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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all enjoying a super fine weekend. Like in happy quilt maker land has been good this weekend. I spent some time with like-minded ladies. We all had our very own current sewing projects (in quilt making speak that means one of our many UFOs!!!). By the end of the day we had all made quite a lot of progress but in between arriving and leaving we put the world to rights. I hadn’t seen anyone since before Christmas so it was really nice catching up with everyone.

Today, Sunday, has been a busy one. I got up early and started the chores on my list. And did I ever have a lot of stuff to do but somehow, I managed to get everything done by noon which gave me the whole afternoon to sit quietly and indulge in some catch-up TV and some enjoyable sewing. While I put my feet up Sarah stepped out to meet some friends. Our house is generally very quiet but it was especially quiet this afternoon. It was just what I needed as I have a rather busy week ahead of me. I have some important legal meetings booked and some enjoyable socialising to participate in as well. Life sure has changed over the past year. I must say that I do not miss the chaos.

In my quest to sort and tidy I have made more mess than I had hoped for. I recently had a bookshelf malfunction which I put right by replacing said bookshelf. My sewing room looks like a tip and there isn’t much chance of being able to get in there to do any sewing whatsoever until the mess has been cleared up. Every time I go in there to get started with the task of tidying I get distracted because I find things for which I have been searching for quite some time or I find something I forgot I had!!! So, I am making no progress whatsoever in the sewing room department for the moment. I wonder if anyone else recognises this problem?

I have been so busy with sorting and tidying this week that again I have hardly done any work on my UFOs. This afternoon I decided to switch over to a different project. I’m still doing hand quilting but on something other than my Sweethearts Dozen. I switched over to a winter scene block from my Button Club Whimsy. I marked the little quilt a couple of weeks ago, so it was ready to stitch. It’s quite nice working on a small project because you know it won’t go on forever. I will be adding some hand painted buttons, beads and a hand knit scarf and some kind of hatband. Whimsical projects are great fun to work on because you can add anything you like. I’m hoping to be able to report that this UFO is finished soon. The other three seasons are finished and I use them as door banners.

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The next few months are going to be interesting for me. Not only do I have personal goals to achieve but I have some family stuff that need to be resolved. Over the last year, I have often wished I had a guardian angel. Well I’m very pleased to show you one that I acquired before Christmas …..

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This little beauty has been watching over me for a while. Along with my wonderful family all my friends, my guardian angel has been making sure that life runs as smoothly as it possibly can. Today has been such a good productive day. I got so many chores done. My home is tidy and slowly but surely the clutter is disappearing. Life is so much better without chaos.

Today, I’m going to reveal what I did for Christmas. I am actually the luckiest Canadian girl in the whole of the UK because I got to spend Christmas with my family which I hadn’t seen in ten years. We had a lovely family Christmas together. We ate and rested and talked about the old days before I moved to the UK. We had lots of laughs. My Sarah enjoyed spending time with her grandmother and uncle. Ten years is a very long time. It was the best Christmas I’ve had since 1995. It’s such a shame that Sarah and I lived such an isolated life but we’re coming out of that phase now, God willing. Our brand new shiny life is waiting for us to get started.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be doing some hand quilting. I’m looking forward to switching to another project next weekend. I hope you all 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 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 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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ENJOYING ANOTHER UFO

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Hello my lovelies. And happy Mayday to all. It just happens to be a bank holiday here in the UK. The weather hasn’t been great so we decided to have a quiet weekend.

My Sarah has been rather busy with her last assignment of the academic year lately. Operation Taking Flight is progressing really well for us both. The last eight months have just flown by. Sarah has done really well in her first year. Of course we’ve had our ups and downs which is exactly what you would expect for Sarah’s first year of university. We have both learned just how strong we can be when we need the strength to keep us on track. Sarah will be handing in her final pieces of work in a few days. And very soon after she’ll be home for the summer. We have loads of fun things planned for the summer break.

I spent the last few days finishing up things. Let’s start with the apple core progress … I finished appliquéing the shapes onto the outer border and my funky backing fabric arrived a lot sooner than I anticipated. So now I have no excuse to get it longarm quilted so I can use it …..

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I finished joining squares and adding borders to my beach hut background …..

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This was a pretty simple project which was all hand pieced. Even the borders were added by hand. I really enjoyed working on this simple project. Now I need to work out the appliqué placement.

And finally, I added a little quilting in the ditch to one of my Quilts on the Grow blocks …..

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All in all it’s been a productive weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed my quiet time hand piecing. Sarah spent quite a lot of time freemotion embroidering her assignment project. It was lovely hearing the whirr of the sewing machine but the best part was seeing what she produced. I can’t show you just yet but I hope Sarah will give me permission to post a few photos of her beautiful work. I am one proud mam right now.

So for this evening, this very happy and ambitious longarm quilter will possibly be working on a double wedding ring UFO or piecing Quilts on the Grow blocks. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super weekend. Mine was full of sunshine and happiness. I spent all weekend working on my apple core quilt quietly. All the shapes have been joined together but the straight border has yet to be added. I found a solid hot pink fabric in my stash that I think would do nicely for the straight border. The curvy edges of the apple core centre will sit over the pink border and I will appliqué it in place. The outer edge of the pink will be straight. I’m quite pleased with this quilt so far and the best part is all the fabrics I have used so far has come from my existing stash. I would like to purchase a funky backing fabric for this one though. And I have a few leftovers from the centre shapes that I might be able to use for the binding.

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Auditioning apple cores on outer border fabric

Now that I have almost completed my apple core quilt I can really get my teeth stuck into another project all the while quietly working on UFOs in the background. This other project contains beach huts. I will soon start joining the background fabrics. Once again I think I will treat this as a hand pieced project. All I need to do to get started is cut squares which will be joined together. As for the beach hut part of the design, well I think I’ll wait until the background is pieced and I will then cut some paper shapes and move them around the background until I’m happy with the look.  The paper shapes will also serve as templates for cutting the fabric shapes later. This is a different approach than I usually take for designing appliqué projects. I think it’s time to switch things around a little bit. I’ll let you know how this works out for me.

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Lately my days have been full of something and nothing. Between enjoying a pretty bad bout of flu and solving a few problems, I have discovered that I’m much stronger than I thought. When life hands you scraps … make a quilt.

So once again, it’s been a pretty good day in my little world. Every day I try to meet any challenges thrown at me. And today was no different than yesterday and the day before … I met the challenge of completing all the tasks on my To-Do List albeit a short list. There were one or two rather important things on said list. So I’m glad to have worked my way thru it all in one day.

So for this evening, this very happy and rather ambitious longarm quilter will be cutting fabric for a beach hut background. 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 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 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 …..

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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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Hello my lovelies. I hope you all had a super Monday. It’s been a great day in my little world. Once again I flitted around doing one thing and another.

I started the day by loading a large quilt into my longarm quilting system for quilting sometime in the next few days. Loading this quilt wasn’t very easy as I needed to piece 44” wide fabric to turn it into a 100” square. When it comes to larger quilts my preference is to use wide backings but in this case it was better to use up what was readily available.

Now yesterday amongst other activities I spent some more messy time with my friend Sandra on The Hill. I worked on another art journal page. My Sarah and I got ready early and headed out for our messy time fix. I worked on another rather colourful art journal page. Put your sunglasses on and feast your eyes on this …..

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I really enjoyed creating this page. And using such bright colours is so far out of my comfort zone but I forced myself to choose these bright cheerful colours. And I’m glad I did!!! It’s time for a change. And adding a bit of lively colour to my life is just the ticket.

In the spirit of working on UFOs I decided to add the binding to one of my Freemotion Quilting Samplers from last year. The sampler was stitched on basic calico using designs that I really like. Stitching a sampler gives me a chance to practice and improve my skills. Doodling these designs helps give your brain a preview of what you want to stitch out on fabric. So we should all do more doodling. Doodle wherever and whenever you can. It keeps your brain active and makes you more creative.

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It’s been a really good day in my little world. I did a variety of household chores and played with fabric, sewing machines and Clover binding clips. I wonder what tomorrow will bring???

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will most likely be doing some fine hand appliqué and perhaps some hand binding. 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. It’s been a pretty good one in happy longarm quilter land.

I kept myself busy all day. For some unknown reason there wasn’t anything on my To-Do List for today. The rest of the week is full of tasks including longarm quilting and meetings. And my Sarah and I will be heading down to her University to see what there is in and around the town. We’ll be looking for all our favourites.

I kicked of the day by working on this …..

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Once again I got the Bondaweb out and traced all the components of this frog. Chose the fabrics from my scrap bin and got on with the task. I’m quite pleased with this. And I’m thrilled to have used a few scraps. I would like to find a fun project that would make a dent in my scraps!

I went on to load a quilt into my longarm quilting system. By the time I got around to it, it was really warm around the back where my sewing room is but I carried on until the job was done. This is a lovely quilt which was pieced by Sandra …..

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I love the colour palette of this quilt. Green and Purple and green and pink are my favourite. So I decided to pull out my colour wheel to see where purple and green sit on the colour wheel …..

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The last thing I did in my sewing room today was make this fabric circle …..

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Which goes on yesterday’s Dresden Plate effort …..

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Once the circle is sewn on my sample will be complete. The templates have been traced and cut out and so I’m ready for the Dresden challenge.

Yesterday I was moaning about how I struggle to get a clean duvet cover on my duvet. Well I did have one or two suggestions and the one I will be trying next was sent in by the lovely Anita. If you would like to see a different way on putting a duvet cover on your duvet click here.

My friend Fran has been rather busy of late working on UFOs. I certainly admire Fran for keeping her eye on the ball and finishing what she set out to do. Here are a few projects Fran finished a few days ago …..

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I can reveal this evening the leaf project I was working on last week. This is my Leaf Table Runner quilt …..

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I had a great time designing and making this  little quilt. This project involves rotary cutting, machine piecing, raw edge machine appliqué just to mention a few of the techniques used to make this little quilt. So if you would like to join in making this project you can contact Stitchin’ Heaven at 01665 570 833. The first class will take place on Thursday September 3rd. And as usual we’re going to have fun. We always have fun at my classes. I’m sorry for the poor quality of the photo. The light wasn’t great when I took it.

Well it’s been a really day in my little world. I spent quite a lot of time in my sewing room working at my favourite slow and measured pace. I seem to get more done when I’m not rushing. I’ll take this opportunity to let you know that I will be taking a few days off from blogging. I’ll be back soon though.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some fine hand appliqué and perhaps some hand quilting. I look forward to sitting quietly doing my hand sewing this evening. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you thoroughly enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

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