BLOOMING GRADES

Hello my lovelies. I hope you all had a super weekend. The last couple of weeks have been busy in my little world. My diary seems to be filling up more quickly nowadays. There’s always some place to go not to mention the chores and craft tasks on my To-Do List.

I have been pretty busy with designing new blocks and sewing. Here’s a little progress on my current project …..

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I sat quietly and sewed all the roofs and doors on my Dresden Neighbourhood blocks over the last few days.

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And once the that sewing was done I cut loads of piano keys, well actually, I cut strips and joined them together and then cut sections to form a piano key border. And after doing some more sewing this morning this is what the piano key border looks like now …..

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Now this project is really coming together. I sat at the table for several hours today and drew the next blocks. I managed to draw two 12” x 24” blocks!!!! All that’s left to draw is four 12” x 15” blocks to complete the drawings for this project. I am truly enjoying this one. It’s so very different from my other Whimsies.

Quite of few of you will know that my Sarah and I started a journey which we named Operation Taking Flight a few years ago. The Operation was us getting ready for Sarah to fly the nest. It kicked off four years ago when Sarah started taking driving lessons and then subsequently went off to university. Well today I am so pleased to tell you that Sarah received her grades for this, her last year of university. She has graduated with honours. It seems that all the hard work and despite someone’s best efforts to derail Operation Taking Flight, Sarah has smashed it. She’s ready to face the big bad world now.

Last Friday, we had a girl’s road trip. Three us drove down to Sarah’s uni to see all the work displayed in the Degree Show. I must tell you that some of it was a real eye opener. I got Sarah’s permission to take a few photos of her work. So, here’s a little sneaky peek at her display …..

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I can hardly believe that three years of university has come to an end. There were times when I thought it would never end. Now we really get to start moving forward.

So, I went out into my garden this morning to sweep and prune a few straggling bits of growth. While I was out there I went into the secret part of my garden to see if my roses needed deadheading. No deadheading required just yet but I did cut these beautiful roses to bring inside as there were masses of blooms!!! They smell every bit as good as they look.

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It’s been a good productive day at happy stitching manor. My little visit to the secret garden yielded some beautiful blooms and my short session in my sewing room produced some good progress on my new project. And my quiet time using pencils, rulers and templates produced some great drawings for the next step in said project. Being creative is my favourite thing to be doing.

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

Let’s on keep on stitching.

Lucie x

WALKING IN THE SUNSHINE

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all have a grand day. It’s been a busy one in my little world. I spend several hours today in my sewing room playing with my longarm quilting system. I can’t show you what I worked on just now. However, I can show a little bit of progress I made on my Sweet Dresden Town …..

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I posted a photo of cut up Dresden Blades last week. I have since cut the Blades different lengths and joined them together giving the units a good press to form this circle. I’ll be adding roofs and doors. I also made even more progress by drawing a few blocks to go with the large Dresden block …..

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I find these blocks very happy blocks. You will notice that I have kept the blocks simple, as usual. I find less is always more. I also appreciate cleans lines, that’s what drives me to keep my blocks simple.

I’m quite excited about this project. Once again, it’s a little different from what I have designed in the past. So, watch for more progress reports about this new project.

All is well in my little world lately. Everything is ticking over nicely. I sometimes wonder when things are going to start going wrong again but the main cause of things going wrong is gone. How lucky am I to be able to enjoy life as it comes again? I recently read an interesting quote and it goes something like this; you never know that you’re living under a cloud until you walk in the sunshine. I can’t tell you said this first but it certainly has given me something to think about.

So, that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something that makes you happy. And perhaps do it in the sunshine. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

WHIMSICAL SHOES

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super day. I’ve been a bit busy in my sewing room today. It’s going to be a short report because I need to go back to the project I have been working on all day but first here’s a little peek at what I’ve been playing with …..

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I spent a few hours drawing whimsical blocks over the weekend and now I’m going to spend a few hours bringing my drawings to life. Isn’t is amazing what you can do with a few scraps of fabric.

Do you love shoes? I love shoes but I find it difficult to find shoes that don’t hurt my feet. While I worked in my sewing room today I wore these …..

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They still hurt my feet so I don’t wear them very often. I reckon, if I wear them in the house I might be able to break them in a little better and knowing that I can take them off makes me feel better about wearing them!!! I do love the whimsical look of these shoes.

So, I guess that’s my report for today. I’m going to head back into my sewing room and get on with being creative. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something that makes you happy. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

BUSY ON WEDNESDAY

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super day. I have been rather busy today and my energy levels are running a bit low this evening but I wanted to share today’s finish with you. As you know I have been working on Christmas lately. So, here’s a finish Christmas cushion. You will have to excuse the poor quality of the photo as the light was not very good today but you will get the gist of what I did.

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As per usual, I kept my design simple. I’m very pleased with my effort because I used fabrics from my stash. I have another quilt identical in almost every way except that today’s effort was hand quilted and the other version is machine quilted. I look forward to turning the second quilt top into another cushion cover. I must admit that I’m not a great fan of Christmas projects, I would prefer to do seasonal projects such as spring or autumn.

Before heading out for my volunteer day I rotary cut some Dresden Blade. I’ve been planning another long-term project for a while. And so, I finally kicked it off today. I can’t wait to see this one come to fruition.

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So, it’s been a pretty busy day in my little world. I got a little bit done before leaving the house and tried to the best of my ability to be useful at my volunteer afternoon. Now I think I deserve to put my feet up and perhaps do a little work on my hexagon project.

Well, I guess that’s my report for today. I’m a little late posting today. I guess it’s better late than never. I hope you all have a super cosy evening. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

BANK HOLIDAY REPORT

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super weekend. Yesterday was a bank holiday here in England. It was lovely to pull into the slow lane and watch the scenery for a day. Not only was yesterday a bank holiday but this week is a mid-term break for the schools as well. I suspect that a lot of families decided to go to the sun for a week-long break. So, I guess it will be quiet around here for the duration of the week.

So let’s jump to the sewing progress. The only progress I can show you at the moment is this …..

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I added a few buttons to my Christmas project. And I managed to find some fabric in my stash to use for the cushion envelope. I was determined to use something from my stash to complete my Christmas projects, and I found something for each of my three projects.

I can’t believe that it’s almost the end of May already. Where on earth have the weeks gone. Speaking of the end of May ….. today is May 29th, it’s Lucie Landing Day. I arrived in the UK 25 years today!!! A whole quarter of a century. All those years ago when I was so green and shiny I thought life was going to be a fairy tale. I worked hard to get to where I am today. Over the last couple of years, I take every opportunity to celebrate to positive stuff. I think I shall crack open a bottle of wine to toast this anniversary.

The progress in my garden is coming on a treat. I had a little stroll in my wee garden this afternoon to see what I could see. I found some Aquilegia in different colours …..

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And some wild geraniums that self-seed themselves every year. My favourite is the deep purple one …

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And last, my very favourite flower, the lowly peony which is still not ready to flower. We’ll need a bit more sunshine before these flowers burst into blooms. Everything is lush green at the moment. It’s the best time of year for greenery.

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Here’s photo of a postcard which I believe my Sarah purchased for me a while back. I walk past this postcard every single day because I tacked it to the wall …..

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What this postcard says to me is that anything worth having is worth the effort and patience is definitely a virtue.

So, I guess that’s my report for today. I’ve been busy with a whole lot of stuff for which I have not made enough progress to show you yet. So, stay tuned to find out what else has been going on in my little world. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something that makes you happy. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

END OF THE WEEK REPORT

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super day. Can you believe the work week is over??? That’s another week behind us. And you may or may not know that this is another Bank Holiday Weekend for us in the England. I’m looking forward to lazing around this weekend. I have a couple of movies on DVD that I would like to watch and I have one or two templates ready to be traced to turn into a block. I’m really hoping for some sunshine so I can get out in the garden to do a little more work. I had the hedge trimmer contraption running this morning to trim a shrub in my front garden first thing this morning. So, at least one corner of my garden is looking food at the moment!!!

I have been busy with one thing and another this past week. I did a little bit of machine quilting on my domestic sewing machine …..

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I quite enjoyed my little machine quilting session. My Christmas project now looks like this …..

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It’s not quite finished yet. I need to add a few buttons and then I plan on turning it into a cushion cover. I’m hoping to get this particular project finished this weekend because I have two and a possible third Christmas project to add to it. Variety is the spice of life.

Who doesn’t love flowers in the house? I’m sure there will be one or two of you who don’t enjoy cut flowers for one reason or another. I happen to love flowers in my living room. And my favourite flowers happen to be in season as the moment. The Peony is my absolute favourite flower. It’s a shame that it’s in season for such a short time.

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Speaking of flowers, has anyone been watching the Chelsea Flower Show highlights on the BBC TV stations this week? I love watching the highlights as it gives me a chance to see plants I’ve never heard of. Who knows there might one or two plants that might do better in place of my giant ferns. Speaking of ferns, I really need to dig up at least one more fern from my front garden soon. I would like to replace the giant ferns with something that flowers which is also good for cutting. I have plenty of foliage plants but not nearly enough flowering plants at the moment. Everything will get done in time.

So, I guess that’s my report for today. It’s been a really good week in my little world. I’m going to make sure that my weekend is as relaxing as can be. I hope you all have a super cosy evening and very good and interesting weekend. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

 

DEFINITELY MOVING FORWARD

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super day. The weather in my little corner of the Uk has reverted to fresh and breezy. It’s a good time to do outdoor jobs. I must admit that I didn’t get around to working outside. Maybe tomorrow.

I promised that I would post a photo of my latest effort ….

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I finished longarm quilting my Moving Forward quilt last week. I am so pleased with the result. I will be adding some buttons and Yo-Yos here and there for embellishment. The quilting has added texture and interest and the bright colours on the paler background is exactly the look I was looking for. This is so different from the way I used to work two years ago. Looking at this quilt makes me happy. As you can see the quilt is wider than my Sarah’s arm span and the day is quite dull but you get a really good idea of what my quilt looks like. I’m doing a happy dance 😉

This morning when I woke up, firstly I worked out where I was and what I needed to do today. I needed to pop over to M&S to collect something I ordered online but then the rest of the day was all mine to do as I pleased. So, I chose to play in my sewing room. Surprise, surprise!!!

I need a new notebook starting on the first of July. And although I just use simple notebooks, I like to make patchwork covers for them which makes the notebooks more interesting. So, this is the fabric I picked for my notebook cover …..

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I decided to keep the design simple by using my Dresden ruler. I rotary cut wedges from three of the four fat quarters and got down to the sewing. I sewed and pressed until I joined enough wedges to make a quilt top that would cover the notebook.

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I used my Kelly clamps to turn a tube right side out. The tube was fashioned into a garter type thing that I place around my notebook and in which I store my pen.

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Now I’m ready for all the To-Do Lists I will compose not to mention the appointments that come along in the second half of the year. It was fun being let loose in my sewing room this afternoon. I had no idea what I was going to work on but soon decided and produced what I needed without any struggle whatsoever. That makes a change.

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It’s been a really good day in my little world. Happy stitching manor is ticking over nicely at the moment. Sarah has all but finished university now. We still have the Degree Show at the beginning of June and her graduation at the beginning of July. Life is a little more relaxed now. The next step for Sarah is to find work. She has a few irons in the fire. I truly believe that sometimes it’s a question of being at the right place at the right time. Only time will tell.

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

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

FEELING FESTIVE IN MAY

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all enjoyed a happy sunny Monday. It’s been lovely here in my little corner of the northeast of England. I love sunny Mondays.

I spent the last few days planning and working on some Christmas projects. Once I found my direction I just followed thru and it grew and grew. Here’s a little sneaky peek …..

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Does is say Christmas to you? Those brighter than usual reds and greens are definitely doing it for me. With all this concentrating on Christmas I completely forgot to take a photo of my finished Moving Forward quilt once it was taken off my quilting system frame. I guess you’ll have to wait until next time to see my latest finish.

I purchased a few annuals for my garden last week but I was afraid to plant them out for fear we might have a frost which would kill the new plants off. The weatherman kept telling us that the temps would drop so low that frost was a very real threat. Well yesterday I decided I was ready to take a chance. So, here’s a little look at my newly planted annuals …..

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I just planted some trailing Lobelia, Geraniums, Petunias, Fuchsias etc in a couple of planters. The plants were only planted yesterday and already they’re starting to grow. I look forward to a little explosion of colour over the summer.

Did you all enjoy watching the Royal Wedding on Saturday. I was at a sewing session and we had three different devices running on which to watch the event. I won’t bore you more than needed but I have to say that I think it was a lovely ceremony and the atmosphere was wonderful. After watching an hour of so of the event I felt like I was there.

So, it’s been a rather interesting weekend at happy stitcher manor. I stepped out to do a little sewing as a group and watched the Royal Wedding with said group. And I worked on Christmas. Who on earth works on Christmas in May????

I guess 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

STITCHING MOVING FORWARD

Hello my lovelies. I hope it’s been a good day in your little world. I spent mine in my sewing room machine quilting my Moving Forward quilt. I stitched a little bit of this ….

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And then added a bit of this …..

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I did a little meandering which as you can see adds texture and interest …..

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I spent several hours cheering myself on until I decided it was time to call it a day. I got 2/3 of the way thru the job today. I hope to get the last third done tomorrow.

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Before I started stitching this morning I really didn’t know how it would look. I knew that I wanted plenty of texture which makes the patches pop. I think I managed to create the texture that I wanted. If you look at my quilt properly you’ll see that it’s all very simple quilting. I’m quite happy with simple as it showcases the fine hand appliqué work that I put into this project. You might also have noticed that the background although all from the same collection is different. This is what makes a project interesting, the many different shades of colour, size of print, the shapes of the patches etc. This particular quilt was designed by me. And I’m quite pleased with the result so far. I can’t wait to see the whole quilt finished and ready to either use or hang somewhere in my house.

I have a few other quilts that need custom quilting from my stash of finished quilt tops. I’m hoping to get caught up on that pile this summer. While I was machine quilting today my view was pretty dull …..

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There’s nothing sadder than an empty design wall. I have a couple of projects in the design stage but nothing to hang on the design wall yet. I can’t wait to add colour to said wall.

So, as you can see I’ve been keeping pretty busy today. I machine quilted until my body told me it was time for a break. I’ll be sure to have a good rest tonight so I can flash up my machine first thing in the morning. 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

UFO PROGRESS

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super fine day. It’s been a lovely day here in my little corner of the northeast of England. I find it amazing that although I’m writing from a sunny England that some of you are reading from North America, Australia, the Netherlands and many other places where the weather can be very different.

I’ve spent the last few days living. Along with a few daily chores I’ve worked on one or two UFOs …..

My Dresden Neighbourhood has been hand quilted and ready for the next step. I’m not sure whether I want to add a simple binding and hanging pocket in order to use it as a wall hanging OR have it framed professionally. I have never had any of my work framed professionally. I quite like this particular piece of work so perhaps it’s worth going all out and having it framed.

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I worked on one more UFO …..

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My Moving Forward quilt project has been on the go for almost two years since I started designing it. It’s the first project that I designed in my new life. It’s rather different from what I used to design in the old days. The colours are very different from the muddy colours I used to use. So, I added some borders to frame up the centre appliqué blocks.

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Dragged out some backing fabric which I had been saving for Sunday best ….. I decided that Sunday has arrived and so I will use this backing fabric rather than buy something new. Nice backing fabric is quite hard to source in the quilt shops in my area. So, when I find some I buy it.

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Now the quilt is loaded in my longarm quilting system in readiness for quilting over the next couple of days.

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I think the threat of frost is over now. So, it’s time for me to plant a few annuals. We headed out this morning to buy a few annuals. I suspect that I might new a few more but I’ll plant up everything I purchased today and see how far my purchases go.

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I had a little wander around my garden at lunchtime. Everything is looking quite lush at the moment and will need pruning and trimming soon enough.

I’ve got some raspberry canes …..

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Self-seeded Aquilegia …..

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A monster Clematis that keeps on growing …..

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A border full of interesting colour …..

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A close up of Clematis …..

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And a single self-seeded pansy …..

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This pansy is a real fighter. It survived the winter snows we had in March and is still looking good. What a mighty pansy.

When spring arrives and everything is greening up nicely, it always fills me full of hope. I know that there’s loads of good stuff coming for each and everyone of us. All we need is a bit of hope and a whole lot of patience. Keep your eyes on the prize.

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So, that’s my report for today. Looking back, I can see that I’ve done quite well with regards to progress. I reckon any little bit of progress is good progress. I’m pleased with both my Moving Forward and my Dresden Neighbourhood. My Neighbourhood was really good practice as I have planned a whole new project around that one block. 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