PRODUCTIVE TIMES ON A CRISP COLD DAY

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all been enjoying winter. Isn’t it cold brrrr!!! Mind you, if you live in Australia, you won’t be suffering from freezing temperature and snow. It’s been the perfect day for playing in my sewing room.

It’s been a productive day in quilting stitch manor. I did a bit of paperwork, payed some bills, ordered one or two things online and flashed up my longarm for the first time this year. It was just like riding a bike! Once the machine was cleaned and threaded, it came to life and stitched a lovely design on a bright and cheerful jelly roll quilt top. Bright and cheerful is very welcome on a cold crisp January day.

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The quilting design I used is by Apricot Moon and it’s called Hall of Mirrors. It’s a wavy design that gives the straight strips a little curvy movement. It’s such a long time since I bought some new designs, I think I’ll treat myself to a couple soon.

I do have a little progress to show you on my Patchwork of the Crosses…

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The countdown is on. I have four more blocks to piece for the centre section for my labour of love, the Patchwork of the Crosses, to be complete. I’m working as fast as I possibly can because I can’t wait to see the finished result. I’m so glad Lucy Boston shared this design with us all.

I’ve added one newish technique to my To-Do List for 2018. I would like to learn how to use rulers to quilt on my domestic sewing machine. I already have the ruler foot and a few rulers from my longarm system that I can use. I have plenty of fabric that I can turn into practice quilting sandwiches, all I need is the courage and energy to get on with it. Has anyone out there tried machine quilting with rulers on their domestic machine? I would love to hear about your experience with ruler work.

I was chatting with my mother on Skype today and whining about how cold it is here in my little corner of the northeast of England. I do keep up with the north American news but sometimes it takes a personal touch to drive home just what’s happening thousands of miles away. Apparently, the temperature has dropped as low as -49F recently. I do remember from my younger days living in Montreal just how cold it gets in the winter. So, to any of my readers who live in Canada or America do wrap up warm. For the benefit of anyone reading who might not know, I was born and bred in Canada and moved to the UK in the early mid-nineties. I do appreciate the milder weather but not the rain and regular flooding here.

So that’s my report for today. I’d love to hear from you even if it’s just to say hello.

Please pop in again soon.

Until next time,

Let’s all keep stitching

Lucie x

 

 

Rebuilding One Quilting Stitch at a Time

I’m just a normal everyday woman, looking to live a simple and quiet life again. I’ve been a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a friend, a volunteer and many other things in my fifty some odd years on earth. I’ve recently been turned into a single parent, not by choice. So, it seems I have been given a chance to start over. It’s a new year, so it’s time to start building a new creative life.

For those of you who do not know me, I’m quite a crafty person. My main pastime is quilt making. And as I grow older, I feel there’s nothing better than to sit quietly with some hand sewing while watching some good old fashion murder mysteries. There was a time when I only enjoyed piecing quilt tops by machine. Oh my, how times have changed.

Having said all that, I do have a passion for machine quilting. I have a longarm quilting system which I use to finish off my quilts. I use both the digital computerised function as well as my simple freemotion skills on my system. There’s nothing more satisfying than piecing one of my own quilt designs and quilting it myself. Seeing a project thru from design to fruition is very satisfying.

The most difficult part of any project is choosing a colour palette and fabric prints. I love both colour and texture. And the choice of fabrics nowadays is vast making the choice so very difficult at times.

Like so many of you, I have plenty of UFOs that need finishing. My current UFO is my Lucy Boston, Patchwork of the Crosses. Well, I’m very pleased to tell you that I have 5 more blocks to piece and I will have done all the centre blocks. I will be adding a plain border to bring the quilt top to the appropriate size to fit my super king bed. Here’s a little peek at my quilt top so far …..

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And here’s little look at my border fabric.

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I have been mainly concentrating on my Patchwork of the Crosses lately but I was really hankering after starting something new last week. So, I selected some fabric from my stash and started cutting and chain piecing some Dresden Blades …..

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Here’s the block pieced and tracked to the background …..

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This project is one of my own designs with a twist. I do enjoy piecing Dresden Plates. They’re rather easy to piece but look much more complicated than they really are and produce a rather interesting result. You’ll have to wait a wee bit longer to see what the quilt top is like.

I’ve been enjoying the new year so far. Building a new life is more difficult than I ever imagined. However, I’m going to keep creating and we’ll see what happens.

Please pop in again soon.

Until next time,

Let’s all keep stitching 

Lucie x