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

SUNNY FRIDAY PROGRESS

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super day. It’s been a proper spring day here in the northeast of England. The pollen count is pretty high and I would imagine that those who suffer from hay fever are suffering today. I used to suffer from hay fever but somehow it seems to have all but disappeared. Who knew that would happen!

So, let’s see what’s been going on in happy stitcher land. Well last evening I carried on hand quilting my Dresden Neighbourhood quilt …..

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It seems to be taking forever to stabilise the centre but I didn’t give up. I’m hoping to finish the centre this evening and then I will have to decide what to do with the rest. I’m looking for texture so I think I’ll stitch some geometric shapes around the Dresden. I’m going to keep it simple. I have discovered that when we make something too complicated we sometimes turn a project into a UFO. I don’t want to add this Dresden to the UFO pile.

As I sit in front of my laptop looking out the window this afternoon, I notice that the garden shrubs and plants are coming on a treat. My little trees are lush with fresh leaves and my shrubs are growing bushy again. It seems last week it was cold and nothing was growing yet. A few days of sunshine and everything looks and feels very different.

I seem to be more enthusiastic about creating these last few weeks. I have new ideas for projects and my colour choices are changing. I’m not sure why this transformation is taking place but I think it’s all good. So, in view of my changing tastes in colour palette I decided to treat myself to a collection of thread …..

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My postman attempted to deliver said threads yesterday while I was out so I went to collect them from the post office this morning. I spent ages just looking at them and trying to choose what colour fabrics to use in my next project. Receiving these thread spools has inspired me. I’m quite excited about starting to design something new. I feel the need to pull my sketchpad and pencil out to get started.

It’s a bank holiday weekend there in England. Monday is the holiday. And the weatherman has promised reasonable weather. I think it will be a good weekend to work in the garden. So, when I’ve tidied a part of the garden I’ll treat myself to a little drawing session. I’m quite sure I’ll find enough inspiration in the garden to design a whole quilt project.

I guess that’s my report for today. I’ve had a brilliant week. And it looks like it’s going to be a great weekend as well. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you enjoy. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

IN MY NEIGHBOURHOOD

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super productive day. I spent mine mooching about again today. I’m feeling a bit dragged out at the moment. I desperately need some warm sunshine to revive me. It’s the time of year when we feel like we’re in-between seasons. I spent a little time on Monday tidying the front garden. There’s still loads to do outside but it’s still quite cold and we’re expecting stormy weather over the next few days. So, the outdoor tidying has been put on hold for another week.

I ran a couple of very local errands this morning; my Sarah and I will start painting the hallway soon so I thought I should buy some paint. It’s quite a big job and I certainly don’t look forward to it but I think together we’ll get thru it quickly. I have a feeling we might have to put it off for a few weeks in order to give Sarah a chance to finish her major projects for uni. This particular job has waited quite some time, what’s a few more weeks. It will be nice and fresh once it’s done.

I’m very pleased to tell you that I finally finished my Dresden Neighbourhood quilt top. I was going to layer it up in readiness to add some freemotion machine quilting but I’m wondering whether I should make it into a bigger project!!!!! I really really like. I’ll give it a day or two and make my decision about whether I should extend it and turn it into something bigger.

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Yesterday, I set myself a challenge to quilt a certain number of charity by the end of the month. Well this morning at dawn I was loading the first of a few quilts into my longarm for quilting on Friday. It’s a fab scrappy quilt top which I will turn into a quilt by adding a few thousand stitches. I have decided what thread colour to use but not the quilting design yet. I’m looking forward to getting this one quilted, bound and labelled. I love a scrappy cosy quilt.

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I sat quietly this afternoon and drew a couple of Moving Forward blocks. And then I started the prep work. I’ve decided that once the fabrics are chosen the rest is so much more interesting. Now that my Dresden Neighbourhood is practically finished, I can concentrate of Moving Forward.

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I guess that’s my report for today. It’s been a great day in my little world. I mooched about and worked at my slow and measured pace. Sometimes is really good to pull into the slow lane and view the scenery. 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

CREATIVE WEEKEND

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a very enjoyable weekend. It’s been a good quiet one for me. The leftover snow from the wintery weather we had last week kept me quite close to home. That isn’t to say that I couldn’t get out but I stayed near home for fear that I might get caught out by poor road conditions. Today, Monday, most of the snow in my neighbourhood has melted but there are plenty of other areas that are still struggling with the poor conditions.

Staying close to home gave me a good chance to work on some of my projects.  Last week while I was stranded at home, I decided I needed to work on something fun. I chose a Dresden Plate Variation called Dresden Neighbourhood. I did quite a bit of the prep work last week but I carried on over the weekend. I managed to prep all the roofs, windows and doors …..

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and pinned them in place …..

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I went on to tack the whole lot in place in readiness for the fine hand appliqué stitching …..

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I auditioned the Dresden Plate on different fabric colours. White was too stark and beige was too boring. In the end I chose this fine grey stripe because it made me happy. Here’s little close up that shows the fine stripe …..

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It’s a soft colour grey that’s neither too dull or too stark contrast. I’m quite happy with it. And once again, I’m using up some of my stash. I’m quite looking forward to getting on with the appliqué stitching. I’ll be trimming the background fabric to 24” and possibly adding a pieced border of all the different fabrics I used in the patches. I realise that hand appliqué is not everyone’s favourite method of appliqué but I think a little raw edge machine appliqué would make it interesting too. The sky’s the limit.

This morning after walking my Maisie I disappeared into my sewing room. I needed a sewing machine fix. So I squared off a good number of my Moving Forward blocks to the correct size and started joining them together …..

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It’s not a very good day for photography. The joined blocks look much better up close and in person. I took inventory of the pieced blocks I have and how many more I need to piece before I join the next section of blocks to the two sections I joined this morning. This little scrappy appliqué quilt, which I designed is speaking to me now. I don’t have enough hands to finish everything I would like to finish. One things for sure, I am enjoying my creative time. The more I create the more I want to create. Using up my stash makes my heart sing but only because it gives me permission to buy more fabric when said stash starts to get low!!!!

So that’s my report for today. As you can see I have been keeping busy no matter the weather. Being creative keeps my mind occupied and away from all the bad news published every day. I hope you’re keeping busy. Life is a very precious gift. So let’s make the most of every day. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

IN LIKE A LION OUT LIKE A LAMB?

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a brilliant day. We’re still having a stormy time in the northeast of England. The weatherman has informed me that this stormy weather is coming from Siberia. It seems there’s no end in sight for the Beast from the East. This self-imposed lock-in is dragging on a bit for me. So, I decided this morning that I wanted to have a little fun today. I probably should have done some baking or some washing but I really wanted to have some fun. So, I kicked off a new small project. I cannot take credit for this idea. It’s something I have seen everywhere but my first view was on Pinterest.

It seems that the wonderful Dresden Plate is one of my main blocks at the moment. So what better project to start on this very stormy day. I found a Dresden Blade template and traced and cut out 24 blades of various fabric scrap prints …..

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Then I trimmed approximately half of the blades to various lengths and joined them together …..

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What could be simpler than joining a couple of dozen Dresden Blades and already they’re looking pretty good but I’m not leaving them like that. No sirree bub, I’m going to add a little interest to this Dresden Plate. I hunted out my template bucket ……

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And my Freezer Paper, favourite lucky pencil and paper scissors …..

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I studied and measured. Traced and cut out. Adapted some shapes and cut out to my heart’s delight. This is what I ended up with ……

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Now all I have to do is iron the Freezer Paper shapes onto contrasting or co-ordinating fabrics. These little shapes are roofs. I will also be adding windows and perhaps doors and of course a centre circle to cover the hole.

Has anyone else made one of these Dresden Neighbourhood Blocks? I’m thoroughly enjoying this project. The best part is I have so far only used scraps of fabric. I’m hoping I can piece the background in neutral scraps as well. I think once this project is finished I will add some simple quilting and use it as a door banner. What fun.

Here’s a progress photo of my Dresden quilt. I have finally finished the binding. I plan of making the label either later this evening or sometime tomorrow morning. I’m so pleased that this project is now complete and ready to either hang or snuggle under.

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It’s been another blowy snowy day. I’m suffering from cabin fever. I don’t tend to go out all that much but because the roads are dangerous I’m staying home which makes me want to go out!!!

I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you’ve all enjoyed the first day of March. You know what they say about March … in like a lion out like a lamb. I sure hope it works out that way. Until next time,

Let’s on keep on stitching.

Lucie x