Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fabulous day. It’s been a productive one here in happy stitching manor. I spent several hours making progress on my newest Dresden project.

I disappeared into my sewing room right after breakfast and finish securing the Dresdens including the centre circles on the background fabric.


I went on to rotary cut a mountain of squares to start framing the blocks …..


I’m quite pleased with todays progress. And I must admit that I like the Lewis & Irene Ditsy prints I used for the Dresden blades. The Ditsy print gives the block a vintage look.


Last year I set myself a To-Be List. And one of the tasks on said list was to be authentic. I’m doing my best to be authentic but what does it really mean to be authentic. I Googled the meaning of the word authentic ~ of undisputed origin and not a copy; genuine. So, after having a little think I decided that there are probably different ways of interpreting the meaning. I think I’ll approach being authentic by being myself and doing everything to the best of my ability as I see fit.

I did a little machine quilting yesterday. It’s a little connect the dots type of quilting (mark the dots and sew from one dot to the next). The most difficult part of connect the dots is working out what design to aim for. I kept it simple and straight forward and this is what I ended up with.


It’s been a really good day in my little world. Over the last two years I haven’t wanted to hang around my sewing room much. Last autumn I decided to paint said room to change the look and feel of it. Well the job is done now and it looks fresh and there’s definitely a different atmosphere in there. While prepping for painting a while back, I found a whole slew of fabric that I had forgotten about which I can use in new projects. The sky’s the limit now. I’ve put pen to paper a few times in the last couple of weeks recording ideas and drawing out projects that I would like to work on over the next few months. Although the wind was blowing a hooley today the sun was shining brightly this afternoon spurring me on to get a few more patches sewn together. What more can this very happy stitching lady ask for than working on Dresdens in the sunshine. The time I spend in my sewing room takes me away from all the rotten things happening in the world. Slowly but surely my confidence is coming back and I’m rebuilding my life in a quiet positive way. Oh, happy days.

So, you’re up-to-date now. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something creative.

Until next time,

Let’s all keep stitching

Lucie x


    1. Hi Anne. I guess I have developed my own style now, I suppose being authentic isn’t going to be as difficult as I thought. Connect the dot machine quilting is so simple but very effective. I really enjoy doing it. Thanks for popping in today x

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  1. Oh, suddenly I feel our old Lucie is returning & that makes me feel good too. Teach me how to have some confidence! I “love” that dresden block & your skills definitely are designing & construction, from, how can I put it? Ah, woe to go!!!! I think I have an old book somewhere about dot to dot quilting, so I’ll see if I can find it & tell you the title. Happy sewing & take care.


    1. Hi Susan, I would be very interested in that dot to dot book if you can find it and send me the details but don’t worry if you can’t find it. As for building confidence, well I think it’s just a cause of changing your attitude to life. My confidence is coming from the fact that I have lowered the bar and now know that I can meet the challenges. I’ll never be perfect …. but who wants to be perfect anyway???I no longer look for perfection, I just look for it to be better. I’m so pleased to hear you say that you see the old Lucie emerging ….. finally. It’s taken a long time and I’m not sure I’ll ever be the same old Lucie I was two years ago. I am rebuilding my life slowly so perhaps I’ll be even better than before. Thanks for popping in Susan x


  2. HI! I made it! lol
    Nice site Lucie, thank you for helping . Authentic. Try…. not trying too hard, or so hard. Don’t allow yourself to be influenced by the surroundings and problems that are past.
    Remember to feel more while you design and not think about how you learned these things. Organic. Just you. Simple.
    I love your sweet little friend, what an angel. Your work is beautiful. I am going to try and get going in a month or so. I like the idea of the point to point. That is great to begin with, what do you think?
    Cheers. xx


    1. Hi Joanna, you’re o right in saying that I shouldn’t let the problems of the past influence what I am now. I don’t want to be defined by the fact that I’m a single parent. I can feel some of the old spark I used to have two years ago. I’m hoping to come back as an even better person than I was.
      I also believe that what I have been thru will help me create even better pieces of work. I’m quite excited about creating again. I’ve missed it.
      My little Maisie is super. She had her six month check at the vet yesterday and he said she’s is good shape for a twelve year old dog who has a heart murmur. Every time she has a check up, I hold my breath when he listens to her heart. I’ll be heart broken when she goes.
      I’m so pleased you adopted a new furry friend. Pure white. How gorgeous. Enjoy your sweet companion. And thanks for popping in. It’s always nice to hear from a fellow Montrealer x


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