamer-like fabrics covering their modesty, appear with their chubby little arms laden with flowers and chocolates, gifting them to those whom believe. May a sweet little cherub find his way to you at your lovely place, this Valentine's Day. Sending you all a little beauty and LOVE this blue sky, sunshine-filled kinda day.

Until the next time..........

Linking up this week to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching.
                                       Judy's Design Wall Monday

58 comments:

  1. Kim, I look forward to each of your posts. I am never disappointed! Your handiwork and written words are so delightful. Thank you for brightening our days! XO

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    1. I am delighted that you enjoy each time you visit my little place, Gina. Thank you so much; you are very kind. May you enjoy a beautiful week. Kim Xx

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  2. Oh wow!!! The colours are so awesome!!!Thanks for putting colour into our day. x

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  3. I love your baskets, with applique and with the real life flowers. If there was any colour in my garden at the moment apart from brown I might have a go at playing like that myself. :-)

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  4. All your basket/flowers are gorgeous !!!! A pure delight !
    Thanks for sharing those beauties !
    Have a shinny day ! For you to have your blue sky ;)
    Hug
    Anna

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  5. Wonderful photos of your flowers. The basket blocks are amazing and this is going to be a wonderful quilt. :-)

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  6. Your baskets are lovely. I've got the book ordered, I found an used one, should receive it this week. Happy stitching!

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  7. Your flower filled post makes me feel very happy and warm - thank you for that! Love what you are stitching at the moment!

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  8. Wow, this post makes me very happy to just let my eyes take in all the color and beauty of your work! Superb!

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    1. You are very kind, Rita, thank you♥ Your visit has delighted me. Kim Xx

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  9. Cold and icy here again this week. Your baskets send a spring breeze my way! Lovely!

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  10. Oh my...Such beauty and happiness!It is always a pleasure stopping by...Balm for the soul...Best wishes!

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    1. Thank you so much, lovely Maristella. It is always a pleasure to have you visit. Kim Xx

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  11. Your baskets are beautiful. I love how you previewed them with three-dimensional flowers and then show us the finished applique.

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  12. Will the queen sized basket quilt be for your bed, or are you gifting it to one of your daughters? Whoever has it will surely enjoy being cuddled and warmed by those lovingly stitched flower baskets. Happy Sunday, dear Kim! ❤️

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  13. Oh Kim you do have a way with arranging your flowers, wouldn't it be awesome if you could apply the real ones to your baskets and they would never wilt :) I so understand the idea if you stop doing something you will forget those little things that made things go smoother, I am that way so much with the computer, hubby will show me something and if i don't do it again for a couple months I have to ask him all over again. Your rows are coming along beautifully!!

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  14. I just love your new quilt! It gives hope for the upcoming Spring here. Happy stitching today!

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  15. Beautiful pictures, I love your baskets!! Hugs,

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  16. You are creating the most wonderful keepsake, dear Kim! Such a delight to see it coming together! A darling Valentine you have created, too. Wishing you a lovely Heart's day! xo Karen

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    1. Thank you, lovely Karen. May your Valentine's Day be a beautiful filled with gifts of love. Kim Xx

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  17. My memory is not as good as it used to be. I'm making my first corner to corner (C2C) afghan. It seemed so easy at first but now it's at the width I want it so I have to stop "growing" one side. I must crochet two rows, one that is growing in length and one side that is not or I forget how to do the non-growing side. I am remembering better now but if I was younger I'd have it nailed better by now. I'm also crocheting a pineapple doily (I want to make 4) and yes, I had to get used to the tension I like for thread crochet since it's been about a year since I made one. It is gloomy and snowing just a bit right now. As long as I don't have to shovel I will get some crafting done. Love the baskets of flowers. I worked on a queen size quilt for Mom yesterday. I have the top done but I didn't think about the backing. I had enough fabric left to piece a back and it was a chore, especially pressing the seams. Oh, my aching back! Now I need to find a way to sandwich it. I can no longer get on the floor and I don't have the room anymore if I could. I don't have a table large enough. I put it aside until I can figure it out. I love making the quilt tops but backing and sandwiching and quilting them is something I would rather not do. I can't afford to send them out to a long arm quilter either. Have a great day.

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  18. Oh Kim! HOW gorgeous! Your quilt is a masterpiece. I know what you mean about forgetting techniques and tricks! I'm so glad the wisdom comes right back!

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  19. Me encantan los colores de ésa labor que estás haciendo, transmiten alegría y luz, mucha luz. BESICOS.

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    1. Thank you, Arish for your sweet visit. Kim Xx

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  20. Or maybe a whole bucket full of happy! Just seeing your lovely blossoms, both the ones from your magnificent garden or the ones created by your oh-so-talented hands, makes me happy.

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    1. I'll settle for a whole bucket full of happy. =) Thank you for visiting my happy li'l place and for your beautiful comments. Kim Xx

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  21. Your flower baskets are looking so pretty Kim. You seem to have achieved heaps by now. I just love the way your drape those pretty ribbons around your photos. Just gorgeous. Wishing you a happy flower-filled week dear Kim Xx

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  22. Kim, your post is filled with gorgeous eye candy. Seriously beautiful handiwork! Your prose is a pleasure to read! Like you, if I stay away from a technique for even a few days, I also forget my "how tos". Thank you for sharing and visiting my blog!

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  23. Your Baskets of Flowers blocks are coming along beautifully and they are doubly gorgoeus with your garden blossoms!! We are still up here in the frozen north with icy roads and bitter temperatures. J and I will be handing off Jack-watching duties to his other grandmother late this week and head east to the beach and warm golf courses. It will be so good to be warm and see and smell real flowers growing. Wishing you a wonderful week, dear Kim!

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  24. What delightful baskets you have created Kim! Each is a little but rich feast for the eyes!

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  25. The baskets are looking so sweet filled with beautiful flowers, fresh and fabric ones. Don't worry, your fingers won't forget. It will all come right back :)

    -Soma

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  26. Kim - I think you might have been sniffing one too many flowers - I can't imagine your fingers would ever "forget" anything! Enjoyed your post as always, full of natural and creative beauty!

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  27. Dear Kim, your baskets are beautiful of themselves, but now that you decorate them with fresh flowers they are amazing!!!
    It is always fun to read your funny word pinnacles.
    Greetings, Loes

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    1. Thank you, lovely Loes♥ Your beautiful comments have sprinkled sunshine into my day. Kim Xx

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  28. What lovely little baskets, Kim! They are wonderful both with real and appliqué flowers! I love the way you arranged the ribbons over them, it is as if they were stroked by the garden breeze. I am not worried and I can't believe that your skilled fingers might have lost the habit of fashioning flowers.They will remember very quickly with a little practice. Hugs!

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  29. So many beautiful flowers--real and hand made. Wonderful baskets.
    I doubt that you will lose your applique skills, but I agree it does pay to keep such skills blooming, Kim.
    Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. My fabric flower skills have been blooming this week, Dixie....Cosmos and Irises and Japanese Anemones. Poor fingers....they have been worked to the bone. =) Thank you for your sweet visit, lovely Dixie. Kim Xx

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  30. Wow Kim! Beautiful fabrics and your blocks look amazing. Oh I love flowers! Keep sewing, my talented friend. Kisses!

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    1. I rather love flowers too, Mia....not that anyone would know. =) Thank you my lovely friend for your sweet visit and beautiful comments. Kim Xx

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  31. I love your baskets. Those fabrics are perfect for them and they look wonderful displayed with your garden flowers :)

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    1. Hi lovely Kay♥ I have just replied to your comments over at Bloglovin. I was having trouble replying but all's good now. Thank you for visiting my little place. Your visits and delightful comments always make me smile. Kim Xx

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  33. Oh so lovely.
    HAPPY VALENTINES DAY
    Marilyn

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    1. Thank you, lovely Marilyn. It just happens that today is Valentine's Day. I hope you enjoy much love on this special day♥ Kim Xx

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  34. Oh, I always enjoy "a little bit of happy" when I visit you, dear friend. You are a ray of sunshine and a bundle of happiness...truly! Your little baskets are incredibly cute and brought a smile to my face :)

    Love and hugs to you!

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  35. we call sunday "fun day"!!! you always create projects with lovely fabric's and so much creativity!!

    you are the queen of flowers and we are so lucky to be viewing all of your special talents!!

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  36. Just gorgeous, Kim. I can't think what I enjoy more, the makes, the flowers or the beautiful fabrics you choose. I'm embracing 2019 as The Year of the Sewing Machine, i.e., the year I stop fearing mine and start putting it to good use, so I'm examining your makes with a more critical eye, trying to decide what you do by hand and what with a machine. Can't really tell :-) It is all just so so beautiful.
    Amalia
    xo

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  37. How sweet all your little baskets are. I don’t think I could ever attempt anything like this.
    Sundays are such a pleasant day to indulge in creative play
    X jeanette

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    1. There is just something about lazy Sundays, isn't there. As you say a perfect day to "indulge in creative play". As for the little baskets, they are actually easy to sew and fill with little applique flower buds......they truly are. Thank you for your sweet visit, lovely Jeanette. Kim Xx

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  38. Hi Kim wow your blocks are so pretty,uyou do such beautiful work my friend ,well done xx

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  39. Beautiful baskets Kim, yet another masterpiece quilt in the makings.

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  40. What a perfect quilt for 30s fabric! Mind telling me where the pattern is? I've seen this in three blogger post today. No one said who did the pattern. I'll be back to read more of your wonderful posts.

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  41. ciao cara amica! I tuoi basket flower sono uno più incantevole dell'altro! E' una esplosione di primavera! Meravigliosi. un bacione!! <3

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    1. Thank you so much for your beautiful visit♥ Kim Xx

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  42. Wonderful pictures. I love your baskets. Hugs.

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    1. Thank you for your sweet visit and beautiful comments, lovely Sandra. It is always a delight to have you pop in my little place. Kim Xx

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