THE NORMAL

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super week. It’s been a rather interesting week in my little world. I seem to have spent quite a lot of time creating.

A few weeks ago, I came across a quote ….. Always believe something wonderful is about to happen. That’s how I feel right now. Something wonderful is about to happen. I count myself lucky to wake up every morning. Life is precious, so we had better make the most of it.

I have a wee bit of progress to show you today. Do you remember yesterday’s little bit of progress?

Row Quilt Top

Well I hunted around in my stash to find something to add as borders to the centre blocks of my Row Quilt. I auditioned a few different fabrics but these are the two that I chose …..

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I was drawn to the teal. I don’t know why but I think once it’s quilted it will all blend together and make me happy. The next step is to piece some kind of backing using what I’ve got. I’m on a no-buy run at the moment. It’s ages since I last purchased any fabric. So, I’ve selected a few larger scraps to sew together to form the background for this newest project. I can’t wait to layer this one up to add a few quilting stitches. The quilt top is pretty busy as it is, so I’m going to try to keep the quilting simple.

I’ve not even finished the Row Quilt yet and I’m itching to start something new that I can hand stitch in front of the TV in the evening. My usual choice is English Paper Piecing. I’ve got plenty of ¾” hexagon papers and plenty of scraps of all sizes. And I will probably start on a hexies project but I have a hankering to do some different kind of patchwork hand sewing. Perhaps different English Paper Piecing shapes might do the trick. In the meantime, I do have some hand quilting to be done.

The sky’s the limit. For the last few months, we have all been limited in what we can do. We have been tied to our homes trying to keep ourselves safe. The restrictions have been eased but we still need to limit our contact with the public at large. During our incarceration, we’ve learned to make do and do without. We have become proficient at repurposing things in our homes. I believe that’s what helped me along in using what I have in my stash. Someday soon, I will be popping into quilt supply shops and replenishing my stash a little bit. I can’t believe just how much room our stash takes up. It’s quite amazing how all of a sudden you discover that you’ve emptied a whole basket of scraps by making do. It’s harder work to use up what you have than it is to buy a selection of fabric to produce a project. So, yes, the sky’s the limit. The only thing holding you back is yourself. Let your imagination run wild and give yourself permission to play.

It’s been a great week in my little world. I am so grateful for everything that’s happening around me. While I sit here composing this post, the sun is shining brightly and there’s quite a lot of traffic going past my home. It’s almost as though there isn’t a pandemic going on at the moment. The new normal has finally become normal.

Well, my lovely readers, I guess that’s my news and thoughts for today. I hope you all have a super cosy weekend doing something interesting that you love. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

MORE THAN JUST A ROW

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all enjoying a fab day. I concentrated on working on a couple of projects over the last few days. So, I have a little progress to show you today.

You may or may not remember a little project I started last summer. I came across this half-done quilt top while I was looking for my fine appliqué thread. It’s a little project that was inspired by my How Does Your Garden Grow quilt from last summer. I worked on doing the rest of the fine hand appliqué stitching which secured all the patches. To be fair there wasn’t much left to do …..

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I gave it a good press, hunted around for something to back it and a piece of wadding and here it is all machine quilted and bound ready to be hung on the wall.

Quilted HDYGG mini

I know exactly where to hang it but I may need a little help to accomplish that. I’m really pleased with the finished result. I never imagined it would look like this. You will note that the design is fairly simple and so is the quilting. This piece was small enough that’s it can be quilted on a domestic machine without too much hassle.

Now, there’s more progress. After doing a few household chores this morning, I disappeared into my sewing room and worked on my Row Quilt. I trimmed all the blocks to 6-1/2”, I always cut my background squares ½” larger so that I can square them off. This gives me a better fighting chance of producing a square quilt top. It also means that I can trim away any ragged edges.

Trimming Row Quilt Blocks

I trimmed the blocks row by row and joined each row together as I went along. When I got to the kite row I set it aside because I wanted to add a little machine stitching over the kite. The kite string will be added once the quilting is done. I worked while listening to a story and eventually I managed to piece all the rows together resulting in this …..

Row Quilt Top

Here’s a little close up of some of the rows …..

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I’m going to add two borders to this, one inner narrow border and a wider outer border to finish it off. I do like to frame my work. So, I’ll be hunting out some suitable fabric for that soon.

It looks like I’m concentrating on smaller projects these days. To be honest I have plenty of finished larger quilts, more than two people need and I’m grateful to have them because they’re a reminder of what I can do.

It’s been an interestingly quiet week in my little corner of the northeast of England. I have spent many hours sewing and planning my future endeavours. I’m planning on trying some more new things this summer. I’ve been tied down for far too long. It’s time to bust out and try some new creative endeavours. Although I must admit that I have my own style that I will stick to no matter what the craft is.

Well, my lovely readers, I guess 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.

Lucie x

MORE ROW QUILT PROGRESS

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all enjoying a wonderful weekend. The day started off a little cloudy and grey but it seems to be brightening up a little. The sun always spurs me on to get things done. So, the washing machine is whirring away and I’m doing some cooking for the days to come.

I have a little Row Quilt progress to show you today. Slowly but surely I’m making progress. I’ve done the fine hand stitching on three rows so far …..

Three Row Progress

These are the bottom three rows of the quilt top. I am working on the next row up which consists of funky suns …..

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I have managed to finish three of the six blocks. The blocks that make up this project were inspired by my art journals pages. The shapes and colours vary a little but that’s what inspiration is all about.

I worked on a baby quilt as well but as it’s a gift, I decided not to post any photos of it just yet. However, I enjoyed making the simple baby quilt that I plan on making a few more for future use. I believe that this lockdown will produce a baby boom. I’ll be ready when the babies start arriving.

It’s been a nice relaxing weekend here in my little corner of the northeast of England. I’ve done a few household chores, a little sewing and a lot of planning. This coming week is going to be a busy one, especially now that social distancing is being relaxed and we can form support bubbles. It feels like we’re slowly introducing ourselves back into society. I’m a little apprehensive about mixing again but it needs to be done if we want any kind of normal life.

Well, my lovely friends, I guess that’s my news for this weekend. 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

MORE ROW QUILT

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all enjoying a fabulous day. I am writing this post first thing in the morning and scheduling it for later because I have a few things to take care of throughout the day. At the moment it’s gloriously sunny and that sunshine is very welcome indeed after a few days of overcast showery weather.

First, I would like to tell you that my mother has made progress since having a fall and breaking a hip a couple of weeks ago. She is now home and hopefully will continue to heal up nicely. So glad you’re home Maw xxx

I have a wee bit of Row Quilt progress to show you today …..

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It’s not a great deal to show but it is progress nonetheless. I sat quietly last evening doing some fine hand appliqué work on these three blocks. There one finished and two at different stages. I was trying to work with the same thread colour but I think I prefer to change thread colours and work one block at a time. I will finish the part finished blocks tonight and carry on working on one block at a time. Somehow having different blocks at different stages doesn’t give me that hit of satisfaction that I usually get when I finish one at a time.

I made this sometime ago …..

Notebook Cover

I plan on turning it into a notebook cover today or in the next couple of day. My current notebook runs out at the end of the month so I had better get on with it. So, my lovely friends, I guess that’s my news and progress for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly love. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

THE ROWS ARE GROWING

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all having an enjoyable day. Times are different around here in my little corner of the northeast of England. There’s more traffic going past my house these days. We have a bit more freedom all the while staying alert. I’m still not going very far or very often. I feel quite safe at home at the moment. Like everyone else, I’ll probably soon be venturing out a little further from home while respecting social distancing.

Along with a few household chores and safely welcoming a chartered surveyor into my home, I have made more progress on my row quilt. All the blocks have been prepped ready for fine hand appliqué stitching. Here’s what I’ve got so far …..

Row Quilt Progress

And here’s the stack of blocks that will become the last row which doesn’t fit on the display board along with the other five rows …..

Heart Blocks

Today is not the ideal day for taking photos indoors or out. This afternoon it’s overcast but not raining yet. So, you’ll have to excuse the poor quality of the photos. I have enjoyed prepping these blocks. And now I’ve got a nice quiet job to work on while watching mindless TV in the evening. No doubt there will be endless hot drinks consumed while I work on this little lot. I love a bit of Freezer Paper appliqué work me.

Life is much more relaxed now. The fear of the invisible enemy is dissipating slowly. Each day is more interesting than the last. Progress is being made, just a little every single day. We have to be brave and strong and keep moving forward.

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

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

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 …..

Row Quilt 1

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

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.

Circle Quilt

 

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

WEEKEND NEWS

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all well and enjoying life to the fullest. I’m still quietly stay home and social distancing in order to stay well and healthy. The sun is shining brightly as I compose today’s post. I might even step out into the garden to do a little tidying up while the going is good. Who knows what next week will bring?

It’s day 60 of my self-imposed and slightly extended challenge. I haven’t posted for a few days because I had a family health crisis to get my head around. And although I did not post I still worked on some simple art journal pages. Here are Day 58, 59 and 60 …..

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When I was working on day 60, I was so determined to make something different when I realised that if I wanted to do something similar to a previous journal page it didn’t matter. In fact, as it’s my art journal, I can replicate the same page everyday if I want. The whole point of doing this art journaling is to keep my mind occupied while times are strange. I can’t ever remember stranger times in all of my sixty years on earth.

Now that I have reached 60 art journal pages, I will switch to another art journal book. The next book is a little larger giving me more scope. I will most likely repeat my favourite designs over again while combining them differently. And I will most likely get a great sense of fun and accomplishment when I can stand back and look at what I have created. I am still planning on translating some of my designs into patchwork blocks and quilts. I’m still doing the fine hand appliqué from the first art journal pages I chose to turn into a quilt top. It’s just circles but it looks pretty good.

I mentioned the other day that there was a family health crisis. Well I can now tell you that my beloved 82-year-old mum fell and broke her hip on Tuesday morning. She was in agony. Well she has now had surgery to put the broken hip right. And apparently the surgery went well. I haven’t spoken to her myself but she is keeping in contact with my brother. My family are in Canada so it makes this quite difficult to get my head around. As things stand at the moment I cannot fly to Montreal and even if I could I would have to quarantine myself  for 14 days and I wouldn’t even be allowed to visit her in hospital. I’m not moaning; I’m just trying to make sense of it all. I’m doing my best to keep a positive head on. I will be very glad when I can speak to her myself. My mother is the bravest person I know. She faces everything head on. I have no doubt that she will work hard in order to get home as soon as she can. Home is where the heart is. And my mother too!

So, it’s been an interesting week to say the least. I look forward to seeing what will develop next week. Life is just getting better every single day.

Well, my lovely friends, I guess that my news for today. I shall be back on Monday or Tuesday hopefully with some positive stuff to tell you and some interesting progress on my projects. I hope you all have a super cosy weekend doing lovely summery stuff. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching, one quilting stitch at a time does it.

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