Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super weekend. It was a lovely quiet weekend in my little corner of the northeast of England.

Well I guess summer is over; the kids will start going back to school tomorrow (in my area) and the weatherman says that meteorological autumn has arrived!!! Autumn is my favourite time of year. We had a super summer …. I’m hoping for a splendid autumn.

So, let’s see. What have I done this summer? Well all in all it was pretty quiet around here. I spent loads of time relaxing and soul searching while designing and sewing all kinds of stuff. I did a bit of freemotion quilting …..




I worked on UFOs …..


I attended my Sarah’s graduation ceremony …..


And I went to The Festival of Quilts …..










These photos represent just a very small selection of quilts I saw at the show. I couldn’t possibly take photos of everything I saw. These photos were taken using my phone so the quality isn’t great but you will have some of idea of what I saw. I can tell you that there weren’t many hand quilted quilts, the bulk of the quilts were machine quilted. Those that were hand quilted really stood out for me. Here’s a quilt which I recognised as being pieced and quilted by a blogger that I have been following for some time.



Allison Reid of New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting. I especially liked the quilting on Allison’s quilt. If I remember correctly Allison took a class to learn how to quilt feathers which she later quilted on her Carrie Nation Variation quilt. So, well done Allison. Your quilt looked splendid hanging in the exhibition.

Another interesting part of the exhibition was Nancy Crow’s Mono-Printing. Her quilts are mono-printed and later freemotion quilted. The mono-printing is more in league with what my Sarah produced in university but I can appreciate the process and would definitely like trying to make a small sample for myself.




All in all, I have to admit that going to The Festival of Quilts was the highlight of my summer. We travelled some 400 miles to get to the venue and back safely. On the days leading up to the event I was trying to find a good enough excuse to pull out. However, I faced my fears and made the journey. And I’m glad I did it.

It’s already the third day of September!!! As I mentioned above, the kids are returning to school this week. The one thing I miss doing is buying new uniform and school shoes not to mention a new pencil case. My goodness how things have changed.

As I sit here this afternoon remembering what I did this summer, the rain is showering my parched garden. And the people are scurrying past the front of my house trying to get home from work asap before they get really wet. My garden must be sighing at the arrival of a little moisture.

I do have some sewing progress. Don’t get too excited because it’s just a small sewing fix. Earlier in the year I used this tool to make a fireplace hearth runner…..



Ages ago, I sat quietly at my table drawing a little diagram for which I could use my magic Dresden ruler again …..


So, I chose a background and five different fabrics …..


After doing a bit of cutting and sewing, I produced this quilt top …..


I will be adding some freemotion quilting and turning this quilt top into a bag. I don’t need a bag but it’s my go to whenever I need a sewing fix. I look forward to finishing this project sometime in the near future.

So, I guess that was my summer report. I really enjoyed every single day of this summer. The weather was glorious and I thoroughly enjoyed the peace and quiet. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really love doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x


4 thoughts on “SUMMER RECAP

  1. Well, well, you have done lovely things and some new things, which is good to see…ahem. LOL

    The Quilt Show was a winner, wasn’t it? How happy are you now??? You have a lot to show for yourself. That umbrella will not stop much rain, but conceptual, eh? ha ha Congratulations, Lucie. You know I expect greater things to come ha ha ha…
    The mono printing is easy peasy, you have the girl in the house. Easy peasy. We are in our 2nd day of pelting off and on rain, humidity of 40 again, sigh. September is upon us and I hope a fruitful season for you. Labor Day week end here, so no one is running anywhere. Hugs to Maisie and thanks for the long awaited photos.

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  2. So glad to see a post pop.up, as I was intending to send an email and still will about a few things. The FoQ must have been great & I’d like to think I might get there next year. The quilts you showed looked good & the umbrella was something else. I’ve an old Nancy Crow biographical style book, which is nothing like what she must be doing now. Interesting! I see you are still being so creative which is wonderful. I used a similar ruler to your dresden one, to make an apron once. Hope Sarah & Maisie are doing well too. Take care & enjoy autumn.

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  3. Ah! So sweet of you to pop my quilt into your post – thank you! The quilting feathers workshop run by Trudi Wood was a turning point for me – my quilting is not perfect but I’m no longer afraid to have a go at fmq even on a patchwork top that has taken me a long time to complete!
    I’m glad you made it to The Festival of Quilts, overcoming a fear and then seeing so many inspiring exhibits.And you must be so proud of your lovely daughter – what a great achievement.
    It would be great to have some rain down here – the ground is still bone dry and Autumn colours are coming early – I guess many of the trees and plants have been stressed by the lack of rain and sustained heat through the Summer. Never mind, the crunchy brown grass has revived and is now green and growing so we know there is hope that other plants will recover 🙂

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