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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 had an enjoyable weekend. I’ve had a glorious day flitting around doing this and that. My Sarah was out hunting and gathering art supplies for her final assignments. The best part of my day was finishing the homework I got from my latest Quilts for Comfort volunteer day with the Burnopfield Belles.


In between tidying, put on loads of washing and picking up litter from my front garden I stepped into my sewing room and started the homework. The Belles have decided to piece a quilt using the Foundation Paper Piecing technique as a group. FPP is a brilliant way to piece a quilt as a group because it’s so accurate. The Anne wrote instructions and demonstrated how it works. I’ve done FPP but it was really good to have a refresher course.


I’m so pleased to have been able to help. I love joining in and working on something as a group. I have no doubt this quilt will be gorgeous when it’s done. And I have come away with a real sense of accomplishment having pieced 27 blocks all in one sitting!!!

In my last report, I posted about working on some spool blocks …..


Well last evening I finished piecing the last block making a total of 4 spool blocks. I pieced the blocks by hand and thoroughly enjoyed the process. In fact, I enjoyed the hand sewing so much that I decided that I will hand piece 4 Churn Dash blocks. The project for which these latest blocks are being pieced is a work in progress but also on my UFO list because I started drawing it last year. So, watch this space on further progress reports about this project.

It’s been a great day in my little corner of the northeast of England. We had some sunshine and some blustery wind but all in all it’s been a nice day. I’m pleased with my accomplishments for today and seeing my Sarah progress nicely with her work is always rewarding.

I came across a good quote recently on Pinterest ….. A mistake repeated more than once is a decision ~ Paulo Coelho. This quote is definitely food for thought.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be doing some prep work in order to produce 4 Churn Dash Blocks. 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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Hello my lovelies. After my recent post, I realised that I miss posting but I don’t have a great deal to report on the sewing front. However, a couple of days ago, I received a message from someone asking for suggestions regarding what to buy his quilt maker wife for Christmas because she has everything! Apparently, the lucky wife has a great number of sewing machines that do various tasks and a very large stash of fabric. I thought this dilemma would might make a good topic of conversation. So, I will start with my thoughts and then I hope that some of you will comment with suggestions.

As a seasoned quilt maker, I have accumulated lots of tools, equipment and my stash is plentiful. We all say you can never have too much fabric but surely that’s not true. I’ve hardly purchased any fabric this year because I’m trying to use up what I’ve got first. That isn’t to say that I haven’t been tempted though! There isn’t any new tool or gadget on the market that I can honestly say I can’t live without at this point. So, I dare say that if I had a partner I wouldn’t be able to help with his dilemma regarding what to get me for Christmas either. If I had a generous benefactor what I would really appreciate as a gift is a booking for a long weekend quilt retreat. The type of retreat where you bring your chosen project(s) and work on them without interruptions such as meal making, tidying up after the family, walking dogs and generally being able to forget about all the mundane day-to-day chores that wives and mothers look after. As I understand it, these retreats are very relaxing and your meals are supplied. That would be the best treat ever and it’s something that I have never experienced.

Now if you’re on a strict budget and couldn’t afford such a generous gift as a long weekend quilt retreat and she has everything a quilt maker needs and more, well this is where I will throw the discussion open and ask my readers to make suggestions please.

I think that Mr. X was quite brave to message me looking for suggestions. I call him Mr. X because I don’t want to spoil the surprise if we come up with a worthy suggestion and perhaps Mrs. X reads my simple ramblings. So, come ladies help me along with some suggestions for a lovely Christmas gift for Mrs. X.

This is the best time of year. I can feel the excitement in the air. The roads are all jammed up with traffic. And shoppers are freaking out because they can’t find the lesser spotted Hatchimals toy anywhere!!! The courier companies are stretched to the limit. We put so much pressure on ourselves to make everything perfect for everyone else. Day-to-day life is already so stressful. I think the best part of Christmas is winding down on Christmas Eve and spending time with our loved ones. It seems that the holiday period is the best time to get together with the important people in our lives. I feel for those who get no company at Christmas.

I have a little bit of sewing news of sorts today. I went to the final Burnopfield Belles meeting for 2016. And we worked on a Christmas Surprise project. I love attending Belles meetings. They are all so enthusiastic and love learning new techniques. Have a little look at the ladies working on their projects …..




The ladies worked on a hexagon shaped log cabin candle mat. Once the first row was in place they were off. There will be some interesting candle mats adorning our Christmas tables this year. It was a super fun meeting and I for one look forward to resuming our meetings in the new year.

I recently came across an interesting quote that made me think …  Don’t Count the days, make the days count ~ Muhammad Ali.

Well there’s no snow here in my little corner of the northeast of England. It’s far too warm. The temperatures are in the teens!!! That’s far too warm. We definitely need a couple of good frosts to kill off all the nasty germs that give us the seasonal colds and winter sickness bugs. As much as I don’t enjoy freezing temperatures I think we need it now. I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.

It’s finally Friday. I look forward to Friday because it’s the last day of the workweek. Everything seems to slow down on the weekend. It gives us a chance to catch our breath and catch up on what we missed thru the week.

Please don’t forget to comment with any suggestions you might have regarding for Mr. X should buy Mrs. X for Christmas.

So, for this evening this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be working on the second sock of a pair. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super fine day. My day has been full of surprises making it a very pleasant day indeed.

I think I’ll start by posting a few photos from yesterday’s Burnopfield Belles group meeting. We all came together to learn how the Foundation Paper Piecing techniques works. Everyone was successful and just to prove it here are a few photos of the blocks produced. Please note that I did not get a photo of everyone’s blocks …..

FPP Log Cabin 3

FPP Log Cabin Block 1

FPP Log Cabin Block 2

FPP Log Cabin Block 4

FPP Log Cabin Block 5

It was a really good meeting. We had fun while learning something new and useful. I love it when a plan comes together. Here’s a shot of most of the ladies concentrating on prepping fabric …..

Burnopfield Belles

I was working on some secret projects today. You will have to wait a while before I can post about said project but I can show you what I did at the end of the day when I had a little bit of time left before having to disappear into the kitchen to make an evening meal …..

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I felt I needed a little fix of using my sewing machine. So I sewed a few leftover strips from my apple core quilt. I think I will probably be turning this into a notebook cover. I will layer this little quilt top and add some top stitching. And before I know it, I will have another notebook cover. I would like to add a pocket for my pen on the front of the cover. I hope to bring you the finished project soon.

So it’s been a pretty good day in my little world. I got plenty of everything done at my favourite slow and measured pace. I’ve had an interesting time playing with scraps. And I received two bouquets of flowers today! I’m a very lucky happy quilter girl.

So for this evening, this very happy and ambitious longarm quilter will be doing some EPP work on my Quilts on the Grow project. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly love. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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