ANOTHER BLUSTERY SNOWY DAY

Hello my lovelies from a very snowy northeast of England. We’ve had everything from snow blizzard to lightning today!!! I am so glad that today is the last day of February. And for meteorological purposes tomorrow is the first day of spring. You just have to laugh because this is the view from my sewing room window today …..

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And here is Sarah and Maisie heading off for a little walk earlier today …..

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I was so glad to have my Sarah home today rather than driving to uni for studio sessions. I will admit that we did hit our local supermarket to top up on a few provisions but the shop was less than half a mile away and on main roads. So now we have enough food for a few days. The shelves in the supermarket were looking a little sparse but only because the deliveries haven’t been getting thru. Can you believe there were no fresh whole carrots!!! And I needed carrots to make my chicken noodle and veg soup. I managed to find some ready cut fresh carrot sticks which will do the job just as well.

When I wasn’t looking out the window at the snow falling, I disappeared into my sewing room to machine the binding onto my Dresden quilt. While machining the binding I also added a hanging pocket …..

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I’ll start handing finishing the binding onto the back when my soup is simmering. I haven’t even made up my label yet but that’s easy enough as I keep my labels pretty simple and straight forward. This cold wintry weather is giving me an appetite for knitting. I think I may cast on a few stitches on three needles to make some socks. I bought some colourful yarn for another pair of slouchy socks …..

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My little corner of the northeast of England sure is a wintry looking place today. I quite often long for snow but that’s because I grew up with lots of winter snow. I was born in the cold wilds of Canada. When I stepped out this morning to hit the supermarket I found myself feeling quite anxious to be driving in such bad weather. I had a little chat with myself and remembered that I used to drive in this weather all the time to get to work in the good old days. Nowadays I’m quite happy to be able to pick and choose whether to go out or stay in during this kind of weather. Sarah, Maisie and I spent the afternoon watching shows on Netflix. I was in very good company. We drank hot chocolate and toasted sourdough bread with various toppings added while watching people on foot rush by trying to get out of the bitter wind. It was a lovely relaxing afternoon. I’m afraid we may have to repeat it again tomorrow.

So that’s my report for today. I have thoroughly enjoyed my self-imposed lock-in. I hope you all have a super cosy evening save in the knowledge that your loved ones are safe and warm tonight. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching

Lucie x

ON A WINTER’S DAY

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable day. We’ve had snow, snow and more snow today. And there’s more to come. I just hid in my sewing room longarm quilting to my little heart’s content.

I finally finished quilting my Dresden quilt today. I clicked the on switch at 9am and carried on until the job was finished. The quilt still needs to be bond and labelled but I just needed to show you a little progress of all the effort I put into this simple quilt. Here’s a sneaky peek …..

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I’m going to sew in all the thread ends this evening and I hope to bind and label it tomorrow. I am so please with this quilt. I think this one is going to be hung in my living room where I can see it every day. I will be sure to show it off before it goes up on the wall. It feels so good to have almost completed this quilt. This is one project that started on paper as a drawing and I was able to bring it to fruition. I will post more photos when the binding has been added.

I did a little bit of fine hand appliqué work last evening. I’m really enjoying this hand appliqué work. Here’s a little peek …..

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Does anyone else do fine appliqué work out there? Do you love it as much as I do? My favourite appliqué method is using freezer paper. However, I recently finished a raw edge machine appliqué project and it looks great but I didn’t find it as satisfying as hand appliqué.

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I mentioned yesterday that the weather forecast for this week was going to be a bit full of snow and cold. Well the wind has set in and is definitely driving the snow. We’re experiencing plenty of falling snow and the wind is very cold indeed. You would think that I would be used to kind of weather because I was born and bred in Montreal where the winters are really hard. I have definitely softened up over the two+ decades I have spent in the UK. The weather, although very damp, is much milder here in the UK winters than ever they were in Montreal. I was quite pleased to hide in my sewing room today. Sarah had no such lucky as she had to travel to uni for a studio session.

I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening. Snuggle down and enjoy a relaxing evening. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching

Lucie x

WEEKEND PREP WORK

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all enjoyed the first day of the week. Friday is my favourite day of the week but I’m OK with Monday as well. It’s the start of a very wintery week here in the UK. The weatherperson is predicting the coldest temperature we’ve had for at least five years. We may also get snow which is pretty rare here in the UK. So, I’ve prepared for the wintery weather by topping up reserves of food and such. We’ve had snow showers on and off all day but none of it amounted to anything much yet.

Today, I had an appointment with a heating engineer. I took the big plunge by having a radiator installed in Sarah’s Art Studio which was once a garage to from the up and over door was removed a few years ago making it much cosier. It seems there’s no better time than the present to make changes to benefit us. The engineer arrived and set to installing the radiator and not long after everything was up and running we could feel the benefit of the new radiator. I’m looking forwarding to seeing what Sarah will be creating in the comfort of her Art Studio in the future.

The weekend flew by all too quickly. I attended my annual Quilts for Comfort Trustee meeting on Saturday. It seems that things are ticking over nicely and we discussed new ideas for the coming year. It feels great to be part of something good.

Yesterday I sat down quietly and drew some blocks for my Moving Forward quilt project. I went back to some of my previous projects and pinched ideas from them.

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One of my favourite creative people told me a few years ago that we don’t have to re-invent the wheel every time we start a new project. So, I went back in time and chose some favourite blocks which I could incorporate into this current project. Here’s a little sneak peek at the blocks I added ….

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I’ve decided that things don’t always have to be complicated to be appreciated. Quite often less is definitely more. Once all these simple blocks are joined together, I will add some simple but interesting quilting to bring it all together. So far, I’m really happy with what I’ve produced. It’s never going to be a show quilt but as long as I’m having fun and I’m happy with it, that’s all that matters.

So, it seems that I have my hand sewing work all prepped and ready for this week. Prepping the patches and tacking them in place ready for the fine hand stitching takes time but it’s very satisfying. I’m enjoying watching this project grow.

So, I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something your truly enjoy. Stay warm, stay safe. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

CREATING TEXTURE

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a wonderful day. It’s finally Friday. We all managed to survive another week. There’s only a few days left in February. I’m looking forward to March. I’m hoping it’s going to be a mild spring-like month.

Boy oh boy have I had a great day. I sort of had a plan of action in my head for today. All too often, I plan things and nothing goes according to plan. Today kind of went according to plan. After getting thru my morning routine I disappeared into my sewing room to work on my Dresden Plate quilt. I did a bit of this …..

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And a bit of that …..

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Then I switched to a bit of this …..

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And on and on …..

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I can’t believe that I’m turning this flat quilt top …..

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Into this textured quilt …..

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You’d think after all the years that I have been longarm quilting that I would know how a quilt can be transformed into something pretty good. This Dresden quilt is my own design. I worried that perhaps I had left too many negative spaces. A negative space is a place where there is too much plain background. And because there was quite a lot of negative space, I decided to give this quilt a custom quilting job. I’m keeping it all simple. I’ve chosen circles, melon and curve shapes to go with the meandering fill pattern. The places that don’t have any stitching pop and create texture. I can’t wait to see how this quilt looks once the quilting is done. I’m very excited about this one because I’m loving the look already. I got approximately 1/3 of the quilting done today. I’ll be going back to it on Monday.

Working on my Dresden quilt was a great way to end the week. I’ve been mainly hiding in my sewing room which is in the back of the house while all the action was out front. My neighbour but one moved out earlier this week and today a new family have moved in. I missed all the action!!! I wish my new neighbours all the best in their new home.

So, that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. I heard that we’ll have to wrap up warm if we’re heading out over the next few days. The weatherman has warned that the weather is going to turn very cold and we’re expecting snow. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

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