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.


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.


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.


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


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


Hello my lovelies on this second day of April. I can’t believe March is over. Where have the first few months of 2018 gone. The days seem to blur one into the next.

So, it’s Easter Monday. My Sarah and I had a lovely quiet Easter weekend. We both did a wee bit of work, Sarah put some effort into her final major projects for uni and I disappeared for many hours in my sewing room. Yes, another adventure in quilt making. I have been trying to work out how to use up some quilt blocks which have been donated to my favourite charity so we can piece some more quilts. Well of course I can’t do it all myself. Have a look at how many blocks I have leftover once I stitched a whole slew of blocks together to form one quilt …..


I can’t possibly piece all these blocks together myself. No way. No way. However, as I pieced the first forty-eight together I could work out a method so we can use the quilt as you go method so that all the members of the Burnopfield Belles can help with the challenge.

These blocks are string pieced over a foundation fabric and have all been squared off to 8-1/2”. I was so grateful that everything was squared off already. That alone saves a whole lot of time. So, I joined four blocks in a diamond pattern. I sewed until I had twelve units, three for each section. At this point each section measured 48” x 16”. Our Signature size quilt is 56” x 72”. So, 48” x 16” sections time four won’t cut the mustard. So, I pieced up some borders using the stitch and flip over foundation fabric to add. The borders are 4” which will help bring the size to exactly the Signature we aim for. Here a sneaky peek at the sections …..


Here’s a little peek at the stitch and flip border in progress …..



You may not be able to see that I added the borders to each section even before I started quilting. All this is looking pretty simple isn’t it. Well that’s because simple is what I was aiming for. Because I pieced the quilt in sections, the quilting can be easily achieved using a domestic sewing machine. The four sections, once quilted will be joined together using a scrappy quilt as you go method. Here’s little peek at the quilting in progress …..



Straight stitching is easy. You start at one end and stitch right across to the other end. It doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect because the scrappy look of the quilt top will be what draws your eye around the quilt. Even layering up one quarter of a quilt is easier than layering up a whole quilt. I have wanted to do straight line quilting for such a long time. I love the simplicity of it. Stitching quarters made the whole job so much easier. I’m loving the whole process. I just hope I can sell it to my fellow Belles.


It’s cold and wet out today. The perfect day to disappear into my sewing room. I have a few more hours of layering and quilting left before I complete the challenge I set myself. Tomorrow’s another day. I hope this adventure is a success.

So, I guess that’s my report for today. I spent many hours trying to work out the puzzle of how to put all those string pieced blocks to good use. I think I’ve work out a pretty good recipe. Now I can finally sit quietly to work on some hexagons. Sitting at my sewing machine for hours sewing has given me a sore bottom. A nice soft cushy sofa is calling my name. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you enjoy doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x