WAITING FOR SUNSHINE

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all enjoying a glorious Monday. It’s a holiday here in the UK. I seem to have spent quite a lot of time waiting for the sun to shine this weekend. It’s sunny as I write this post but for most of the weekend it’s been dark and dreary. While I waited, I decided to do something useful. I have been working on piecing a new design this past week or so. And because it didn’t look like we would get any bright weather making it more interesting to step out into the garden to do some tidying, I decided to load my quilt into my longarm and give it a simple quilting job. I love adding texture to my appliqué designs. Here’s my little bit of sunshine while there was none outside …..

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Somehow, I managed to machine quilt and hand finish the binding on this quilt all in one day. Mind you I did very few household chores and basically concentrated on my quilt.

A few days ago, I decided to play with some fabric scraps. I simply gathered up mini scraps of fabric and cut them into small triangles which I placed on a foundation fabric approximately 6-1/2” x 10”. I just kept adding scraps and moving them around until I was happy with the layout. I chose a thread colour that I liked and began to sew the scraps in place. When everything was anchored down, I chose a piece of course grain ribbon which was on a gift set which I got for Christmas and a piece of cotton lace which was also on a gift parcel. I played around with the scraps of ribbon and lace until I decided to set them out in a hashtag design. Then I decided to add some netting to form pockets which I filled with a paper word in one pocket and a few loose buttons in the other.

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Don’t even ask me what I will do with my play time effort! I may add another border and then place it in a frame or possibly just square it off and add a binding but I’ll be sure to play around with this liberating technique again. My effort, to me looks like a mess but I think if I have another go, I might learn to accept my freestyle pieces of work better. I have plenty of fabric scraps and oodles of embellishment supplies. As hard as I try, I am still all about the ¼” seam allowance brigade. I spent so many years making traditional quilts that it can be quite difficult to step away from the quilt police rules. I have said it before and I’m saying it again today, it’s OK to give yourself permission to play often. This is how we introduce new trends.

It’s been a lovely quiet weekend here in my little corner of the northeast of England. Like millions of others, I watched the final episode of the Line of Duty last night. I won’t spoil it for those of you who have not watched it yet but I did not expect that ending at all. The good news is, the BBC have commissioned another series of Line of Duty for next year.

So, I guess that’s my report for this week. I hope to give myself permission to play again sometime soon. Who knows how my next mess of fabric scraps will turn out? I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

8 thoughts on “WAITING FOR SUNSHINE

  1. Good day Lucie, well for once…yesterday and now? are beautiful, the red wing blackbirds are chukking away and the temps have risen, grass is growing and phew…..Quebec woke up!! ha ha
    Harry has had a boy! What a wonderful thing, he said he is beautiful and healthy, we will see him on Wed.
    Your quilting is lovely, what a difference it makes eh? Changes the landscape of the cloth.
    Thanks for sharing Lucie, hugs to Maisie….xx

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    1. Hi Joanna, well I’m so pleased that your weather has finally picked up. I heard the birds singing beautifully this morning. They seem to be flitting around gathering twiggy bits to build their nests. I guess there will soon be plenty of baby birds in said nests. And the news about the new Royal baby is very exciting. I wonder what they will name him. I think James would be rather nice. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Thank you for your very kind words about my quilting. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the work progress. I’ll be making a label for this and a couple of charity quilts over the coming days. I’ll be switching over to a UFO 8n the next week or so. Not many UFOs to go now and I’ll be able to concentrate on something completely new. Thanks for popping in today x

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  2. Quilted Pants

    I really like the patterns and texture you’ve created on your quilt – imagine quilting and binding all in one day!
    Thanks for not giving away the Line of Duty finale – we recorded it as we were away. It is our ‘must watch’ this evening!

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    1. Thanks for your very kind words regarding my quilting. I think you’ll enjoy the finale of Line of Duty. It definitely was compulsive watching xx

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  3. Hi Lucie! Beautiful quilt and quilting on this wonderful project. I just LOVE the stitching on your Dresden – it was just the perfect choice. And the whispy stitching around the butterfly was another perfect choice as far as I’m concerned. Love this! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  4. Lovely Lucie & forget the “quilt police” as they don’t exist, only thoughtless or nasty people. Do what you want & enjoy it. I’ve loved your blogs now for many years & have always thought you do amazing work. Be yourself, take care & big hugs from down under. PS: If the netting wasn’t attached on the top side it could be made into one of those clipboard type things to store bits.(silly idea).

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging words. And no idea is silly, just more inspiration for my next permission to play time. Thanks for popping in today xx

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