CIRCLE PROGRESS

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable day. It’s been a lovely day in my little corner of the northeast of England. We even had lovely warm sunshine. That doesn’t mean it was toasty warm, the temperature only got as high as 5C. But still the sun was so nice.

I’m back today with a little progress report on yesterday’s challenge. I didn’t hit the ground running this morning because I had a hair appointment pretty much first thing but I did one or two household chores before leaving for my appointment. There always seems to be so much to do when you want to get on with something else. Having said that I made good progress and I am exactly where I wanted to be this evening.

The first thing I did when I jumped back in was to secure the circles on the quilt top. My sewing machine produces a pretty good blanket stitch …..

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Once all the circles were secured in place I joined all the sections together. The reason I didn’t join all the sections together and then add the circles is I thought it would be easier for me to push just three row sections thru my sewing machines while sewing the circles in place rather than a whole 85” quilt top. I was pleased to see the whole project joined into one lovely quilt top. It brought a smile to my face. And now the quilt top as well as a layer of calico and the soft fleece backing is loaded in my longarm system ready to be quilted tomorrow.

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The most difficult part will be to choose a quilting design and thread colour. The reason I added a layer of calico is to stabilise the quilt. You see, because I’m using fleece as a backing fabric, it’s not necessary to put wadding in between. However, I feel the calico gives it a little more oomph and will stabilise the whole piece of work.

I’m looking forward to binding this project. I think I’m going to use up all my leftovers to piece said binding. A pieced binding is quite a lot of work but brings more interest to the quilt. Not to mention that it uses up little leftover bits that you can’t bring yourself to throw away.

So, today once again, I’m feeling good about my accomplishments. And I feel great about being able to help. It’s the one thing that I can do. I’m not a great cook and so I can’t have bake sales to help. I’m not a great author who can write beautiful interesting prose. Having said all that, I can make a quilt now and again to help when it’s needed. I will be back tomorrow with photos of the quilted quilt for you to see.

So, I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a superb evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

5 thoughts on “CIRCLE PROGRESS

  1. Hello Lucie, I have been waiting for news….Happy International Women’s Day, ladies, and March is Women’s Month. I think you, Lucie, and after reading all the other blogs, we are doing pretty good! I wonder if you could tell me a little more about the association that these quilts go to? I love the quilt, Lucie.
    Hugs to you know who….
    Joanna xx

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    1. Hi Joanna, the charity us Quilts for Comfort. I will post more about it when I finish the quilt. Its a great cause that brings comfort to children from 0-25 years receiving cancer treatment at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle here in the northeast of England. I feel privileged to be a trustee. I’ll explain more in the next few days. Thanks for taking an interest x

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      1. Wow. Wonderful. I can see now, where these will be truly making a difference and changing the atmosphere around these difficult times. Keep stitching…
        Thanks for answering. Will wait for news. Joanna.

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  2. That quilt is going to be a wonderful comfort to help someone through a tough time & it is ever so pretty as well. I’m like you in doing small sections of applique on the machine at any given time. Too much bulk otherwise. Now I wonder what you’ll quilt on it? I was looking at patterns on Intelligent Quilting this morning as I want an owl one for a baby quilt & found one I like. I’ll do an order later & an email to reply to a special one I received today. Thank you. Enjoy your sunshine & take care.

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    1. Hi Susan, I’ve finished the charity quilt now and I’m very pleased with the finished result. An owl quilting design sounds like a great choice for a baby quilt. The sun was shining again today and very welcome indeed. Have a great weekend Susan x

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