Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fab day. It’s been a lovely sunny day in my little corner of the northeast of England.
I kicked off my day by loading another quilt in my longarm quilting system …..
This one is a commissioned quilt. I took this thru the planning stage; I had help with choosing fabric and moved on thru to the piecing and now I am at the longarm quilting stage. Last evening, I tried to shop for a new quilting design but I couldn’t find anything any better than what I already have. So it be quilted using one of the design from my stash.
After loading a quilt into my longarm system I gave myself permission to play …..
I prepped some bits and gathered up thread, wool, scraps of fabric etc and just sat at my sewing machine I played until it was time for me to travel down to where my Sarah is attending university. Sarah needed a drawing board and her dad made her one so I delivered it during her lunch hour. We had a picnic in the car and a good chat and I travelled back home in good time. And I then continued to play again …..
I don’t often get a chance to play. So it was a treat. However, today’s play time is all connected to a class I will be teaching in a few weeks. Today’s play time served me well as I worked out the tension and needle type I need to use for my Inchies and Postcard class. By playing I worked out exactly how to do what I want to do and how to approach teaching it. I had so much fun and I’m sure my students are going to enjoy having a good play on the day. Using up what you’ve got on hand is brilliant and this project does just that.
So it’s been a great day in my little world. Giving myself permission to play was the best thing I did all day. I came away full of inspiration for other projects as well. I look forward to showing you my samples sometime in the next few days.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilting will be making Yo-Yos, playing with beads and buttons and anything else my little heart desires. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really enjoy doing. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥
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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fabulous day. My day was spent doing this and that. The first thing I did was finish Karen’s gorgeous quilt. Here’s the last little bunny I quilted …..
This quilt is so cheerful and kept me well entertained every time I stood back to look at it.
After running an errand at lunchtime I disappeared into my sewing room once again and spent the afternoon adding some borders to a simple quilt I have been working on. I received the backing fabric yesterday which means I can now load the quilt into my longarm quilting system in order to quilt it. I plan on shopping for a new quilting design this evening. I feel this project deserves a new-to-me quilting design. The next step is to audition thread colours in order to make yet another decision. I’ll keep you posted on the progress of this quilt.
While I work in my sewing room I have plenty of thinking time. I quite often make lists and jot down ideas on scraps of paper. While I’m using my sewing machine, iron board and other tools, I think about how much appreciate good useful tools. I’m very lucky to have a sewing room where everything is set up and ready to go at short notice. I love my sewing machine and I absolutely think my pull-out-of-a-drawer ironing board which is situated right beside my sewing machine is just the bee’s knees. It’s so nice to have the tools I need at my fingertips. It makes piecing quilts and all my sewing projects so much more interesting. And using my gadgets is fun too. Just in case you didn’t know, I love gadgets that work! And I’ll shout from the rooftops when I find one that works. Have you recently discovered a gadget that you think works really well? If so, please comment and let me know what you’ve discovered.
Now, I think you all deserve a little progress report on Operation Taking Flight. Well by now, 4 weeks since Sarah moved to her university accommodation, I thought I would inconsolable with loveliness for her. Well I’m not! It’s not because I’m heartless. It’s because I have discovered Skype. I can chat with my Sarah anytime I wish. I can see here every single day. Skype is a lifesaver.
So it’s been a great day in my little world. I got a good taste of spending time in my sewing room and moving forward with a few of the tasks on my To-Do List.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some fine hand appliqué work. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly like to do. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥
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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super duper day. I stepped into my sewing around 7am to start working on this little panel …..
Today quilts belong to Karen who always bring me interesting quilt tops to longarm quilt. Once I finished Karen’s Noah’s Ark panel I loaded this one …..
And worked on this fab quilt until it was time to make our evening meal. I didn’t manage to finish it but hopefully a couple of hours of work will see it complete tomorrow morning.
I do very little ruler work in my day-to-day longarm quilting but today I used this little ruler to outline the patches. It works very well in keeping my stitching on track. I really enjoyed today’s session but I must admit I feel brain dead this evening.
It’s been a dark day in my little world. And late afternoon the fog started rolling in making everything look eerie. Working on Karen’s pink girly quilt helped to make my dark sewing room much more cheerful.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some fine hand appliqué. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly love. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥
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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super day. My day has been full of loveliness. I spent most of my day in my sewing room longarm quilting Veronica’s Four Season Whimsy quilt. I’m very pleased to announce that all the quilting is done now and here is a sneaky little peek at part of what I stitched today …..
I taught two classes at Stitchin’ Heaven on Friday and Saturday. The ladies learned a variety of techniques; Christmas Stockings, Japanese Meshwork on Friday and Cathedral Window, Cutting Mat Bag and Seasonal Wreath on Saturday. And somehow everyone went away having learned something and well on their way to success. So here’s a selection of photos from my two days spent in very good company …..
And here are a couple of photos of prize winning projects that were made with my help. This first photo is Shirley’s Japanese Meshwork cushion for which she won first prize in the Longframlington Show …..
And this Cutting Mat Bag is one of my designs as well which Margaret pieced and entered into the Glanton Show for which she won second place prize. It makes me feel good to know that somehow I have inspired these ladies to be creative.
Well it’s been a really busy day in my little world of longarm quilting. My main goal for today was to finish longarm quilting Veronica’s quilt; which I did and went on to machine the binding onto the right side of the quilt and which I will hand finish on the back this evening. After comparing my work list and my diary I realise that the next three weeks are going to be manic for me. It’s days like today that make me realise that I need a wife. I have a husband but a wife would be even better to help me thru the next few weeks. Tucking myself into the slow lane to enjoy the scenery for a bit is very appealing at the moment.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand finishing the binding on Veronica’s quilt. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly love doing. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥
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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a great day. My little world, happy longarm quilter land, has been sooooo busy. I spent all day in my sewing room longarm quilting Pat’s very large quilt…..
Pat chose a quilting design called Wisteria by Patricia Ritter and a Rich Sand thread that blends in beautifully. This large quilt turned out super and I think Pat, who has gone off the quilt, will be pleasantly surprised with the finished result.
On my travels over the last few weeks, getting Sarah settled in her new university digs, I came across this sign which I just love …..
Yesterday I boasted about going to Yarndale over the weekend. Well here are a couple of my purchases …..
Until recently I didn’t know that there was such a thing as pottery wool bowls. Well I love this one so much that I’m going to make sure that I’ve got a knitting project going at all times! And since my last visit to a wool related show I fancied having a go at spinning so I purchased a Drop Spindle kit. I have no idea how well I’ll be able to spin but I thought I’d give it a go.
It’s been a really good day in my world. My longarm quilting system was chugging away all day and I managed to answer a few enquiries. My doorbell went a few times with quilts arriving and a finished quilt being collected. It’s been a day full of busyness.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be either doing a bit of knitting or some fine hand appliqué. I’m spoiled for choice of projects. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really enjoy. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥
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