JACK-O HAS FINALLY ARRIVED

Hello my lovelies. I hope you all had a fabulous day. It’s been a bit quiet in my little corner or the northeast of England. We have had some autumnal weather, including some snow on the hills. I live too close to the coast to have snow this early in the season. I kind of look forward to seeing the snow fall but I don’t look forward to struggling while getting out and about.

So, I can start this report with a wee bit of sewing progress. While I gather inspiration for my next big project, I decided to use up some of my scraps. So, I dragged the scrap bin out and pulled a little heap of scraps which I pressed and then cut up. Luckily, I had a good length of multi-coloured binding strip which I was happy to use. This made the job a little easier. I started by making four 4 Patch centres and then I was away. To the 4 patch centres I added strips as you would to a log cabin. I didn’t really pay much attention to colours/prints, I just used whatever came next on the long strip. This type of wonky log cabin block is very liberating. It’s a great way to use up all your scraps. Your centre can be anything you like. And after your initial prep, the blocks grow quickly. I used 2-1/2” strips but you can use different widths of strips which of course makes use of every thing coming out of your scrap bin. I managed to make four blocks in no time and without too much effort.

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I’ve finally got something new on my design wall. Laying the blocks out on the design wall is a great way to makes decisions about what block to put where and so on. Once you’re happy with the placement you can start sewing.

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I look forward to my next session in the sewing room. The next batch of blocks will probably look nothing like these because I aim to add a few other scraps to the mix. I hope to make two quilts using this wonky log cabin. I love a cosy scrappy quilt to snuggle under during the cold dark winter months. And as there are two of us, I must without fail produce two quilts. You might have noticed that the blocks are on a wonk; well that’s because I squared them on that way. This is such a simple technique because you can join all your scraps end to end and keep sewing around. It’s also worth mentioning that I work on batches of blocks in the chain piecing style.

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And to end this post, I want to show you something that I’m sure will make you smile. My Sarah carved her annual pumpkin today. Every time I walked past Jack-O, I smile. Sarah also cleaned the pumpkin seeds, spread them on a baking sheet, drizzled some olive and salt on them and toasted them in the oven. Mmmmmm

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So, I guess that’s my report for today. I have rambled on quite a lot about this project. I guess I’m a little enthusiastic about this simple project. 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

DRESDEN LOVELINESS

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable day. It’s been sunny in my little world, making me a very productive happy stitcher. I had the good foresight to do some cooking earlier in the week so that I could do some sewing and prep work during the days.

Since my latest finish, I have concentrated on prepping some new blocks for my Moving Forward project …..

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I even managed to flash up my sewing machine to piece a Dresden Plate Block today. This will be included in my Moving Forward project. I love piecing Dresden Plates. Very easy block to piece but rather effective. The most difficult part of this block was choosing fabrics. Once I chose the fabric I traced the Dresden blade template and rotary cut the shapes …..

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And then I did some chain piecing …..

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You will note that I press guideline in my background fabric in an X shape in order to help me centre my Dresden Plate …..

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Here’s a little sneaky peek with the centre covered up with the fabric circle …..

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I will tack the Plate in place and eventually do the fine hand appliqué stitching to secure the patches in place. I love a good old Dresden fix.

It’s been a lovely day in my little world. I got a sneaky peek at my Sarah’s designs. She’s doing so well. Since getting an exceptional grade for her dissertation, she seems to have found a whole lot of inspiration. I hope she’ll do well in life. For Sarah, the sky’s the limit. She just needs to keep putting the hard work in.

So, that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a fabulous evening doing some creative. Until next time, 

Let’s all keep on stitching 

Lucie x   

Rebuilding One Quilting Stitch at a Time

I’m just a normal everyday woman, looking to live a simple and quiet life again. I’ve been a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a friend, a volunteer and many other things in my fifty some odd years on earth. I’ve recently been turned into a single parent, not by choice. So, it seems I have been given a chance to start over. It’s a new year, so it’s time to start building a new creative life.

For those of you who do not know me, I’m quite a crafty person. My main pastime is quilt making. And as I grow older, I feel there’s nothing better than to sit quietly with some hand sewing while watching some good old fashion murder mysteries. There was a time when I only enjoyed piecing quilt tops by machine. Oh my, how times have changed.

Having said all that, I do have a passion for machine quilting. I have a longarm quilting system which I use to finish off my quilts. I use both the digital computerised function as well as my simple freemotion skills on my system. There’s nothing more satisfying than piecing one of my own quilt designs and quilting it myself. Seeing a project thru from design to fruition is very satisfying.

The most difficult part of any project is choosing a colour palette and fabric prints. I love both colour and texture. And the choice of fabrics nowadays is vast making the choice so very difficult at times.

Like so many of you, I have plenty of UFOs that need finishing. My current UFO is my Lucy Boston, Patchwork of the Crosses. Well, I’m very pleased to tell you that I have 5 more blocks to piece and I will have done all the centre blocks. I will be adding a plain border to bring the quilt top to the appropriate size to fit my super king bed. Here’s a little peek at my quilt top so far …..

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And here’s little look at my border fabric.

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I have been mainly concentrating on my Patchwork of the Crosses lately but I was really hankering after starting something new last week. So, I selected some fabric from my stash and started cutting and chain piecing some Dresden Blades …..

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Here’s the block pieced and tracked to the background …..

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This project is one of my own designs with a twist. I do enjoy piecing Dresden Plates. They’re rather easy to piece but look much more complicated than they really are and produce a rather interesting result. You’ll have to wait a wee bit longer to see what the quilt top is like.

I’ve been enjoying the new year so far. Building a new life is more difficult than I ever imagined. However, I’m going to keep creating and we’ll see what happens.

Please pop in again soon.

Until next time,

Let’s all keep stitching 

Lucie x