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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all enjoying the beginning of autumn. We’ve had some dull and blustery weather lately. I’ve been watching the leaves tumbling to the ground. It’s a bit sad seeing the trees lose their leaves but I must admit that autumn is my favourite time of year. I’m already snuggling under patchwork quilts in the evening and as the days get cooler I’m starting to wear my cosy woollies. In the week or so, I’ll start wearing my boots. And the menu has changed to winter warming soups and stick to your ribs casseroles. Yahoo.

I attended a Burnopfield Belles meeting a couple of weeks ago. We started a new challenge for Quilts for Comfort. We have a small library of traditional block design instructions. We have all chosen a block design and we will all make a block including layering and quilting by the next meeting. You’ve probably already guessed that we’re using the Quilt as You Go method of joining the blocks together. I chose the Churn Dash block which is kind of my go to block when I don’t know what to choose. I scratched around and found some fabric that would be suitable for a boy’s quilt because we have decided that we’re going to make a boy’s quilt.


Once my fabric was chosen I was off. I love sitting quietly of an evening hand sewing. So, I pieced my block by hand.


Now I will layer it up and add some simple hand quilting, enough stitching to hold the block firmly together while going thru the wash. I love a nice simple challenge.

This morning while I was in my sewing room the blackbirds seem to be popping in regularly to use my bath. One after another they landed and had a good old splash around. This photo isn’t very clear as it was taken thru the window which has a film on it to protect against the bright sunshine.


Speaking of birds …..


I added some freemotion quilting to these old specimens. They need a wee bit of embellishing now. I think I’ll add some small beads for eyes.

Autumn is definitely here; the kids have gone back to school and we’re starting to make plans for Christmas. Sarah and I have discussed what we want to do for Christmas this year. Now that I’m a single parent, we can start new traditions. Making new memories is very important when you’re faced with rebuilding your life. Slowly but surely things are falling into place and life is starting to look pretty good again.

I spent some time in garden this afternoon pruning and clipping shrubs. A half hour tidy in the garden makes all the difference. I have purchased some plants for my funky planter that sits beside my front door. A few inexpensive pansies, some ivy plants and some bargain conifers will look splendid. That’s tomorrow’s job.

As we zoom along toward the end of the year, I have this hankering to learn a new technique. I’m not sure what I want to learn but I’m on the lookout for learning another skill. Perhaps I will take up dressmaking. I dabbled in dressmaking many years ago. Perhaps that would satisfy my longing to take up something new.

October got off to good start. The weather has been pretty good. We haven’t experienced any frost yet but there’s always tomorrow. As I understand it, the western provinces of Canada have had snow recently!!! That’s something I really miss living here in the UK. We don’t see much snow in my little corner of the northeast of England.

Speaking of Canada, I would like to wish all my Canadian readers a very very happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all get to share a meal with your loved ones in peace and with joy.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be hand finishing the binding on the Sweet Dresden Lollipop quilt project. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly love. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all enjoying some gorgeous summer weather. It’s been lovely in my little corner of the northeast of England. It’s a super time to get things done in and outdoors.

I have been progressing on different projects as well as trying to keep up with chores and other important issues. Everyday life throws up challenges which need to be dealt with.

First, I would like to reply to a comment from Bryan regarding my Quilts on the Grow which up until just this morning, was in my UFO pile. The main progress for the moment, is that I was actually able to find it quickly!!! Hooray 😊 I have quite a lot of these quilt as you go quilt blocks done right up to the hand quilting part.


I’m tempted to switch from my Patchwork of the Crosses project to my Quilts on the Grow project for a few weeks in order to make a little head way on it. All of my hand sewing projects make great evening armchair projects, especially once the prep work is done. So, watch this space Bryan, hopefully you will see my Quilts on the Grow grow and grow.

I have a little longarm quilting progress to show you today. My Burnopfield Belles colleague Lynn was struggling to quilt this quilt using her domestic sewing machine. So I took the quilt top, wadding and backing fabric away and loaded it into my longarm and did this to it …..


This is an example of what working together produces. Lynn pieced the quilt beautifully, I took it away and machine quilted and I will be returning the quilt to Lynn for binding. We both come away from this collaboration feeling like we’ve done something worthwhile. This quilt, once it’s finished, will be handed over to Quilts for Comfort. Being part of the Quilts for Comfort crew that works on these quilts gives me a sense of accomplishment. I know that every single stitch will produce something good. Belonging to the Burnopfield Belles is brilliant as well. We meet once a month to learn something. Everyone has something to offer. We have several ladies who lead sessions in teaching us new techniques and revisiting old ones. Not only do we learn from each other but we support each other as well. It’s amazing how a bunch of ladies with life experience can put the world to rights. I’m thankful for being part of something that brings comfort.

My Sarah and I stepped out today. I rarely go into Newcastle but today I had some specific business that needed taking care of. Once my appointment was over, we headed off to have a sandwich before heading home. We sat quietly people watching while eating. Lunchtime on Northumberland Street is rather busy so there were quite a lot of interesting people to look at. One thing that I looked for is men wearing nice shoes. As I understand it, you can tell quite a lot about a man by the shoes he wears. To my surprise there are a lot less men who wear socks and sandals these days; I’m not a fashion expert but I think socks and sandals do not look good at all. It was the perfect day weather wise for people watching. I’ll be heading back to Newcastle again soon to finish today’s business, and I’m going to make a point of taking the time to do some people watching again.


All in all, it’s been quite an enjoyable day in what is usually my quiet little world. I’m always up for an adventure. My next trip out to Newcastle will be nearer my birthday so perhaps we can have a better lunch than a quick sandwich but I hope to do some more people watching.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be choosing between the Patchwork of the Crosses and a Quilts on the Grow project. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all enjoyed a happy sunny day. My day started out dark and dismal but by lunchtime the sun was shining brightly making life so much more interesting. I’m not a sun baby but I find when the sun is shining it spurs me on to get things done.

I have a short report for you today. It’s only a wee bit of progress I made on my Bargello style quilt. Somehow, I managed to longarm quilt and bind said quilt. I’m really pleased with the finished result. So here are some photos …..



And here’s the back …..


The quilting design is called Beautiful Butterfly by Hermione Agee of Lorien Quilting. And I used a soft fine beige thread which sits beautifully on the front as well as the back. All this quilt needs now is a label. In labelling a quilt, you give it provenance. In a few decades when I’m no longer around to tell the story of this particular quilt the label will list the name of the maker, the place where the quilt was pieced and the month and year it was completed. So, don’t forget to label your quilts because every time you piece a quilt you’re making history.

Butterfly Beauty

It’s been a lovely day in my little corner or the northeast of England. Sarah’s academic year is coming to an end. We have discussed loads of plans and projects for the summer. I’m hoping for a good weather so we can spend lots of time outside; especially now that the garden is starting to take off.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be doing some EPP. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something seasonal. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥


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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all enjoying the arrival of spring. My little corner of the northeast of England received a generous dollop of sunshine recently. The sunshine has brought the Daffodils and Crocuses. The grass is finally growing and everyone seems to be in a relaxed state of mind. Spring really is here.

I have been busy working on UFOs and Quilts for Comfort projects. I’ve spent time making a plan to simplify life and slowly but surely implementing the changes. There are lots of ongoing lists. One of my lists is planning our summer holiday. I can see our brand new shiny life peeking out a little bit and starting to take shape.

I machine quilted a few quilt tops for Quilts for Comfort. These tops are donated by wonderful volunteers. And as I have the equipment I volunteer to finish them off by quilting and binding them. So far, I have finished five quilts which is exactly what I was hoping for.







I did a little more work on my Patchwork of the Crosses as well …..


It’s a project that I don’t work on too often but it’s the one I turn to when I can’t decide what else to work on. English Paper Piecing is the perfect armchair project. I do the prep cutting during the day and sit quietly in the evening wrapping the fabric patches around the card templates. The repetitive process is very soothing. And accompanied by a good old English murder mystery on TV, I can’t think of anything I would rather do of an evening.

I have spent some more time sorting and tidying and came across this little collection of felt. I have been thinking about what I can do with this little pile of felt which I have collected over the last few years. Every time I went to a craft show, I bought a little bundle of something soft and inviting. Now I am on track to make something different using a little of this collection. This is my chance to have a little play with a different medium. I have been wanting to learn a few new techniques. So, watch this space.


I have received a few messages of concern recently because I haven’t posted in a while. Rest assured that Sarah and I are perfectly fine. Life’s little challenges have sort of taken over life. We have been busy quietly coping with the challenges presented as they come along. The garden needs a little attention and I have been planning the work to be done inside my home as well. There’s a collection of paint charts and different colour paint has been applied to small patches of wall just to audition different colours. It’s definitely time for a change as we move on from our old life. If I’m honest, it’s quite an exciting time.

Now that spring is here, I’m finding inspiration everywhere. The fresh spring greens are luscious and the deep yellow of the daffodils are so appealing. We’ll soon see the Bluebells blooming. I think I should head over to the beach for a relaxing walk on the sand while the waves roll in. Spring is a brilliant time of year. It’s been another challenging but interesting winter but we seem to have survived once again. I received this little gift last week …..


So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be work on my Patchwork of the Crosses project. I hope you all have super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. Here I am again!!! I hope you’ve all had a super fine day. Here in my little corner of the northeast of England we’ve had plenty of sunshine which spurred me on to get a few things done. Things that I just was not looking forward to doing! Well most of the unpalatable task have been done and I hope for another day filled with sunshine soon so I can finish the rest.

For me sunshine is a positive thing. It fills me full of hope and energy. I know they say that money makes the world go around, but I think we need a wee bit of hope and lots of energy to help it along. In January, every year, I go on an economy drive. So, money may be in short supply but I’ve still plenty of hope and energy left today.

I have been going on about working on and possibly finishing 17 UFOs in 2017. I have joined oodles of others in the same quest. Today I’m going to show you how I am trying to learn something new every day, which is one of my new year resolutions, by trying to link up with the 17ufosin2017 page. I’m not even sure it will work but I’m going to give it a good try but first here are some of the UFOs I wish to finish in 2017.


This quilt top needs to be longarm quilted.


This Whimsy quilt top needs to be longarm quilted.


This snowman quilt top has been marked and is ready for hand quilting.


This Quilts on the Grow project needs to be finished.


My Sweethearts Dozen quilt is in the process of being hand quilted.


These are the components to my Beach Huts quilt which needs to be finished.


My newest design needs to be completed before I can start piecing the blocks.

As you can see I have quite a lot of hand quilting to do. Hand quilting, although very relaxing is very time consuming. It’s the perfect craft to accompany mindless TV programs. I have spent hours catching up on my shows while hand quilting. So far, I have found only seven UFOs but I’m convinced that there are quite a few more lurking in the hidden corners of my sewing room. I shall add them to my list as I find them. And I will show you my progress as the year unfurls.

It’s been a pretty good day in my little world. I’m really pleased with today’s accomplishments. Because I pushed forward, even though I didn’t feel like it, my house is free of Christmas clutter and is looking a little more spacious. The sunshine, the lovely bright and warm sunshine, has filled me with hope and energy reserved for summer months. I feel like I can do almost anything today. Long may this energy spurt last.

For this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be doing some hand quilting on the elusive Sweethearts Dozen. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until you read me again,

 Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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I finished piecing this UFO quilt top, custom longarm quilted it, bound it and labelled it. I don’t usually name quilts but I named this quilt Moving Forward One Stitch at a Time. It’s now on my bed and I will appreciate the warmth and comfort it brings me all winter. I can’t believe I finished it.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed a fab weekend. We certainly have. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. It’s Friday!!!! I hope you’ve all had a super week. I decided to end the week on a high note. Quite some time I started a quilt which ended up in the UFO pile. I worked on it periodically now and again when I attended the odd sewing session since the turn of the year. Wednesday I came across it and decided it was time to add the borders because I really wanted to longarm quilt it soon.

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What a treat it was to load the quilt into my longarm yesterday after adding all the borders. This morning I slipped out really early to run a couple of essential errands but on my return at 8:30am I turned my quilting system on and got started. I managed to get all the different designs established and I’m really pleased with the way it looks. Here are a few shots of my progress …..




As may already be able to tell I have treated this quilt top to a custom job. All in all, I’m keeping the quilting simple and I’m loving the texture that I’m creating along the way. This quilt is a little special because it’s my design, my custom quilting and one that I will use on my bed. The quilt itself is nothing super special but it’s mine. The fabrics may not be to everyone’s taste but this project has been great for using up quite a lot of my stash. I’m already thinking about my next big hand pieced project that will use up some of my stash.

It’s been a lovely day in happy quilt maker land. The sun was shining and the breeze was blowing making it feel like a typical autumn day. I watch the leaves float off the trees. I will soon be out there raking up the evidence. I’ve got a good stout pair of work boots, a suitable jacket and my trusty work gloves to help with the job. I’m looking forward to meeting the challenge head on. I’m counting the days until Christmas. Have I told you how much I’m looking forward to Christmas this year?

I spent part of the day getting ready for my weekend guest. I made some lovely hearty soup and I planned the menus for all the meals for the next couple of days. In between the weekend meals, I have planned a couple of outings. I hope for reasonable weather in order to take some memorable photos. I have a few interesting photo frames that need filling. This weekend is as good a time to start filling those frames with good memories.

So for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be working on hexagons. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly love doing, perhaps you’ll be working on Christmas projects. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. Oh I certainly hope you’ve all had as good a weekend as I have. Saturday morning set things up for me. I woke to super sunshine. The morning had a very welcome fresh feel to it. The raindrops and dew on the plants made everything look new and improved. We had lots of rain including some thunder and lightning overnight but I slept thru it!

I spent the weekend messing around in my sewing room. I longarm quilted, bound and labelled my Apple Core quilt.

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Road to Liberation Quilt Label

So it seems by finishing off my Apple Core quilt I managed to cross something off my summer adventure to-do list. Yippee! In fact, I can cross two things off my adventures list; the first was to get the Apple Core quilt finished and ready to snuggle under in the cooler months and the other is using brighter funkier fabrics in a random fashion in my quilts. Hooray the happy quilter moves forward.

Quite a few of you will know that I’m running a summer giveaway. Well it started off with two prizes and it has now been increased to three bundles. So far each bundle consists of a small bundle of fat quarters which have been handpicked by this very happy quilter, a bag and a table topper all made by me. It’s not too late to enter the draw. Just here to be taken to the original post and leave a comment which includes where in the world you come from.

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I had a fantastic weekend just messing around doing bits and pieces and catching up on a few chores. I did a little bit of home cooking which was very welcome. But best of all I finished my Road to Liberation apple core quilt. Making this quilt has helped me break away from choosing serious and dull colours and prints for my quilts. I’m hoping to stick to cheerful and interesting fabrics to bring the joy of colour into my life.

So for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious longarm quilter will be prepping some patches for EPP work related to my Quilts on the Grow project. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something that brings joy into your life. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Apple Core Quilted xx

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Road to Liberation Quilt Label


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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super day. It’s been a rather lovely day here in my little corner of the northeast of England. It wasn’t sit outside in the garden type of weather but there was no rain.


I decided to step out to purchase some embroidery thread for some stitchery work which I plan on adding to my Sweet Hearts Dozen blocks starting this weekend. I’m going to treat the weekend like a proper holiday.

As everyone knows, we in the UK, are celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday this year. Now and again when I go to the post office I ask if there are any interesting stamps available. Well I hit the jackpot this morning when the clerk offered me these …..



Don’t you just love the cheeky expression on Prince George’s face??? He and his little sister Princess Charlotte look so much alike. They certainly have captured my heart. Now I will have to write a letter so I can use one of these interesting stamps.

It’s been a lovely day in my little world. I enjoyed stitching out the little birds. And planning my weekend has been a difficult task because I have so many different activities to choose from. However, I have made up my mind and added my chosen activities to my To-Do List. Now let’s see if I stick to this plan of action and for how long. I’ll leave you today with something to think about … If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love ~ Maya Angelou.

So for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious longarm quilter will be doing some fine hand appliqué. I hope you spend the weekend doing things you love doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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