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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.

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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’ve all had an enjoyable weekend. Here in the UK we are enjoying a bank holiday weekend. Tomorrow is the holiday. I’m hoping the sun shines as brightly tomorrow as it has today.

While the sun was shining brightly this morning I decided to do a couple of little jobs outside. I bought a few sacks of pea gravel that I wanted to spread around my gravel garden. It’s a job I dreaded but knew wouldn’t take more than a few minutes. The gravel garden looks fab again. Those few minutes spent tidying in the gravel garden has spurred me on to purchasing my annual plants this coming week. We’ve had a couple of mornings where we had frost last week. I’m hoping that the possibility of frost has past now so I can pretty up my garden.

I have a wee bit of sewing progress to show you today. I make quite a lot of lists in order to keep my life straight. So, I’ve always got a notebook/diary type thing which I consider my bible. As I have four weeks left in the current notebook I decided to set up the next one. So, I started the process by making a cover for said book …..


As you can see I kept it simple and straight forward. I used a few bits of brightly patterned/coloured fabric which I cut into strips and joined together and did some easy quilting. I kept it simple because that way I know I can cope with starting and finishing in one session.

Last weekend I started a project that I have been putting off for a few weeks. I always struggle choosing colours and prints for my projects. And as I was determined to use only what was in my stash I struggled even more. I finally settled on these fabrics which I will turn into a Bargello style quilt. It looks nothing at the moment but I think when it’s done it will look reasonably good. I was hoping to make progress on this project this weekend but something came up and I set the project aside until next weekend.


I got a message from my creative friend on Friday evening asking me if I could produce a quilt quickly for a poorly person who suffered a stroke a few days ago. Well I have been asked to step up to the plate a few times to produce quilts to give poorly people comfort in a time of need. I must admit that I wasn’t sure if I could do it. I got a brief which included using red and grey fabric and fleece backing. I wasn’t even sure that I would have enough of those colours to piece an entire quilt top. Well guess what???? I found sufficient of those colours to be able to piece a generous single size quilt including borders. The only thing missing was the fleece for backing. However, I knew exactly where to get that easily enough. I pulled the fabric and made a plan of action on Friday evening. And after stepping out to purchase red fleece I starting sewing the strips that I started cutting at 5am Saturday morning. By 5pm Saturday evening I had pieced the quilt top and loaded it into my longarm for quilting this morning. As I sit here this evening, Sunday evening, I have quilted and bound said quilt and it’s ready to handover on Wednesday. Here are a few photos of the quilt in question.




Although I wasn’t sure I could meet the challenge when I received the message on Friday evening, I felt it was important to get the job done. Someone needed the comfort a quilt brings. Once I determined I had enough fabric in my stash to do it I decided that this project would be a great way to pay forward  the kindness I received over the past year since my divorce proceedings started. I’m so grateful for all the support and encouragement I received that piecing this quilt was a small price and a great way to pay all that kindness forward. One good turn  always deserves another.

So, it’s been a rather busy but very productive weekend for me. I consider that I created something worthwhile. Longarm quilting using fleece as backing fabric is quite new to me. So, having another go gave me more experience and was a good learning curve. I have decided that while I didn’t use wadding in between the layers I did add a piece of calico to stabilise everything. I’m quite pleased with the result but most of all I am relieved that I managed to piece and quilt this project within 48 hours of receiving the request. I think I deserve a large refreshing Gin & Tonic this evening as a celebration of my accomplishment.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be doing a little more work on the Patchwork of the Crosses. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something worthwhile. 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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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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Road to Liberation Quilt Label


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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve had as good productive day as I have. The weatherman is insisting that the meteorological summer started today. Well you would never guess it’s summer here in my little corner of the northeast of England. It’s been dark and damp all day. Every now and again I looked outside to see that the wind was blowing a hooley and the raining was going passed the window horizontally! As much as I enjoy getting out and about I was so glad that I didn’t have any commitments outside the house today.

I’m very happy to say that I have now finished all the fine hand appliqué work on my Sweethearts blocks. I can move onto the stitchery work. I’m going to start the stitchery on my Birdhouse block this evening, if I can keep my eyes open long enough.


I have another little tip for you today with regards to fine hand appliqué. Now and again I have patches that don’t sit flat unless I clip the allowance; for instance, the v shape in the top of a heart shape needs clipping. Well now and again a few loose threads from the fabric weave might be difficult to tuck under, well when that happens I use a cocktail stick and my trusty fabric glue pen. I simply scrape a little glue onto the end of my cocktail stick and work it onto the wrong side of the patch and fold the loose thread onto it. This holds the loose threads in place while you do the fine hand stitching that secures the patch in place. It works really well for me.


Well it’s been a pretty busy day in happy longarm quilter land. I’ve done more today that I imagined I would. I suppose these dark dreary days are very useful for getting things done that I wouldn’t get done if the weather was good. I think I’ll step out tomorrow just for a change of scenery.

So for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious longarm quilter will be adding stitchery work to the Birdhouse block. I hope you 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’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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Hello my lovelies. It’s been a super day in my little world. I spent the day doing this and that. I managed to tick everything off my To-Do List and a few other bits and pieces as well. Today I’m not going to report about any of my sewing progress but I will show you a quilt that my Sarah longarm quilted to be handed over to Quilts for Comfort.

Sarah has spent many months focusing on university work. So I think it’s quite a treat for her to be able to work on something she chooses to work on rather than university work. Today she chose to work on a charity quilt. The quilt she longarm quilted was pieced and donated by Christine. It’s a lovely scrappy quilt. I know that a young person will take great comfort from this quilt. Feast your peepers on this …..

Christine Stoyle Charity Quilt

Christine Stoyle Charity Quilt back

We chose some fabric from my stash for the binding. And Sarah will be machining the binding on this evening. And because I believe in giving credit to those who have made a contribution to any given quilt, I have made a label naming the contributors, to add to the back of the quilt once the binding has been finished.

All in all, it’s been a great day in my little world. The sun was shining and everything is well with the world at the moment. I plan on spending tomorrow longarm quilting. I’m hoping the sun will be cheering me on.

So for this evening, this very happy and ambitious longarm quilter will be doing some EPP in order to progress on my Quilts on the Grow project. 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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