ALWAYS CHOOSE JOY

Hello my lovelies. It’s already Thursday. Where the heck did the rest of the week go??? I know I say this often but I really can’t believe how quickly time flies. Very rarely can I say I’ve had day that dragged on. They all just seem to whizz by.

I spent the morning in Costco. We were desperate for a few household supplies. I just kept putting it off every week. So, today I had no excuse. My list was getting longer and longer every week. We came home with a little car full of household products and one or two treats. I felt absolutely exhausted after running that errand. So, I decided to do something quiet this afternoon.

I sat down at my dining table and started prepping a block. Beth from St. Louis asked a question about my method of hand appliqué. So, rest assured Beth, I will do my best to add more info about how I prep my patches and how I tack them to the background fabric over the next week or so. I have plenty of blocks to piece before I hit my target to be able to finish this quilt. Here’s a couple of blocks I have been working on ….

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I pin all my patches in place and the I tack them. This way they don’t move on the background fabric. It might seem like a lot of work but this is tried and tested method that works really well for me. Once all the patches are tacked in place I can start the process of fine hand appliqué.

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I think the best part of the prepping process is laying the patches out on the background. It shows you how the picture is coming together. In this photo the freezer paper and templates haven’t been removed yet. I’m hoping to pin and tack these patches in place this evening.

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At the risk of repeating myself, for many years I stayed away from appliqué work of any kind because I was work shy. I worried that I wouldn’t do a good job. I started with a little raw edge machine appliqué many years ago and I’ve built up my skills over the years. Now I draw my own blocks and design my own quilts!!! I used to be afraid to show anyone my work because I didn’t think it was good enough. And then one day all that changed because I showed someone a little bit of my work and they really liked it. We all have different tastes. I know that we quilt makers know what kind of effort goes into building a quilt from scratch. And I’m quite sure that not everyone likes what I do but they appreciate the effort that went into it. So, if you have a hankering to do some appliqué work from scratch, do have a go. It’s very satisfying be able to say that a project is your baby from start to finish.

It’s been raining today but my Sarah and I didn’t let that get us down. This afternoon we both sat in the living room catching up of our favourite TV shows while we worked on our projects. It was warm and cosy and we had a few good laughs. Nowadays life is a joy. I’ll always choose joy. Life is a precious gift made for living 😉 

So, I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something that brings you joy and happiness. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

7 thoughts on “ALWAYS CHOOSE JOY

  1. Just did a quick catch-up on my emails, including lots from you. I’m so pleased life is less stressful for you & days certainly fly by here too. Out yesterday celebrating hubby’s big 0 birthday. It was just 3 of us, which included our granddaughter from UK, who is staying with us at the moment, with a little bit of sightseeing for her too.
    I’m loving the Moving Forward quilt & wondering!!! It would make a great QAL for a magazine (thinking of “Make Modern”), as it is so fresh & a modern take on baltimore. (big smile on my face).
    Thanks for the updates, take care.

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    1. Hi Susan, I never even considered approaching a magazine with my Moving Forward project. I don’t know if I have the courage to do that just in case I get told it’s not good enough!!! It’s one thing to post stuff on my blog but it’s another to go peddling my work around publishers. I will certainly think about it or maybe design a smaller project for that purpose.
      I’m so pleased you’ve got company from the UK. Enjoy your granddaughter. I’m sure it’s lovely hanging out with her and showing her around. Thanks for popping in x

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  2. Lucie, great idea! What have you got to lose???? Moving forward, right? There are so many ways to present, #1 a series of on going projects and showing how to do them, #2 a story of female recovery using tried and true female positives, #3 the giving feature that you do. #4 You could spotlight the programs that are out there that need help….the features are endless. If you are moving forward? then go for it girl!!!!! Never underestimate yourself. Just look at Sarah and your work…think.
    Hugs. Joanna.x

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    1. Hi Joanna, well you’ve certainly given me a nudge in the right direction and plenty to think about. I’ll gather up my ideas and get them on paper to start with. And then I’ll make samples and make decisions about where I want to take it. There’s plenty of options for moving forward. Thanks for the pep talk x

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