THE NORMAL

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super week. It’s been a rather interesting week in my little world. I seem to have spent quite a lot of time creating.

A few weeks ago, I came across a quote ….. Always believe something wonderful is about to happen. That’s how I feel right now. Something wonderful is about to happen. I count myself lucky to wake up every morning. Life is precious, so we had better make the most of it.

I have a wee bit of progress to show you today. Do you remember yesterday’s little bit of progress?

Row Quilt Top

Well I hunted around in my stash to find something to add as borders to the centre blocks of my Row Quilt. I auditioned a few different fabrics but these are the two that I chose …..

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I was drawn to the teal. I don’t know why but I think once it’s quilted it will all blend together and make me happy. The next step is to piece some kind of backing using what I’ve got. I’m on a no-buy run at the moment. It’s ages since I last purchased any fabric. So, I’ve selected a few larger scraps to sew together to form the background for this newest project. I can’t wait to layer this one up to add a few quilting stitches. The quilt top is pretty busy as it is, so I’m going to try to keep the quilting simple.

I’ve not even finished the Row Quilt yet and I’m itching to start something new that I can hand stitch in front of the TV in the evening. My usual choice is English Paper Piecing. I’ve got plenty of ¾” hexagon papers and plenty of scraps of all sizes. And I will probably start on a hexies project but I have a hankering to do some different kind of patchwork hand sewing. Perhaps different English Paper Piecing shapes might do the trick. In the meantime, I do have some hand quilting to be done.

The sky’s the limit. For the last few months, we have all been limited in what we can do. We have been tied to our homes trying to keep ourselves safe. The restrictions have been eased but we still need to limit our contact with the public at large. During our incarceration, we’ve learned to make do and do without. We have become proficient at repurposing things in our homes. I believe that’s what helped me along in using what I have in my stash. Someday soon, I will be popping into quilt supply shops and replenishing my stash a little bit. I can’t believe just how much room our stash takes up. It’s quite amazing how all of a sudden you discover that you’ve emptied a whole basket of scraps by making do. It’s harder work to use up what you have than it is to buy a selection of fabric to produce a project. So, yes, the sky’s the limit. The only thing holding you back is yourself. Let your imagination run wild and give yourself permission to play.

It’s been a great week in my little world. I am so grateful for everything that’s happening around me. While I sit here composing this post, the sun is shining brightly and there’s quite a lot of traffic going past my home. It’s almost as though there isn’t a pandemic going on at the moment. The new normal has finally become normal.

Well, my lovely readers, I guess that’s my news and thoughts for today. I hope you all have a super cosy weekend doing something interesting that you love. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

DAY 28 MESSING AROUND CHALLENGE

Hello my lovelies. I hope your day has been as interesting as mine. Life just keeps getting better and better with each passing day of lockdown. The new normal is becoming normal.

Apart from walking with Maisie this morning, Sarah and I have been nowhere again today. However, we have a garden we can hang out in. And we both have our own workspaces where we can mess around with fabric and art supplies etc. And on a sunny day like today, we are more motivated to play with our supplies. Speaking of playing, here’s my art journal effort for today …..

Home

Once again, I kept my design simple. I think I like simple best. The washing line is reminiscent of Monday Washdays. I added a little vintage look washi tape top and bottom of the pages. And the sun cheers everyone up.

I have decided to carry on with my self-imposed messing around with art supplies challenge beyond the initial month that I originally set out. So, I have prepped another 7 days’ worth of pages. My list of ideas hasn’t run out yet. So, I’ll work my way through until the ideas dry up.

It’s been a pretty good day in my little world today. I’ve heard on the news that some businesses are re-opening while respecting social distancing rules. This will keep the economy ticking over. Slowly but surely the new normal is starting to work. I am a true believer that life will never be as it was. Perhaps all this is a wake-up call to a better life.

Well, my lovely friends, I guess that’s my report for today. Thank you for reading my random rambling thoughts. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something that makes you happy. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x