Posts Tagged ‘Quilts on the Grow’

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 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 …..

Quilts on the Grow July Blocks

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.

FPP demo

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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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’ve all had a super sunny day. This week is a pretty busy one for me. So it’s going to be a quick post.

After a really productive weekend I can boast that all three of the charity quilts have been longarm quilted and bound and labelled in readiness to hand over in a couple of days. Originally the deadline was for next week but the date was brought forward so I was in a bit of a panic on Saturday when I learned that I had less than a week to get it all sorted. Well I met the challenge with time left over! Sometimes it pays to sit down and plan what needs doing. I realise that even when you plan things it’s not possible to stick to a schedule.


After stepping out first thing this morning to purchase a couple of new garden tools, I went out to the garden and got started on sorting a few unruly trees that were in the wrong place. Well in the end I simply pruned the canopy of one tree down to half its size which made it look less out of place. Now that the tree has been halved it’s letting in much more light for the ground cover plants under it to thrive. There are two other wee trees which I studied and started making a plan of action in order to remove. I won’t be sure how big of a job it will be until I start. I’m not a gardener by any means but it’s up to me to sort it out so I’m going to learn the hard way. I do know one thing, getting rid of the clippings is always the worst part of the job!!! Today I was lucky because tomorrow is bin day. So getting rid of the clippings was easy.


Before I found out about the new deadline for the charity quilts, I was sitting prepping more blocks for my Quilts on the Grow project. I managed to prep three more blocks which I hope to work on in the evenings this week. I’m using the English Paper Piecing method which I find very relaxing. I can work on these blocks while I watch mindless TV. This lot will bring me up to block #21. Yahoo!


It’s been another sunny day in my little world. I hope this weather hangs around for a good while longer. It makes getting up in the morning worthwhile. I’m actually looking forward to what tomorrow will bring even though I have a good full day of busyness planned. The busier I am the happier I feel.

So for this evening, this very happy and ambitious longarm quilter will be working on another Quilts on the Grow block. 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 had a pretty busy morning. My Sarah had a dental appointment to which I accompanied her for moral support. And then we headed out to do a little shopping. I need one or two tidy outfits for a couple of very important meetings in the near future. I hate clothes shopping. I would much rather be sewing or designing a new project!

I have a little sewing related progress to show you …..


These are the latest Quilts on the Grow blocks which I pieced over the last couple of days. At the moment I’m trying another way of piecing the blocks by piecing the hexagons in batches and then adding the background frame and wadding in batches as well. I think it will work better than finishing a whole block before moving on to the next. This means that I can do a bit of piecing, then a bit of cutting and then a bit of joining. Varying the tasks will keep me interested.

Let’s talk about UFOs. I think I have plenty of UFOs dotted around the house. Many of my UFOs are simply small pieces of work created using new-to-me-techniques. In my old age, I think it’s important to learn something new every day. The only problem is quite often life gets in the way! So many of these UFOs get filed away until such time as I have a spare afternoon and enough energy to finish them up. I do think that anything you start is worth finishing even if it’s only to experience a new technique. I think many things in day to day life are like that too. If you have the courage to start something you should find the courage to finish it. Don’t be a coward and hide away from difficult situations, face them head on. So get your UFOs out of that box. You know that box that sits so far under your bed that you can’t actually reach it. Make the effort to get that box out and work out how to tackle the project, finish it off and be proud of yourself.I’m so glad that there isn’t a space under my bed because that’s one less place to hide UFOs!!!

Before the day was over and as I still had time leftover before it was time for me to make an evening meal, I disappeared into my sewing room to load another Quilts for Comfort charity quilt top. This one will be suitable for a young man. I’m going to use white thread and a non-girly quilting design. I have some interesting quilting designs suitable for male quilts.


It’s been another great day in my little world. I seem to be ending each day on a high note lately. I’m not sure if it’s my positive attitude to life that’s helping or perhaps my expectations aren’t so great lately, but I am surfing from one day into the next with a pretty good sense of accomplishment. Having said that, I have a few interesting plans for the future. And as big dreams don’t cost anything, perhaps I should set my sights a little higher.

Let's  dream big

So for this evening, this very happy and ambitious longarm quilter will be working on another Quilts on the Grow block. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something seasonal. Until your read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a great Friday. I’ve always loved Fridays. When I was younger, Friday always meant a good night out. Now that I’m grown up Fridays aren’t very different to Mondays. I think the only difference is that I don’t run as fast on the weekend. Everyone needs to pull into the slow lane now and again. It’s lovely in the slow lane, you can take your time, catch your breath and enjoy the scenery. Due to circumstances beyond my control, over the last few weeks, I seem to have forgotten how to enjoy things such as snowdrops, daffodils and other signs of spring. I discovered a little clump of snowdrops in my front garden yesterday when I was out collecting litter that was blown in during the windy days. It’s a shame to miss the simple things of life.

I received a message from Susan today asking about my Quilts on the Grow project. So here’s a photo that should give you an idea how it will look once the quiltlets are joined together. Note that there are only four properly sewn together and that I have placed three other finished quiltlets around the joined ones. And also the backgrounds are different which I feel will give the project some interest.

Quilt on the Grow xx

This is the perfect stash buster project. You can either use all your favourite fabrics or all those dodgy prints you purchased over the years and can’t figure out why! I decided to cut into a Fat Quarter collection bundle which I’ve had for a while and to use up different metre lengths for the background. The best part of this particular project is that when you have joined all the quiltlets your project will be finished because all the quilting is done as you go. I’m enjoying this project. And I can’t wait to see what it will look like once it’s all done. Now that I have tried this method I would definitely consider doing it again. It’s fantastic learning new things; I’m not even going to mention the sense of accomplishment when you finish a project using a new technique.

You might remember that last week I went off to do a little messy crafting. With the help of my very creative friend Sandra on The Hill , I created this art journal page …..

Journal Page

Well I’ve got loads of supplies in my stash which I can use for such creations. In order to encourage myself to do more messy crafting, while I was out on my field trip with my Sarah today I purchased this scrapbook …


In which I plan to store and incorporate my art journal pages as I create them. I feel that messy crafting will inspire me to create even better and hopefully unique patchwork designs. I would love to turn my messy crafting designs into fabric projects. I have been looking for new inspiration, so let’s hope this has the desired effect.

It’s been a really good day in my little world. I thoroughly enjoyed my field trip with my Sarah. The field trip was related to Sarah’s university work report. I feel quite privileged to have been asked to help. Operation Taking Flight is going even better than I anticipated. Sarah has learned quite a lot about independent living. And I have learned a lot of myself. It’s quite amazing how inner strength kicks in when you need it. I’m learning to enjoy a little bit of independent living as well.

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 all had a wonderful productive day. I started my productiveness really early this morning. I was up at 5am answering emails and writing lists. It was cold and dark but I didn’t care because I was flying thru my laptop jobs. It’s amazing how much you can get done before others wake up!

Over the last few evenings I have managed to complete these three Quilt on the Grow quiltlets.

Quilt on the Grow progress

This is an amazingly fun project to work on. It’s a great stashbuster and if you enjoy EPP work you will enjoy it too. I haven’t purchased any new fabric for this project and I am quietly confident that I won’t need to purchase any to get it all finished.

It’s been a really good day in happy longarm quilter land. I got loads done which puts me ahead of the game. I could have used a little sunshine but I managed without. Tomorrow I am going on an interesting field trip. I hope to tell you more about that 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. And happy February 1st. Can you believe we have just crossed over into the second month of 2016??? Goodness me time sure flies.

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Mine was excellent. My Sarah came home for the first time in three weeks and we spent a lovely quiet weekend together. Sarah did some course work and I did something and nothing. Apart from meals, laundry and generally picking up and putting away my something and nothing was hexagon work. I did some prep work on my Quilts on the Grow project …..

Quilts on the Grow prepping

And then I did a bit of piecing …..

Quilts on the Grow progress

Here are all the blocks I have pieced so far. As you can see I still have quite a few that need backing and quilting. I am really enjoying this project. I think it’s good to dip into something different now and again.

Up to date progress

My Maisie spent the day following me around today. I quite often work in my sewing room where Maisie has her own chair in which she keeps me company …..

Maisie in her new do

I spent some time on all three floors of my house today. I do my communication work from upstairs where I have recently relocated my laptop in order to make my work easier. And also a change of location is good for the soul; different scenery makes life much more interesting. My laptop is located on a desk in front of a window nowadays.

I spent time loading quilts into both of my longarm quilting systems today. Here’s the quilt that I loaded into Jackie the Juki this afternoon …..

New quilt loaded in Jackie the Juki 1

New quilt loaded in Jackie the Juki 2

This quilt was pieced by Christine for Quilts for Comfort last summer and I picked it to be the next quilt to get the Jackie treatment. I really like this quilt and whoever gets it will be a lucky girl.

So life in happy longarm quilter land is finally returning back to normal. The longarm quilting can wait no more. So it’s time for this very happy longarm quilter to get back into the groove. I think the next few days will be quite stormy with Storm Henry arriving anytime now. So I have plenty to keep me occupied in the sheltered warmth of my little home.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be working on wee hexagons. Only a few hundred more hexagons to go and I will be finished this long running hexagon project. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something that makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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