Sunday, July 9, 2023

Flower Meadow♡ She's a Flimsy♡


Hello lovely lovelies♡ Welcome to my little place, this sunny, Sunday afternoon♡ A beautiful day, with sunshine beaming warmth everywhere; ricocheting happy shadows and reflections all over the place. Love, love, love when dancing sunbeams illuminate all manner of pretties, in glass doors and windows. My sewing room was such a pleasant place to while away a few hours. I spent the morning in there, tidying up a little, finding new homes for bits and pieces....and I must say it was bliss, drinking in all the sunshine and pretty pretties.

When last I chatted here, I was buried under an avalanche of fabric, coming up for air only when I found the perfect fabric for the next hexie flower for my Flower Meadow. Oh....and of course......for food. =) Oh dear, the floor was covered with fabric, fabric, fabric. Gosh, such a helluva mess. Well, I am pleased to say I can now see the floor and all my fabrics are neatly stored away again in my armoire and all the itty bitty scraps well contained in a basket. All is well with my little sewing room. Neat and tidy. Just how I like it.

And.....why are all the fabrics and scraps corralled together once again?? Why, I finished stitching the hexies for my Flower Meadow. She's now a flimsy!! Yay oh Yay!! Truly, I'm beside myself with great joy!! Flower Meadow is now a vision of bright and happy hexie flowers jostling for space in drifts of colour and pattern. All the little hexies for the border are finished, too. Love, love, love the green border........assymetrical as it is. =) Love, love, love all the fussy cut flowers, too. Let's just say I love everything about my Flower Meadow.  Love too, the backing fabric which is a pretty green with itsy bitsy flowers flourishing all over. I think this fabric teams beautifully with the quilt top.

Now for the quilting of my Flower Meadow. Because I want the quilt to look like a wild and relaxed meadow of flowers, I'm thinking I will hand quilt around each hexie flower. The KISS method once again....'Keep It Simple Stupid' case you were wondering. =) One of these days I will hand quilt in  fabulous and fancy designs.....but not this day. =)

Have a lovely Sunday, when it beams sprinkles of sunshine at your place (well....I hope it does). Later on this evening I will visit Kathy's slow hand stitching party, from the comfort of my rather squishy squashy sofa and see what all the other lovely lovelies are working on. I will have to find a pretty to stitch, of course. But then, there is some baby knitting I could enjoy, too. Mmm.....decisions, decisions.  Just like Cecily, unable to make a decision, I'll enjoy a cup of tea instead. Thank you for blessing my Sunday with the gift of your sweet visit♡ Have a lovely day♡

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

Linking up this week to  Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching and

Frédérique's Quilting, Patchwork and Applique.

Sunday, June 18, 2023

Another Sunday♡ Just Hexi-ing Along♡


Hello lovely lovelies♡ 'Tis Sunday evening here and I have been enjoying hand stitching my Flower Meadow quilt throughout the day. I have had a lovely day just hexi-ing along. 'Twas so very pleasant.

Early in the morning with the sunshine streaming through the windows I ventured into my unbelievably messy, sewing room to sort through a muddly mess of fabrics. I needed to find three fabrics for three hexies in order to finish a row on my Flower Meadow quilt. My sewing room was (and still is) in a dreadful state of disarray. So, so messy that if one didn't know any better one could believe that a fabric bomb had been detonated. Oh my goodness, fabric, fabric...everywhere. As I entered the room I heard Pete say that if I didn't make an appearance in a couple of hours; if I was buried under mounds of fabric, he would come and rescue me. And he did. =)

Unfortunately, fabrics galore are needed for a project such as my Flower Meadow quilt, and all the fabrics need to be floral. The fussy cutting of most of the fabrics is required for the flower hexies to give the illusion of a flowers blooming everywhere in a meadow. Hence the need for many, many fabrics; and fabric mayhem. 

So, sitting in the sunshine with my quilt pinned to the curtains (alas, no design wall) I auditioned fabrics to find the perfect ones for three hexies. Goodness me, it took a while. And....of course the fabrics I wanted were hidden at the bottom of the pile. Now that the quilt top is nearly finished, it is getting a little more time consuming in finding the perfect fabric in a colour that dances in harmony with the rest of the flowers. The flowers in this quilt are gathered here and there in drifts of hues, so although the growing of the flower meadow in the beginning was reasonably quick, now it is not. A little more thought and dithering is required.

But I found three fabrics, made three little hexie flowers and then stitched these to the quilt, to finish the row. I think there are only two more rows of hexie flowers to make until the quilt top is finished. Yay oh Yay!! 

I fashioned hexie flowers and stitched them to the quilt every day this week. Thirty five hexie flowers.....but hey, who's counting. =) I made quite a lot of progress from last Sunday. So much of my days was involved being buried by mounds of fabric, forming little gems of hexies into flowers and then stitching them onto the quilt. This week, perhaps I should try to tidy up my sewing room. With only two (I think) rows of hexie flowers to be fashioned, the re-organising of my sewing room should be achievable. Famous last words!! Hope you all enjoy a beautiful Sunday when it dawns at your little place. Thank you, lovely lovelies, for gifting my day with your sweet visit♡

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

Linking this week to Kathy's, Slow Sunday Stitching and Frédérique's, Quilting, Patchwork & Applique

Sunday, June 11, 2023

Colour My Wintry World With Flowers♡

Hello lovely lovelies♡ A lovely Sunday welcome to you♡ It has been a dreary, wintry kinda week here. But I don't care as there have been splashes of sunshine in the form of pretty winter flowers, new Tilda fabrics and a few more hexie flowers flourishing on my Flower Meadow quilt.

'Tis amazing how flowers put a sparkle into my day, especially a cold winter's day. My garden is bereft of flowers, but my beautiful friend, Trish, has gorgeous proteas blossoming in her garden at the moment, so when she asked me if I wanted a bunch or two, I of course said a resounding YES! These flowers would put a smile in any ho-hum kinda day.

The two proteas are Special Pink Ice (Special neriifolio x Susanna) and Protea repens - Sugar Bush. Although many consider proteas native to Australia, they actually hale from South Africa, but share many of the growing requirements of our Australian natives, so they thrive really well here and are very popular. Both flowers are stunning and will look fabulous in a vase for a very long time.....and the flowers are huge. Just gorgeous!

I purchased some new Tilda fabrics this week. Have you seen the new Tilda collection?? There are three collections, called Bloomsville, Garden Vista and a blender collection....Abloom. Apparently the Bloomsville and Garden Vista designs are inspired by old chinoiseries and a sweet motif found on a vase from a factory  that closed in the 1960's. The fabrics are blooming in colours of  Fern, Sky, Blue, Iris, Cornflower, Corn, Turquoise, Dijon, Prussian, Pine, Lagoon......all dancing in bright, summery hues. I particularly love the blender fabrics called 'Abloom'. They are quite simply gorgeous. Tone Finnanger has done it again. Goodness, she is a clever designer. I am slowly replenishing my floral fabrics as I have gone through quite a lot this past year, so these gorgeous fabrics will be a welcome addition to my stash. 

With the baby quilt now finished, and as I dream up some more pretties for my wee poppet I picked up my  Flower Meadow quilt again. This week I have been preparing more flower hexies and stitching these pretties to the quilt. I have been evening-up the sides with the green fabric as I go. As it is Sunday, I have enjoyed a lovely afternoon slow hand stitching my Flower Meadow in The Fernery, for, surprisingly enough, after a woeful morning Old Man Sun decided to cast little bursts of happy sunbeams over my little place.  All these flower hexies are a vision of summery loveliness sustaining me through these dismal winter months. 

Of late, when Sunday rolls around I  think "what can I write about"?? How can I sprinkle a little beauty into the 'world'?? But a few flowers, a few new fabrics and a little hand stitching of a pretty quilt and there you go, a new post in which to wax lyrical about colouring my wintry world with flowers. Why should all you lovelies who are deeply immersed in the joy of spring/summer have all the fun. =)  The world is a much better place with a few flowers, a few new pretty fabrics; and definitely a little hand stitching of a pretty quilt; don't you think?? Thank you once again for visiting my little place where, this week, I have been colouring my little place with the beauty of flowers. Flowers gifted by a beautiful friend♡ Flowers flourishing on gorgeous fabrics; and flowers blooming on my Flower Meadow quilt♡ Have a lovely day, lovely lovelies♡ May your day be coloured with splashes of beauty♡

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