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

PUMPKIN SEASON IS HERE

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all having great autumn days. The weather has been typical here in my little corner of the northeast of England. It’s been breezy and wet at times but generally I have been enjoying every minute. The heating has been switched on in the evening just to keep the damp away. I have been lighting scented candles; I really enjoy watching the flickering flame.

I have finally completed the centre blocks and inner border of my Sweet Dresden Town. The different components have been hanging on my design wall for months. In the past few days, I have been admiring it and finally took the decision about whether I need another border. And the decision is that yes it needs another border to frame it up. I know exactly what fabric I want as the last border. And it will be purchased this weekend. The backing fabric has been pressed and joined and the whole lot will be ready for longarm quilting very soon. You may not be able to tell but I’m rather excited about getting this one finished.

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It seems ages since I last worked on my hexagon project. When I sit down in the evening, I knit. I always seem to get a hankering for knitting when autumn arrives. At the moment I’m knitting socks. I’ve lost count of how many pairs I knitted over the last few weeks. I sure am enjoying it but there will come an evening when I want to do a little hand sewing pretty soon. I’ll let you know when that happens.

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I have been keeping quite busy with household chores and making changes to give my home a different feel. It’s a year since I was officially pronounced single by the family court. Making decisions was difficult at times over the last couple of years but I have finally accepted that now I can do as I please when I please in my own home. My top priority was to change the look and feel of my bedroom. This task will be fulfilled this coming week. A few new pieces of furniture will do the trick. And those bits of furniture will be delivered this weekend. I have so been looking forward to this.

Life at happy stitching manor sure has changed over the last few years. Everything is much simpler making mine and my Sarah’s life much easier. There’s rarely any drama. Who knew life could be as good as this???

The leaves are really changing colours now. We’ve had a several blustery days blowing the leaves off the trees and onto the ground. While walking the dog in the morning I have crunched my way thru piles of dried leaves in the park. And the local supermarkets have pumpkins in the produce section. I’m not a pumpkin pie lover but I do like a nicely carved and lit pumpkin.

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I guess that’s my report for today. I have been enjoying life of late. My new life seems to finally be taking shape. I still believe in happy ever afters. In fact, I think I’m finally enjoying my happy ever after. I hope you all have a super cosy weekend doing something you truly love doing. We should all be doing more of what we enjoy. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x