UFO PROGRESS

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super fine day. It’s been a lovely day here in my little corner of the northeast of England. I find it amazing that although I’m writing from a sunny England that some of you are reading from North America, Australia, the Netherlands and many other places where the weather can be very different.

I’ve spent the last few days living. Along with a few daily chores I’ve worked on one or two UFOs …..

My Dresden Neighbourhood has been hand quilted and ready for the next step. I’m not sure whether I want to add a simple binding and hanging pocket in order to use it as a wall hanging OR have it framed professionally. I have never had any of my work framed professionally. I quite like this particular piece of work so perhaps it’s worth going all out and having it framed.

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I worked on one more UFO …..

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My Moving Forward quilt project has been on the go for almost two years since I started designing it. It’s the first project that I designed in my new life. It’s rather different from what I used to design in the old days. The colours are very different from the muddy colours I used to use. So, I added some borders to frame up the centre appliqué blocks.

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Dragged out some backing fabric which I had been saving for Sunday best ….. I decided that Sunday has arrived and so I will use this backing fabric rather than buy something new. Nice backing fabric is quite hard to source in the quilt shops in my area. So, when I find some I buy it.

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Now the quilt is loaded in my longarm quilting system in readiness for quilting over the next couple of days.

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I think the threat of frost is over now. So, it’s time for me to plant a few annuals. We headed out this morning to buy a few annuals. I suspect that I might new a few more but I’ll plant up everything I purchased today and see how far my purchases go.

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I had a little wander around my garden at lunchtime. Everything is looking quite lush at the moment and will need pruning and trimming soon enough.

I’ve got some raspberry canes …..

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Self-seeded Aquilegia …..

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A monster Clematis that keeps on growing …..

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A border full of interesting colour …..

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A close up of Clematis …..

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And a single self-seeded pansy …..

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This pansy is a real fighter. It survived the winter snows we had in March and is still looking good. What a mighty pansy.

When spring arrives and everything is greening up nicely, it always fills me full of hope. I know that there’s loads of good stuff coming for each and everyone of us. All we need is a bit of hope and a whole lot of patience. Keep your eyes on the prize.

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So, that’s my report for today. Looking back, I can see that I’ve done quite well with regards to progress. I reckon any little bit of progress is good progress. I’m pleased with both my Moving Forward and my Dresden Neighbourhood. My Neighbourhood was really good practice as I have planned a whole new project around that one block. 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

SUNNY FRIDAY PROGRESS

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super day. It’s been a proper spring day here in the northeast of England. The pollen count is pretty high and I would imagine that those who suffer from hay fever are suffering today. I used to suffer from hay fever but somehow it seems to have all but disappeared. Who knew that would happen!

So, let’s see what’s been going on in happy stitcher land. Well last evening I carried on hand quilting my Dresden Neighbourhood quilt …..

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It seems to be taking forever to stabilise the centre but I didn’t give up. I’m hoping to finish the centre this evening and then I will have to decide what to do with the rest. I’m looking for texture so I think I’ll stitch some geometric shapes around the Dresden. I’m going to keep it simple. I have discovered that when we make something too complicated we sometimes turn a project into a UFO. I don’t want to add this Dresden to the UFO pile.

As I sit in front of my laptop looking out the window this afternoon, I notice that the garden shrubs and plants are coming on a treat. My little trees are lush with fresh leaves and my shrubs are growing bushy again. It seems last week it was cold and nothing was growing yet. A few days of sunshine and everything looks and feels very different.

I seem to be more enthusiastic about creating these last few weeks. I have new ideas for projects and my colour choices are changing. I’m not sure why this transformation is taking place but I think it’s all good. So, in view of my changing tastes in colour palette I decided to treat myself to a collection of thread …..

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My postman attempted to deliver said threads yesterday while I was out so I went to collect them from the post office this morning. I spent ages just looking at them and trying to choose what colour fabrics to use in my next project. Receiving these thread spools has inspired me. I’m quite excited about starting to design something new. I feel the need to pull my sketchpad and pencil out to get started.

It’s a bank holiday weekend there in England. Monday is the holiday. And the weatherman has promised reasonable weather. I think it will be a good weekend to work in the garden. So, when I’ve tidied a part of the garden I’ll treat myself to a little drawing session. I’m quite sure I’ll find enough inspiration in the garden to design a whole quilt project.

I guess that’s my report for today. I’ve had a brilliant week. And it looks like it’s going to be a great weekend as well. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you enjoy. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

WHAT MAKES YOU TICK

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable day. As I understand it, it’s autumn in Australia and it’s suppose to be spring here in the UK but I’ll tell you what, it’s feels more like autumn here!!! It feels so cold. I went out this morning to meet my friend for lunch and I sure felt the cold. I was so happy to get home where it was cosy warm.

So, what do you think I might have done today. Any ideas anyone. Well I’ll tell what I’ve been up to. In between doing a few loads of washing I did a little simple stitchery on this block …..

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And hooped the next block in readiness for some simple stitchery work …..

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And then I layered up my Dresden Neighbourhood quilt and had a little think about how to quilt it. I’m not sure if I should do a little hand quilting on this one or some machine quilting. I’m really torn between hand and machine work. I’m considering a little machine walking foot work. I don’t use my walking foot for quilting very much but I thought I might do some modern day straight crossing over lines giving the whole quilt a modern feel. I have plenty of thread I could use. As write I’m talking myself into it!!!!

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Everyone has a story. I feel that by getting together and having a good chat we start to reveal what makes us tick. I hang out with like-minded ladies a couple of times a month and it’s during these sessions that you really learn about people. Many years ago, and while my Sarah was a tot I didn’t get to socialise very much simply because I didn’t get much help with childcare. Nowadays, I seem to get out and about a lot more and I’m blessed to have plenty of friends to get together with. We’ve all got a story which makes us tick. My regular readers will know a little about what’s been going in my life in recent years but I have discovered that there are thousands of other ladies who have similar stories that help make them tick. I think our past quite often comes out in the projects we create. It all comes out in the colours we use and the shapes and techniques that form our finished pieces. I recently went back to UFOs that have been in the pile for several years. I didn’t want to revisit the time when I first started said projects because I didn’t want to relive what was happening in those days. Well now as I make real progress on finishing up these projects I find it quite cleansing. I’m able to accept what was happening and I’m putting it all behind me. Finishing what you start can be soooo liberating.

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

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

LAST DAY OF THE WEEK

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had the perfect Friday. It’s still quite wintery here in my little corner of the world. However, my Sarah and I ventured out to top up essentials. This happiest stitcher cannot live without milk in her coffee! Lucky for us the highway maintenance crews are out in full force. And as we stuck to the main roads we did not encounter any problems. It was great to step out for an hour.

Do you know that when you’re on a self-imposed lock-in due to bad weather it’s hard to concentrate long enough to work out what to do? I’ve had five days of confusion because I just couldn’t figure out what to work on next. I feel I wasted quite a lot of time worrying about when the harsh weather would break but I carried on doing bits and pieces of quilt making behind the scenes. Silly girl, just get on with it.

So, yesterday I posted photos of another variation on the Dresden Plate theme. Something called Dresden Neighbourhood …..

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Well, I got started making roofs, windows and doors …..

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I’m using my favourite Freezer Paper method but raw edge appliqué would do the trick also. I chose this project because I wanted to have a little fun. The planning stage of any project is always fun for me. And using scraps of fabric is super.

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I really ought to work out what I will use for my background. I was planning on piecing a neutral background using scraps but I don’t seem to have quiet enough neutrals in my scrap basket so I’m going to have to move onto Plan B. I think I’m going to use a white background so that the patches stand out better. My Dresden Blades are mainly medium in shade, well at least my eyes register them as medium. So, this throw size quilt top which I pieced some time ago doesn’t really do it for me. I’ll have to save it for another project …..

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And besides I think I want to keep this quilt little. I don’t often work on little. So, I’m going to stick to my original idea of using it as a door banner.

It’s been an interesting week in happy stitching manor. February is finished and March has finally arrived. I was hoping for flowering spring bulbs like daffodils and crocuses but instead we got the Beast from the East. It feels like there’s no end in sight but it will end and when spring does arrive it will be so sweet. These last few days have given me time to reflect on life. I’ve got a better idea of what I want to do. I think I should design, create and breathe. My Sarah is rather busy working on end of year major projects and professional practice. I think she’s under quite a lot of pressure. So, my main goal at the moment is to support her as best I can. I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that our children should always come first. Once we get thru this last academic year, I can move onto please myself. How sweet it will be! Life is so precious so let’s live it.

I guess that’s my report for today. I’m the happiest stitcher in the world today. I’ve got that Friday feeling. I hope you all have a great weekend full of happiness. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching,

Lucie x