A GREAT FINISH

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super duper productive day. It’s been dark and dreary here but I didn’t let that get me down. I drew up a To-Do List yesterday for today. And I just stuck to it until I crossed everything off my list. Phew! I’m glad this day almost over. Now I get to sit down and relax.

I’ll start my report with my POTC progress. I finally stitched the label on …..

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When the label goes on, that’s it the quilt is finished and ready to use. My quilt, My Labour of Love quilt, will go on to serve me for many years. It will be used and loved probably long after I have gone on to another dimension. I’m hoping that once I’m gone my quilt will go to a loving home. Here’s another little peek at the finished result …..

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And here, my lovely assistants, Chris and Morag, holding the quilt up for viewing. Looking at a quilt from a distance gives you the chance to see the all over effect. You can’t see that when you stand only inches away…..

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Last week, I kicked off a new armchair project. I knew I was going to miss working on EPP. So, I decided on what kind of a layout I wanted and started cutting up fabric …..

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And here is a little peek at what it might look like when I start joining all the hexagons together …..

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I’m quite happy with the look of this new armchair project. It’s one that I will work on in the evening while watching TV and if and when I join other like-minded ladies for sewing sessions once or twice a month.

My weekend was a lovely relaxed affair. We enjoyed a little sunshine and some time spent with interesting ladies. I love the social side of getting together with other ladies who indulge in quilt making.

So, I guess that’s my report for today. It feels a wee bit light so hopefully I can bring you some interesting progress later in the week. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something that brings you joy. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching

Lucie x

SUNNY PROGRESS TO START THE WEEK

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fab day. We’ve had nothing but sunshine all day long. The temperatures are still rather cold but the sun was very pleasant indeed.

On Sunday I decided to have a little sewing fix. I miss sitting at my machine creating something. So, I racked my brain trying to think of a little project I could start and finish pretty much in one day. As Valentine’s Day is on Wednesday I decided to go for a heart themed project. This is what I produced …..

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I used the foundation paper piecing technique using this design …..

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And I went on the layer my wee quilt top and added some quilting. I think my little quilt will be used as a mug rug. The next step is to hand finish the binding onto the back of the quilt. It was fun to disappear into my sewing room and do something creative.

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On Sunday I noticed that my design wall was looking a little bare!!!

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So, I prepped another block for my Moving Forward quilt …..

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And displayed some of the blocks I have finished piecing for my Moving Forward quilt project to cheer the place up a but …..

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Looking at the colours and prints on my design wall, I notice that my tastes and the way I design things has changed quite a lot in the last couple of years. I’m not afraid to put loads of colours and patterns together anymore. Eventually when this project is finished, I’m hoping it will be nice and interesting.

I treated myself to a book last week. I don’t buy many books nowadays. This book has been on my wish list for quite some time. It’s Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 by Lori Kennedy of The Inbox Jaunt. I have been following Lori’s blog for quite some time and I want to be like her when I grow up. Lori does such nice Freemotion quilting. If you haven’t seen her work do pop into her blog and have a look. The book is packed full of good info and step by step freemotion quilting designs.

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Now the moment I’ve been waiting for. Here’s a little sneak peek at my Patchwork of the Crosses in the process of being quilted. I thought long and hard about how to quilt it. In the end I decided on an all over quilting design.

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It’s been a great day at happy stitcher manor. The sun has been following me all around the house all day. I had the best time ever longarm quilting my quilt today. I baked my favourite oatmeal muffins and cooked some chicken in the slow cooker. I have such a great sense of accomplishment today. And it’s only Monday. Hopefully the rest of my week will be as productive as today. I’ll show you more of my quilt once it’s bound and labelled.

Well I guess that’s my report for today. I’m looking forward to having a great creative week. 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

Lucie x

TGIASF

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fabulous day. If you’re wondering about the title of this post …. Thank God it’s a sunny Friday.

It’s finally the last day of the working week. I’m always glad when Friday comes around. I enjoy the weekend because everyone is a little more relaxed.  I’m looking forward to tomorrow because I’m going to be spending most of the day with like-minded ladies sewing. There’s nothing more fun than spending time with other ladies who enjoy quilt making and who have been thru a similar life. We’ve all got kids that have grown and are about to fly the nest or who have already flown the nest. We all learn from each other how to approach the next steps in life.

I’m not sure if it’s the sunshine that’s making me feel really good today or perhaps it’s the fact that I finally finished sewing the border on my Patchwork of the Crosses quilt top this morning. I’m definitely doing a happy dance. I don’t think anyone has the right to be as happy as I feel at the moment!!!!! After finishing what seemed like the mammoth task of hand appliqueing the hexagons onto the border, I went on to loading it into my longarm quilting system. I have no excuse for not quilting it next week …..

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Now some of you might be wondering why the border took so long to finish. Well it’s because I wanted to keep the shape of the hexagons and squares on the edge of the quilt centre. I could have trimmed a straight edge but I think the shaped edge makes it more interesting.

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I purchased my backing fabric before Christmas in hope that I might finish it over Christmas but that didn’t happen. It’s a Moda wide back designs by Basic Grey and the collection is Grunge Hit’s the Spot. It’s a beautiful fresh colour. I can’t wait to see it finished and on my bed.

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I spent some time doing chores in between everything else. The washing machine was whirring away while I was vacuuming the downstairs. And I layered up a lasagne for our evening meal. Umm umm, lasagne, garlic bread and Caesar salad. Yes sir, life is good. And I even got to do some more quilt making related stuff by prepping another block …..

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I’m really getting back into my Moving Forward project. I’ll be transferring the leftover fabric from my POTC box to my Moving Forward box. Waste not and all that.

Well I guess that’s my report for today. I’m looking forward to a great creative weekend. I hope you all have a super cosy time doing all your favourite things over the weekend. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching

Lucie x

ONCE IN A BLUE MOON

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable day. It’s already the last day of January. Can you believe how fast the month has come and gone!!!!!

Yesterday one of my readers comments mentioned quilts that are pieced using hankies. Well I pieced just such a thing a long time ago. I dragged my hankie quilt out of the back of beyond last evening. The quilt is made up of simple foundation pieced basket blocks and fabric that was printed to look like ladies’ hankies. After all these years, I look at the quilt and see how crude it looks with that wee bit of hand quilting but I still appreciate the work that went into it. I didn’t use a pattern, I just made it up as I went along. It’s quite a girly looking quilt. I wonder why I didn’t make more girly quilts??? I quite like them. Way back when I made this quilt, I wasn’t labelling anything I made. I reckon this quilt must be nearly 20 years old and as you can see was well used and loved. It’s a shame I didn’t have the foresight back then to label my projects. Nowadays, I’m a great advocate for labelling quilts.

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I have been hearing on the news that we’re supposed to have a super moon tonight. I find it quite interesting that they also call it a blue moon. I wonder if that’s where the expression once in a blue moon comes from. You can bet I’ll be watching for that blue moon tonight.

I’m very pleased to tell you that I finally pieced the last of my Patchwork of the Crosses blocks yesterday. The next stage is to add the little pale squares that connects them all together and then I can sew the last row of blocks to the main body of the quilt top. I’m hoping to be doing that this weekend. I’ll be super happy when this quilt top is all pieced and on my longarm system in readiness for machine quilting. I reckon sometime in the next couple weeks I’ll be able to use it in earnest. Yippeee

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It’s been a fabulous productive day in my little world. I was able to tick off all the tasks listed on my To-Do List. I even fuelled the car and ran it thru the carwash. That in itself was an adventure because for some reason the wash cycle was interrupted while I was sitting there!!! The operators soon got it started again and we were on our way with a clean sparkling car. Life is full of adventures isn’t it.

So that’s my report for today. I’m still trying to figure out how to use my Freebie fabric which I posted about yesterday. Perhaps this weekend when it’s quiet, I’ll come up with a bright idea. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something interesting. Until next time,

Let’s all keep stitching

Lucie x

GLAD THE WEEKEND IS FINALLY HERE

Hello my lovelies. Can you believe it’s Friday already??? It’s the last Friday of the month as well. I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable week.

So, while I was mooching about today, I searched for some blocks I made a few years back ……

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These blocks were part of an appliqué challenge which ended up in the imaginary UFO pile. These blocks will be the next UFO project I’ll turn into something. The blocks need a bit of embroidery or embellishment to liven them up a wee bit. I’m just hoping to turn them into something nice. I’m not looking for perfection, just something reasonably nice.

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As most of you will know my main hand sewing armchair project for the past 12+ months has been the Lucy Boston, Patchwork of the Crosses. Rest assured that I’m am making progress. Here’s a little peek at my latest blocks including one that is still in the prep stage. Only one more block to go and that’s it for the centre of my quilt top. I get quite excited whenever I say only one block to go but I forget that the whole process of adding the last row of blocks takes quite a lot of work and will take at least another week or so. I’m going to miss working on this project when it’s done so I will definitely be choosing another hand sewing armchair project for evening time. My hands to be busy while I watch TV in the evening.

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With the end of January looming and February just around the corner, we all know that Valentine’s Day will soon be here. Every year I buy myself a little tin of Lovehearts sweet.

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I do like the sweets in the tin but I like the tin itself even more. It’s the perfect size to hold a small sewing kit and a few hexagons. Does anyone else buy sweets, biscuits/cookies just because they are packaged in an interesting tin?!?! I’m sure I’m not the only one who does that.

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I’m glad the week is over. I plan on spending the weekend doing a few chores but mostly catching up on some hand sewing and perhaps watching some TV shows I taped over the last week or so. I’m going to pretend I’m on holiday in a warm place. Sigh ……

So, that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend doing something fulfilling.

Until next time,

Let’s all keep stitching

Lucie x

PRODUCTIVE TIMES ON A CRISP COLD DAY

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all been enjoying winter. Isn’t it cold brrrr!!! Mind you, if you live in Australia, you won’t be suffering from freezing temperature and snow. It’s been the perfect day for playing in my sewing room.

It’s been a productive day in quilting stitch manor. I did a bit of paperwork, payed some bills, ordered one or two things online and flashed up my longarm for the first time this year. It was just like riding a bike! Once the machine was cleaned and threaded, it came to life and stitched a lovely design on a bright and cheerful jelly roll quilt top. Bright and cheerful is very welcome on a cold crisp January day.

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The quilting design I used is by Apricot Moon and it’s called Hall of Mirrors. It’s a wavy design that gives the straight strips a little curvy movement. It’s such a long time since I bought some new designs, I think I’ll treat myself to a couple soon.

I do have a little progress to show you on my Patchwork of the Crosses…

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The countdown is on. I have four more blocks to piece for the centre section for my labour of love, the Patchwork of the Crosses, to be complete. I’m working as fast as I possibly can because I can’t wait to see the finished result. I’m so glad Lucy Boston shared this design with us all.

I’ve added one newish technique to my To-Do List for 2018. I would like to learn how to use rulers to quilt on my domestic sewing machine. I already have the ruler foot and a few rulers from my longarm system that I can use. I have plenty of fabric that I can turn into practice quilting sandwiches, all I need is the courage and energy to get on with it. Has anyone out there tried machine quilting with rulers on their domestic machine? I would love to hear about your experience with ruler work.

I was chatting with my mother on Skype today and whining about how cold it is here in my little corner of the northeast of England. I do keep up with the north American news but sometimes it takes a personal touch to drive home just what’s happening thousands of miles away. Apparently, the temperature has dropped as low as -49F recently. I do remember from my younger days living in Montreal just how cold it gets in the winter. So, to any of my readers who live in Canada or America do wrap up warm. For the benefit of anyone reading who might not know, I was born and bred in Canada and moved to the UK in the early mid-nineties. I do appreciate the milder weather but not the rain and regular flooding here.

So that’s my report for today. I’d love to hear from you even if it’s just to say hello.

Please pop in again soon.

Until next time,

Let’s all keep 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 a 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 tacked 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