Sunday, June 29, 2014

A look back at June.

Hi everyone,

Here we are almost at the end of June so here's a round up of what I've been working on in the past few weeks.
I finally finished the small wall hanging I've been making from Lynette Andersons Country Cottage Quilting book. This is My Favourite Garden quilt which I started at the beginning of the year. I only worked on it at my weekly quilt group meetings so it has taken a while but it was an enjoyable project to work on.
You should be able to click on the picture for a better view if you wish.



All of the fabrics used are Lynette Anderson's Secret Garden. This is the one I used for the backing.



There is a hand painted button on each of the nine squares These were gifted to me by my friend Yvonne in Australia who does the most amazingly intricate work. Yvonne currently sells her buttons via her blog here but she is hoping to open an Etsy shop soon.

Here are a few of the blocks close up so you can see the detail



I think I showed this embroidery on my blog last year. It's now finished into a pillow using Cath Kidston fabrics.



The embroidery design was free on the Bustle and Sew website

back of the pillow



Cross stitch has taken a back seat to other crafts recently so the only thing I have to show this time are two of the Lizzie Kate Flip-its
that I stitched way back when but have only just finished into little pillows





both are backed with this little strawberry print fabric



I've done some knitting - cast on for a pair of socks



and finished a couple of dishcloths. Details on my Ravelry page here



It's hot, hot hot here now so I'll leave you with a picture of the beach.


I hope you have all had a great month.
Thanks as always for visiting my blog. Happy crafting!

Margaret


40 comments:

LindataxPA said...

My first visit to your blog....oh my! You have so many wonderful projects to view. The sweet quilt with the handmade buttons is my favorite. But the socks area close second. Your passion for needle arts clearly shows in each piece.

Vickie said...

Oh Margaret! That beach!!
Lovely, lovely projects. :)

diamondc said...

Love the quilt oh so sweet.
Your pillows are adorable, I am not a knitter and love the picture speople share of any yarn project.
Thank-you for sharing.

Blessings
Catherine

Cindy said...

Hi! it's good to see your finishes. I love that Lynette Anderson quilt. I have that book and was thinking of making it this summer. Your cross stitches are so pretty too. Your beach picture reminds me of the vacation we just got back from and now I want to go again:) Have a good July!

Nancy said...

Your quilt top is gorgeous Margaret, and I love the hand painted buttons! The Lizzie Kate designs stitch up so pretty! Spain is absolutely beautiful!

Melissa said...

What a lot of beautiful work. You've been busy!

That last photo just made me want to jump on the plane and visit you! (It is raining here as I type this.)

Manuela said...

Wonderful works.
The Lynette Anderson quilt looks great.
Lovely little pillows.

Greetings, Manuela

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

What wonderful projects. I love your little quilt! The button are such a good addition. The pillow is so pretty. I've always wanted to make a pair of stockings but I'm too chicken to try them yet. That beach looks like a lovely place for a walk!

Grit said...

I love this quilt. So many little details. Your pillow and stitching is also wonderful.

hazel said...

Another beautiful post Margaret everything is beautiful, I think my favorite would be the garden quilt wall hanging, love the colour you are using for the socks, thanks for the gorgeous view photo.

Hope all is well with you and Bob.

Hugs
Hazel c uk

Michelle said...

Oh Margaret your posts are always a pleasure to read. I love the dishcloths well done. Absolutely adore the Cath Kidston cushion my friend its wonderful xx

Carol said...

What a charming quilt, Margaret--I just love it and those buttons add such a special touch. I'm always so amazed at the wide variety of handmade items you make each month--they really are special :)

Can't believe people are out in the beach in that really hot weather. I would be hiding under an umbrella reading a book in the shadiest place I could find!!

Enjoy your July, Margaret--can't believe 2014 is half over!

Chrissie Crafts said...

So many beautiful things in this post! The Lynette Anderson quilt is beautiful, I have some of her books, too, her patterns are enchanting. And I love all of your other photos, too! Chrissie x

marly said...

Yes you have been busy. And the photo of the beach - oh my.

Susie said...

I adore this wall hanging. It's really beautiful. And you have to. Love a great beach pic too.

Barb said...

You have so many lovely things in this post. Your wall quilt is beautiful!! I love the colors you chose for the pillow.

Christine M said...

You have been busy, Margaret! Your garden quilt is gorgeous. I bet you're very pleased with it. I love the cushion too. It's so pretty. Wonderful finishes.

Sheryl S. said...

Beautiful wall hanging Margaret, love the little buttons.

Caz said...

The Lynette A quilt is sweet. love the buttons. And your cushion is brilliant, well done for finishing it!! And I love the picture of the beach.

cucki said...

Wonderful work and very pretty stitches..I love everything you make
Hugs x

Mii Stitch said...

Lovely finishes, love your cross stitch pieces!!

Lili said...

The garden quilt is gorgeous! How pretty buttons!! :)
The pillow is so sweet!
Such a lovely stitching!!
Beautiful picture of the beach!

Hugs,
Lili

Giovanna said...

Your finishes are lovely - especially that hanging. Well done.

Ali said...

Love your quilt and those lovely buttons really do add something extra special too! I am a fan of Cath Kidston fabrics and great job on finishing your cushion. Looking forward to seeing the socks progress as well.

Stephanie said...

Your little quilts is so charming. I love the addition of buttons. :o) How on earth is it July already? The thing I like best about summer is the fruits. I melt in the heat. Your photo is one that draws people to vacation in such gorgeous settings!

Penny said...

I love your quilt! I can see that a lot of work went into each block ~ love all of the details! And what a pretty, cheerful pillow! Lovely stitching and knitting, too. That's a cute little knitting bag you have. :) Your beach looks beautiful ~ I don't think I would mind spending some time there.

Andrea said...

Gorgeous quilt, just love the colours on that one. The buttons are so very sweet. A lovely cushion too. Ah hot beach weather ... oh well we can only dream ...

Sheila said...

Fabulous photo of the beach...and of course of everything!!! Absolutely love your Lynette Anderson quilt and those buttons are beautiful...I will definitely be getting in touch with Yvonne. See you soon :)

angelasweby said...

Margaret, what a lovely sunny post to round off June. The sun has definitely established itself over the beautiful scenery in Alicante. Seeing that view of the beach brought back wonderful memories.

Your finished Lynette Anderson quilt is gorgeous. Each little square tells a lovely story. I adore the little birds with their letters. I wonder who they are for and what news there is to tell :-) Also, the pretty bird wheeling the barrow!! The buttons really finish off each block.The colours are lovely. I especially love the bees and beehives backing fabric. I 've always loved bee fabric.

Your CK patchwork cushion is so pretty and the back is especially nice. Your work is beautifully neat as always.

Your little LK pillows are perfect for displaying now. Don't those strawberries and the water melon look mouthwatering!!
xx

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Hello Margaret, your wallhanging is absolutely gorgeous. I think stitching on a quilt make it more special and the wee buttons are awesome. I never tire of seeing your most gorgeous beach. Love it. It looks so peaceful and serene. Thanks for sharing all your great photos. Hugs Judy

Brigitte said...

Ahhh, Margaret, those two stitched monthly designs are so nice, very cute motives on them.

And this quilt is just stunning. Wonderful fabrics and great stitchery on the blocks. And I so loved the little buttons you added to each square. Very beautiful.

Have fun with your knitting.

Carol-Ann said...

Well, Margaret, I loved Lynette's pattern in her book, but seeing her quilt brought to life is wonderful, so very pretty and your stitching is flawless.
So much to admire, June was certainly "busting out all over"!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous!!!!!
Lovely finishes!!!
Beautifull photos of the beach
Françoise

Yvonne W said...

I just love the way you have sewn the wall hanging-- the applique is exquisite. I am glad you are happy with the buttons.
The view of the sea looks so welcoming and warm.

Karoline said...

You've had some gorgeous finishes, congratulations

Karen said...

Your quilted wall hanging is beautiful, Margaret, I love the garden theme. I also love the embroidered pillow with the Cath Kidson fabrics, it's gorgeous!

Anne said...

Ooh you've made some really beautiful things in June! I love the Cath Kidson pillow. The fabrics are so sweet. The little June pillow is cute too. How can you knit in the summer? I had to put my crochet down because it's too hot! lol!! I'll have to pick it up again once the weather is cooler. Hugs to you!

Crafty in the Med said...

Hello Margaret

Such lovely,lovely makes ...!!! I really need to try learning how to quilt it looks so beautiful. Those Hand painted buttons are something too!
I am off to the pool just can't stand the heat today I need to submerge myself to cool down!

keep well

Amanda x

VERO said...

Hola Margaret. He visitado tu blog y me ha gustado mucho. Los paisajes me resultaban muy familiares hasta que me he dado cuenta de que vives muy cerca de mi. Estaría encantada de recibir una visita tuya. www.verosilvestre.com

Diana said...

I love everything, have a great September.