PENULTIMATE BLOCK ON FRIDAY

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super day. I say it every week, it’s Friday and Friday is my favourite day of the week. My Friday has been dark, dreary and very foggy!!! Come on spring, where are you???

So, what have I been up to today? Well apart from walking my Maisie dog first thing this morning, I haven’t set foot outside the door. So, I mooched about doing a bit of this and that at my favourite slow and measured pace. I got a few loads of laundry done. I messed around in my sewing room for a bit and waited for my alarm man to perform an annual service on my house alarm.

This afternoon I decided to start prepping the penultimate block of my Moving Forward quilt project. I’m going to miss having this project to plan and work on when it’s all done. In the meantime, I still have to plan the borders. I have absolutely no idea what to do with the borders at this point. Once all the centre blocks have been joined together I might have a better idea whether I need a busy border or just a simple plain border. Here’s a little peek at what I prepped this afternoon …..

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Once I traced my three hearts onto Freezer Paper I cut and ironed on the shapes to my chosen fabric …..

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And once I cut the fabric shapes out leaving a ¼” margin I was ready to turn and sew the margins onto the Freezer Paper in readiness for tacking onto the background fabric …..

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I have one more 6” block to piece. I’ve run out of ideas for blocks for this project. All it needs is a simple block. I’m sure I’ll come up with a simple subject for my last block this weekend. Inspiration is all around me.

To end this last post of the week I need your help. I was asked for help in making a lap quilt for someone who is an electric wheelchair user. I have no idea where to start in terms of size and shape for practicality. So, if anyone has any ideas or knowledge please feel free to post a comment. I think this is quite important so please don’t hesitate to help. This is something I have no experience in.

So, it’s been another pretty good week in my little world. I hope you all have a super cosy/weekend evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

IN WITH THE NEW AND OUT WITH THE OLD

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a brilliant day. It’s quite wintery here today; cold and wet yet again. I miss the sun. Please does someone have a cup of sunshine to lend me.

It’s been a day of mooching around my sewing room. I was digging around trying to find some kind of embellishment for my “A” is for Appliqué AKA the Joanna Quilt. I knew I had some very old lace bits that my Sarah’s godmother gave me many years ago. The lace bits have been moved around from place to place over the years but I didn’t have to dig around for very long to find them …..

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There’s plenty of old lace bits. They even smell old. It takes you back to old times. Times that I couldn’t possibly remember because I wasn’t even alive when these bits were fashionable. I was quite impressed with this lace cuffed sleeve type thing …..

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I’m hoping to work one or two of these bits in to my Joanna Quilt along with some mother of pearl buttons. I think they go quite well together. Thank you to Monica for suggesting I try amazon for the MOP buttons. I’m going to be keep searching for other types of embellishments to add to said quilt. I think I may have worked out how I will join all the blocks together to form the quilt top. I’m going to keep it all simple so as not to take away from the appliqué work. It’s quite a nice challenge to work it all out.

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Last evening I finish the fine hand appliqué on this Moving Forward block …..

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Only two more blocks to go and the centre of Moving Forward will be complete. Once again, I’m going to keep this project simple because I want the appliqué work to stand out. There’s a quite a contrast between the Joanna Quilt and the Moving Forward quilt. It’s quite interesting having both running parallel, when one is a few years old and, in the style, I preferred in those days and the other is a recent design using brighter happier colours. The difference is pretty obvious to me.

I read a quote that stayed with me all day …. God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers ~ Rudyard Kipling

My report is pretty short today. I have other things running in the background at the moment. I feel quite satisfied with my accomplishments lately. Quietly but surely, I’m welcoming in the new and saying goodbye to the old. Life is good. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something great. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

WHAT MAKES YOU TICK

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable day. As I understand it, it’s autumn in Australia and it’s suppose to be spring here in the UK but I’ll tell you what, it’s feels more like autumn here!!! It feels so cold. I went out this morning to meet my friend for lunch and I sure felt the cold. I was so happy to get home where it was cosy warm.

So, what do you think I might have done today. Any ideas anyone. Well I’ll tell what I’ve been up to. In between doing a few loads of washing I did a little simple stitchery on this block …..

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And hooped the next block in readiness for some simple stitchery work …..

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And then I layered up my Dresden Neighbourhood quilt and had a little think about how to quilt it. I’m not sure if I should do a little hand quilting on this one or some machine quilting. I’m really torn between hand and machine work. I’m considering a little machine walking foot work. I don’t use my walking foot for quilting very much but I thought I might do some modern day straight crossing over lines giving the whole quilt a modern feel. I have plenty of thread I could use. As write I’m talking myself into it!!!!

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Everyone has a story. I feel that by getting together and having a good chat we start to reveal what makes us tick. I hang out with like-minded ladies a couple of times a month and it’s during these sessions that you really learn about people. Many years ago, and while my Sarah was a tot I didn’t get to socialise very much simply because I didn’t get much help with childcare. Nowadays, I seem to get out and about a lot more and I’m blessed to have plenty of friends to get together with. We’ve all got a story which makes us tick. My regular readers will know a little about what’s been going in my life in recent years but I have discovered that there are thousands of other ladies who have similar stories that help make them tick. I think our past quite often comes out in the projects we create. It all comes out in the colours we use and the shapes and techniques that form our finished pieces. I recently went back to UFOs that have been in the pile for several years. I didn’t want to revisit the time when I first started said projects because I didn’t want to relive what was happening in those days. Well now as I make real progress on finishing up these projects I find it quite cleansing. I’m able to accept what was happening and I’m putting it all behind me. Finishing what you start can be soooo liberating.

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

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

CATCHING UP ON A VERY WET TUESDAY

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a peaceful day. It’s been raining pretty much all day here. I stepped out for lunch and a sewing session today and got wet every time I got out of the car!!! I sure hope it dries out over night because I have another outing tomorrow.

I had a delicious lunch with Anne at the Carnaby Café in Brownieside. It’s a café that I have known about for a while but never had the chance to go. After lunch we went back to Anne’s for a little sewing and a catch up. To transport my sewing project, I dragged out and emptied a box …..

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And filled it with a few bits which I prepped even before I had my breakfast …..

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By the end of the afternoon I had prepped this …..

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The light wasn’t very good for photography but I thought I’d publish the shots of my progress for today anyway.

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When I was searching for a small project box, I chose the one that was the emptiest. This particular box contained these bits from sometime ago. In fact, there was a note in the box dated 2013!!! Now that I have found this UFO I feel compelled to finished it! I figure I probably have enough fabric squares here to make a baby quilt. The two blocks which were pieced way back in 2013 were pieced by hand. So, I guess I’ll finish piecing the blocks by hand. I can adopt this as my armchair project alternating between my hexagons and fine hand appliqué projects.

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So, that was my day. I got out and about while still doing a little bit of sewing. There’s something about hand sewing, chatting and drinking coffee that seem to go hand in hand. I had a very relaxing day thanks to Anne. It was great to get out and do something different. So, I guess that was my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until next time,

Let’s keep on stitching.

Lucie x

FREEDOM ON A MONDAY

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable weekend. Mine was lovely and quiet. I spent many hours prepping and sewing a block for my “A” is for Appliqué project. Here’s a little peek at the finished block …..

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It seems that altogether I have my dozen blocks for this project. I still need to do some simple stitchery work on a few of those blocks. Once the blocks are all joined together forming the quilt top, I will add other embellishments such as mother of pearl buttons, vintage lace, Yo-Yos and anything else that might give it a good old fashion vintage look. I added stitchery work to four of those blocks on Sunday, the top three and middle block on the bottom of the photo …..

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And these have yet to have their stitchery work added to them …..

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I find that my simple bocks need a little something to lift them and that something such as a little bit of a running stitch framing some of the patches is working really well. I wish I had taken photos before I added that little bit of stitchery work to show you that it does make a difference making worth the effort.

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I spent quite a lot of time on my own this past weekend. Sarah had a couple of outings leaving me home alone. We spent many months clinging to each other while we were going thru the ordeal of negotiating and making my current marital status official. We are finally getting to grips with rebuilding our changing lives. We both have a social life and goals for our future. For me, rebuilding has proven quite difficult because I lived such a sheltered controlled life for almost a quarter of a century. My new-found freedom is starting to show in my designs and especially in the way I am wrapping up UFOs. I need to finish the UFOs and put them behind me so I can well and truly move on to new and better creations. Life truly is shaping up to be something rather interesting for me.

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

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

SUNNY REPORT

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable day. You’ll be able to see by the shadows in my photos that we’ve had some lovely sunshine in my little corner of the northeast of England. Normally I would pull the blinds down but I was enjoying the sunshine so much that I thought I’d wouldn’t today.

I haven’t made much progress today because I was out for a good part of the day again. It’s either a feast or a famine. I’m usually a quiet person who doesn’t go out more than a couple of times a month but life seems to be picking up now. I must admit I have enjoyed my quiet working on my projects over the last few weeks.

First bit of progress, I finish my quilt as you go charity quilt last evening. It’s been labelled and bound and is ready to be handed over but I’m going to hang on to it for a while in order to present this new-to-me technique to my fellow Belles at our next meeting. Can you see the shadows the sunshine is creating???

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And secondly, I started to prep a new block to work on this weekend. I only got as far as tracing the cereal cardboard and freezer paper templates. What would we do without cereal box cardboard???? It works well for me. In fact, all my friends save their empty cereal boxes for me.

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I’m so glad it’s Friday. It’s my favourite day of the week. We’re still in Easter Holiday mode here. The children don’t go back to school for another week or so. I’m finding it hard to keep track of what day it is. It’s been an interesting no matter what day it was.

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

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

A QUICK CATCH UP

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all enjoyed a lovely sunny spring day. After two or three days of dark dreary and wet days the sun was ever so welcome. I didn’t post yesterday because I was out all day and did not have any sewing news to post about. However, with the sun shining so brightly it put me in the mood to motor thru a couple of jobs. So, let’s catch up.

The first thing I did this morning is this …..

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And this …..

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And then I put it all together to produce this …..

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This simple Dresden Plate block is to add to the nine other blocks of my A is for Appliqué project which I started many years ago. So, I have a total of ten blocks now, only two more to piece. I’m moving forward on this one Joanna.

After emptying the dishwasher and walking the dog I went right into work mode. I disappeared into my sewing room and started to join the four sections of my latest obsession together. I joined the different ready quilted section together using 1-1/4” sashing strips for the top and 2” strips for the back. For those who may not know the sashing strips are the strips that join blocks or section together. In this case, I pieced my sashing using short scraps in hopes that the top sashing would blend in with the blocks. I’m quite happy with the result. I’m hoping that my fellow Belles help me refine the whole method of this type of Quilt as You Go technique. My quilt is not perfect but it’s good enough to bring comfort where needed.

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My current task is to hand stitch the open side of the sashing down. Followed by hand finishing the binding and the label. I have really enjoyed this project and I’m sure to use this method over and over again. I really like the straight-line quilting. I like the vintage feel it gives the quilt. Besides it makes a nice change from the scrolly curvaceous designs I stitch using my longarm. I think this type of quilting would suit those quilts that we snuggle under in the dead of winter in front of the fire. You know those quilts that have every kind of scrap fabric we can put our hands on at the time of piecing. Those are the quilts that take me back to times long gone because the scraps are ages old and I can remember exactly what project I bought the fabric for.

It’s been a lovely quiet day. Apart from walking my Maisie I haven’t ventured out which I must admit was a relief as I was out all day yesterday attending appointments and running errands. We’re still on Easter Holiday here. My Sarah won’t be going back to university for another week or so. We’ve both spent the day working our way thru our To-Do List. Personally, I have added more jobs to the list than I have actually completed!!!

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

Lets all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

MY LATEST OBSESSION PROGRESSES

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable day. We’re still in Easter holiday mode here in my little corner of the northeast of England. The sun has nowhere to be seen today. My Sarah disappeared into her art studio and I disappeared into my sewing room. My latest obsession is progressing nicely. I have now machine quilted all four sections of my charity quilt. Here’s a little peek at the sections waiting to be joined together.

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It’s a long time since I sat for several hours at my sewing machine to stitch until I couldn’t stitch anymore. Even when I piece a quilt nowadays I do an hour or so at a time and carry on tomorrow. I’m sort of fixated on this current project because although I don’t usually struggle with quilting full-size quilts, I am trying to work out how to quilt sections of a quilt and then join it together neatly in a way that’s not obvious. This way my fellow charity volunteer worker bees might benefit from my experimentation. I’m sure plenty of other quilt makers have worked out how to do what I’m doing but I need to do it myself in order to be able to explain to someone else. It’s good to challenge your brain now and again.

In between household chores and my latest sewing obsession I unwind with hexagons. I am making progress albeit slow progress. At the rate I’m going now, I may finish this hexie quilt sometime in 2020!!! Considering that I only work on it in my armchair in the evening, when I don’t fall asleep in front of the television, I’m probably progressing nicely. Hexagons have been my go-to project for many years.

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While messing around in my sewing room a couple of days ago, I found a few bits of fabric that I had given up finding. A while back I posted about some appliqué which I pieced as part of a challenge years ago. Well it turns out that I’m a couple of blocks short and I was determined to use fabric from the collection I had used to piece the first nine blocks. Now that I have found the fabrics I can get on with the task of piecing the last three blocks making a total of twelve. I have no plan of action for how to join all the blocks. I suppose if I just join them in the tradition way with sashing and such, that will do the trick. I’ll be glad to finally see this project finished and ready to use. I have a few bits of vintage lace which I can use to embellish but if I had some mother of pearl buttons to add the effect would be even better. So, if anyone out there has a few mother of pearl buttons to spare or knows where I could purchase a few I would appreciate it. I don’t have time to quilt it by hand but I’m sure a little simple machine quilting would do the trick. I’m determined to finish as many UFOs as I can this year.

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So, I guess that’s my report for today. I may not be posting tomorrow because I have an appointment in the morning and an errand with Sarah in the afternoon. So there probably won’t be any sewing progress to report in any case. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something relaxing. Until you next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

WORKING OUT A PUZZLE

Hello my lovelies on this second day of April. I can’t believe March is over. Where have the first few months of 2018 gone. The days seem to blur one into the next.

So, it’s Easter Monday. My Sarah and I had a lovely quiet Easter weekend. We both did a wee bit of work, Sarah put some effort into her final major projects for uni and I disappeared for many hours in my sewing room. Yes, another adventure in quilt making. I have been trying to work out how to use up some quilt blocks which have been donated to my favourite charity so we can piece some more quilts. Well of course I can’t do it all myself. Have a look at how many blocks I have leftover once I stitched a whole slew of blocks together to form one quilt …..

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I can’t possibly piece all these blocks together myself. No way. No way. However, as I pieced the first forty-eight together I could work out a method so we can use the quilt as you go method so that all the members of the Burnopfield Belles can help with the challenge.

These blocks are string pieced over a foundation fabric and have all been squared off to 8-1/2”. I was so grateful that everything was squared off already. That alone saves a whole lot of time. So, I joined four blocks in a diamond pattern. I sewed until I had twelve units, three for each section. At this point each section measured 48” x 16”. Our Signature size quilt is 56” x 72”. So, 48” x 16” sections time four won’t cut the mustard. So, I pieced up some borders using the stitch and flip over foundation fabric to add. The borders are 4” which will help bring the size to exactly the Signature we aim for. Here a sneaky peek at the sections …..

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Here’s a little peek at the stitch and flip border in progress …..

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You may not be able to see that I added the borders to each section even before I started quilting. All this is looking pretty simple isn’t it. Well that’s because simple is what I was aiming for. Because I pieced the quilt in sections, the quilting can be easily achieved using a domestic sewing machine. The four sections, once quilted will be joined together using a scrappy quilt as you go method. Here’s little peek at the quilting in progress …..

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Straight stitching is easy. You start at one end and stitch right across to the other end. It doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect because the scrappy look of the quilt top will be what draws your eye around the quilt. Even layering up one quarter of a quilt is easier than layering up a whole quilt. I have wanted to do straight line quilting for such a long time. I love the simplicity of it. Stitching quarters made the whole job so much easier. I’m loving the whole process. I just hope I can sell it to my fellow Belles.

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It’s cold and wet out today. The perfect day to disappear into my sewing room. I have a few more hours of layering and quilting left before I complete the challenge I set myself. Tomorrow’s another day. I hope this adventure is a success.

So, I guess that’s my report for today. I spent many hours trying to work out the puzzle of how to put all those string pieced blocks to good use. I think I’ve work out a pretty good recipe. Now I can finally sit quietly to work on some hexagons. Sitting at my sewing machine for hours sewing has given me a sore bottom. A nice soft cushy sofa is calling my name. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you enjoy doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x