Posts Tagged ‘hand piecing quilts’

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all been enjoying the spring weather. We had a lovely week with plenty of sunshine. It’s been great to spend some time in the garden. I must say that my garden is starting to shape up nicely.

Today is quite a special day for me. It’s the 24th anniversary of the day that I landed in the UK. From this day forward, I will call it Lucie Landing Day. I posted my little story last year here. The last 24 years have been full of ups and downs. I have experienced quite a lot of loneliness but I’ve also had quite a lot of satisfaction in my role of mother to my one wonderful daughter, Sarah. I have experienced a sense of worth because my lovely friends have treated me with respect and kindness. And thru all the ups and downs my family back in Canada supported me especially during the hard times. I found a quote that struck me last week …


I think I promised that I would post a photo of my funky purple planter when it was planted up and in its’ resting place …..


When I first moved it and the sun was shining brightly, I thought perhaps the colour was over the top. However, now that it’s planted up and the plants are growing, I really like it. It’s cheerful. And I’m really pleased to have been able to breathe new life into something old.

My main hand sewing project over the past month or so has been my Patchwork of the Crosses. I have so far joined 9 blocks together giving me a real sense of what it will look like when it’s finished. I’m so pleased with the look which definitely makes it worth working on. All in all, it’s not difficult work. And I feel the repetitiveness is soothing and brings comfort. Familiar things always bring security.


So, my friends, please tell me what you have been working on. I haven’t been out and about much lately. I crave seeing other projects in progress which may bring me inspiration. I thrive on inspiration.

The last few weeks have been full of something and nothing. I’ve been working hard rebuilding my life. Slowly but surely things are falling into place. The house is feeling great and the garden even better. The university deadlines have been met. What a relief!!! Now it’s time to get out and about and enjoy the upcoming summer.

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

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fabulous weekend. My weekend was busy mooching around the neighbourhood. I worked on UFOs, I packed some boxes for long term storage and took a trip to our local tip to get rid of well-worn household stuff and garden rubbish. It seems everyone decided to visit the tip at the same time!!!

The favourite part of my weekend was a real treat for me. As you know I have concentrated mainly on working on UFOs since the turn of the year but this week I decided to kick off one of two winter projects. I spent a little bit of time choosing fabric for my Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses quilt. Once I had chosen the fabric I decided that it didn’t look right against the background fabric that I have already chosen and had my heart sent on. So it was back to the drawing board. My background fabric is a lovely light grey print. So I have finally decided on a colour scheme that includes pink, corals, reds, blues and teals. This project will be a good way of using up my stash. So here’s little peek at the first block in progress.


I’m using the English Paper Piecing method to piece this quilt top. And although these are elongated hexagons they are still hexagons. And hexagons are my absolute favourite. So it’s such a treat for me to have started working on this project sooner than winter.

Last week I promised that I would be back this week with some news about my Autumn Giveaway. So here’s the big announcement …

Yes folks, it’s time for my super-duper Autumn Giveaway. Here’s a little peek at what I have gathered so far for this special giveaway …..


These items have all been crafted by my fair hands. Some are UFOs, freemotion quilted practice pieces which I have turned into table topper-like quilts. And the sewing caddies were painted by my fair hands. The chunky wood hearts were purchased from The Crafts House and were originally intended to be used a tea light holders but I decided turn them into sewing caddies. I appreciate my own funky sewing caddy and I use it all the time as it keeps everything together on the table beside me. I will gather up a few more bits to add to this collection over the next couple of weeks.


So here are the rules to enter the giveaway ….. All I want is for you to comment and please, please, please include where you live. I don’t need your exact postal address, I just want to know city/county and country you live. It’s as simple as that! And ….. I am willing to post anywhere in the world, even to New Zealand, Singapore, West Africa, the United States and Canada. So don’t be shy. Click and send a simple comment and let’s see how many people in how many different countries we can reach out to. I plan on drawing three winning names on Friday September 30th. Good luck everyone.

I hope you all enjoyed watching Mr. Poldark last evening. Swoon ….. Now I have to wait a whole 6 days to see him again in the third episode, series 2 of Poldark. Swoon …..


So that’s my weekend report. I have been enjoying the end of the summer. I thought by now the temperature would be dipping at night but it’s not happening yet. In fact, the weather girl was saying just this morning, that the temperature might hit 30°C down south today! We rarely get such hot weather in my little corner of the northeast of England. Isn’t it too early to have an Indian summer?

So for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be working on Lucy Boston POTC. Wahoo! I hope you 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 Easter holiday. I enjoyed the company of my Sarah for just over two weeks. We had a lovely quiet time together. I have been rather quiet with regards to posting as I was struck down by Influenza!!! I can’t remember ever having the flu in all of my fifty some odd years on earth. I was so sick but once I looked up the symptoms and realised what was happening to me I stopped worrying and just let it wash over me. I’m starting to feel more like myself again but I’m so looking forward to my energy levels getting back to normal. I did very little sewing over the past week or so. Here’s the progress I’ve made on my apple core project …

apple core shapes pinned ready to sew

Apple Core progress

I’m almost at the planned finished size now and for some unknown reason I still have oodles of apple core shapes left over. So I will keep going until there are no more shapes left and then I’ll add a quiet border. I’m looking forward to seeing what this quilt will look like when it’s finished.

So the last couple of weeks have been spent healing and doing very little sewing. We had some lovely girly time and we even indulged ourselves in fits of moodiness while watching some soppy TV shows. I have tried not to watch the evening news because there’s so much bad stuff going on everywhere in the world! Now that I am beginning to feel better I hope that normal service will be resumed sometime over the next few days with regards to posting a little more regularly here.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some hand sewing whilst joining apple core shapes, if I can stay awake long enough! I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you enjoy doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a great day. I kept my busy doing one thing and another and basically I don’t have much progress to report today.

Apart from tidying around I pressed 15 half metres of fabric which I plan to use in my next armchair project.


I’ve shown you this fabric before and I must mention once again that it’s so bright that it’s well out of my comfort zone. However, I think that once the quilt it finished I’m going to be happy with the finished result. Once the fabrics were pressed I cut them into 8” strips which will be cut again using my GO! Cutter into apple core shapes. As the apple core shapes are curved on all four sides, and because curved shapes are quite difficult to sew accurately using a sewing machine, I plan on doing the piecing by hand. I’m really looking forward to getting started as I need a new distraction in my life. I need something different and pleasant to concentrate on. I think this cheerful project will keep me distracted from all the unpalatable things that go on in life.


So that’s my report for today. It’s been a pretty good day in my little corner of the northeast of England. I worked at my favourite slow and measured pace giving me a chance to enjoy every minute of what I was mooching about doing all day. It’s amazing how quickly the day passes when you’re enjoying yourself.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand piecing some double wedding ring patches. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing whatever makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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