BACK INTO THE AUTUMN GROOVE

Hello my lovelies. I’m back!!!! The summer is over, the mornings are cool and feel quite autumnal and the kids have gone back to school. And yes ….. there’s only 100 sleeps until Christmas!!!

Did you all have a great summer? Were any of you able to tear yourself away from the garden in order to do a little quilt making or sewing of any kind. Well I spent quite a lot of time sewing. As you all know one quilting stitch at a time makes everything better. I worked on one particular project all summer. Yes, I know that sounds like such a contradiction to what I normally do. I usually work on several things at once but I now realise that when I do that, I don’t seem to make much progress on anything. Well I can confirm that once you concentrate on one project full time you actually have a better chance of finishing it. So here’s little sneaky peek at my How Does Your Garden Grow …..

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From that one project …. I jumped into this little one. I really enjoyed my journey into freezer paper appliqué again while working on How Does Your Garden Grow. So, I went looking for this little unfinished quilt top I pieced a while back so I could add some simple colourful flowers and such to it. Goodness knows I have enough scraps to add some colourful flowers to several other projects. The more scraps you use the more scraps you make! I am busy doing the fine hand appliqué work that will secure the patches to the background. I’ll be sure to post more about the progress on this quilt eventually. I think I’ll name it My Little Garden as I wish my garden was this colourful and cheerful.

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While I was working on My Little Garden project, I realised that there’s an event coming up for which I desperately needed to piece a quilt. So, I searched out some fabric from my stash. I started with some background fabric and several fat quarters from a collection called Grant Park by Minick & Simpson for Moda. I chose a simple large-scale Bowtie block design and set to rotary cutting squares. I sewed and pressed my little heart out for a whole weekend. And this is what I ended up with …

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It’s a beautiful quilt that has an old-fashioned feel to it. I used a soft blue quilting thread which fills in the negative spaces quietly with a modern feather variation quilting design which also gives the quilt a little texture. All that’s left to do is add a label. I am busy researching quotes for the quilt label. The quilt is for a special event and it was worth every minute of time and effort I spent making it. I was determined to finish it in lickety split time while still producing a nice quilt that will be cherished for years to come.

It’s been a really good summer in my little corner of the northeast of England. I didn’t go very far but enjoyed every minute of my quiet time. Now, already the leaves are starting to fall from the trees. The trees and shrubs and laden with berries ready to feed the birds and critters over the cold months. And I even purchased my autumn/winter plants to replace the summer bedding a few days ago. I can’t figure out where the months have gone. Oh summer, please come back. All is forgotten. No. Actually I really love autumn. It’s my favourite time of year. I love wearing woollies and boots, scarves and gloves. I love the crunchy leaves under my feet. And I truly look forward to the first snow. The rumour is that we’re supposed to have a brutally cold winter this year. And apparently, we should expect the Beast from the East in the new year. So, the woollies and gloves will be most welcome.

So, I guess that my catch-up report for today. I hope you all a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. I will be doing some fine hand appliqué if I can stay awake. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching. I kid you not, stitching makes life better.

Lucie x

 

14 thoughts on “BACK INTO THE AUTUMN GROOVE

  1. Quilted Pants

    Lovely to read your post and know that you have enjoyed a pleasant and productive Summer. I enjoy Autumn too, we have the first signs of it here despite daytime temperatures up in the mid-twenties. Look forward to seeing which project you get stuck into next. 🙂

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  2. We had a beautiful summer here in North Western Ontario, Canada! We try to cherish every day of it as it’s short! Now our leaves have changed and the temperatures are cooler along with more rainy days…well more quilting days!

    I really like your bow tie and appliqué quits. It’s amazing how much we can get done when we need to.

    Thank you for visiting my blog 😊

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    1. Hi Wendy,

      I did not realise you were in Ontario. I love i England but was born and raised in Montreal!!! Not close to North Western Ontario but still in Canada. Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your Canadiab autumn update x

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  3. Sheila.

    Lucie,
    So good to see you back. Glad you and Sarah enjoyed the summer.
    I too, love autumn. Your my garden quilt is what I would call a spirit lifting project.
    I love the way the leaves are done. I want to see a whole picture of the bow tie quilt please.
    If it’s possible. Aren’t I demanding (lol)
    Lucie sometimes the simple things can be really satisfying.

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    1. Hi Sheila

      Its lovely to hear from you. Unfortunately I cannot provide a picture showing the whole bowtie quilt because it was a wedding present which was handed over Saturday just gone and I didn’t even think to take a photo showing the whole quilt. What a silly guilt maker I am!!! I guess we’ll just have to imagine it in our minds. It was a pretty good looking quilt. Thanks for popping in this weekend. I hope you’re well and in good spirits x

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