Hello my lovelies on this super-duper sunny Sunday. It’s bright and breezy here in my little corner of the northeast of England. It was so lovely this morning that I stepped out and did some digging and pruning in the garden. I had a Clematis that needed some tender loving care. It looks a lot less wild and woolly now that I have given it a short back and sides trim. It always feels so good when you see the fruits of your labour. My garden is going to be a wonderful place this summer.

I have been a little busy in the sewing department this past week. I recently found a little pile of UFOs which I have made a start on finishing up. Today’s particular show and tell is a whimsy that I designed and pieced 2012/2013. I can’t believe that I didn’t finish it at the time of piecing of it. I added the finishing touches, a few buttons to embellish, a few days ago. And it now hangs in my living room. I am so pleased with the finished result.




So, the moral of this story is don’t give up on your UFOs. You may lose interest in them but once they are finished, you will have a great sense of accomplishment.

I have another little bit of progress to show you. Most of you will know that machine quilting is my preference but this little UFO is being hand quilted …..


I have kept this hand quilting job simple. I have used rulers and circle template shapes to mark the quilting. And so far, it’s looking pretty good. I can’t wait to finish this job so I can show you. I think everyone should have a hand quilting project on the go at all times. It’s a wonderful quiet technique that looks so good once it’s finished. It’s a relaxing occupation that brings much satisfaction. Once again, I will have a great sense of accomplishment once this one is finished.

So, tell me. What have you been working on lately? Have you got some hand sewing on the go or are you a machine girl like me? After this little taster of hand quilting, I think I will make a conscious effort to do more. The secret to my enjoyment is to keep it simple, choose your own quilting designs and use a nice thread.

Well I guess that’s my report for this week. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

11 thoughts on “SUNNY SUNDAY SPECIAL

  1. I’ve just finished 226 – 4 patches for the mystery quilt along with From My Carolina Home. I’m packing for another trip and hope to take my hexi project along, tho I am not sure I can manage with the finger still in a splint for a while longer. They are the only hand work that I do. 🙂 LOVE your finished UFO.


    1. Hi Mary, I read about your finger surgery you must be fed up now. Hopefully you can get rid of the splint soon. I’m so pleased that you can work on four-patch blocks with your splint on. Imagine what you will accomplish when it’s gone!!! Thanks for popping in today x

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  2. Good Sunday to you Lucie,
    Your quilt is hanging beautifully. Reminds me over all of a little pennsylvania dutch feel…love it there. Solid solid work.
    You finished it when you were meant to, right? More meaningful this way.xx
    Have a super day Lucie.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Joanna xx


  3. I do love that whimsy quilt & glad you finished it. I’d be proud of it hanging in my loungeroom too, if I’d made such a great job on something I’d done.(ha-ha). Not likely!! I can’t believe those beautiful neat stitches of your handquilting & can’t wait to see that one finished too. Not much gardening or even going outside here today. We have wind like you wouldn’t believe. Have a lovely week & take care.

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    1. Hi Creative HeArt, I am so glad that I decided to finish my whimsy. Now I feel like going back to the drawing board to design another !!! Thanks for popping today x


  4. Quilted Pants

    Your hand quilting is so neat! I like the patterns you are stitching across your design. My hand project is a little Blackwork bookmark – I haven’t picked it up for over a week…


  5. Hi Lucie,
    Always great to read about your quilting and gardening adventures and your photos are always so gorgeous! I’ve recently had a go at designing my own quilt using graph paper and coloured pencils. I picked out a block design and made four units for the centre and I’m adding rows of English Paper Pieced elements. Its more “try it and see” than a structured plan but I am having fun with it. I hope the jelly roll I am using doesn’t run out or I might end up with a table runner instead! Hope you are well, Karen B x

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