KEEPING SEASONALLY BUSY

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all been having a great time in this run up to Christmas. I cannot believe that the new year is just around the corner. Did you know that there’s only 27 more sleeps until Christmas?

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I have been keeping busy doing this and that. I have been working on a few Christmas presents ….

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As you can see someone will be getting a pair of socks which I knitted with my very own hands. And someone else will be getting a couple of candle mats. I really enjoyed making the candle mats, I wasn’t really sure how to go about it but I think the mats turned out pretty good. I’m sure the recipient of the candle mats will appreciate them. And the last item I crafted was a knitting needle roll. If you’re a knitter, you can never have too many of these.

Nowadays, my Christmas present list isn’t very long. And I don’t hand craft as many presents as I used to. Sarah and I are both looking forward to the holidays. We’re planning on having a nice relaxing quiet time making new happy memories.

My Sarah and I have collaborated on a project recently. Sarah machine quilted a quilt for Quilts for Comfort and I added the binding. Our little pile of charity quilts is growing slowly. Life has been rather full of quiet activities for both of us and so the charity quilts are growing a little slower than we would have hoped. Slow and steady is good.

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This is the time of year when I ponder what’s been happening over the past year. It’s been a quiet year of rebuilding. You can all rest assured that the simple life that I’m living nowadays is very fulfilling. Life isn’t passing me by, I’m enjoying every minute.

This past week, I helped one of my friends finish one of her projects by doing a little freemotion quilting. Boy oh boy did I ever enjoy machine quilting this jelly roll race type quilt. I filled each strip with one of three different stitching designs. Not only did I get a good old freemotion quilting practice but also, I was doing something useful. I’m quite sure the recipient of this quilt will cherish it for years to come. Does anyone else find that hand finishing the binding is quite satisfying. I sure do, especially when the rain is going past the horizontally.

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I have truly enjoyed every minute of crafting over the last couple of weeks. A little knitting and a whole lot of machine sewing, kept me occupied. And not only was I busy but I found inspiration. Just when my mojo was almost non-existent, by working on my Christmas presents, I tripped on a little bit of inspiration. I guess I better get my sketchbook out and start drawing new designs to work on after Christmas.

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

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

SEASONAL UPDATE

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super-duper day. I’ve noticed something in the air. Until today I couldn’t quite work out what it was. I found myself feeling a bit anxious since the weekend. And then I heard something on the news at lunchtime today which helped me work out what’s up. Christmas is in 43 days and I’ve got not much of anything ready. I used to be so organised when my Sarah was a little girl. By the time she broke up from school for the holiday everything was ready to go. I wonder if, as we grow older, Christmas becomes more relaxed.

So, I have reviewed my latest To-Do List and rejigged it to reflect the holiday season approaching. I managed to tick two different seasonal jobs from my list already. And I have a new Christmas project finished and ready to enjoy. I designed and pieced this cushion cover over the summer but forgot about it until this past weekend …..

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I kept this project simple by using up a few of my scraps and a fat quarter for the background. Less is definitely more in this case. The iridescent ribbon pretties it up nicely. And digging around in my button jars was great fun too.

Still in keeping with the spirit of the season, my friend mentioned she wanted to make seasonal wreaths using hexagons. So, I offered to help her work out how to do it. This is what I came up with so far …..

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Once the actual wreath is pieced, we could add any kind of embellishment we wish. I dragged out some ribbon for hanging and the bells can dangle from the centre hole. However, after giving more thought, perhaps raffia or jute twine might do just as well for hanging. I suppose the sky’s the limit. Working on this little wreath project kind of put me in mood for the holiday which has creeped up on me. I’m looking forward to the quiet days between Christmas and New Year and all the stuff I dream of doing. We all know that whatever we plan will most likely not happen!!! but it’s nice to dream.

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So far, it’s been a pretty good week in my little world. I had a nice lunch date yesterday. I tend to be pretty quiet nowadays but when I get the chance to step out for a bit, it makes a nice change of pace. My quiet little life is perfect for me at this stage of life.

So, I guess that’s my report for today. I’m about to head outside to sweep a few leaves up and move a little planter into it’s rightful place by my front door. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until next time,

Let’s on keep on stitching.

Lucie x

WARNING: RANDOM PIECING DISPLAYED

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all been having enjoyable days. Mine days have been full of this and that and useful tasks which are helping me move forward.

Along with household chores, I’ve taken loads of rubbish to the tip making my house and garden look tidier with each load each load that disappears down the road. Isn’t is funny how things change sufficient that we outgrow certain things.

On the sewing front, well I cut some more strips …..

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Which I turned into these 12 wonky log cabin blocks …..

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And once these blocks have been squared off on the wonk, they will be sewn together and added to these …..

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These quilt blocks are all pieced randomly. It’s been a really good exercise doing random. As I understand, quite a lot of people struggle to do random. This quilt top will eventually be turned into a fleece backed throw.

Although I feel like I have rotary 2-1/2” strips for England, I still seem to have oodles of scraps left. It’s almost as if cutting up scraps breeds more scraps! I have an idea for using up the really small scraps along with tulle netting to make something unusual. However, that’s a project that simply involves playing. I find it hard to give myself permission to play long enough to produce something different. Also, it can be difficult to work out what to do with these play pieces of work.

Before I settled down to finish piecing my 12 wonky log cabin blocks this morning, I worked on another little project. My friend asked me if I knew how to make heart shaped placemats. Well I remembered a heart shaped table mat type project from years ago. So, I searched around to see if I could find any notes or templates. Well this is what I came up with …..

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I loosely used the foundation paper piecing method to piece this heart. I streamlined the process a little bit while producing enough foundation papers in order to produce a batch of hearts.

I’ve discovered that everything takes longer than five minutes these days. With technology interrupting us every five minutes, and in my case the washing machine or oven timer needing my attention, everything seems to take so long. And don’t get me started about all the time I spend searching for supplies!!! I used to be very patient but the older I get the more impatient I am.

All in all, it’s been a pretty good day around here. I did a little sewing and left a real mess in my sewing room. Luckily, I can just leave the mess for another day as that room isn’t used for anything but my sewing.

So, I guess that’s my report for today. It’s been a good day all round. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly love doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching. The more we stitch the better life gets.

Lucie x