BREATHING SPRING AIR

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all enjoyed the last day of the work week. It’s been another glorious day here in my little corner of the northeast of England. The sun has been shining. I’ve listened the bird singing the bees buzzing and Maisie snoring. I did loads of chores and I had a wee session in my sewing room but mostly I took the time to breathe the lovely spring air.

I finally finished all the stitchery work related to my “A” is for Appliqué/Joanna quilt. So, I cleared a small corner of floor in my living room and laid the blocks out …..

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I played with the layout until I was happy with the look and started joining the vertical rows of blocks together. Before I join the three rows together I have one more decision to make. I’m hoping to make my decision by Sunday so that I can finish the joining process. I’m planning to add an inner and outer border to frame it all up. I just need to find the right fabric. There’s no rush, it’s not a race. I’ll take my time finding the finishing fabric. I am amazed at how this quilt has progressed. Tomorrow’s another day.

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I starting prepping a few more hexagon shapes by rotary cutting strips …..

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I will be joining a few other like-minded ladies tomorrow for a sewing session. I plan on working on hexagons as I am sure one or two others will do. We will drink coffee, eat cake, discuss inappropriate stuff and generally enjoy our time away from home. The more I go out and about with other ladies the more I realise that I’m just another normal person.

So, I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super weekend doing only things you enjoy doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

SEEING RED

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a superb day. It’s been a proper spring day in my little corner of the northeast of England. The temperature levelling off at 20 degrees Celsius!!! I hope it lasts for a few more days.

I kicked off my day in the sewing room. I spent quite a lot of time in there today. I’m pleased to show you the progress I made. First of all, I needed to finish the project I worked on yesterday because it’s a gift for someone and it will be handed over tomorrow. So, the next step was to cut and join the lining …..

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So, I traced the main body of the project onto the lining using a chalk wheel. I don’t use my chalk wheel very often but it comes in very handy when I do use it …..

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I sewed and pressed and cut and scratched my head now and again. And I ended up with this …..

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Obviously, I’m very pleased with the result. So much so that I think I’ll hunt out some of my woolly bits to make one of these bags for myself. Wool is a little bit trickier to work with because it can fray. So, my best tip is to take a 3/8” sew allowance rather than the regular ¼”. The best part of this project is the only thing I had to add is lining which I already had in my stash.

This afternoon I concentrated on my “A” is for Appliqué/Joanna Quilt. I have two more blocks to add stitchery work to but the ten that are ready to go got some extra bits added to them. I cut some 2-1/2” strips of red Bumbleberries by Lewis & Irene and added them to each block in a log cabin fashion. My 12” blocks now measure 16” and will not need sashing. I’m thinking of staggering the blocks once it’s time to join them all together. I’m still gathering embellishments such as button, lace and other funky vintage stuff. Most of the embellishments will be once the quilting is done. So, here’s a few progress photos …..

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This is the last block I added stitchery work to ….

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And this is the next one to get the stitchery treatment. It doesn’t take much stitchery to make a difference.

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So, I’d say that was a pretty good day’s work. I feel so happy about the progress I made today. I’m not sure what made me add the red borders to my blocks today but the bright cheerful red seems to have given me a new lease on life. I love red. My lounge has quite a lot of red in it.

I guess that’s my report for today. Today I have really made life better one quilting stitch at a time. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing you truly enjoy doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

WORKING AT A SLOW AND MEASURED PACE

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a lovely day. It’s Tuesday and life seems to be progressing nicely. I spent a good part of my day in my sewing room. You may remember that I have been striving to finish things that I started a while back. Going back and putting the finishing touches on project is a brilliant way of moving forward. So, as a treat, I dragged out a kit I purchased at one of the many craft shows I attended about four years ago. I’m not a kit girl, I prefer to buy a pattern and then use fabrics of my choice. This project is the exception to that rule.

I started by doing some rotary cutting and a bit of machine sewing before it even occurred to me to take some photos of what I was doing. So, I’ll start with these circles …..

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Making these circles was quite simple. It was just a case of tracing the circle shapes onto fusible web, cutting the shapes out leaving a small margin and ironing the fusible web shapes onto the wrong side of the woolly fabric. Most of you will know how fusible web works. I went on to securing the circles in place on the main body of my project using a nice neat machine blanket stitch.

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This is how I left the project when I shut down for the day. I’m hoping to get it all finished tomorrow. Let’s just hope I don’t forget to take photos along the way.

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I made a little progress last evening with the stitchery work I had in my job queue for the evening. In fact, it’s all I did all evening!

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I’m quite pleased with the result. Isn’t it amazing what a little bit of stitchery work does to a plain block. My stitchery work is by no means perfect but nowadays I no longer look for perfection. Just knowing that I’m Moving Forward is good enough for me.

It’s been a pretty good day in my little world. I played in my sewing room in my slow and measured pace. It was lovely finally making up the kit I purchased years ago. I still have a few more UFOs and long ago decided upon projects which I may or may not finish. My taste in colours and fabrics has changed so much over the last few years and my new designs don’t necessarily suit the fabrics in my stash. I have purchased a couple of books about making scrap quilts which will help me use up my stash. Nothing will go to waste.

So that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something that brings you joy. After all the dark days we’ve had here in my little corner of the northeast of England, I’m starting to feel cheerier. I’ve worked thru a few issues and life really is getting better one quilting stitch at a time. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

A DAY OF HOOPING BLOCKS

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a brilliant first day of the week. We are now halfway thru the month of April!!! I can’t figure out where all the months have gone.

I had a lovely weekend; I spent some time with a few like-minded ladies doing appliqué work. Appliqué seems to feature quite a lot in my quiet little life. I also spent some time trying to work out what my last block should be for my Moving Forward quilt project. I have decided on an owl! I will keep it simple as the last block is a wee 6” block.

I didn’t get any sewing done today. As well as doing a bit of living outside the home I had a few chores that needed doing. So, I only got as far as tracing some words on the bottom of this block and sewing some leaders on in order to be able to load it into my quilting hoop …..

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Just in case you can’t see the pencilled in words, it reads Create the life you imagined. I’m not sure if someone is credited with this quote but it’s one I’ve been trying to live by for some time now. For so many years I tried to please everyone and, in my quest, to shut down the idea of doing the right thing for everyone else, I’m creating the life I imagined I would be living at this time in my life. Not everyone can live a fairy tale life, certainly not me. Onward and upward.

It was a lovely weekend in my little corner of the northeast of England. Spending some time with my appliqué friends was great. The more I get out and about and socialise with others, the more I feel normal. The only other sewing related progress I made was to hoop another “A” is for Appliqué/Joanna Quilt block in readiness for a little stitchery work. I’ve worked out how I will join these blocks once they are all ready. I just need to hunt out some fabric to do what I want to do. If only there were more hours in a day, I would be able to get this quilt top pieced and ready for quilting. It’s going to be a nice quilt once it’s finished.

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So, I guess that’s my little report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you enjoy doing. Until next time, I’ll keep making life better one quilting stitch at a time.

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

PENULTIMATE BLOCK ON FRIDAY

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super day. I say it every week, it’s Friday and Friday is my favourite day of the week. My Friday has been dark, dreary and very foggy!!! Come on spring, where are you???

So, what have I been up to today? Well apart from walking my Maisie dog first thing this morning, I haven’t set foot outside the door. So, I mooched about doing a bit of this and that at my favourite slow and measured pace. I got a few loads of laundry done. I messed around in my sewing room for a bit and waited for my alarm man to perform an annual service on my house alarm.

This afternoon I decided to start prepping the penultimate block of my Moving Forward quilt project. I’m going to miss having this project to plan and work on when it’s all done. In the meantime, I still have to plan the borders. I have absolutely no idea what to do with the borders at this point. Once all the centre blocks have been joined together I might have a better idea whether I need a busy border or just a simple plain border. Here’s a little peek at what I prepped this afternoon …..

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Once I traced my three hearts onto Freezer Paper I cut and ironed on the shapes to my chosen fabric …..

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And once I cut the fabric shapes out leaving a ¼” margin I was ready to turn and sew the margins onto the Freezer Paper in readiness for tacking onto the background fabric …..

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I have one more 6” block to piece. I’ve run out of ideas for blocks for this project. All it needs is a simple block. I’m sure I’ll come up with a simple subject for my last block this weekend. Inspiration is all around me.

To end this last post of the week I need your help. I was asked for help in making a lap quilt for someone who is an electric wheelchair user. I have no idea where to start in terms of size and shape for practicality. So, if anyone has any ideas or knowledge please feel free to post a comment. I think this is quite important so please don’t hesitate to help. This is something I have no experience in.

So, it’s been another pretty good week in my little world. I hope you all have a super cosy/weekend evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

IN WITH THE NEW AND OUT WITH THE OLD

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a brilliant day. It’s quite wintery here today; cold and wet yet again. I miss the sun. Please does someone have a cup of sunshine to lend me.

It’s been a day of mooching around my sewing room. I was digging around trying to find some kind of embellishment for my “A” is for Appliqué AKA the Joanna Quilt. I knew I had some very old lace bits that my Sarah’s godmother gave me many years ago. The lace bits have been moved around from place to place over the years but I didn’t have to dig around for very long to find them …..

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There’s plenty of old lace bits. They even smell old. It takes you back to old times. Times that I couldn’t possibly remember because I wasn’t even alive when these bits were fashionable. I was quite impressed with this lace cuffed sleeve type thing …..

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I’m hoping to work one or two of these bits in to my Joanna Quilt along with some mother of pearl buttons. I think they go quite well together. Thank you to Monica for suggesting I try amazon for the MOP buttons. I’m going to be keep searching for other types of embellishments to add to said quilt. I think I may have worked out how I will join all the blocks together to form the quilt top. I’m going to keep it all simple so as not to take away from the appliqué work. It’s quite a nice challenge to work it all out.

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Last evening I finish the fine hand appliqué on this Moving Forward block …..

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Only two more blocks to go and the centre of Moving Forward will be complete. Once again, I’m going to keep this project simple because I want the appliqué work to stand out. There’s a quite a contrast between the Joanna Quilt and the Moving Forward quilt. It’s quite interesting having both running parallel, when one is a few years old and, in the style, I preferred in those days and the other is a recent design using brighter happier colours. The difference is pretty obvious to me.

I read a quote that stayed with me all day …. God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers ~ Rudyard Kipling

My report is pretty short today. I have other things running in the background at the moment. I feel quite satisfied with my accomplishments lately. Quietly but surely, I’m welcoming in the new and saying goodbye to the old. Life is good. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something great. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

WHAT MAKES YOU TICK

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable day. As I understand it, it’s autumn in Australia and it’s suppose to be spring here in the UK but I’ll tell you what, it’s feels more like autumn here!!! It feels so cold. I went out this morning to meet my friend for lunch and I sure felt the cold. I was so happy to get home where it was cosy warm.

So, what do you think I might have done today. Any ideas anyone. Well I’ll tell what I’ve been up to. In between doing a few loads of washing I did a little simple stitchery on this block …..

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And hooped the next block in readiness for some simple stitchery work …..

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And then I layered up my Dresden Neighbourhood quilt and had a little think about how to quilt it. I’m not sure if I should do a little hand quilting on this one or some machine quilting. I’m really torn between hand and machine work. I’m considering a little machine walking foot work. I don’t use my walking foot for quilting very much but I thought I might do some modern day straight crossing over lines giving the whole quilt a modern feel. I have plenty of thread I could use. As write I’m talking myself into it!!!!

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Everyone has a story. I feel that by getting together and having a good chat we start to reveal what makes us tick. I hang out with like-minded ladies a couple of times a month and it’s during these sessions that you really learn about people. Many years ago, and while my Sarah was a tot I didn’t get to socialise very much simply because I didn’t get much help with childcare. Nowadays, I seem to get out and about a lot more and I’m blessed to have plenty of friends to get together with. We’ve all got a story which makes us tick. My regular readers will know a little about what’s been going in my life in recent years but I have discovered that there are thousands of other ladies who have similar stories that help make them tick. I think our past quite often comes out in the projects we create. It all comes out in the colours we use and the shapes and techniques that form our finished pieces. I recently went back to UFOs that have been in the pile for several years. I didn’t want to revisit the time when I first started said projects because I didn’t want to relive what was happening in those days. Well now as I make real progress on finishing up these projects I find it quite cleansing. I’m able to accept what was happening and I’m putting it all behind me. Finishing what you start can be soooo liberating.

So, I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something interesting. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

CATCHING UP ON A VERY WET TUESDAY

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a peaceful day. It’s been raining pretty much all day here. I stepped out for lunch and a sewing session today and got wet every time I got out of the car!!! I sure hope it dries out over night because I have another outing tomorrow.

I had a delicious lunch with Anne at the Carnaby Café in Brownieside. It’s a café that I have known about for a while but never had the chance to go. After lunch we went back to Anne’s for a little sewing and a catch up. To transport my sewing project, I dragged out and emptied a box …..

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And filled it with a few bits which I prepped even before I had my breakfast …..

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By the end of the afternoon I had prepped this …..

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The light wasn’t very good for photography but I thought I’d publish the shots of my progress for today anyway.

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When I was searching for a small project box, I chose the one that was the emptiest. This particular box contained these bits from sometime ago. In fact, there was a note in the box dated 2013!!! Now that I have found this UFO I feel compelled to finished it! I figure I probably have enough fabric squares here to make a baby quilt. The two blocks which were pieced way back in 2013 were pieced by hand. So, I guess I’ll finish piecing the blocks by hand. I can adopt this as my armchair project alternating between my hexagons and fine hand appliqué projects.

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So, that was my day. I got out and about while still doing a little bit of sewing. There’s something about hand sewing, chatting and drinking coffee that seem to go hand in hand. I had a very relaxing day thanks to Anne. It was great to get out and do something different. So, I guess that was my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until next time,

Let’s keep on stitching.

Lucie x

SUNNY REPORT

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable day. You’ll be able to see by the shadows in my photos that we’ve had some lovely sunshine in my little corner of the northeast of England. Normally I would pull the blinds down but I was enjoying the sunshine so much that I thought I’d wouldn’t today.

I haven’t made much progress today because I was out for a good part of the day again. It’s either a feast or a famine. I’m usually a quiet person who doesn’t go out more than a couple of times a month but life seems to be picking up now. I must admit I have enjoyed my quiet working on my projects over the last few weeks.

First bit of progress, I finish my quilt as you go charity quilt last evening. It’s been labelled and bound and is ready to be handed over but I’m going to hang on to it for a while in order to present this new-to-me technique to my fellow Belles at our next meeting. Can you see the shadows the sunshine is creating???

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And secondly, I started to prep a new block to work on this weekend. I only got as far as tracing the cereal cardboard and freezer paper templates. What would we do without cereal box cardboard???? It works well for me. In fact, all my friends save their empty cereal boxes for me.

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I’m so glad it’s Friday. It’s my favourite day of the week. We’re still in Easter Holiday mode here. The children don’t go back to school for another week or so. I’m finding it hard to keep track of what day it is. It’s been an interesting no matter what day it was.

So, that’s my report 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

A QUICK CATCH UP

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all enjoyed a lovely sunny spring day. After two or three days of dark dreary and wet days the sun was ever so welcome. I didn’t post yesterday because I was out all day and did not have any sewing news to post about. However, with the sun shining so brightly it put me in the mood to motor thru a couple of jobs. So, let’s catch up.

The first thing I did this morning is this …..

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And this …..

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And then I put it all together to produce this …..

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This simple Dresden Plate block is to add to the nine other blocks of my A is for Appliqué project which I started many years ago. So, I have a total of ten blocks now, only two more to piece. I’m moving forward on this one Joanna.

After emptying the dishwasher and walking the dog I went right into work mode. I disappeared into my sewing room and started to join the four sections of my latest obsession together. I joined the different ready quilted section together using 1-1/4” sashing strips for the top and 2” strips for the back. For those who may not know the sashing strips are the strips that join blocks or section together. In this case, I pieced my sashing using short scraps in hopes that the top sashing would blend in with the blocks. I’m quite happy with the result. I’m hoping that my fellow Belles help me refine the whole method of this type of Quilt as You Go technique. My quilt is not perfect but it’s good enough to bring comfort where needed.

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My current task is to hand stitch the open side of the sashing down. Followed by hand finishing the binding and the label. I have really enjoyed this project and I’m sure to use this method over and over again. I really like the straight-line quilting. I like the vintage feel it gives the quilt. Besides it makes a nice change from the scrolly curvaceous designs I stitch using my longarm. I think this type of quilting would suit those quilts that we snuggle under in the dead of winter in front of the fire. You know those quilts that have every kind of scrap fabric we can put our hands on at the time of piecing. Those are the quilts that take me back to times long gone because the scraps are ages old and I can remember exactly what project I bought the fabric for.

It’s been a lovely quiet day. Apart from walking my Maisie I haven’t ventured out which I must admit was a relief as I was out all day yesterday attending appointments and running errands. We’re still on Easter Holiday here. My Sarah won’t be going back to university for another week or so. We’ve both spent the day working our way thru our To-Do List. Personally, I have added more jobs to the list than I have actually completed!!!

So, 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,

Lets all keep on stitching.

Lucie x