ON THE UP

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all enjoying a very happy and healthy first week of February. I am finally back on my feet after a prolonged period of illness. My energy levels are almost back to normal and I’m looking forward to catching up with everything I should have been doing these last five weeks.

We have been experiencing some rather bothersome weather here in my little corner of the northeast of England; not nearly as bad as the weather my North American friends and family have been experiencing mind you. England rarely experiences extreme temperatures and bouts of snow aren’t very common either. So that means that when it does get cold and we do get snow, it’s quite a hardship. I put the hardship down to the fact that there isn’t the snow clearing equipment like North America has.

So, let’s see what’s been going on. Well the answer to that  question is, not a lot. I haven’t done much sewing or knitting. I have concentrated on redecorating my hallway as that’s what I was doing when the virus hit me. There’s still loads to do but we’re getting there slowly but surely. My sewing room still looks like a bomb hit it. Loads of stuff which usually resides in my hallway is now in my sewing room. And until the redecorating job is done there will be very little new sewing done. I felt quite anxious about this recently but have now accepted that once the redecorating is done, it will be beautiful and worth the effort.

Over the last few weeks, I have been dreaming up new projects. I need a wall hanging for my hallway. So, this particular new wall hanging project presents a few new opportunities. It gives me the chance to explore new techniques and it also means I can use some of my scraps as well as my main stash. Here’s a little chicken scratch drawing of what I’m planning on creating some day soon.

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And these are the fabric scraps and threads I have gathered so far.

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This is part of my weird and wonky project phase. It will give me a chance to stand outside that ¼” seam allowance rule box that restricts me. I hope to include machine quilting as well as hand quilting long stitches using embroidery thread. I can use some of the thread I have been collecting for some time but have never made use of. I want to stamp words and embellish to my hearts content. But ….. first, I need to finish one or two chores. In the meantime, I can keep adding to my list of techniques and things I want to include in this newest project. I’m working very hard at not being distracted by something new and shiny. I have in the past jumped from one thing to another meaning that I don’t finish the first thing I started.

A while back, my Sarah asked me what I would like for Christmas. Well at that time I couldn’t think of anything I needed. So, I asked her to make me a 1” sided hexagon quilt using scraps. Well Sarah worked hard for ages gathering scraps from every in the house. And she spent many evenings sewing hexagon together. And this is what we’ve got now …..

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I plan on adding a border using something in my stash. And I plan to piece a backing using up fat quarters from my stash. Eventually, I will give it a simple machine quilting job and we will love for many years to come because these hexagons with stitched together with love and hope for a cosy future.

Today I will end this post with a little preview of what’s to come this spring. I love having flowers in the house. So, last week I treated myself to these beautiful tulips. I love the colour.

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So, I guess that’s my report for today. The last few weeks have been long and quite frustrating but I seem to be on the up again. My creative mojo is slowly returning. And hopefully the winter will be a short one. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly love. Until next time,

Let’s keep on stitching.

Lucie x    

7 thoughts on “ON THE UP

  1. Hi Lucie and Sarah, Tulips???? Ha! it is -23, grey, damp cold. Tons of snow,,,sigh. I will not be seeing these or able to even carry some home from shopping (freeze) for many many moons LOL. Sarah, what an enormous amount of work you have done, congrats.xx Do you need to edge it? skip a row and leave the edge …edgy..ha ha ha…
    Good to hear from you both, stay warm and be well…
    Joanna and Basile (a cool kitty right now). ha ha ha

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    1. Hi Joanna, Yes, I will have to edge my hexagon quilt by adding a border before I quilt it but I will be leaving the zig-zag edge. I think the zig-zag adds a little something to the quilt. Regarding your cold weather. January is finished now. So the countdown to spring will start soon. I think winter is the best time of year to start decluttering. I’ve down loads of decluttering lately. It feels so good to get rid of stuff you haven’t used in a while making space for the things that you do use regularly. Thanks for popping in today x

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  2. Oh Lucie, I’d not realised you’d been that unwell. As you don’t post as much as on your old blog, I thought you had cut it back to once a month. Glad you are feeling perkier. Hope the mojo comes bouncing back & you have a crafty year. I’ve been on the slow side too, but that’s due to being so lethargic in this extreme heat we seem to be enduring at the moment. Much prefer cooler days. Do we get to see the spruced up hallway when finished? Stay warm & take care. Huggles.

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    1. Thanks for popping in today. I think it might be a difficult to photograph my small hallway but I’ll give it a try. I’m so pleased with the wallpaper I chose. I’m really chuffed with my effort so far. Take care and keep cool xx

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