Saturday, 9 May 2015

Stitchin' happy....




...sewing down the binding on the back of my quilt...
(the best part....and always a perfect excuse to spend the afternoon watching an old movie along the way ;-)  )


...fresh summer colour...
(and for once I'm actually ahead with a project ... bring on summer!)


...securing the layers by Stitching in the Ditch...
(also highly recommended for clearing the mind ;) )


...hopefully my border sketching will disappear completely in the wash...
( fingers crossed...I'll soon find out  x  :-)  )


...using my trusty walking foot to stitch gentle border curves...


...I managed to slip in some vintage Laura Ashley fabric...
(purchased some time ago on Ebay in pristine condition and lovely to work with too  x )

(Laura Ashley Home Decoration 1984)
...and I've since found it in one of the old catalogues I've collected over recent years... 
...'Palmetto'...
(Laura Ashley Home Decoration 1986)
I also came across this stunning old Florida town house 
...which is just beautiful and reading all about it became quite a distraction from my sewing ... I would love to have a browse through those book shelves too...  


love 

     

...and so... 
another finished quilt for one of our beds...and it's going into the washing machine today to hopefully remove my border sketching...the wadding should shrink just a little too :-)  ...I've also been working on some crochet (not exactly sure what it's going to be yet... probably a cushion...unless I buy more yarn... but the point was to use up some of the yarn I already have and I need to stick to my intentions once in a while :-)  )...and while my walking foot was gently chugging along to the radio ...I've been pondering long about new knitting projects and which direction to go next on the magic carpet...all to be shared soon along with my 'afterwash' quilt :-)

    



....back soon with more news....


...hope you have a lovely weekend all...


x take care x


    


P.S.... Thank you so much for your lovely comments about little Miss Daisy
...she's a darling and her happy nature continues to be wonderfully infectious  x




45 comments:

  1. Gorgeous Quilt - Totally agree, hand sewing, old film and a cuppa!
    Just done that with a quilt I have just made over on my blog
    Julie xxxx

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    1. Thank you Julie (there's nothing like a bit of The Godfather while quietly stitching! :D )....I'm coming over to see your lovely quilt now ♥....x

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  2. Beautiful!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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    1. Thank you Liz!....Have a lovely weekend ♥...xx

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  3. Look at these happy colors....Susan, I so enjoy seeing your world, framed in such gentle white mist, popping out colors that are fresh and delicious. Wishing you a happy weekend! Anita

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    1. Happy Weekend to you dear Anita...(it's grey and cold in our corner this morning but a good excuse to play with some yarn and drink tea! )...xx

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  4. Beautiful quilt.....my favourite bit too.....hand stitching down the binding.

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    1. ♥ Thank you Ali....Have a lovely weekend ;) ...xx

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  5. Beautiful work Susan. I hope your stitching disappears as planned. I'm intrigued about your new work ideas they sound very interesting. Have a magical weekend we're en route to see our Miss Daisy xx

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    1. Thank you Jane...and yes... I don't think the purple pen marks are adding to the effect at the moment, lol!....I'll feel much happier when they have gone for sure!...Hope you have a wonderful weekend with your gorgeous little Daisy Jane ;) ....xx

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  6. Beautiful. Wonderful fabrics.
    Ursula

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    1. Thank you Ursula...I love these colours ♥...hope you have a lovely weekend ;) ...x

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  7. I've got quilt envy quite bad!

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    1. Thank you Suzanne ;) !...It's lovely to have pretty quilts on all the beds...I'm planning to add some crochet blankets too ;)..x

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  8. Hello Susan,
    I do so enjoy seeing your photographs of all your beautiful work. Your quilt is an utter delight, and must give you so much pleasure at seeing all those small pieces become a wonderful tapestry of colour. It certainly inspires me to keep busy with my needles.
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend, and that the sun will shine for you!
    Love and best wishes,
    Lynda.

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    1. Ooh, thank you Lynda...it's definitely a good feeling when the binding is finally sewn in place and everything is complete :)....Happy Weekend to you and yours ♥...x

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  9. Such pretty fabrics...it will look gorgeous on a bed.

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    1. Thank you Jacky ;) ...have a great weekend lovely xx

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  10. Definitely a cheery, summery quilt, Susan....beautiful! Enjoy a delightful weekend, and many blessings for all of your creating.

    Marianne xo

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    1. Thank you and happy weekend to you dear Marianne! ♥..xx

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  11. This quilt looks gorgeous!! I'm about to start my first quilts to gift - I've made them for my home before but never for someone else! I love the wavey border - I hope all the pen comes out for you! Happy weekend, J9 x

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    1. Thank you...and I'm sure there will be a very happy recipient of your new quilt...I really can't think of a more lovely gift ♥..xx

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  12. Your quilt is exquisite! Your color choices are spot on.. now I'm curious about the NEW news! Have a happy week. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Thank you lovely Teresa ;) ....Hope you had a wonderful trip too...I'm coming to visit you! ♥...xx

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  13. Oh I do love your new quilt Susan, such happy, fruity, cheery, summery colours! :)
    I have that Laura Ashly book too....somewhere, my goodness 1984, where on earth did all that time go to? I also have a pack of LA patchwork pieces which includes the print that you have used in your quilt, also probably bought in the '80's! You see I have always wanted to make a quilt...one of these days! :)
    Happy weekend lovely Susan.
    V x

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    1. Yes, you must make your quilt one of these days, Vivienne! ;) ... It took me ages to find the 1982 catalogue...some of the '80's can be ridiculously expensive on Ebay now but I love how they were put together ...Hope you're having a lovely weekend! ♥...x

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  14. Lovely quilt and photos too, it gives me confidence to try to machine quilt my own work, I have sent it off to a quilting firm in the past.
    I too was in love with Laura Ashlely I used her wallpaper in my first home in the eighties, soft green with little white sprigs, so lovely.
    Glenis

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    1. Thank you Glenis...my walking foot is very easy to use for quilting (there are 3 variations of walking feet in the set) ...Happy weekend! :) xx

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    1. Thank you Taci...Have a lovely Sunday ♥...xx

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  16. Gorgeous colours ... can't wait to see the finished quilt after washing xx

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    1. Thank you Natalie...hope you have a great new week :)..xx

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  17. How beautiful. I spotted the Laura Ashley straight away, lucky you. x

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    1. Thank you Kay!....I've collected lots of vintage LA fabric over recent years and it was lovely to find just the right place for this :-) ...xx

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  18. It's completely gorgeous Susan, so colourful and happy!! The fabrics all work beautifull together, I love it!! Hugs ♥ ♥

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    1. Thank you lovely Vicky!...Hope you have a wonderful new week ♥ ...xx P.S I like thinking of it as my 'happy' quilt! ;-)

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  19. It must be fantastic when finished. So vibrant colours for a talented stitcher!
    Wishing you a happy new week,
    Olympia

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    1. Thank you dear Olympia....Happy new week to you and yours ♥ ...xx

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  20. So beautiful, dear Susan....your post, your new quilt and your photographs are a joy to see! It is lovely to see you making this quilt, and it is going to be such a beauty. I too remember that Laura Ashley print :) It makes me so nostalgic when I see old LA prints, taking me back to our old homes and past times!
    Wishing you a happy new week!
    Helen xox

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    1. Ooh, thank you Helen x ..I bought this fabric with a mix of other designs about five years ago on Ebay but didn't think I would use the aqua/tangerine colourway...those shades have grown on me recently though and so it's lovely that it filled in the empty spaces where I fell short! :) Hope you're having a happy, crafty week ♥
      Susan x

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  21. Hope your quilting marking came out for you.

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  22. The first quilt I made was Laura Ashley fabric, 24 years ago and we still use it daily !

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    1. Ooh Helen, I hope this quilt lasts just as long!.. ;-) .♥ x

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  23. Now that is going to be stunning!

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