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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 fab day. It’s been sunny all day in my little corner of the northeast of England. I stepped out first things this morning to walk my Maisie in the sunshine. Now that she’s older she doesn’t enjoy the rain but makes the most of the sunny dry days.

My Sarah and I had a wonderful long weekend. There was a real buzz in the air in my little town as the Tall Ships Regatta was in our little port. The committee who put the event together did a wonderful job. I think the biggest hurdle to overcome was working out the parking situation. The council put out thousands of signs directing traffic to the designated park and ride areas. Sarah and I took a leisurely stroll to the port yesterday in the sunshine to see what all the fuss was about. It was the first time in the 23 years that I have lived in the UK that I have ventured out on a bank holiday!!! You know what??? I had a wonderful time. It’s been drummed into my head for so many years that we don’t go out on a bank holiday because of the crowds. Well we thru caution to the wind and headed out anyway. There were plenty of other attractions apart from the Tall Ships to see. There were street acts, food stalls, fairground rides and the main stage had a wonderful band performing songs that I actually recognised! The band consisted of 4 old dudes, my age, who played what I consider classic songs from the Eagles, The Beatles and local folk type bands but the song I enjoyed the most was Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. It’s ages since I went to a gig to listen to live music. What a sheltered life I have lived since coming to the UK.

With the coming of Brexit, the British economy has suffered a little in recent times. As I understand it, house sales have taken a nose dive but the rental property market seems to be booming. I couldn’t imagine renting my house in 24 hours …..

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Well now that the bank holiday weekend is over I guess it’s back to school time. I’m sure there are plenty of parents furiously trying to get their kids kitted out for school. I can remember the first day of school with fond memories. I wish I could turn back time. I would certainly have done things very differently given the chance.

So for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be doing a bit of hand quilting on the Sweethearts Dozen quilt. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing some that makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a brilliant day. The sun has been shining here in my little corner of the northeast of England. Taking my Maisie for a walk this morning was so enjoyable. The sun was mixed with light breezes making it very comfortable.

I got up pretty early this morning because Sarah and I had a plan of action for today. However, I desperately wanted to move forward with my current UFO which I am very happy to tell you that I have joined all the blocks together and I’m so pleased with how the quilt looks at this stage.

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The next step is to find something in my stash to use for the outer borders. I’m not sure if I have any of the printed fat quarters I used for the appliqué. Those prints would be great to piece together to turn into the outer border.

Once I finished joining all my blocks, Sarah and I moved onto our plan of action. We decided to piece a few wee quilts. The little quilts only just 16” x 20” in size and we used mainly Jelly Roll strips and other fabric in our stash. I managed to piece and bind two very simple little quilts …..

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And Sarah, the big show off, pieced and bound three little quilts …..

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I know these five little quilts will be appreciated. So spending a few hours piecing them was a pleasure. It was a good way of using up some of my stash, scraps of leftover wadding and calico for backing. The best part is the feeling you get from doing something useful.

I’m sure I’ve probably mentioned it already, but it’s a bank holiday this weekend here in England. Usually the bank holiday weather isn’t brilliant. I’m hoping that the weather between now and Monday is as good as todays was. I have one or two outings planned not to mention a couple of trips to the tip to dispose of surplus to requirement household stuff. Hopefully I will be able to scrounge up a some packing boxes in order to pack up a few things to be put in long-term storage.

So for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will carry on hand quilting the Sweethearts Dozen. I had set it aside for a while because I had hand quilters block but I’m back on track now. I hope to show you some progress photos next week. I hope you all have a super cosy weekend doing bank holiday stuff. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching

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Simple Machine Quilting


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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fab day. Sarah and I have had a super day. The last few days have been perfect summery days.

Sarah and I have been busy sewing up a storm. Sarah has been working on hexagons and I have been hand quilting. However, I spent a little bit of time in my sewing room playing with some sweet shapes …..


I’m revamping an existing project to make it more useful. Here’s a little sneak peek at what I have been doing. It’s very satisfying to disappear into my sewing room and come out with a definite plan of how to proceed on a new project. The most difficult part of any project is choosing fabric!

It’s been a lovely day in my little world. Once again Sarah and I have enjoyed a relaxed summery day. I have one or two appointments this week but for the most part I can play in my sewing room to my heart’s content. Slowly but surely my sewing space is being whipped into shape. I have been weeding and disposing of anything that is surplus to requirement. I have found so many interesting things that I plan on using over the next year or so. Some of the tools that I thought had disappeared have been unearthed and I’m so grateful.

So for this evening, this very happy and ambitious quilt maker will be doing some hand quilting. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something seasonal that makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a good productive day. Mine has been filled with paperwork, phone calls and emails. I love being busy. It keeps me out of trouble.

Yesterday I posted a photo of some funny looking nets. Well first I’m going to reveal what their original use was. Do you remember that I received some lovely flowers for my birthday? The flowers arrived in this smart slim box that fits thru the mail slot in my door …..


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The nets were placed over the delicate blooms so that they wouldn’t get damaged in transit. When I pulled the nets off the blooms it reminded me of some purpose bought nets which I use to tame thread.

I place the net over a spool of thread in order to keep the thread from tangling and unravelling all over the place. The purpose bought net, which I cannot find at the moment, came in one length which I can trim to size to fit spools and cones of thread. The bloom nets will be trimmed to fit whichever spool or cone I decide to use. At the moment I am using a net on spool of YLI hand quilting thread and it works a treat.

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Yesterday Christine commented that the nets could be used as peanut feeders for the birds. That’s a splendid idea Christine.  And Linda suggested that the nets could be placed over glass bottles to keep them from banging together in transit; another great idea. Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts with us. As always I love hearing from you. It’s what makes writing my blogposts worthwhile.

It’s been a great day in my little world. Slowly but surely I’m finding my new and improved role in life. My favourite part of each day is being creative. I didn’t do any sewing today but I did do some designing. Either one makes me very happy.

So for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker 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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Beach Hut Bag 1

Beach Hut Bag 2

Beach Hut Bag 3


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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a glorious summers day. It’s been absolutely sultry here; warm and breezy just the way I like it. Roll on summer …..

The day has finally arrived to choose the three winners of my Summer Giveaway competition. As you know the prizes have grown from two to three and I have added a few extra bits to each prize bundle. Without further ado here are the winners: 

Judy Messenger, Rhode Island

Julie Fowkes, Nottingham

Sandy, Doncaster

Congratulations ladies. I have emailed you all in order to get your mailing addresses so I can post your prize bundles off as soon as I can.

It was very interesting seeing that I have so many readers living all over the world. It’s fantastic that patchwork and quilting and crafts of all description brings us all together. Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the competition. I have plans to run another competition soon, so keep dropping in so you don’t miss out on the opportunity of entering.

It’s been a fantastic day in my little world. Once again I got the opportunity to do exactly as I please. While I was busy doing as I pleased my Sarah stepped out to meet her beau in town for a spot of retail therapy. I had a lovely time in my sewing room again today. The birds were popping into the garden to eat a little something at the feeding station and then have a quick refreshing bath before flying off. They were lined up on the fence waiting their turn. It’s quite lovely watching them. When I wasn’t looking out the window I did a wee bit of sewing. I turned my two beach hut strips into a small quilt top …..

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And then went on to layer up the quilt top and move on to a little machine quilting with some degree of success …..

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You will notice that I have kept this project really simple. I needed a little more than a short sharp sewing fix but I didn’t want to struggle along the way. So after two sessions I have finished the quilt top which will be turned into something useful. You will have to wait a little longer before you see what I will turn this project into. I hope to get it finished over the weekend and post the finished result on Sunday. So pop in again soon.

It was lovely doing exactly as I pleased today. I seem to be able to do that more often lately. My To-Do List has all been crossed off. And I have started making a list for tomorrow. I ‘m hoping to be as productive tomorrow as I have been today. I might even step out into the garden with my pruning scissors and start shaping shrubs. Any reason to be outside in good summery weather will do to get me out these days.

So for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious longarm quilter will be doing some hand quilting on my Sweethearts Dozen quilt. 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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