Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all enjoying a productive time. Things are pretty busy here at happy stitching manor. I have been working quietly behind the scenes on my latest creation. I must admit that I have absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed every single minute of my creativity. I think this project is the best I have created so far. I can’t wait to share How Does Your Garden Grow. So, watch this space.



I’ve popped in today because I have once again been offered free passes to attend The Festival of Quilts this year. However, due to previous commitments, I will not be attending this time but the good organizers of the festival have set aside 5 pairs of day tickets for me to giveaway. The show runs from August 1st to the 4th. I think it’s going to be a great show. There’s always loads of beautiful quilts

Admiring Miniatures

to see and the wonderful Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company will be in attendance. I would love to attend one of her lectures. Jenny’s story of how she got involved in the patchwork scene is a very interesting and inspirational one.

Jenny Doan 3

As well as Jenny, there are oodles of super vendors selling things that you cannot live without!!! I always look at the tools and gadgets carefully. Attending The Festival of Quilts is always an adventure for me. Things change from one year to the next, including the roads! I always manage to get lost but that’s all part of the rich tapestry of life.

So, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. If you live in the UK and you are planning on going to The Festival of Quilts enter my giveaway draw. It’s quite simple, all I ask is that you tell me what patchwork technique you enjoy the most (pieced blocks, appliqué block, strip patchwork, freemotion machine quilting etc) your name, and what town and county you live in. You can do all this in a comment. Click comments at the top of the screen, scroll down and enter your info in the comment box. Come along ladies, step right up and bag yourself a free pair of day tickets for The Festival of Quilts. You know you want to. The draw will close on June 27th. Good luck everyone.

So, that’s my news for today. I will be back soon with some progress news. I have loads to share with you but I really want to make a little more progress before the big reveal. 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


  1. Oooh! I would love to win a ticket to the show!! I love paper piecing as I don’t have to worry about cutting precise patches before I piecing! And it allows me to be quite creative without worrying too much about measurements, etc. But I also love applique and am enjoying machine quilting. I live in Cherhill, Wiltshire, UK. I’ll keep my fingers crossed!! Mx


  2. Hey, I want to go…boo hoo…What could you be doing that you can’t go there??? OMG!
    Okay ladies, someone, anyone, get a ticket and let me know what it was like…please?? LOL
    Photos are welcomed obviously…ha ha ha
    Nice of you to do this Lucie.


    1. Hi Joanna, I think you would really enjoy the FOQ201O9. The atmosphere is fab and theres so much to see and experience. It’s a shame you live across the pond. Thanks for popping today x


  3. helen archer

    Hi Lucie, what a great giveaway! My favourite patchwork technique varies, strip piecing for speed, EPP for meditative sewing. I find actually quilting a top daunting though so it would be great to get some inspiration at Festival of quilts. I live in Derbyshire, just outside the Peak District,


    1. Hi Helen, tha is for popping in today. You must really take on a small hand quilting project. If you like EPP hand quilting is every bit as relaxing once you get the hang of it. Everyone should hand quilt atleast one quilt in their lifetime. Please let me know if you have a go. I have entered you into the draw. Good luck x


  4. Jayne P

    This is a wonderful giveaway! I enjoy Foundation Paper Piecing for precision and I am currently trying out some ruler work. I always feel inspired by your applique but not sure I have the patience. I’m not too far away from the FOQ as I live in the West Midlands


  5. Maureen

    I like ‘simple’ basic patchwork. So many different patterns to try, but I’m still working on my accuracy! I also like the variety of including machine embroidered blocks into projects. I’m from Blackburn, Lancashire.


  6. Hi Lucie, I love to do appliqué most and foundation piecing least – which is probably why my Dear Jane quilt is taking me soooo long to finish 😉. I’m from Peterborough in Cambridgeshire and would love to enter your ticket draw, thank you for doing this. Christine x


    1. Hi Christine, it’s so lovely to hear from you. I’m sure your Dear Jane will be lovely once it’s finished. Don’t give up. I have entered you into my giveaway draw. Good luck and thanks for popping in today x


  7. Lynn

    Hi – I love appliqué and free motion (which I find daunting until I practice and tell myself to relax – I then create some stunning work and am amazed at myself!). I live in Leicestershire and would love to win some tickets


  8. Heather smith

    Hi Lucie, since you have taught me all I know about quilting I cannot decide which I enjoy the most. I have to admit I do like hand quilting, and hand quilting pieces together. I find it so therapeutic and can think about all sorts of other things,very good for my health and well being. I am going to do a stand at our hospital health and well being day about quilting ! I must say I also enjoy the creativeness of appliqué work. I would love to go to the festival of quilts and I live in Morpeth Northumberland x


    1. Hi Heather, you were a star. I am so pleased that you’re going to set up a stand at your hospital showing the health benefits of quilt making. You have plenty of beautiful projects to display. I have entered you in my giveaway draw. Good luck and thanks for popping in today x


  9. Jayne Davey

    I would love to win tickets for Festival of Quilts for my mum & myself. My favourite technique is foundation piecing. I live in Pilling a village near Preston, Lancashire.


  10. Sheila.

    I’m looking forward to seeing your secret project.
    I wanted you to know that I thought the quilt Sarah made for you is beautiful.
    I called it the happy quilt.
    As for the comment Heather Smith made about quilting being good
    for our health both mental and physical, I’ve tried without success
    to get people interested in quilting and knitting.
    People do not realise the joy to be got from seeing something they’ve made.
    Off of my soapbox.

    Not entering the draw, Lucie, as I do not live in Britain
    Hope this comment appears as my other ones hasn’t


    1. Hi Sheila, It’s lovely to hear from you. I totally agree that all crafts are good for our mental health. Quilt making in particular has been very good for me. I spent many lonely years turning the loneliness into a sense of accomplishment whenever I completed a project. You can pop in and jump on your soapbox anytime you wish. Thanks for popping in today xx


  11. Eunice Eldridge

    Hi Lucie. My favourite technique is appliqued but I wish it was free motion quilting. Maybe one day I’ll have practiced enough to make a reasonable job of it!! I’m fortunate to have a ticket to see Jenny Doan at Birmingham and would love a chance to win a ticket to take my daughter in law as well. I live in Guide Post, Northumberland .


    1. Hi Eunice, its lovely to hear from you. Regarding freemotion quilting, keep practicing and you’ll get there. I have entered you into my giveaway draw. Thanks for popping in today and good luck x


  12. Maureen Walsh

    i would love to win tickets for the fesival of ouilts i am hoping to go with my daughter
    my favorite technique is applique but i am always hoping to learn others i live in singleton just outside blackpool lancs


    1. Hi Maureen, you’re a girl after my own heart. I love applique work too. I have entered you in my giveaway draw. Thanks for popping in and good luck in the draw x


  13. andie

    I like drawing a freehand pattern and then trying to work out how to do it! Works sometimes, sometimes too complicated and the pieces are too intricate


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