Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Colourful Inspiration

On my adventures to the market this week, I was happy to pick up very cheaply some lovely Springy flowers, ranunculus and anemones, which are some of my favourites. I think the flower colours of the moment are dictating my choice of fabrics for sewing, too. I couldn't be more pleased about that! Be gone sludge.





I've been slowly adding to my stash of gorgeous 1930's reproduction cottons, the next best thing to sewing with vintage, certainly more affordable! When I made this cushion last year, it caused a little ripple of delight. It happily went off to be rehomed straight away with a lovely fellow V&H Fair lady (hello!), but I had some disappointed customers thereafter. Much as I thought it was lovely, it was time consuming to make so it's taken me a while to get round to making some more.





This technique gives you the look of painstaking English paper pieced hexagons, (many of you knuckling down with your own will know they have to be hand sewn), but by cutting half hexagon shapes, you can then piece by machine. So yes, it is much quicker than hand piecing but not as quick as patchworking squares, for example. I lay them out on a piece of mount board (all mod cons here!), to get a pleasing arrangement...






I am hampered a little, space-wise, by some rather large ginger furry friends!






There was also the not-so-small matter of the cake I had to decorate for Sunday which made making the cushion feel like, well, a piece of cake! (Sorry!)





But finally, it all came together, pretty cottons, delightful Springy colours, cute designs, all hand tied with lustrous perle cottons onto cosy quilt batting.






Oh dear! I love this! It is really very pretty and very me! It looks very nice, nestled there on that bed...





I inevitably had quite a few strips of the pretty fabrics left. I have put the longer ones to one side for another project but there were lots of dinky pieces I couldn't just throw away.







Oooh, a bit of mini log cabin maybe?





You see, I needed a pin cushion to have up in my quilting room...






Goodness me, I so enjoyed myself, log cabin-ing away, that I have made a pin cushion of gargantuous proportions!





I have resigned myself to the fact that I must be satisfied with the world's largest pin cushion; meanwhile, the decidedly desirable hexy cushion awaits hopefully here for a new home...

34 comments:

  1. Love,love,love your pin cushion, and all other cushions, and all the cats, and your flowers....phew!
    Such a lovely colourfully cheerful post!
    nattie x

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  2. Lovely pictures today!

    The cake looks so very pretty. How did you manage to get the writing so neat? x

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  3. The cake writing - I have a stencil thingy - you push the letters into the icing to make an imprint then you pipe icing over the top. First time I'd used it and pretty good. Manufactured by Wilson (bought in TK Maxx).
    Hen x

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  4. Such beautiful photos, and your creations are just a slice of heaven, cute furry friend you have there! Hugs, Diane

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  5. Love the cushion and pincushion
    The cake decoration is something else - it is absolutely beautiful
    Julie xxxxxxxx

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  6. A pin cushion can never be too big!! Love it!! Cx

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  7. What beautiful colour combinations!
    Love the pin cushion.
    Liz

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  8. That's not a pin cushion it's a foot stool!! Brilliant, I like it a LOT! and those ranunculus are a bit yummy too.

    You did a great job with the cake, the fondant icing beautifully flat. V professional. Is there anything you can't do Hen? You are amazing xxx

    ps, have you seen your swap friend Vanessa has had a horrid person upset her and has withdrawn from blogging for a bit?

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  9. Those pussies of yours!! My own (female) ginger-and-white is of similar size but sadly, poor Sophie has to go on a diet says the vet - he reckons 5.9 kg is too fat and she should be no more than 4.5 kg... the poor thing has never been a skinny minx!! I bet your boys will sympathise, not that it will get them off your work table, I suppose ;))

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  10. Adorable cushion and such pretty fabrics...love the way you've put them all together. And what a whopper pin cushion...it'll be so useful with all the sewing you do!

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  11. lovely colours!! and the "helpers" ....... seems that they don't want to work so much :-)
    ttfn

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  12. Lovely big cushion and lovely little cushion!
    June.

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  13. This cushion really is gorgeous and the cake looks wonderful too.
    Ann x

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  14. Beautiful cushion I am having a hexifest here at Two Bones and am about to blog about it. Have used some of the fabrics you have in yours. Mine is hand-pieced so I can do little bits here and there including on coffee breaks at work and in the cafe in John Lewis - shameless I know. The pin cushion is great and not too big at all wouldn't it make a lovely gift for a baby if you made them in different sizes - minus the pins of course. TTFN Debs x

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  15. They're both superb! Then again, I have a thing for 30's fabrics. What a neat hexie idea!

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  16. Dear Hen, you are so good about getting things done! I have a sock monkey that needs stuffing.. I'm going to do it now! Love the daffodils stuffed in a vintage ceramic coffee pot! We have some just opening up outside and I've asked hubby to venture out in the rain and pick some for me. :-)

    Hugs from Oregon, USA -- Teresa :-)

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  17. That is one gigantic pincushion! I bet the cats will be mistaking it for a playing tool soon!

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  18. Oh wow Hen, I love them both! It makes me want to get back on my hexagons. You have some 30's that I don't. It's hard to remember which ones you have, isn't it? :)

    The flowers are absolutely gorgeous! I just bought some gladioli this morning, but now I want some of those... ;D

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  19. What a feast for the eyes! Love your inspirational patchwork blog ... now I have the inclination to do patchwork all I need is to find the time ... I will ... honest! My favourite is your log cabin pin cushion. See you at NM2?
    Lesley X

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  20. O wow i love that cushion its truely amazing you have inspired me now to make a hexagon cushion...which is a little pants really after i said to myself that after finishing off my hexagon quilt i was never ever going to work with hexagons again ;-) But i love it, it looks great on your bed. Im loving that pin cushion to what a great design you are one very super talented lady, dee x

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  21. lovely things as always :) the pin cushion is so adorable, it is amazing what you created with little scraps of material :)

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  22. I love your creations. They are all so beautiful! I was wondering if you could share where you got the pattern for the granny square cushion that was in your photo.

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  23. Your cats always make me smile - they are so lovely and always look so well cared for and happy.

    One thing guaranteed on your blog, the presence of absolutely beautiful and pretty things! Everything here is so lovely. I would love all the cushions you have on your bed as they are gorgeous. The hexagon one is really interesting, I had never thought about it and realised that machining them would be difficult - what a great way to get around the problem.

    Your cake is perfect, so pretty - there will be lots of oohs and aah's when that gets brought out. Hope I manage to do half as well for my daughter next month!
    Siobhan

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  24. Such a cute pin cushion! I also loved the one next to your cat, super cute. You will have to give us lessons on cake decorating. This post is filled with color, I just loved it........especially since it's still snowing in Alaska!!!
    Chris :o)

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  25. Oh my gosh I love your pin cushion! Now I've got to make one for myself ;)

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  26. Such gorgeousness and very definitely loving your pin cushion! ... :0)

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  27. Oooh, a side for each type of pin! Now you get to see your treaured bits whenever you sew. How smart!

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  28. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has cats that sit on the sewing table!

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  29. What a pretty pretty cake and lots of lovely colours everywhere. x

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  30. lovely cushions you have chosen such pretty colours and the round one you have on etsy is really nice I have serious cushion envy
    xx fee

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  31. Hello, I've admired your blog and beautiful sewn creations for a while now and the fabrics in this hexagon cushion have really caught my eye - I love 30's and 40's colours and patterns - may I be so bold as to ask where you source your reproduction fabrics from? My local haberdashers don't seem to stock the right sort and I don't know which online suppliers are reliable. Many thanks for sharing your lovely photos. Sophie.

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  32. Hi Sophie,
    My fave place to buy fabrics, and they have a good selection of 1930s repros, is the Fat Quarter Shop. It is American based but they give excellent service and very fast shipping, my parcels usually arrive in about a week. I also like the Calico Cottage Quilt Shop, very good selection of fabrics especially 1930s repro, but their postage is expensive so I sadly probably won't return. Etsy is also good, try the Nauvoo Quilt Co (search under "sellers"). Also very fast shipping and the lady lets me have fqs instead of half metres. Finally, I also buy at the English quilt fairs. Happy quilting!
    Hen x
    Hen x

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  33. Hello Hen,

    Thank you so much, these websites look great, just the thing! Looking forward to seeing more of your projects, your 40s quilt is stunning; you really have such an eye for colour! Hope you have a lovely weekend

    Sophie.

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