COMPLETED PUZZLE

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fab day. Although I didn’t really have a plan of action for today, it’s been a pretty good one anyway. Perhaps going off piste now and again is a good thing.

I was up and at it even before the sun decided to make an appearance. I got thru the morning doggy routine and disappeared into my sewing room. My first task was to load my latest Dresden Plate quilt top into my longarm …..

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I have decided to give this quilt a simple custom quilting job. Here’s a little diagram of what I’m aiming for in places …..

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There are quite a lot of negative spaces in this quilt so I’m trying to give it a little texture by alternating light quilting and denser quilting as shown in my chicken scratch diagram. It’s a while since I did any custom quilting. It’s definitely not my favourite way to quilt but I think this quilt top will look better for it.

Yesterday we were aiming for a quiet afternoon. Well we got exactly what we were aiming for. I took a few minutes out of my afternoon to bake some oatmeal muffins …..

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For me, oatmeal muffins are comfort food. They’re easy to make and you can add anything you like to them. I like to add chopped dates and walnuts or pecans when I can afford them. They’re delicious when they’re still warm.

We stepped out this morning to purchase some embroidery thread for Sarah. She’s currently working on her major final assignment for uni and needed embroidery thread in specific colours which we didn’t have in our stash. I can’t wait to see what she produces with said thread. While we were out I found a couple of packs of Easter themed bits to decorate my driftwood tree.

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It’s meant to be a Christmas tree but it’s so lovely that I decided to turn it into a seasonal tree.  So, watch this space. I’ll be looking for springtime decorations after Easter.

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So far today, I haven’t even threaded a needle let alone do any sewing. The last piece to the puzzle required to turn me into an independent woman arrived today. I hope to be able to concentrate enough to work on some hexies this evening. In the meantime, it’s time to layer up a lasagne for our supper. I seem to have done quite a lot of home cooking this week. It’ s the perfect time of year for good home cooked comfort food. Umm Umm

So, I guess that’s my report for today. I hope to bring you some longarm quilting progress tomorrow. In the meantime, I wish you all a super cosy evening doing something that brings you comfort. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching

Lucie x

WILL THE TOOTH FAIRY VISIT?

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve been enjoying some winter sunshine. The sunlight poured in thru all my windows today. It felt very spring like. I would like to think that winter will only last a few more weeks.

I had no real plan of action for today. I wasn’t sure if I should draw some new blocks …..

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To add to the collection hanging on my design wall …..

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I didn’t know whether to load my new Dresden quilt into my longarm system for quilting …..

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In the end I didn’t do any of that. My Sarah had a dental appointment and came home one tooth lighter. The tooth that needed attention could not be saved. It was a baby tooth and the best way to deal with the infection was to remove it and eventually bridge the gap. As you can imagine it was a pretty traumatic day. So, I spent a quiet afternoon with Sarah watching mindless TV shows that we taped recently. The tooth extraction kind of changed our meal plan ….. so, I made some lovely chicken noodle and veg soup which we both enjoy. A little comfort food was very welcome. Since this was a baby tooth, I was wondering if Sarah should put her tooth under her pillow? Do you think the tooth fairy will visit tonight???

I recently mentioned that Sarah and I will collaborating on a project soon. Well I can finally show you the start of the project …..

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These fabrics are Sarah’s print. She designed this print herself and we had it printed in three different  background colours. I’m hoping some co-ordinating designs will be produced once her uni assignment deadlines are met.  In the meantime, I’m going to make up a few household goods using these lovely fabrics. Having this fabric is like buying a new Jelly Roll and not wanting to remove the ribbon that holds all the strips in a neat roll, I just don’t want to cut into it because it looks so good as a whole. So, watch this space.

Well it’s been a nice quiet day in my little world. The sunshine makes me feel so good. Well, that’s my report for today. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching

Lucie x

DRESDEN LOVELINESS

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable day. It’s been sunny in my little world, making me a very productive happy stitcher. I had the good foresight to do some cooking earlier in the week so that I could do some sewing and prep work during the days.

Since my latest finish, I have concentrated on prepping some new blocks for my Moving Forward project …..

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I even managed to flash up my sewing machine to piece a Dresden Plate Block today. This will be included in my Moving Forward project. I love piecing Dresden Plates. Very easy block to piece but rather effective. The most difficult part of this block was choosing fabrics. Once I chose the fabric I traced the Dresden blade template and rotary cut the shapes …..

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And then I did some chain piecing …..

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You will note that I press guideline in my background fabric in an X shape in order to help me centre my Dresden Plate …..

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Here’s a little sneaky peek with the centre covered up with the fabric circle …..

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I will tack the Plate in place and eventually do the fine hand appliqué stitching to secure the patches in place. I love a good old Dresden fix.

It’s been a lovely day in my little world. I got a sneaky peek at my Sarah’s designs. She’s doing so well. Since getting an exceptional grade for her dissertation, she seems to have found a whole lot of inspiration. I hope she’ll do well in life. For Sarah, the sky’s the limit. She just needs to keep putting the hard work in.

So, that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a fabulous evening doing some creative. Until next time, 

Let’s all keep on stitching 

Lucie x   

A GREAT FINISH

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super duper productive day. It’s been dark and dreary here but I didn’t let that get me down. I drew up a To-Do List yesterday for today. And I just stuck to it until I crossed everything off my list. Phew! I’m glad this day almost over. Now I get to sit down and relax.

I’ll start my report with my POTC progress. I finally stitched the label on …..

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When the label goes on, that’s it the quilt is finished and ready to use. My quilt, My Labour of Love quilt, will go on to serve me for many years. It will be used and loved probably long after I have gone on to another dimension. I’m hoping that once I’m gone my quilt will go to a loving home. Here’s another little peek at the finished result …..

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And here, my lovely assistants, Chris and Morag, holding the quilt up for viewing. Looking at a quilt from a distance gives you the chance to see the all over effect. You can’t see that when you stand only inches away…..

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Last week, I kicked off a new armchair project. I knew I was going to miss working on EPP. So, I decided on what kind of a layout I wanted and started cutting up fabric …..

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And here is a little peek at what it might look like when I start joining all the hexagons together …..

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I’m quite happy with the look of this new armchair project. It’s one that I will work on in the evening while watching TV and if and when I join other like-minded ladies for sewing sessions once or twice a month.

My weekend was a lovely relaxed affair. We enjoyed a little sunshine and some time spent with interesting ladies. I love the social side of getting together with other ladies who indulge in quilt making.

So, I guess that’s my report for today. It feels a wee bit light so hopefully I can bring you some interesting progress later in the week. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something that brings you joy. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching

Lucie x

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR EVERYONE

Hello my lovelies. It’s finally Friday. I hope you’ve all had a super week. Mine has been pretty good. Today was especially great. I’m not sure if it’s the sunshine or what but I feel good today. I’m grateful for the freedom I’ve got. Perhaps I feel good because it’s the start of the Chinese New Year. Happy year of the dog everyone.

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I did a whole lot of household chores in order to free up my weekend for good stuff. I’ll be stepping out tomorrow to spend some time with a few like-minded ladies who like me, enjoy quilt making. There will most likely be a little show and tell and plenty of current event discussions. There may even be a bit of coffee and cake. I’ve chosen my project to take along and I hope to make some progress.

I didn’t have a plan of action for today. So in between filling the washing machine and tumble dryer, I decided to prep some blocks in readiness for fine hand appliqué for my current whimsy which I call Moving Forward. The sun was shining on my table while I traced shapes on my freezer paper …..

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I’ll fast forward to the fun part …..

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Tacking the patches in place is very satisfying. Here’s a little tip for those who have done little or no appliqué work. My appliqué work is mainly whimsical so to help me centre my little designs I press guidelines in my background fabric …..

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I have pressed diagonal lines in this background but centred vertical and horizontal guidelines work really well. Here’s an example of when you could use diagonal guidelines …..

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And here’s an example of vertical and horizontal guidelines …..

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The guidelines eventually press out and you’re left with a nice block. I’m looking forward to doing the fine hand stitching to permanently secure the patches in place and adding these two blocks to the inventory. My project seems to be progressing better than I thought.

For whatever reason, I’m always glad to see Friday come around again. The weekend seems to unfurl at a more relaxed pace which gives me a little break. It also means that we don’t have to be on the clock first thing in the morning. It’s been a pretty good week in my little corner of the northeast of England. If today is anything to go on, spring is just around the corner. Mind you the weatherman said something completely different here this morning.

So, I guess that my meagre report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something that makes you happy. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching

Lucie x

VISIT TO A BLUSTERY BEACH

Hello my lovelies. I hope you all made it thru Valentine’s Day. My Sarah and I had a great time. There was no pressure. It’s lovely to spend an evening with someone who doesn’t need to be impressed.

It’s been a bit of a busy day in my little world but I don’t seem to have accomplished much of anything. I kicked off the day by collecting my new specs at the optician shop. Then I renewed my house insurance; this is a task I hate doing because I seem to spend ages on the phone. This year I decided to renew online. It took only a few minutes and it was straight forward. I’m good for a whole year now. Yippeee

I went out for lunch with my friend Anne and her husband Malcolm. We went to our local fish and chip place on the beach. The place was packed but the service is excellent and the food is really good. It’s ages since I’ve been to that chippy. After our meal we had a short stroll to look at the sea. The wind was whipping around and blowing the sand all over the beach. I sure wouldn’t like to be in the water today.

It seems that all us quilt makers are of the same mind. We all love stationery. So, Anne gave me this little present which is very welcome indeed …..

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Not only is Anne’s gift pretty, it’s very functional as well. I was scrambling around last night to find a scrap of paper to make of list of blocks I want to draw for my Moving Forward project. So now I’ll put my notebook in my project box and add to my list as I think of new designs to be added. Thank you for the thoughtful gift Anne.

The sun has been out all day and the windy has been blowing like mad. While I was out walking Maisie this morning, I was wondering if spring would ever get here. I must admit that I’m fed up of being cold. The days are definitely getting longer but it still feels like winter. OK that’s my rant for today.

Between ranting and collecting specs and renewing insurance I also did a little hexagon prep work. You might remember that I cut strips yesterday. Well today I traced the hexagon shape onto the strips ….

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Stuck a pin in the doubled up folded strip in each shape traced to keep all four layers in place while I cut …..

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I use good Fiskars scissors to cut thru all those layers …..

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In no time flat I cut these three piles of hexagons …..

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We all have our own method of cutting hexagons but this works really well for me. I never cut all the hexagon shapes in one go. That’s probably because I’m never sure how big I will make the project. And it also gives me chance to add different colours and prints.

It’s been a pretty good day in my little world. I enjoyed socialising. And I’m pleased to be able to tick one or two things from my To-Do List. So, I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super duper cosy evening doing something that brings you joy. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching

Lucie x

VALENTINE’S REPORT

Hello my lovelies. Happy Valentine’s Day to all. I changed to meaning of Valentine’s Day many years ago. For many, Valentine’s Day doesn’t include the celebration of romantic love. So, I decided to make it about family love. Nowadays I prefer to spend time with my most favourite people. Today, I’m spending time with my Sarah. We’re going to share a simple meal and just catch up on what’s going on in each other’s lives.

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Sarah and I are collaborating on a project which I will tell you more about in the next couple of weeks. It’s quite exciting for mother and daughter to do something creative together. Considering the age gap and difference in tastes … I look forward to seeing what we end up with.

It’s been a dark dreary day in my little world. While Sarah worked on her final major project for uni I stepped out to run some errands. We now have enough food to last us until early next week. When all the groceries were unpacked and put away, I disappeared into my sewing room trying to figure out what to do ….. A few days ago, I decided that I definitely needed another English Paper Piecing project on the go. So, I pressed this selection of fabric and cut it into strips …..

 

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I have loads of paper pieces to work with …..

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These hexagon shapes measure ¾” on the flat side …..

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I quite like the diamond shape hexagon layout for which I do not know the name. Is there a name for this layout??? If anyone knows the name of this layout please do let me know.

Isn’t it amazing how many household items are heart shaped or have hearts printed on them. I gathered this little lot in less than three minutes. …..

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I quite like hearts. I designed a whimsy appliqué quilt that has hearts in every single block a couple of years ago. I suppose that’s a testament to how much I like hearts …..

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So, that’s my heart filled report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something that makes your heart sing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie

MORE QUILT MAKING PROGRESS

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a great day. I spent a bit of time in my sewing room searching for stuff and tidying. I really must find a good way of storing fabric so that I see what I’ve got!!!

As well as doing a few household chores, I started hand finishing the binding on my Patchwork of the Crosses quilt. It’s the perfect time of year for binding quilts. It’s brrrrr cold and so when the quilt is all spread out in your lap while you sew, it’s also keeping you cosy warm. I use my favourite clips to hold the binding down …..

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And in this case spend hours hand sewing the binding to the back of the quilt …..

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Here’s a little peek at the quilting design I used. This one is called Zephyr by Hermione Agee of Lorien Quilting …..

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I love the big teal polka dots on the fresh green background. I’m really pleased with the over all result of this quilt. My next step will be to make a label. I’ll post more photos when it’s finished.

It’s been a lovely quiet day working at my slow and measured pace. Sometimes it’s good to be in the slow lane. It gives you the opportunity to have a good look around.

So, that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something that gives you a sense of accomplishment. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching

Lucie x

SUNNY PROGRESS TO START THE WEEK

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fab day. We’ve had nothing but sunshine all day long. The temperatures are still rather cold but the sun was very pleasant indeed.

On Sunday I decided to have a little sewing fix. I miss sitting at my machine creating something. So, I racked my brain trying to think of a little project I could start and finish pretty much in one day. As Valentine’s Day is on Wednesday I decided to go for a heart themed project. This is what I produced …..

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I used the foundation paper piecing technique using this design …..

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And I went on the layer my wee quilt top and added some quilting. I think my little quilt will be used as a mug rug. The next step is to hand finish the binding onto the back of the quilt. It was fun to disappear into my sewing room and do something creative.

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On Sunday I noticed that my design wall was looking a little bare!!!

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So, I prepped another block for my Moving Forward quilt …..

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And displayed some of the blocks I have finished piecing for my Moving Forward quilt project to cheer the place up a but …..

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Looking at the colours and prints on my design wall, I notice that my tastes and the way I design things has changed quite a lot in the last couple of years. I’m not afraid to put loads of colours and patterns together anymore. Eventually when this project is finished, I’m hoping it will be nice and interesting.

I treated myself to a book last week. I don’t buy many books nowadays. This book has been on my wish list for quite some time. It’s Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 by Lori Kennedy of The Inbox Jaunt. I have been following Lori’s blog for quite some time and I want to be like her when I grow up. Lori does such nice Freemotion quilting. If you haven’t seen her work do pop into her blog and have a look. The book is packed full of good info and step by step freemotion quilting designs.

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Now the moment I’ve been waiting for. Here’s a little sneak peek at my Patchwork of the Crosses in the process of being quilted. I thought long and hard about how to quilt it. In the end I decided on an all over quilting design.

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It’s been a great day at happy stitcher manor. The sun has been following me all around the house all day. I had the best time ever longarm quilting my quilt today. I baked my favourite oatmeal muffins and cooked some chicken in the slow cooker. I have such a great sense of accomplishment today. And it’s only Monday. Hopefully the rest of my week will be as productive as today. I’ll show you more of my quilt once it’s bound and labelled.

Well I guess that’s my report for today. I’m looking forward to having a great creative week. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something that gives you a sense of accomplishment. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching

Lucie x

TGIASF

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fabulous day. If you’re wondering about the title of this post …. Thank God it’s a sunny Friday.

It’s finally the last day of the working week. I’m always glad when Friday comes around. I enjoy the weekend because everyone is a little more relaxed.  I’m looking forward to tomorrow because I’m going to be spending most of the day with like-minded ladies sewing. There’s nothing more fun than spending time with other ladies who enjoy quilt making and who have been thru a similar life. We’ve all got kids that have grown and are about to fly the nest or who have already flown the nest. We all learn from each other how to approach the next steps in life.

I’m not sure if it’s the sunshine that’s making me feel really good today or perhaps it’s the fact that I finally finished sewing the border on my Patchwork of the Crosses quilt top this morning. I’m definitely doing a happy dance. I don’t think anyone has the right to be as happy as I feel at the moment!!!!! After finishing what seemed like the mammoth task of hand appliqueing the hexagons onto the border, I went on to loading it into my longarm quilting system. I have no excuse for not quilting it next week …..

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Now some of you might be wondering why the border took so long to finish. Well it’s because I wanted to keep the shape of the hexagons and squares on the edge of the quilt centre. I could have trimmed a straight edge but I think the shaped edge makes it more interesting.

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I purchased my backing fabric before Christmas in hope that I might finish it over Christmas but that didn’t happen. It’s a Moda wide back designs by Basic Grey and the collection is Grunge Hit’s the Spot. It’s a beautiful fresh colour. I can’t wait to see it finished and on my bed.

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I spent some time doing chores in between everything else. The washing machine was whirring away while I was vacuuming the downstairs. And I layered up a lasagne for our evening meal. Umm umm, lasagne, garlic bread and Caesar salad. Yes sir, life is good. And I even got to do some more quilt making related stuff by prepping another block …..

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I’m really getting back into my Moving Forward project. I’ll be transferring the leftover fabric from my POTC box to my Moving Forward box. Waste not and all that.

Well I guess that’s my report for today. I’m looking forward to a great creative weekend. I hope you all have a super cosy time doing all your favourite things over the weekend. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching

Lucie x