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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.

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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 …..

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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.

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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 …..

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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 fab day. As usual have I have kept but I didn’t do anything of any great consequence. I spent the day tying up loose ends. I caught up on some chores from my To-Do List. Now I can have a good play.

So let’s get caught up on what I have been working on. First I can show you four more Quilts on the Grow block which I pieced over the last couple of days …..

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These blocks need to be secured onto the background and then quilted lightly. I’m a little over halfway to making the 52 blocks needed to complete this project. I’m tickled pink that I managed to carry on working on this project. And I’m pretty much on track time scale wise. I should be making four blocks a month, so as it’s June now I should have 24 blocks done but I have 29 blocks done which means I’m one month ahead!!! This Quilt as You Go method is a great way of working because once all the blocks are done the quilt is done too.

Something that was on my To-Do List for today was to prepare for my Burnopfield Belles sewing meeting tomorrow. I’ll be guiding the Belles thru the daunting technique of Foundation Paper Piecing. This is a technique which I learned many years. And to me it’s a breeze but for some it’s a difficult technique to learn. So I made copies of the foundation papers and prepped some fabric in readiness to show them how it all works. Seeing is believing. I am a visual person and I feel that there’s nothing like a good demo as well as a written description to which you can refer to just to remind you how it works. I’m looking forward to catching up with the Belles tomorrow. Just in case you didn’t know the Burnopfield Belles are a group of ladies who come together monthly who are interested in helping Quilts for Comfort.

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Today is Tuesday, the second day of the work week. I’m caught up on everything on my To-Do List for the moment. I’m grateful to have had a chance to spend some time in my sewing room preparing for tomorrow’s meeting with the Burnopfield Belles. I’m grateful for the sun that graced us this morning. I’m grateful for the fact that I’m in reasonably good health at the moment. Most of all I’m grateful for my loving family and friends. Without their encouragement I wouldn’t be the person I am today. What are you grateful for today?

It’s been a really good day in my little world. I have accomplished more than I expected to accomplish in one day. Some days things just run smoothly when other days nothing works as you would like it to. It would be nice if every day was like that.

So for this evening, this very happy and ambitious longarm quilter will be working on prepping a few more blocks for my Quilts on the Grow project. 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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Quilts on the Grow Progress

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QUILTS ON THE GROW WEEKEND PROGRESS

 

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a superb day. I spent mine in the slow lane enjoying the scenery again. I had 45 minutes in the garden pruning and bagging the clippings. It’s amazing how a few minutes in the garden can make a difference.

I spent the morning stitching out Buzz by Hermione Agee. I love this design because it stitches out beautifully and it’s a funky design that works for male and female quilts. I like a funky design.

BuzzIn the spirit of being spontaneous and once my quilting was done, I decided that we should go out for lunch today! I usually plan everything well ahead of time but I’ve noticed that when I try to plan something it quite often doesn’t work out so well and I’m often left disappointed. Our little lunch time adventure was very welcome. We had a lovely simple but delicious lunch in a nearby pub. It just goes to show that you can plan everything out but sometimes it’s the last minute outings that work out the best.

Over the last week or so I made some good progress on my Quilts on the Grow project. I have a total of 23 blocks pieced so far. I’ll soon be at the halfway mark.

Quilts on the Grow progress

I seem to have been doing only hand sewing over the last couple of months. I must admit that today I was longing to use my sewing machine again. I have a few ideas of what I would like to piece by machine and goodness knows I have enough fabric in my stash to do it. Perhaps it’s time to move back into the fast lane and get piecing.

It’s been a great day in my little world. I’m hoping that summer is just around the corner where I’ll find some great inspiration for creative projects to come. I’m still prepping a new beach hut project that I’m really looking forward to seeing finished and hanging in a perfect place.

So for this evening, this very happy and ambitious longarm quilter will be doing some more EPP work. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing some seasonal crafting. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you all enjoyed some warm sunshine. It’s been a brilliant day in my little corner of the northeast of England. I was desperate to get out in the sunshine this morning. So I stepped out into the garden to have a little look around. And this is what I found. The potted violas look splendid …..

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And this is my first peony of the year. Pink peonies are my favourite flowers. While they’re in season I try to buy them as often as I can from M&S. They look fantastic in the house.

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While I was taking a few photos in the garden I heard something that I didn’t recognise at first. I kept listening until I worked out that this little nesting box has occupants in it again this year …..

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For the past three years I have had families occupying this nesting box. We waited such a long time for this nesting box to be used by little birds. It sits just outside my sewing room window. So I will be sure to pay better attention when I’m in there to be sure to see the parent birds bringing food back to the nest. At the moment they seem to be invisible but they are around.

It wouldn’t be a proper post if I didn’t show you some sewing or new project related progress. Well last evening I decided to work on my Quilt on the Grow blocks …..

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This is number 16 of 52. I spent the evening sewing the fabric around the paper templates and joined one triangle of shapes together. I hope to get the next 5 triangles pieced and rest of the block joined together this evening. I need to concentrate on this project for a while now.

It’s been a pretty good day in my little world. I enjoyed a stroll around my little garden which needs a little attention at the moment. The sunshine was so cheery that my garden shall grow more beautiful every week.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be working on Quilts on the Grow blocks. 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’ve all had a very good productive day. My day has been full of this and that.

Most of you will already know that I have challenged myself to complete as many UFOs this year as I can. That doesn’t mean that I won’t start any new projects, it just means that I aim to finish as many ongoing projects as I can. I wanted to prep a new project this past weekend but I just didn’t have the time or energy to get started. However, I did add the binding to 5 different freemotion quilting samplers which I quilted last year. The fabrics used for these samplers was dyed by my Sarah and I think all the markings, the light and dark marbling effect, along with my simple freemotion quilting makes these pieces look so interesting. My goal was to get them all bound and ready to use. They are all suitably sized to use as table runners or centres. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my binding session. And now I have five lovely table runners which I have put away for a rainy day. Have you been working on UFOs lately? Do you even have UFOs???

Binding FMQ Samplers 1

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The last couple of weeks have been fraught with spring cleaning in my little world. Sorting and tidying has taken over my life. I have been bagging and tagging things to be distributed amongst the charities. And of course the stuff that’s broken or has not been used due to its’ age must go to the tip and eventually into landfill. My house is beginning to look so different without all the clutter. I’ve got a long way to go yet but I feel that every new day brings a chance to start afresh.

It’s been a really good day in happy longarm quilter land. We had some lovely sunshine this morning. Unfortunately, it disappeared around lunch time. I enjoyed working on blue hexagons. And I even got to step out to run an errand while getting some fresh spring air. I really enjoy productive days and the sense of accomplishment I have at the end of it.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand piecing some double wedding ring components. 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. I hope you all had a fabulous Tuesday. I just realised this morning that we’re halfway thru the month of March. Time just flies. It passes you by and before you know it another year has disappeared. So I guess we should make the most of each day. And so I did.

There was no sunshine this morning so I decided to keep myself busy regardless. I perform better when the sun is energising me but I did alright nonetheless. I’m in the mood for spring cleaning but before I can do that I must clear a lot of clutter. So I started by clearing a few shelves. Two boxes later the shelves are clutter and dust free. What a difference 20 minutes makes. It feels good to remove the clutter. Somehow it makes me feel free.

 

While I make a few decisions about my latest UFO project I have chosen and switched to another to keep moving forward. The project is stored in this box …..

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I started this project a couple of years ago. It’s not a going to be a gigantic quilt but as it’s all hand pieced it will take a while to get it pieced.

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All the cutting was done when I originally started …..

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You have probably already guessed that it’s a double wedding ring. And all the patches were rubber stamped and cut out …..

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Has anyone else every used By Kate rubber stamps for patchwork? It’s quite a good way to do it. And although I am hand piecing my quilt I suppose you could use this method using your favourite sewing machine. I feel I have better control of such small patches if I sew by hand. And the hand pieced method makes a super armchair project.

So it’s been a lovely quiet day in my little world. Once again I flitted around doing this and that and feeling like I wasn’t accomplishing a whole lot of anything but surprisingly enough I did. The washing machine whirred and the dryer clunked. The vacuum cleaner worked a treat on my rugs and I can finally see thru one or two of my windows. There’s still plenty to be done but tomorrow is another day. I would much rather be sewing than cleaning.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand sewing some double wedding ring components together. 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 day. Mine was spent flitting around doing something and nothing. I had a couple of meetings, answered several emails and returned a few phone calls. I was glad to be able to hide indoors today. It was rather cool and damp even though the sun came and went.

 

And then I decided to do something a little creative. So I dragged out this little UFO that I started last summer I think. This little quilt which was coloured using Caran D’Ache water soluble wax pastels needed some freemotion quilting. So I prepared my machine and put my machine quilting gloves on and got the job started …..

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And I carried on …..

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And I did some more …..

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And on until the job was done …..

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But the job isn’t done yet. I want to add some more embellishments. So I need to select some buttons and beads and whatever else might break up the negative spaces.

I tried to get a few more reasonable photos of my red hexagon quilt. So I took it outside thinking I might get better colours.

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I’m so pleased with this quilt now that it’s finished that I feel the need to start another hexagon project but this time it will be a grandmother’s garden design.

It’s been a great day in my little world. I did a variety of tasks that made me feel like I was getting somewhere in life. It’s always nice to be able to tick all the jobs on my To-Do List. I was in contact with several people for several different reasons. Human contact is the best part of my day. I’m not a loner by any means. My Maisie spent most of her day supervising the work I did …..

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Today I’m going to leave you with an interesting quote … A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim ~ Maya Angelou

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some fine hand appliqué work. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly love doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fabulous Monday. It’s been a good day in my little corner of the northeast of England. The sun was shining brightly spurring me on to get a few jobs done.

So let’s go back to the weekend. On Sunday morning, while Sarah was doing some university work I disappeared into my sewing room to load a quilt into my longarm quilter system. Before I could load the quilt I needed to remove the hexagon card template which I left in all around the outer edge …..

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Every step of loading this quilt into my longarm was really exciting for me because it was bringing me closer to finishing a UFO which I started some 5 or 6 years ago.

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This morning, rather early this morning, I went into my sewing room to make the hard decision of what quilting design and thread colour to use for this hexagon quilt. I chose a nice fine cream colour thread and the Baptist Fan as a quilting design. I consider the Baptist Fan to be a traditional quilting design and as it’s a quiet design that doesn’t take over I thought it would work nicely with hexagons …..

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I’m very pleased with the finished result of the quilting. I went on to machine and hand finish the binding this afternoon. All this quilt needs is a label. I hope to take a few more photos of the finished article in better light sometime over the next few days. If you have one or two UFOs stored away somewhere you should drag them out into the light of day and decide whether they’re worth finishing or passing them on to someone who will. In this case, my lovely red hexagons were definitely worth finishing. I love the colour red and I know this quilt will be well used and admired over the years to come. It pays to be patient. The fruits of our labour brings us so much pleasure.

So it’s been a really good productive day in happy longarm quilter land. I’m so pleased to have finished quilting my red hexagons that I feel I can treat myself with another messy crafty time session. I created another art journal background fit for that purpose.

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Once again the colours I used are well out of my comfort zone but I hope to produce a nice interesting art journal page regardless. Practicing new skills can be so much fun. So watch this space for a new art journal page soon.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some fine hand appliqué. 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 super first day of March. In my little corner of the northeast of England we had lovely warm sunshine. It’s not quite warm enough to starting removing layers of clothes yet but I after today I know spring is just around the corner. Yippeeee

Now I can bring the latest progress on my Quilt on the Grow project …..

Quilt on the Grow progress xzx

I’m really loving this project. I know I have posted about it often but as it’s growing every week I feel the need to show you how I’m getting on. I’ve added this one to my UFOs but it doesn’t really belong in that pile because it’s a project I started working on in January. I’m meant to make one block a week for a year but I’m doing it in batches which also works.

It’s been a lovely day in my little world. I’ve made a good dent in my To-Do List for today. Being productive gives me a sense of accomplishment which spurs me on to do even more. Do you have a To-Do List and if so do you manage to cross off plenty of tasks from the list? I have a little secret … I always put one or two things on my list that I know for sure I will be able to cross off.

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

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

 

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