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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a lovely day. It’s been a bit dreary and wet here in my little corner of the northeast of England. So Sarah and I decided we would have a nice quiet weekend indoors. We did a few chores. Well actually we did a lot of chores! I’m still trying to sort and tidy things. It’s amazing what you accumulate over fourteen years!

I’m not posting about my sewing progress today. I recently posted my end of year Operation Taking Flight report, well I have another little something to report on a similar subject.

I forgot to tell you that Sarah’s embroidered panels will be part of a display at her university until Christmas. She must be doing something right because she was invited to take part of in a research project. The project is basically embroidered as desired and the subject matter is the face of a person who she believes has taught her something valuable. So here is a sneak peek at Sarah’s piece …..

Sarah's Pilot Research Project

Well believe it or not this embroidery work is based on a photo of me. Sarah decided that I should be her subject because I taught her to stand up for herself. Even though I’m certainly not an oil painting I was really pleased to have been chosen as her chosen subject!  Not to mention that I’m so pleased that I taught her something she considers important. I’m looking forward to seeing all the embroidered art received from all the different students involved in this research project. I think there will be all manner of interesting techniques and media used to produce the artistic embroidered pieces included in this research project.

So it’s been an interesting day mooching around indoors. Apart from doing a few some chores I treated myself to a quiet afternoon of stitchery work and mischief. The strain of family issues has been rather trying over the last few weeks. The embroidery work on my Sweethearts Dozen is soothing my soul at the moment. I’ll be sorry when the embroidery work is finished. I guess I will have to hand quilt the Sweethearts Dozen in hopes that it will be as soothing as the embroidery work was.

So for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious longarm quilter is enjoying chilling out. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you love doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fab day. We’ve had a lovely bright day spurring me on to get loads done.

I stepped out this morning to deliver a finished quilt and have a wee meeting with one of my colleagues. Our meetings generally consist of making plans, finding solutions to problems and drinking much coffee. And sometimes we eat chocolate too.

Look what I spied in my front garden this morning …..


I was dressed tidy ready to go out when I spotted this little pile of leaves otherwise I would have played in those lovely brightly coloured leaves. Never mind I will have to play with them soon enough when it’s time to rake them up to dispose of them. I love autumn.

So let’s move on to yesterday’s longarm quilting effort. I worked on Veronica’s lovely Sweet William quilt yesterday. Veronica chose to have an all over quilting design to hold the three layers of her quilt together.

Veronicas applique quilt 3

Veronica chose a design called Undulate by Denise Schillinger and I stitched it out using a nice fine cream thread that just sits quietly on the appliqué patches.

Veronicas border

DSPANTO81 Undulate

The all over stitching gives the quilt some texture but doesn’t detract from the lovely appliqué patches. I’m quite impressed with Veronica’s quilt. And I’m quite sure she will be pleasantly surprised when she sees her quilt up close and in person.

Back of veronicas quilt

When I got home from my outing this afternoon I went on to doing some e-shopping for some supplies that are needed for an upcoming challenge. I tried to make a couple of phone calls without success; I guess everyone was out this afternoon. So before it was time to make out evening meals I decided to have a little play again. Yes you read correctly, I gave myself permission to play again …..


Sometimes it’s the simplest things that look good. I am developing a technique that I do not know very much about. I have seen it done with on paper and wood and I was curious how it would work on fabric. So a few days ago I fished out a special foot, I believe it’s called a beading foot, for my sewing machine which I purchased some time ago with this type of work in mind. And finally, during my last permission to play time and today’s play time, I got to play with said foot. I’m really quite excited about using this foot. Here’s the foot …..


It’s got a groove cut into the bottom of it making it quite simple to couch different fibres for embellishing. I have wanted to try Textile Art and I think I’m actually doing it! Textile Art is on my Bucket List of things I wanted to try while my Sarah is off on her university adventure. The good news is that I will base my Inchies and Postcards class on this play time experiment.

So it’s been a great day as far as accomplishments go. I managed to do more than I anticipated I would get done. And I got to play as well.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some more embellishing. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something on your Bucket List. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fab day. It’s been a lovely sunny day in my little corner of the northeast of England.

I kicked off my day by loading another quilt in my longarm quilting system …..

loading a quilt

This one is a commissioned quilt. I took this thru the planning stage; I had help with choosing fabric and moved on thru to the piecing and now I am at the longarm quilting stage. Last evening, I tried to shop for a new quilting design but I couldn’t find anything any better than what I already have. So it be quilted using one of the design from my stash.

After loading a quilt into my longarm system I gave myself permission to play …..

having a play

I prepped some bits and gathered up thread, wool, scraps of fabric etc and just sat at my sewing machine I played until it was time for me to travel down to where my Sarah is attending university. Sarah needed a drawing board and her dad made her one so I delivered it during her lunch hour. We had a picnic in the car and a good chat and I travelled back home in good time. And I then continued to play again …..

having a play 1

I don’t often get a chance to play. So it was a treat. However, today’s play time is all connected to a class I will be teaching in a few weeks. Today’s play time served me well as I worked out the tension and needle type I need to use for my Inchies and Postcard class. By playing I worked out exactly how to do what I want to do and how to approach teaching it. I had so much fun and I’m sure my students are going to enjoy having a good play on the day. Using up what you’ve got on hand is brilliant and this project does just that.

So it’s been a great day in my little world. Giving myself permission to play was the best thing I did all day. I came away full of inspiration for other projects as well. I look forward to showing you my samples sometime in the next few days.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilting will be making Yo-Yos, playing with beads and buttons and anything else my little heart desires. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really enjoy doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a good and productive day. In my quest to use my waking hours wisely while enjoying my last few days with my Sarah at home, we set out first thing this morning for her dental appointment. Most of my regular readers will already know that Sarah passed her driving test yesterday and insurance has been arranged for her to drive Miss Daisy. So we headed off to a 9:10am dental appointment. We didn’t have far to go and plenty of time to get there in good time. After the dental appointment I made up another errand in the next town. So we headed off to purchase some new curtains for Sarah bedroom. Sarah has been busy redecorating her bedroom in between sorting and packing all the things she holds dear. You’ll be very glad to know that we found the perfect curtains to match the wallpaper which I chose. So our little journey out killed to birds with one stone; Sarah got a little experience driving our beloved Miss Daisy and I got some lovely curtains. I’d call that a result.



Once we got home, and I must stress that we made it home safe and sound without committing any offences, I had a well-deserved cup of coffee and a very delicious lemon muffin. Soon after I headed to my sewing room to start longarm quilting Pat’s quilt …..

Pats Quilt #1

I even went on to load quilt #2 of this pair of quilts. I hope to get this next one done tomorrow morning.

After lunch tomorrow my road will be close to motorised vehicles because the Tour of Britain will be riding past my house. I’m not sure if I should be excited about this event or not. Part of me thinks it’s good and the other part of me thinks it’s a pain in the bum because it means we’re on lockdown for at least four hours. I’ll let you know how it all went when I next post.

At the moment all the residents of Happy Longarm Quilter Manor are counting down the hours. Thursday is U-Day, Operation Taking Flight has finally arrived. I’ve taken you all on my rollercoaster ride of emotions over the last couple of years. I’ve been preparing my Sarah as well as myself for what’s to come. It’s time to re-invent myself once again. Another stage of our lives has arrived. I hope to pass this test with flying colours. You will read about all my escapades over the months and possibly years to come. I’m not going to let the empty nest syndrome beat me. And I have no doubt Sarah will enjoy every minute of her adventure at university.

So it’s been another interesting day in my little world. And I have no doubt that the next few days and weeks ahead will prove interesting as well. Are you packing your teenager off to university this week? And are you coping? Let me know what’s going on in your world.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some hexie work. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. What’s up in your part of the world today? Have you had a chance to do a little sewing? So far I’ve done very little sewing today but I’m going to make up for that this evening and tomorrow.

Here’s the little bit of sewing I did first thing this morning before heading out for my hunting and gathering trip. I simply secured the leaves to my Seasonal Wreath …..

Seasonal Wreath (2)

I love my little wreath. I know exactly where I’m going to hang it once I have taught my class at Stitchin’ Heaven. It’s not too late to book yourself in for the class on Friday September 25th. It’s a fun project which you can adapt for any season or occasion once you learn the basic techniques.

I often post about the projects I work on and sometimes my efforts aren’t perfect. I must admit that there was a time when I worried about not being perfect but nowadays I realise that every time we create something we learn. With every project we improve our skills and we take our ideas even further. We are our own worse critics when it comes to handcrafted goodness. Accepting our work, warts and all, is the best and possibly the most important skill we can learn while keeping in mind that we improve with age and experience! So my friends, show us what you’ve been working on without fear. You never know, you might just inspire someone else to have a go.

After having said all that, Fran attended my Japanese Folded Patchwork class in July and here’s a photo of her completed bag …..

Frans JFP Bag

Fran quite often shares her progress with me. And it makes me so happy to see what other quilt makers are working on. It spurs me on to finish UFOs and move onto other interesting projects. Well done Fran. Keep up the great work.

I’m in need of your help today. I would like to know what we call a group of quilt makers; what is the collective noun for a group of quilt makers. As an example of what I’m talking about; a murder of crows or a parliament of owls, a pod of dolphins and so on. Does anyone have any idea or do you have a suggestion. I Googled it and came up with nothing. Here’s a list of collective nouns, which I found on the internet, that you might be interested in. I’m hoping someone will have a really good suggestion for a collective noun for a group of quilt makers which will then bring inspiration.

During and in-between everything I try to accomplish from week to week I squeeze in other projects. These projects are usually just to give me a sense of satisfaction for myself. And sometimes a challenge comes about that I feel the need to meet. So I have been approached to work on another special project. And so my creative friend Sandra and I kicked off the process yesterday by purchasing fabric. This afternoon I starched and pressed a few fat quarters. Tomorrow I hope to start the rotary cutting. It’s not a super complicated quilt block design but I’m sure the recipient will be very happy with whatever quilt I produce. Here’s my selection of fabric …..

Another special project

I would like to thank my friend Sandra and Hilary and Jane of High Street Quilting for their help in choosing fabrics for this special quilt. I will be back with a progress report sometime in the near future. And perhaps I’ll post about how I choose my colour palette when I start working on a new project.

I saw an advert on the TV yesterday advertising that the first episode of Downton Abbey Series 6 will air on Sunday September 20th here in the UK. I’m looking forward to seeing what this last series has in store for us. I promise that I won’t spoil it for those of you who will not be seeing it until next year.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some hand quilting. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you thoroughly enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all enjoying the long weekend. It’s been a lovely weekend in happy longarm quilter land. So far the weather has been fine and I’ve been mooching about at my slow measured pace. So it’s been a real treat mooching about without any deadlines.

I felt like spending some time in my sewing room yesterday but I didn’t want to get involved in something complicated. My brain needed a little break but I still wanted to do some crafting. So I pieced another Dresden Plate …..

making more Dresden Plates

And once the Dresden Plate was pieced I loaded another quilt into my longarm quilting system for stitching on Monday or Tuesday.

Ruths quilt

Today I disappeared into my sewing room again with a project in mind. So I dragged out some hessian ……

Playing with hessian

And then I fished out some tweed and did a bit of magic and turned it into this …..

Seasonal Wreath

All I need to finish this project off is some wooden buttons. This sample is for my Seasonal Wreath class in September. If you would like to learn how to make a wreath with me please phone Stitchin’ Heaven on 01665 570 833. Once again bringing my design to life was so much fun. I look forward to seeing what my ladies will produce during my class.

Today is Sunday and Sunday’s have traditionally been for getting ready for the week ahead. Well I didn’t have to do that today because tomorrow is a holiday. One more day to mooch about to do as much or a little as I want. What a lovely day.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some hand quilting. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really enjoy doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥



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Hello my lovelies! Are all my British readers ready for the bank holiday weekend? I didn’t realise I had a long weekend ahead of me. What a nice surprise. I haven’t made much of a To-Do List for the last couple of days but I was still productive. I must make a plan of action for the long weekend otherwise my time will just be wasted. I need a plan.

Today, after running a few errands, I stepped into my sewing room to work on a Knitting Needle Roll …..

Knitting Needle Roll

It’s a simple project but very useful and I used mainly leftover scraps from the Knitting Bag which I made yesterday.

It’s been a nice day in my little world. The sun has been shining all day and there’s a lovely fresh that will help dry the washing on the line quickly. I hope for this type of weather all weekend. I hope to pull into the slow lane and enjoy the scenery this weekend. I’m considering take a stroll on the beach if the weather stays fair. And perhaps I can sit quietly to do some hand quilting while watching some mindless TV. A quiet weekend sounds like a great idea.

I did a little job that I’ve been thinking about doing for some time but keep forgetting. Do you have one of these?

Steady Peddle

Well my friend Viv gave me this little non-skid thingy a few years ago. Today I gave it a little clean to keep it working nicely. I place it under my sewing machine peddle to keep it in place. Don’t you just hate chasing your sewing machine peddle all over the floor? Well this little non-skid circle does the job beautifully and reminds me of Viv every so often.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some hand quilting. I hope you have a cosy evening doing something you real enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥


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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had super day. Mine has been busy but rather rewarding. After a quick trip to the super market I disappeared into my sewing room for a bit of fun. I did some of piecing …..

Piecing knitting bag

And then I layered the quilt top I pieced …..

Layering knitting bag

After spending a while quilting I ended up with a splendid knitting bag.

Knitting bag

I will be teaching this knitting bag and as bonus a needle roll at Stitchin’ Heaven on Friday September 11th. So if you want to learn how to make this nice bag with me please phone 01665 570 833.

I designed this knitting bag a couple of years ago and I stored my knitting in my first prototype as soon as it was finished but it wasn’t as pretty as this one is. So I decided to roll this project out as a class. It’s a super little bag that’s wide enough to hold long knitting needles, a pattern book as well as your current project comfortably.

Most of you will have heard by now but I thought I would help in getting the word out.

SH for sale

It breaks my heart that Stitchin’ Heaven is for sale but I wish Anne and Mick all best in all their future endeavours. As the letter says, if you’re interested in purchasing the business get in touch with either Anne or Mick on 01665 570 833.

So it’s been a great day in my little world. I played in my sewing room at my own speed and thoroughly enjoyed making one of my own designs come to life. I’m very pleased with the result of my effort. The next step is to write the instructions in the order that I approached the task of building my knitting bag.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some hand quilting. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥


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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all enjoyed a wee bit of sunshine. I didn’t hang around outside but the bright was shining thru my windows while I was preparing for tomorrow’s hand quilting class at Stitchin’ Heaven.

I spent most of the day getting ready for the classes I will be teaching over the next couple of days. Tomorrow is hand quilting and Saturday is the Four Season Button Club Whimsy. I’ve put quite a lot of effort into the hand quilting class prep because I really want my ladies to take to it. I don’t know many ladies who hand quilt these days. So I’m going to do my best to get as many ladies hand quilting/stitching as I can. Hand quilting makes an excellent armchair project. It’s a lovely quiet pastime; relaxing and the perfect occupation while you’re watching some mindless TV. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow. My car will be laden with all the related goodies for hand quilting. I hope to post an in-progress photo of the hand quilting sample which I set-up for tomorrows demo soon.

Once I finished hunting, gathering and packing I decided to have a little creative time for myself. I treated myself to a box of water soluble crayons a couple of weeks ago.

Water Soluble Crayons

I bought said crayons to use on fabric. My creative friend Sandra inspired me to have a go at this technique.

Soluble colours

And of course I had no idea where to start. So this is how I approached the task of adding colour and shapes to my fabric. First I cut and pressed a piece of calico. Then added some fusible wadding to the calico in order to stabilise it. Then I was faced with the dreaded blank page syndrome! Don’t you just hate that? So I cleared the random thoughts from my brain; thoughts like ….. what if it all goes wrong, what if it looks ugly, and I don’t want to waste my fabric and so on. Once all those negative thoughts were gone I started adding colour in patches one colour at a time. And this is what I ended up with …..

Colouring Fabric

Now this in itself doesn’t look like anything but once I add a few thousand stitches I think it might be something worth looking at. I’m going to add some outlines by Freemotion Quilting this piece. Once the outlines are in I will fill the background with a filler stitch in a neutral thread colour.

Adding colour to plain fabric in this way is all quite new to me. So it could still all go wrong however I’m going to give it a good crack just to see what I can do. What if it all goes wrong? Who cares, it’s only a bit of calico and crayon and I had a good time adding colour to it. Who knows it might turn out to be a work of art! If nothing else I will be able to say that I had an adventure of a different kind. In the meantime while I wait for my piece to dry thoroughly I can formulate a plan for my Freemotion Quilting session.

Speaking of Freemotion Quilting, we have added an extra Freemotion Quilting class on August 11th for which there are two places left. So if you’re interested in taking a Freemotion Quilting class with me please contact Stitchin’ Heaven on 01665 570 833. It’s a fun class and it gives you a chance to be creative in your own way. Learning a new technique is a great way to spend a day. 😉

So it’s been a pretty good day in my little world. I gathered everything I will need for tomorrow and got myself in the zone for hand quilting. And I even had a little me creative time which I really enjoyed.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some stitchery and fine hand appliqué work. 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 had a great day. I know I certainly did. I had a lovely adventure by taking the show on the road. I headed out this morning to teach some ladies how to make my cutting mat bag as I mentioned yesterday. Teaching one of my own designs is not a problem for me but the journey to a new venue often daunts me. I have a satnav gadget that gets me around but I often get muddled up with the instructions it spews out! The satnav machine got me to within a few hundred feet when I made a phone call to find out if I was near to where I needed to be. As it turns out I was very near and got instructions on how to get even nearer. Once I arrived at the super venue the ladies welcomed me and made me feel right at home. By the end of the day it felt like I’d known the ladies for a long time. Everyone got on well with the task of piecing their Cutting Mat Bags. Here’s a little peek at the fabrics each lady used …..

cutting mat bag day 1

cutting mat bag day 2

cutting mat bag day 3

cutting mat bag day 4

cutting mat bag day 5

cutting mat bag day 6

And as if the ladies hadn’t already made we feel welcome enough ….. have a look at the spread they provided. Well a girl has to eat to keep her energy levels up!

cutting mat bag day 7

Wow what a super day I’ve had. Oh and by the way I found my way home without any problem what so ever. And I was welcomed home by my Sarah and my Maisie pup with open arms. And I found an interesting parcel waiting for me too! I’ll save that news for another day though.

Before I go, I just received a text, from Karen, with a photo of her finished Cutting Mat Bag …..

Karens finished bag

Karen has just proven that this bag can be pieced from start to finish in one day. Well done Karen, your bag looks great. Thank you for sharing your progress so soon Karen. I look forward to seeing al the other bags as and when they are completed.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some stitchery work. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. A little ice cream and some light hearted TV would go down a treat I think. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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