ONLY A FEW DAYS TO GO

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all making happy summer memories. I’ve waited a long time to start making new happy memories. And this is the summer I’m going to do it.

My Sarah and I have had simple happy times over the last few weeks. What with Sarah getting really good grades and graduating university and finally attending the graduation ceremony after three years of study. You would think that’s all a proud mother would need. However, we have one more event to attend before the summer is over. In a few days my Sarah and I will be taking a road trip when we attend The Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. Most of you reading will be thinking … what’s the big deal??? Well it’s a while since I did anything that far away from home. The last couple of years I have been on a journey of discovery. Starting all over again at my age can be a long drawn out affair. I’ve done all the basic rebuilding work and now it’s time to start living a little. So why not do something that involves my passion ….. quilt making.

Around Easter, I was invited to attend The Festival of Quilts by the organisers as a blogger. My own personal goal is to have a good look around and tell you the story of my visit to The Festival of Quilts. As a seasoned quilt maker, I know what I will be looking for at this particular show. I have attended this event three times over the last eight years. And every year new stuff is unveiled. This year I will be looking for quilt making related tools, different thread, machine quilting rulers, buttons and perhaps some woolly bits.  As our visit is basically a flying visit I will not be taking any classes.

So, The Festival of Quilts starts on Thursday. Today is Monday. All the prep work has been done. Maisie is booked in for a holiday and I’ve booked us girls a hotel room near to the venue. I’ll fuel up the car put my sunglasses on and we’ll push off early morning for our four-and-a-half-hour journey to Birmingham.

At the moment I’m filled with apprehension. However, I do know that once I have arrived at the venue and have had some refreshments, I’ll be in my element discovering all the new stuff that I haven’t seen yet. And as my Sarah studied textiles she’ll be in her element as well. If I’m honest, I think I’m really looking forward to stepping out and making new happy memories.

I do have a little progress report regarding my “A” is for Appliqué quilt. The photos aren’t great as the light wasn’t very good for photography but you will get the general idea of the quilt and quilting.

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I still need to add a label to this quilt. It’s a bright and cheerful quilt which I think I will hang. It will definitely brighten up any room.

So that’s my report for today. I shall be back next week with my report about our visit to The Festival of Quilts. 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

“A” IS FOR APPLIQUE PROGRESS

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all enjoyed a super first day of August. It’s been lovely in my little world.

I have a little progress report on a long standing UFO. If you’ve been reading me for a long time you may remember a little challenge I started several years ago called “A” is for Appliqué. My version consisted of 12 appliqué blocks which I eventually finished piecing but which were put away until recently when I decided to join all the blocks together. It then sat for a long time before I gathered the courage to longarm quilt it. I changed the name to something shorter along the way to The Joanna Quilt. Here are a few progress photos of what I’ve stitched so far …..

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I decided that this one would be all freemotion quilted using simple designs. It’s a bit funky and I have fallen in love with it because it’s a little bit quirky. It’s cheerful and the different blocks and the quilting draw your eye around the to the next surprise. I am really looking forward to getting the quilting done so I can take it all in in one go. It’s difficult to see the whole quilt when it’s loaded in my longarm. I have one or two other UFO quilt tops that need to be quilted. Perhaps I’ll be able to finish a couple more this summer.

So that’s my report for today. I have really enjoyed working on my “A” is for Appliqué quilt. It’s very satisfying seeing a project thru from start to finish. I hope to post photos of the finished result soon.  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

A GREAT FINISH

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a great day. Mine was spent mooching around again. I spent quite a lot of time in my sewing room. I should have pushed the vacuum cleaner around the floor or tidied up the garden while the weather was co-operating but I chose to play in my sewing room while my creative juices were flowing.

I joined all the strips of my “A” is for Appliqué/Joanna quilt. And that’s all I was going to do …. Well that just wasn’t enough of a play for me. I sat and pondered what to add as an inner border. I dragged out a little pile of leftover Padstow Range fabric from the collection I purchased all those years ago to make this particular project.

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I decided that I would piece said inner border using leftover scraps of that range. So, I ended up with this once I pieced and joined the inner border to the body of the quilt top …..

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DSCN0242I was going to leave it there for the day but no I went on to add the outer border after I auditioned this fabric which I thought would do the trick …..

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I am really pleased with this quilt top. I plan on finding something interesting for the backing for this quilt top. Finishing this quilt top is bittersweet for me. This project was started in my old life. It’s quite nice to be able to get it finished and put it behind me. I think it shows just how strong I have grown thru the difficult times. I have a few more projects which were started in my old life but now that I have all but finished this one, I know I will go on to finish the other successfully.

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As a treat for finishing my quilt top I flashed up my longarm and did a bit of this …..

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I love this quilting design. It’s called Rose Garden by Apricot Moon. It’s a little bit funky and pretty much looks good on anything.

It’s been a day of discoveries for me. I discovered that once I put my mind to it, I can do pretty much anything even though I think I can’t face it. I also realised that we should always look for the happiness in every day. Today I feel happy. And tomorrow I’m going to search out more things that make me happy.

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

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

MY LATEST OBSESSION PROGRESSES

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable day. We’re still in Easter holiday mode here in my little corner of the northeast of England. The sun has nowhere to be seen today. My Sarah disappeared into her art studio and I disappeared into my sewing room. My latest obsession is progressing nicely. I have now machine quilted all four sections of my charity quilt. Here’s a little peek at the sections waiting to be joined together.

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It’s a long time since I sat for several hours at my sewing machine to stitch until I couldn’t stitch anymore. Even when I piece a quilt nowadays I do an hour or so at a time and carry on tomorrow. I’m sort of fixated on this current project because although I don’t usually struggle with quilting full-size quilts, I am trying to work out how to quilt sections of a quilt and then join it together neatly in a way that’s not obvious. This way my fellow charity volunteer worker bees might benefit from my experimentation. I’m sure plenty of other quilt makers have worked out how to do what I’m doing but I need to do it myself in order to be able to explain to someone else. It’s good to challenge your brain now and again.

In between household chores and my latest sewing obsession I unwind with hexagons. I am making progress albeit slow progress. At the rate I’m going now, I may finish this hexie quilt sometime in 2020!!! Considering that I only work on it in my armchair in the evening, when I don’t fall asleep in front of the television, I’m probably progressing nicely. Hexagons have been my go-to project for many years.

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While messing around in my sewing room a couple of days ago, I found a few bits of fabric that I had given up finding. A while back I posted about some appliqué which I pieced as part of a challenge years ago. Well it turns out that I’m a couple of blocks short and I was determined to use fabric from the collection I had used to piece the first nine blocks. Now that I have found the fabrics I can get on with the task of piecing the last three blocks making a total of twelve. I have no plan of action for how to join all the blocks. I suppose if I just join them in the tradition way with sashing and such, that will do the trick. I’ll be glad to finally see this project finished and ready to use. I have a few bits of vintage lace which I can use to embellish but if I had some mother of pearl buttons to add the effect would be even better. So, if anyone out there has a few mother of pearl buttons to spare or knows where I could purchase a few I would appreciate it. I don’t have time to quilt it by hand but I’m sure a little simple machine quilting would do the trick. I’m determined to finish as many UFOs as I can this year.

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So, I guess that’s my report for today. I may not be posting tomorrow because I have an appointment in the morning and an errand with Sarah in the afternoon. So there probably won’t be any sewing progress to report in any case. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something relaxing. Until you next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x