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Sunday, 22 September 2013

Shades of Summer

I've been on a blogging sabbatical since returning from our holiday in France. Various reasons really, the main one is my crafting mojo has been absent of late and I seem to have lost all inclination for stamping and getting inky. Quilting has become a bit of an obsession though and at the moment I'm finding it very therapeutic to sit and stitch. I've also been learning  free motion embroidery on my machine, which I have a feeling is going to be a real learning curve, and take a long time to master.
I completed the above quilt in France, and on my return three table runners, two bags and three cushions, which I will blogg later!



I know autumn has now set in but I would like to share some summer sun and the beautiful flora and fauna from our holiday in Normandy.






Unlike in the UK the grounds of many of the beautiful Château's are free and are a real pleasure  to wonder around.



These gorgeous flowers were photographed in the grounds of the beautiful Chateau Tourlaville.

Happy Crafting xxx

16 comments:

Brenda Brown said...

What a beautiful quilt Paula, I love the fresh colours and patterns on it. Looking forward to seeing your other pieces too and thanks or the gorgeous photos.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Buttons said...

No wonder you've been preoccupied Paula. Your quilt is magnificent and so beautifully designed. I can see how you were inspired by your trip to France through those gorgeous photos. Oh, if only summer would last longer... hugs, Jenny x

Astrid Maclean said...

Been missing you Paula, was just thinking of you this morning (while looking at some FSC makes). This quilt is just stunning, as are your photos from France and glad to hear you had a good time!

Netty said...

wow the quilt is beautiful Paula and the holiday in France looks as if it was good for your soul. Thank you for sharing the wonderful photos. Hugs Annette x

Paper Profusion said...

Stunningly beautiful and impeccable quilt Paula - wow how fabulous that would look on a bed.

Your photos look idyllic and so peaceful.

Looking forward to seeing more of your creativity - it's always beautiful regardless of genre.

I have candy at my blog if you would like to pop by. Nicola x

Mrs.B said...

Hi Paula, Glad to hear you had a good time in France and such gorgeous photos. The quilt is stunning, - they say 'sewing mends the sole' and this is obviously a good hobby for you. Look forward to seeing your other makes.
Avril xx

Ginger said...

Lovely quilt. will be checking back to see the other things you mentioned. x

Redanne said...

Your quilt is absolutely beautiful Paula, love your photos too, that butterfly is just stunning. I think My mojo went off on holiday with yours and has not come back yet... Hugs, Anne x

Inky Angel said...

Paula, great to hear you have had a good summer and are enjoying your new found hobby. Your quilt is really beautiful and the photos are awesome. Will be back to see more of your sewing projects.
Have a great week!
Hugs, Katie

Terry said...

Paula, glad you are back blogging! Love that beautiful quilt and I did try freehand embroidery - once! Glad you had a wonderful time and the photos are so beautiful! Hugs!

Sharon xx said...

Hi Paula, your quilt is gorgeous. I havent been over for a while but I am always inspired and in awe of your work. You take your creativity and make simply stunning peices. I remember when I first saw your little purses and how much I loved them. Your sewing and quilting is just so stunning, I wish I had that mojo in me lol. I think when you combine your stamping and sewing its simply beautiful. X

Tami said...

BEAUTIFUL quilt-just love the colors and pattern!!! You are so talented. Love the castles on your trip. I'm just learning rug hooking and loving it!
Hugs,
Tami

Sophie said...

Wow, was für eine schöne und glückliche Zeit in Frankreich, liebe Paula.
Die Fotos sind wunderschön.
Und was du da gearbeitet hast, das ist unglaublich...
Was für eine feine präzise Decke.
Wunderschön.
Ich freue mich auf weitere Werke von dir.

Liebe Grüße
Sophie xx

Conniecrafter said...

Your quilt is just beautiful, such pretty fabrics, I too have been working on a baby quilt and hope to have it done very soon. Look forward to seeing your other projects!

Shirley Chillman said...

Stunning quilt Paula and beautiful colours. So jealous I wish my hands would let me quilt again ... sigh.

I too have been looking at the free motion embroidery but not had a go as yet. It looks very interesting.

Gorgeous photos and I do hope life is slowing down for you sweetie.

Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

butterfly said...

What a magnificent quilt, Paula - utterly beautiful work - I can completely see how it would obsess you! Thank you also for sharing those glorious photographs from Normandy. It's somewhere I used to visit quite often when I was younger, and I do miss it.

I've been out of action with moving house, so only just discovering that you've been out of inky action - but I have to say that the quilt more than makes up for that!
Alison xx