SUNDAY ROWS COMING TOGETHER

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super weekend. The weather has been a bit dismal in my little corner of the northeast of England. I’m afraid my To-Do List has been pushed to one side in favour of doing household chores indoors rather than doing garden chores. A little tidying, some laundry and a wee bit of simple cooking. And then I worked on my newest project; the row quilt. Row quilts are not new, they have been around for many years. Quite often the simple stuff is the most satisfying. Have a little look at my progress …..

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All the patches for the other four rows have been prepped and are ready to be tacked to the background squares I rotary cut this morning. Sitting at my table prepping the blocks is so satisfying as you can see the quilt top coming to life. And most of you will know that the theme to this little project is inspired by the art journal pages I have produced over the last couple of months.

I have more progress to show you …..

Circle Quilt

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It’s finished. My Circle Quilt is finished and ready to use. And I love the result. Again, it’s a simple appliqué quilt using fabric that’s in my stash. Using only what’s in my stash seems to be a recurring theme lately. It feels quite good as I can see the spaces appearing in my stash. I will be able to make more spaces in my stash as I have a baby quilt to produce sometime in the next two months or so.

Although the weather isn’t that great, I’ve still had a super weekend. I am currently working on reshaping my life post Covid-19. I’ve said it before and at the risk of becoming boring, I’ll say it again. Life will never be the same again. We’re going to have to be so careful until the scientists find a vaccine. And that’s okay. We can do this. It’s a simple case of adapting and working together but two metres apart. We’re already seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

Well, my lovely friends, I guess that my news for this weekend. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something wonderful. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

NEW PROJECT ON WEDNESDAY

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all having a super-duper day. Along with a few household chores and catching up on communications, I set aside a couple hours to get started on my newest project inspired by six art journal pages I created during lockdown. I’m an early riser, so I was drawing the blocks by 6am. Once the morning chores were done, I dragged out my two scraps bins to choose some fabric scraps to get the job started. Here’s the progress I made so far …..

Row Quilt

It doesn’t seem like much for the moment but I take my time prepping my patches. As you can already tell it’s another of my hand appliqué projects. This is my preferred method. I love every bit of the prep work; even choosing the fabric. The next task is to choose background fabric. I have a certain fabric collection from my stash in mind but I need to audition it against the patches I’m currently prepping. I hope to bring you more progress soon.

Well, my lovely friends, that’s my news for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you love doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

 

STILL SEEING SPOTS

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all enjoying some kind of fine weather. Here in my little corner of the northeast of England, the sun is shining and the garden are growing greener and the blooms are beautiful.

I promised I would be today with some kind of progress. Well here it is.

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My circle quilt which was inspired by one of my art journal pages is layered and ready for quilting. I finished the fine hand appliqué work over the weekend and added the scrappy pieced border this morning.

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I went on to layer it up in readiness for machine quilting. It measures 41” square. And I purchased absolutely nothing extra to complete this project. It feels so good to use up what I’ve got. All to often I have started a project with the best intention of using up what I’ve got but find that I haven’t got enough of anything to complete it. This time I seemed to have everything I used at hand! It may never happen again. So, I will enjoy this sense completing something with any extra purchases just this once.

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I have already started planning my next project which is also inspired by my art journal pages. This time I hope to produce a small row quilt which I can use as a wall hanging. I have a few blank wall spaces in my hallway that are crying out to be filled. I have chosen the a few art journal pages to work from and I look forward to drawing the blocks over the next few days.

Well, my lovely friends, I suppose that’s my news for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching; it really does make life better.

Lucie x

SEEING SPOTS

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all well and in good spirits today. Life is pretty good here in my little corner of the northeast of England. It’s good but it’s not perfect. Perfect comes later after you’ve put a little more effort in but there’s always something to be thankful for.

I’ve done all my new normal usuals this morning. A few chores, walk the Maisie old girl pup, gave Sarah a ride and then I dragged my art supplies out and worked on this …..

Thankful

Another simple art journal page. It’s now day 57 of my ongoing challenge. This little time spent playing with art supplies grounds me on days when I find it difficult to shut myself away in order to keep myself safe. As you can see, today’s effort is simple again. This is how this page started off …..

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I spent a little time doing some fine hand appliqué work last evening. It’s amazing how quickly to get back into the groove after a long stretch of not doing any fine hand appliqué. I credit my success to using the finest thread I can find, Invisifil by Wonderfil. I have been this particular thread for fine hand appliqué for many years and it has given me such good results. I highly recommend it.

Circle 1

Circle 2

Circle 3

We are experiencing some really good weather here in my little corner of England. Plenty of sunshine, a little breeze and the gardens are greening up beautifully. Glorious.

Well, my friends, that’s my little bit of news for today. I may not be posting for a couple of days as I have a family health crisis to work out. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing whatever makes you happy. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x

QUILT MAKING NEWS FINALLY

Hello my lovelies. I hope you all having a fab day. It’s been an interesting day here in my little world. I have stayed home quietly minding my own business as per usual. I’ve done a few chores and cooked some food. Same old stuff done on a different day.

I recently decided that I wanted to use some of my art journal pages as inspiration for quilt making purposes. It was just a question of choosing a page and getting on with it. So, I chose this page …..

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Now, this quilt top is not identical to my art journal page but inspired by said page. Here is the art journal page that lead to this simple quit top …..

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I started by finding by finding a large enough piece of fabric that would do for a background. And then I selected some three circle templates. In fact, they are the templates I am using for my current hand quilting project. So, that was easy. Then I chose some grey scraps for the circles. I produced the circles, laid them out and moved them around until I was happy with the layout and tacked them down. I plan on appliqueing the circles to the background with a fine hand appliqué stitch and the finest blending thread. This method is my favourite for securing patches in place. The piece measures approx. 30” square at the moment. And it will probably be used as a wall hanging or perhaps a table topper. I’ll have a better idea of how to use it when it’s done.

As per usual, I have worked on an art journal page today …..

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This is how it started off …..

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As always, I have kept this simple and sweet. I love bright green and pink together. These are proper sweet little girl colours.

So finally, I have some quilt making news for you. I will be sure to select another art journal page to use as inspiration for another project soon. It means I can use up more scraps. Yippeeeee

Well, my lovely friends, I guess that my news for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something that gives you a sense of accomplishment. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x

POSITIVE STEPS FORWARD

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all having a great day. It’s been a bit productive around here today. We’re starting to experience positive steps forward. Now that the tips are open again, I have been sorting and tidying. I expect to make my first trip to the tip this weekend. I’m going to fill the car full of rubbish and recycling and make the trip worth it. My utility room, which housed plenty of surplus to requirement stuff since lockdown began is now looking much tidier.

Today, I will show you my 44th art journal effort. Today’s theme is under the sea …..

Fish

It started off like this …..

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I didn’t do too much more to it apart from adding the fish which were cut out of a dictionary page, a bit of pen doodling and water colour shading.

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to splodge some paint of fabric with the idea that I would add a bit of fabric appliqué and some simple quilting. Well here’s how it looks after a little bit of stitching …..

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You will note that I kept this piece very basic. Even the stitching is very basic. All in all, I am pleased with the piece. My goal is to turn it into a wall hanging of some kind. The edges need finishing first. Normally I would add binding but I want the piece to look rustic. So, I’ll have a little think before I do anything else to it.

After finishing joining all my hexagons together and adding a border, I switched to a hand quilting project. It’s been going quite well. I have so far marked and moved my quilting hoop three times over two evenings making great progress. Here’s a little peek …..

Hand quilting

It’s been a while since I’ve done any hand quilting. Once you get going and if you’re in the mood it goes well. This quilt is for Christmas. I hope to get it finished in time for Christmas this year.

The sun has been shining on a off all day here. The temperature seems to be climbing again. Although I must admit that we still need to dress for cool temperature today.

Well, my friends, that’s my news for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something interesting. Remember to stay safe, safe alert and be well. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x

DAY 42

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all safe today. We all seem to be going into the next phase of something. I’m not sure if we’re going to be safe or not but we have to move forward somehow.

So, today is day 42 of my self-imposed messing around with art supplies challenge. I’ve still got a few ideas on my list. I must admit that I seem to add one or two ideas every day! This challenge is eventually run out of steam but for now it’s keeping me focused on something other than the invisible enemy. Here is how my today’s effort started off a few days ago …..

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This is what it looks like now …..

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To this art journal page, I added a bit more paint, some water colour pencil stems, leaves and shading and some pen doodling. Bish bash bosh, voila! Actually, that makes it sound like it only took five minutes but it actually takes a bit longer than five minutes. Not to mention clearing up the mess after I’m done. Mind you, the time it takes is time that I’m focused on something good. Therapeutic.

I am very happy to tell you that I finished securing the last border to my hexagon quilt. I will be thinking about the backing fabric. I think the shops will open again some time in the next six weeks. So, I think I’ll set the hexie quilt top aside until I can get out to choose backing fabric. It will be a pleasure to see fabric up close and in person. In the meantime, I have some hand quilting to do. So, it’s onto the next big thing for me. I shall post photos of that progress soon.

Hand quilting

Well, my lovely friends, that’s my news 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 and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x

CONFUSING INFO

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all well and in good spirits. Sarah and I are still kicking around home and trying to make the most of every day. We watched a televised announcement recorded by our Prime Minister concerning moving forward to the next stage of dealing with the invisible enemy last evening. It left us with more questions than answers. We were left very confused and hoping that more clarity will come when a 50-page guidance document is released this afternoon. What strange times we live in. Enough about that for now.

Before I talk about today’s art journaling effort, let me show you my hexagon quilt top. I was hoping to permanently secure the last two sides of border last evening but only got one side done. I flung it over the fence in order to take a couple of photos, here it is …..

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I needed almost two metres of fabric for the borders. So, I was a little limited as to what to use from my stash. It came down to two different fabrics, I wanted a reddish paisley type fabric and Sarah chose this blue print. As She’s pretty good with colours, I went with the blue print. I’m going to try to find something blue for the backing as well.

Now for today’s art journal effort …..

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Once again, I kept it pretty simple. I layered paint and bits of dictionary pages, did some stencilling, added a wee photo of Maisie all sloshed out in her bed, some cut outs, a couple of strips of washii tape and some water colour pencil shading. I see different household items and the contents of the recycle bin through different eyes nowadays.

The weather has taken a turn for the cold recently. As long as it doesn’t snow I’ll be alright. The washing is done and I even attacked a section of my garden loaded with weeds. Now that I’ve done a few useful tasks I can give myself permission to play. I’m not sure what I will be playing with, perhaps finish securing the last border or splodging some paint around my art journal. Maybe I’ll toss a coin.

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

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x

DAY 29 MESSING AROUND CHALLENGE

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all having a fabulous day. It’s been another very interesting day. I seem to be getting my spark back as I accept the new normal. Everyday is getting better and better. The more I immerse myself in the new normal the better I feel. For anyone who has accepted the new normal, give it a go and see what happens.

It’s Wednesday, the hump of the week. Most days I don’t know what day it is or what I’m suppose to be doing. I found that just going with the flow has helped me to build some kind of routine in these strange times. The To-Do Lists have gone out the window and I do what needs doing on any given day. It’s quite liberating really.

So, it’s day 29 of my self-imposed messing around with art supplies challenge. I am amazed that I’m still going with it! This is my effort for today …..

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Once again, I have kept it quite simple. It’s a simple case of layering, that’s all. Looking at my two-page spread now, it looks like a work palette that needs to be discarded. It was quite fun to work on as I just let go and created it step by step.

I am slowly but surely making progress on my hexagon quilt. I have almost finished joining up the panel which will square off one side of the quilt top. That will leave one more side to deal with and I can add a plain border to square it up ready for quilting. I feel a nice sense of accomplishment already and it isn’t even finished yet.

Hexie progress

Well, my friends, I guess that’s my report for today. It’s been a good one. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something that gives you a sense of accomplishment. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x