BUSY ON A BANK HOLIDAY

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all having a relaxing. It’s a holiday here din the UK on account that it’s Good Friday. I must admit that it doesn’t feel like a bank holiday. My Sarah should be winding her way home from Manchester as I write this post.

I kept busy all day by running some errands this morning; just normal things like filling the car, buying dog food and popping in to my local DIY shop of some replacement decking tiles. Nothing of any great consequence but stuff that needed to be purchased to move forward. Once I got home, I disappeared into my sewing room to start stitching the quilt I loaded into my longarm system last evening …

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After I added this little dog to the bottom corner of the quilt top …..

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I think he adds a little character to the quilt even if he is just a wee one.

Using a nice steel grey thread and a quilting design called Pieces of My Heart by Melonie J. Caldwell, I stitched until the job was done. I think it looks pretty good. I went on to find some fabric for the binding and I hope to be able to hand finish the binding on the back of the quilt this weekend. It feels good to be able to say that for all intents and purposes it’s a wrap. I’m getting quite adept at designing simple quilts and bringing them to fruition in good time.

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Sunday is Easter. And Easter weekend has always been the time when we do a good spring tidy in the garden. If the weather s reasonable I plan of raking and brushing the dead growth and wind-swept litter out of my garden. I kicked the big spring tidy off by replacing the decking tile with a new one. The old one was just hanging in by a thread. I’m sure it was at least 15 years old. So I popped over to my local DIY shop first thing to see if I could find a replacement. I found just the thing.  The best part is that a lovely gentleman offered to help me load it into the car!!! I dragged the old decrepit decking tile away and prepared the gravel and laid the new decking tile in it’s place. It will take a few days for it to bed in and level out. It was just a simple job that I knew I could do by myself. Every little job I accomplish builds my confidence. So, my backdoor looks tidy once again. I’m looking forward to planting up my troughs and containers but as there’s still a chance of frost, I’ll put it off for a few weeks.

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So, I guess that’s my report for today. I’m looking forward to having a quiet weekend. I have plenty of hand sewing I can get done and I would like to draw a couple of new blocks as well. I hope you all have a super relaxing weekend. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x  

STACK OF USEFULNESS

 

Hello my lovelies from a sunny breezy northeast of England. It’s finally Friday. I’m sure there are loads of you sighing because you’re happy to see the end of the workweek. I’m going to enjoy my weekend. I’m going to reward myself for filling the past week with useful tasks. Here’s my stack of usefulness for this week …..

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I lovingly folded and stacked these completed quilts last evening. It gave me great satisfaction knowing that these few quilts, that were a joint effort between our volunteer quilt makers and me, will bring comfort for a few poorly young people who need comfort.

Last evening while I was sitting watching television and hand finishing the binding on a quilt, I was making of plan of action for a quilt I have been asked to piece. So, after doing my morning routine, I gathered up pen and paper and drew a grid and re-divided the grid into different sections in order to be able to spread the colours and prints of the chosen fabric.

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I started rotary cutting, sewing and pressing furiously. At the moment the quilt is in three sections because I plan on adding a little simple raw edge machine appliqué. It will be a lot simpler to add some machine appliqué if I don’t have to push the whole quilt top thru my sewing machine.

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So, as you can see for yourself, it’s been a pretty busy week in my little world. Next week, I have one or two appointments. So hopefully I can go back to working at my slow and measured pace again. Traveling in the slow lane is so great. It gives you a chance to look at the scenery.

I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something your truly love doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

MEETING THE CHALLENGE

Hello my lovelies. I hope you all had a super sunny day. It’s suppose to be spring but it’s not very warm yet. The grass is growing and the spring bulb flowers are peeking out. I’ve got a few daffodils making a little show in my front borders. I love daffodils, they’re a sign of what’s to come. In a few weeks I’ll be shopping for my annual summer bedding plants. I so looking forward to warmer times.

So, what do you think I’ve been doing today. Do you think I met my quilt making buddies for coffee and a natter? Or perhaps I went shopping for new shoes? Did I go out to have my hair and nails done? No ….. I spent most of my day in my sewing room longarm quilting the last of my 5-quilt challenge. Yippeee! Have a little look at my latest charity quilt. I must stress that I did not piece this quilt top, it was pieced by one of our Quilts for Comfort volunteers. For this quilt, I stitched a quilting design called Butterfly Beauty by Hermione Agee using a nice fine white thread. I’m very pleased with how this one turned out.

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The first thing I did this morning is rotary cut seven strips fabric to be joined together and used as binding. I’ve been really lucky to have loads of my own stash that I could use as binding for all the charity quilts I have quilted in the past week. I’m hoping to squeeze one more quilt in before my next volunteer meeting next week. So, watch this space.

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It’s been quite an adventure meeting a challenge I set myself. It just goes to show what you can accomplish when you set your mind to it. I must admit that yesterday I felt like a creature on a hamster wheel running as fast as I could without getting very far. Today I can see just what I have accomplished. I have a nice little pile of finish quilts for all the effort I put into it. Tomorrow I’m having a day off from longarm quilting in favour of doing a few household that I need to catch up on. I may even work on one of my own projects.

It’s been a lovely day in my little world. It’s been busy but that’s the way I like it. I can remember a time when I always felt like I was walking on egg shells. Those egg shells have disappeared making my home a place of comfort and safety. Sarah is really busy working on final major university assignments and helping out with the year end degree show. I think she’s learning a hard lesson about how when you join a committee to organise an event there are always too many chiefs and not enough Indians. I definitely look forward to seeing the end of this final academic year. Operation Taking Flight has zoomed by and we will soon have our whole lives ahead of us.

So, I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something relaxing. Until next time,

 

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

THAT GROUNDHOG DAY FEELING

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fabulous day. It’s been a rather busy one in my little world. I got up at the crack of sparrow fart to make enough binding for two quilts. I rotary cut fourteen 2-1/2” strips and joined them together on the bias …..

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And then pressed the length in half in readiness to be machined on two quilts, today and yesterday’s longarm effort.

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I made two labels as well but completely forgot to take photos!!! I hadn’t had my coffee yet.

We had some lovely sunshine earlier which of course spurred me on get some more longarm quilting done. You may have guessed that I was working on a charity quilt again today. That just proves that you read yesterday’s post. It’s beginning to feel like Groundhog Day around here this week. Here’s a little peek at the scrappy quilt which I longarm quilted today …..

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It’s quite similar to the ones I did earlier in the week. Today’s effort was quilted using a bright gold thread again and a quilting design called Buzz by Hermione Agee.

So that was number four and here’s number five in the challenge I set myself …..

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I must stress that I did not piece this quilt, it was donated by one of our Quilts for Comfort volunteers. This one is quite different from the four scrappy quilts I longarm quilted lately. I’m thinking of using white thread on this one and perhaps a simple but girlier quilting design. I’m a girly girl so girly works well for me. I’m hoping to squeeze one more in this week. I’m looking forward to sitting down and drawing some appliqué blocks this weekend. I’m missing working on one of my own projects. I’ll aim to concentrate on my own stuff next week.

It’s been a pretty good day in my corner of the northeast of England. I spotted a city grass cutting crew out and about. I guess that means that spring has properly arrived. Easter is just around the corner which is when I kick off my own garden spring clean. I’m a fair-weather gardener. I sure hope we have good weather for Easter.

So, I guess that my report for today. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something seasonal. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

STILL ROCKING WITH CHARITY QUILTS

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a lovely first day of spring. I enjoyed some lovely sunshine. It wasn’t super warm but it was lovely. The temperature is slowly creeping up, finally!

So, what have I been doing today. Well I’ve been doing much the same as I have been doing the last few days. I longarm quilted another charity quilt …..

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I must impress upon you that I did not piece these latest quilts. Quilts for Comfort is the charity I volunteer for and we have loads of lovely volunteers who piece quilts and several ladies, such as myself, who quilt the few quilt tops that come in. Margaret and Jenny pieced the quilt tops in my current challenge. Today’s effort was quilted using a bright gold thread, which I believe lifts the darker fabrics and a quilting design called Cotton Puff by Vickie Malaski. I love a scrappy and these latest quilts have been fun to work on.

I’m having so much fun quilting these scrappy quilt tops that I loaded another. This is number 4 of 5 maybe 6.

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It seems that we all purchase gadgets, sometimes because they look good, without knowing what we’re going to do with them. Some years ago, I purchased a Sewline glue pen. I had no idea what I was going to do with it but it looked pretty and so I convinced myself that I needed it. Over the years I used it twice until recently when I have used it over and over again and needed to find a refill because I used it so much that it was empty. I use my glue pen for appliqué prep work nowadays. And it does exactly what I want it to do. FYI: I have added a little photo tutorial about how to prep fine hand appliqué work on the How-To Info page. You can find the different pages on the right side of this page by scrolling down. The document is printable. I shall be adding another photo tutorial about how I approach the actual fine hand appliqué stitching soon.

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It’s been a superb day in my little world. Having such brilliant sunshine was a real treat and for some reason I feel inspired to get on with all my projects so I can design more! I wish we could add a few more hours to each day.

So that’s my report for today. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly love doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

BEAST BE GONE

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable weekend. Those of you who live in the UK might have experienced the Mini Beast from the East. Rest assured that my little corner of the northeast of England did not suffer too much with snow but the wind was mighty strong and biting cold. I stepped out on Saturday to join a group of like-minded ladies. I didn’t think there would be many takers but quite a few diehards travelled the short distance to the venue. We had a fabulous day forgetting the fact that the Mini Beast was raging outside.

Here’s my little bit of progress for the weekend …..

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I’m loving these latest appliqué blocks. The more I look at them the better I like them; I think it’s the simplicity I really like. What a great way of busting my stash and using up scraps.

I managed to longarm quilt another charity quilt today …..

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Once again, I used a lovely fine bright gold thread and the all over quilting design is called Cloud Nine by Patricia Ritter. I cut and joining binding strips which I machined on this after and hope to hand finish said binding on the back of the quilts this evening. I also loaded the next charity quilt to be stitched tomorrow, I hope. I’m feeling quite satisfied with my charity quilt quilting challenge so far. Two down three more to go. I’m aiming for five but perhaps I’ll be able to squeeze an extra one in before my deadline. Fingers crossed.

It’s been another great day in paradise. Longarm quilting a charity quilt makes me feel good; as if I’ve done something useful. The Mini Beast from the East seems to have moved on. It was lovely walking Maisie this morning; there was no snow whipping my face and the wind was mild and barely more than a whisper. What a different a day makes 😉 

So, I guess that’s my report for today. I’m still working on putting together a photo tutorial regarding prepping appliqué blocks. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something that makes you happy. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

THANK GOODNESS IT’S FRIDAY AGAIN

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable day. It’s Friday. This is the day when I look back on the week gone by and take stock of all that’s gone on and everything I’ve accomplished. By all accounts, it’s been another great week in my little world.

It’s been a dreary day in my northeast of England. It hasn’t stopped raining since last night. I count myself lucky that it’s been raining and not snowing!!! I wonder what tomorrow will bring.

While the wind was blowing and the rain was lashing the windows, I disappeared into my sewing room to do some longarm quilting on a charity quilt that I loaded yesterday. I used a bright gold yellow thread and the quilting design is called Simple Texture by Celine Spader. Here’s a little peek …..

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I stitch and stitched until the quilting was done. Have a look at the back of the quilt. It looks neat and tidy. And I suppose if you wanted to you could use this quilt on both sides.

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As this quilting is part of a challenge I set myself, I went on to load another charity quilt top to longarm quilt on Monday. It’s another scrappy quilt; it’s quite fun to look at all the different fabrics in these scrappy quilts. I even recognise some of the fabrics as some that I have used over the years. Sometime over the weekend, I’ll search out some fabric suitable for binding. I guess I should make miles of it as I have at least five more quilts to longarm quilt and three of those are scrappy quilts. Multi-coloured binding will work rather well with the scrappy quilts and it will be nice to use up my scraps. The problem with using scraps is that it makes more scraps!!!

I started a to compose a simple tutorial to show how I approach the prep work for hand appliqué work this afternoon. I’m hoping to come up with the words that will explain how I got to this stage …..

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I’ve taken oodles of photos but I’m never quite sure how and what to say. I suppose if I say everything, as if the person reading knows nothing about appliqué, I might get all the info down.

It’s been such a good week. I’m always happy when Friday rolls around. Tomorrow, I’m hoping to spend some time with like-minded ladies. A little socialising is good for the soul. My Sarah and I, we’re working on our happy ever after. Every week, every single week brings a surprise.

Well I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy weekend doing things you truly enjoy doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x  

IN MY NEIGHBOURHOOD

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super productive day. I spent mine mooching about again today. I’m feeling a bit dragged out at the moment. I desperately need some warm sunshine to revive me. It’s the time of year when we feel like we’re in-between seasons. I spent a little time on Monday tidying the front garden. There’s still loads to do outside but it’s still quite cold and we’re expecting stormy weather over the next few days. So, the outdoor tidying has been put on hold for another week.

I ran a couple of very local errands this morning; my Sarah and I will start painting the hallway soon so I thought I should buy some paint. It’s quite a big job and I certainly don’t look forward to it but I think together we’ll get thru it quickly. I have a feeling we might have to put it off for a few weeks in order to give Sarah a chance to finish her major projects for uni. This particular job has waited quite some time, what’s a few more weeks. It will be nice and fresh once it’s done.

I’m very pleased to tell you that I finally finished my Dresden Neighbourhood quilt top. I was going to layer it up in readiness to add some freemotion machine quilting but I’m wondering whether I should make it into a bigger project!!!!! I really really like. I’ll give it a day or two and make my decision about whether I should extend it and turn it into something bigger.

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Yesterday, I set myself a challenge to quilt a certain number of charity by the end of the month. Well this morning at dawn I was loading the first of a few quilts into my longarm for quilting on Friday. It’s a fab scrappy quilt top which I will turn into a quilt by adding a few thousand stitches. I have decided what thread colour to use but not the quilting design yet. I’m looking forward to getting this one quilted, bound and labelled. I love a scrappy cosy quilt.

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I sat quietly this afternoon and drew a couple of Moving Forward blocks. And then I started the prep work. I’ve decided that once the fabrics are chosen the rest is so much more interesting. Now that my Dresden Neighbourhood is practically finished, I can concentrate of Moving Forward.

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I guess that’s my report for today. It’s been a great day in my little world. I mooched about and worked at my slow and measured pace. Sometimes is really good to pull into the slow lane and view the scenery. 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

MONDAY REPORT

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fabulous first day of the week. Do you realise that we’re almost halfway thru the month already??? It’s amazing how quick time flies.

I don’t have much sewing progress to report today. I mainly worked on securing my Dresden Houses in place. I have secured all the roofs and the dark doors and windows. I’m working on securing the light doors and windows in place now. I am really enjoying working on this small piece.

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The light wasn’t any better yesterday but I did manage to get a shot of last week’s Quilts for Comfort finish …..

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The pink and grey bubble quilt was collected this morning to be delivered to the hospital. This is how it looked when it escaped thru my front door …..

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Look what I received today. For the last couple of years, I have made an effort to keep flowers in the house at all times but recently I have been more lax about it. Flowers seem to cheer a room up. So, when these arrived I was rather grateful. Thank you to Sandra and David for the lovely bouquet.

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So, that’s my report for today. It feels a little light but it’s a little news. I’m hoping to prep the new blocks I designed last week for my Moving Forward quilt project this week. I have so many tasks listed on my To-Do List but there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in a day not to mention energy. The best thing to do is keep breathing and everything will fall in place. 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

ON A WINTER’S DAY

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable day. We’ve had snow, snow and more snow today. And there’s more to come. I just hid in my sewing room longarm quilting to my little heart’s content.

I finally finished quilting my Dresden quilt today. I clicked the on switch at 9am and carried on until the job was finished. The quilt still needs to be bond and labelled but I just needed to show you a little progress of all the effort I put into this simple quilt. Here’s a sneaky peek …..

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I’m going to sew in all the thread ends this evening and I hope to bind and label it tomorrow. I am so please with this quilt. I think this one is going to be hung in my living room where I can see it every day. I will be sure to show it off before it goes up on the wall. It feels so good to have almost completed this quilt. This is one project that started on paper as a drawing and I was able to bring it to fruition. I will post more photos when the binding has been added.

I did a little bit of fine hand appliqué work last evening. I’m really enjoying this hand appliqué work. Here’s a little peek …..

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Does anyone else do fine appliqué work out there? Do you love it as much as I do? My favourite appliqué method is using freezer paper. However, I recently finished a raw edge machine appliqué project and it looks great but I didn’t find it as satisfying as hand appliqué.

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I mentioned yesterday that the weather forecast for this week was going to be a bit full of snow and cold. Well the wind has set in and is definitely driving the snow. We’re experiencing plenty of falling snow and the wind is very cold indeed. You would think that I would be used to kind of weather because I was born and bred in Montreal where the winters are really hard. I have definitely softened up over the two+ decades I have spent in the UK. The weather, although very damp, is much milder here in the UK winters than ever they were in Montreal. I was quite pleased to hide in my sewing room today. Sarah had no such lucky as she had to travel to uni for a studio session.

I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening. Snuggle down and enjoy a relaxing evening. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching

Lucie x