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.



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…

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




  1. Hi from the continent of very variable weather, as here in Victoria, we are in for a couple scorchers of around 39 deg celsius, then dropping back a bit for the weekend. Last week, they’d forecast snow flurries on the higher peaks of the Alps, which all seems a bit crazy. It’s also the wet season in northern Australia, with cyclones brewing, though “Joyce” has already been & gone. Glad you’ve got your long arm up & running, as mine is on the go too, after a long nap of 4 months. I really want to get organised this year to get lots done on the quilting/crafting front, amongst everything else we do. I sometimes think my blog posts make me realise, I do ‘do things’, when I’m thinking I’ve not made much headway on anything. Maybe I don’t post much & I’m not creative like everyone else, but so enjoy seeing what others do. Can’t wait to see the Lucy Boston finished. Did you realise Digitech don’t exist anymore, which is where I bought most of my patterns. Some of the designers, I’ve noticed haven’t gone over to Urban Elementz. I suppose lots of things change!!! Stay warm & take care.


    1. Hi Susan, I simply didnt realise just how different and changeable the weatherin Aussie can be. I suppose it makes life interesting.
      I was quite surprised to hear that DigiTech and Urban Elementz were merging into one company. It was always a straight forward process buying and downloading quilting designs from DigiTech. I hope the process is still straight forward with UE. I’m so very pleased to hear that you flashed up your longarm too. I’ll definitely be sure to stay warm, we’re expecting some snow over night. I have an appointment in the morning which I’m hoping to attend. Thanks for popping in today Susan x


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