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

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

SUMMER HOURS KICKING IN

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a great Friday. That’s another weekend gone. Did anyone spend anytime in their garden today. Well I did. I spent an hour or so pruning, raking, sweeping and simply wondering why I started the job today!!!!! The hour I spent outside in my front garden was well worth the effort. It already looks better. I have worked out a general plan of action and what I want it to look like when I’m done. It doesn’t cost anything to dream.

What kind of sewing is everyone doing these days? I added the binding to a charity quilt today. I machined the binding onto the front and hand finished it onto the back …..

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And I added a label …..

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The quilt looks great and I’m sure it will some young person the comfort they need at a difficult time.

Last evening, I sat quietly and di the fine hand stitching on my owl. I auditioned some buttons which I want to sew to the centre of his eye …..

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And I hope to find some buttons to add to the lower edge of his body which will represent his feet. Or I might just embroider some talons.

So, most of you will have seen on the news that the UK has a new little prince. Louis Arthur Charles was born on Monday April 23rd at 11:01am. He will be known at His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge. The new prince is fifth in line to the throne. Very exciting news for this week.

It’s been a brilliant week.  I stepped out for a bit on Wednesday and spent some time with some like-minded ladies. I spent plenty of time in my sewing room creating. And my garden is starting to shape up. Who could ask for anything more.

So, my friends, I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you thoroughly enjoy. Don’t forget that as of next week, I will be starting summer hours by posting three times a week. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

BUSY ON A BANK HOLIDAY

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all having a relaxing. It’s a holiday here din the UK on account that it’s Good Friday. I must admit that it doesn’t feel like a bank holiday. My Sarah should be winding her way home from Manchester as I write this post.

I kept busy all day by running some errands this morning; just normal things like filling the car, buying dog food and popping in to my local DIY shop of some replacement decking tiles. Nothing of any great consequence but stuff that needed to be purchased to move forward. Once I got home, I disappeared into my sewing room to start stitching the quilt I loaded into my longarm system last evening …

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After I added this little dog to the bottom corner of the quilt top …..

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I think he adds a little character to the quilt even if he is just a wee one.

Using a nice steel grey thread and a quilting design called Pieces of My Heart by Melonie J. Caldwell, I stitched until the job was done. I think it looks pretty good. I went on to find some fabric for the binding and I hope to be able to hand finish the binding on the back of the quilt this weekend. It feels good to be able to say that for all intents and purposes it’s a wrap. I’m getting quite adept at designing simple quilts and bringing them to fruition in good time.

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Sunday is Easter. And Easter weekend has always been the time when we do a good spring tidy in the garden. If the weather s reasonable I plan of raking and brushing the dead growth and wind-swept litter out of my garden. I kicked the big spring tidy off by replacing the decking tile with a new one. The old one was just hanging in by a thread. I’m sure it was at least 15 years old. So I popped over to my local DIY shop first thing to see if I could find a replacement. I found just the thing.  The best part is that a lovely gentleman offered to help me load it into the car!!! I dragged the old decrepit decking tile away and prepared the gravel and laid the new decking tile in it’s place. It will take a few days for it to bed in and level out. It was just a simple job that I knew I could do by myself. Every little job I accomplish builds my confidence. So, my backdoor looks tidy once again. I’m looking forward to planting up my troughs and containers but as there’s still a chance of frost, I’ll put it off for a few weeks.

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So, I guess that’s my report for today. I’m looking forward to having a quiet weekend. I have plenty of hand sewing I can get done and I would like to draw a couple of new blocks as well. I hope you all have a super relaxing weekend. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x  

STACK OF USEFULNESS

 

Hello my lovelies from a sunny breezy northeast of England. It’s finally Friday. I’m sure there are loads of you sighing because you’re happy to see the end of the workweek. I’m going to enjoy my weekend. I’m going to reward myself for filling the past week with useful tasks. Here’s my stack of usefulness for this week …..

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I lovingly folded and stacked these completed quilts last evening. It gave me great satisfaction knowing that these few quilts, that were a joint effort between our volunteer quilt makers and me, will bring comfort for a few poorly young people who need comfort.

Last evening while I was sitting watching television and hand finishing the binding on a quilt, I was making of plan of action for a quilt I have been asked to piece. So, after doing my morning routine, I gathered up pen and paper and drew a grid and re-divided the grid into different sections in order to be able to spread the colours and prints of the chosen fabric.

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I started rotary cutting, sewing and pressing furiously. At the moment the quilt is in three sections because I plan on adding a little simple raw edge machine appliqué. It will be a lot simpler to add some machine appliqué if I don’t have to push the whole quilt top thru my sewing machine.

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So, as you can see for yourself, it’s been a pretty busy week in my little world. Next week, I have one or two appointments. So hopefully I can go back to working at my slow and measured pace again. Traveling in the slow lane is so great. It gives you a chance to look at the scenery.

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

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

MEETING THE CHALLENGE

Hello my lovelies. I hope you all had a super sunny day. It’s suppose to be spring but it’s not very warm yet. The grass is growing and the spring bulb flowers are peeking out. I’ve got a few daffodils making a little show in my front borders. I love daffodils, they’re a sign of what’s to come. In a few weeks I’ll be shopping for my annual summer bedding plants. I so looking forward to warmer times.

So, what do you think I’ve been doing today. Do you think I met my quilt making buddies for coffee and a natter? Or perhaps I went shopping for new shoes? Did I go out to have my hair and nails done? No ….. I spent most of my day in my sewing room longarm quilting the last of my 5-quilt challenge. Yippeee! Have a little look at my latest charity quilt. I must stress that I did not piece this quilt top, it was pieced by one of our Quilts for Comfort volunteers. For this quilt, I stitched a quilting design called Butterfly Beauty by Hermione Agee using a nice fine white thread. I’m very pleased with how this one turned out.

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The first thing I did this morning is rotary cut seven strips fabric to be joined together and used as binding. I’ve been really lucky to have loads of my own stash that I could use as binding for all the charity quilts I have quilted in the past week. I’m hoping to squeeze one more quilt in before my next volunteer meeting next week. So, watch this space.

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It’s been quite an adventure meeting a challenge I set myself. It just goes to show what you can accomplish when you set your mind to it. I must admit that yesterday I felt like a creature on a hamster wheel running as fast as I could without getting very far. Today I can see just what I have accomplished. I have a nice little pile of finish quilts for all the effort I put into it. Tomorrow I’m having a day off from longarm quilting in favour of doing a few household that I need to catch up on. I may even work on one of my own projects.

It’s been a lovely day in my little world. It’s been busy but that’s the way I like it. I can remember a time when I always felt like I was walking on egg shells. Those egg shells have disappeared making my home a place of comfort and safety. Sarah is really busy working on final major university assignments and helping out with the year end degree show. I think she’s learning a hard lesson about how when you join a committee to organise an event there are always too many chiefs and not enough Indians. I definitely look forward to seeing the end of this final academic year. Operation Taking Flight has zoomed by and we will soon have our whole lives ahead of us.

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

 

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

THAT GROUNDHOG DAY FEELING

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fabulous day. It’s been a rather busy one in my little world. I got up at the crack of sparrow fart to make enough binding for two quilts. I rotary cut fourteen 2-1/2” strips and joined them together on the bias …..

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And then pressed the length in half in readiness to be machined on two quilts, today and yesterday’s longarm effort.

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I made two labels as well but completely forgot to take photos!!! I hadn’t had my coffee yet.

We had some lovely sunshine earlier which of course spurred me on get some more longarm quilting done. You may have guessed that I was working on a charity quilt again today. That just proves that you read yesterday’s post. It’s beginning to feel like Groundhog Day around here this week. Here’s a little peek at the scrappy quilt which I longarm quilted today …..

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It’s quite similar to the ones I did earlier in the week. Today’s effort was quilted using a bright gold thread again and a quilting design called Buzz by Hermione Agee.

So that was number four and here’s number five in the challenge I set myself …..

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I must stress that I did not piece this quilt, it was donated by one of our Quilts for Comfort volunteers. This one is quite different from the four scrappy quilts I longarm quilted lately. I’m thinking of using white thread on this one and perhaps a simple but girlier quilting design. I’m a girly girl so girly works well for me. I’m hoping to squeeze one more in this week. I’m looking forward to sitting down and drawing some appliqué blocks this weekend. I’m missing working on one of my own projects. I’ll aim to concentrate on my own stuff next week.

It’s been a pretty good day in my corner of the northeast of England. I spotted a city grass cutting crew out and about. I guess that means that spring has properly arrived. Easter is just around the corner which is when I kick off my own garden spring clean. I’m a fair-weather gardener. I sure hope we have good weather for Easter.

So, I guess that my report for today. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something seasonal. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

STILL ROCKING WITH CHARITY QUILTS

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a lovely first day of spring. I enjoyed some lovely sunshine. It wasn’t super warm but it was lovely. The temperature is slowly creeping up, finally!

So, what have I been doing today. Well I’ve been doing much the same as I have been doing the last few days. I longarm quilted another charity quilt …..

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I must impress upon you that I did not piece these latest quilts. Quilts for Comfort is the charity I volunteer for and we have loads of lovely volunteers who piece quilts and several ladies, such as myself, who quilt the few quilt tops that come in. Margaret and Jenny pieced the quilt tops in my current challenge. Today’s effort was quilted using a bright gold thread, which I believe lifts the darker fabrics and a quilting design called Cotton Puff by Vickie Malaski. I love a scrappy and these latest quilts have been fun to work on.

I’m having so much fun quilting these scrappy quilt tops that I loaded another. This is number 4 of 5 maybe 6.

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It seems that we all purchase gadgets, sometimes because they look good, without knowing what we’re going to do with them. Some years ago, I purchased a Sewline glue pen. I had no idea what I was going to do with it but it looked pretty and so I convinced myself that I needed it. Over the years I used it twice until recently when I have used it over and over again and needed to find a refill because I used it so much that it was empty. I use my glue pen for appliqué prep work nowadays. And it does exactly what I want it to do. FYI: I have added a little photo tutorial about how to prep fine hand appliqué work on the How-To Info page. You can find the different pages on the right side of this page by scrolling down. The document is printable. I shall be adding another photo tutorial about how I approach the actual fine hand appliqué stitching soon.

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It’s been a superb day in my little world. Having such brilliant sunshine was a real treat and for some reason I feel inspired to get on with all my projects so I can design more! I wish we could add a few more hours to each day.

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

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

BEAST BE GONE

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable weekend. Those of you who live in the UK might have experienced the Mini Beast from the East. Rest assured that my little corner of the northeast of England did not suffer too much with snow but the wind was mighty strong and biting cold. I stepped out on Saturday to join a group of like-minded ladies. I didn’t think there would be many takers but quite a few diehards travelled the short distance to the venue. We had a fabulous day forgetting the fact that the Mini Beast was raging outside.

Here’s my little bit of progress for the weekend …..

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I’m loving these latest appliqué blocks. The more I look at them the better I like them; I think it’s the simplicity I really like. What a great way of busting my stash and using up scraps.

I managed to longarm quilt another charity quilt today …..

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Once again, I used a lovely fine bright gold thread and the all over quilting design is called Cloud Nine by Patricia Ritter. I cut and joining binding strips which I machined on this after and hope to hand finish said binding on the back of the quilts this evening. I also loaded the next charity quilt to be stitched tomorrow, I hope. I’m feeling quite satisfied with my charity quilt quilting challenge so far. Two down three more to go. I’m aiming for five but perhaps I’ll be able to squeeze an extra one in before my deadline. Fingers crossed.

It’s been another great day in paradise. Longarm quilting a charity quilt makes me feel good; as if I’ve done something useful. The Mini Beast from the East seems to have moved on. It was lovely walking Maisie this morning; there was no snow whipping my face and the wind was mild and barely more than a whisper. What a different a day makes 😉 

So, I guess that’s my report for today. I’m still working on putting together a photo tutorial regarding prepping appliqué blocks. 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