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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all enjoyed a happy long weekend. Today is a bank holiday here in England. So just to against the grain I decided to do some work today. I worked on Susan’s beautiful quilt. Here’s how Susan’s quilt looks now …..

Susans quilt 1

Susans quilt 2

Susans quilt 3

Susan chose a quilting design called Pollyanna by Ann Bright and a very pale grey thread. The quilting design is perfect and the thread colour blends beautifully. I love every bit of this quilt.

I spent quite a lot of time prepping my new project and thoroughly enjoying it. I found a box to keep my new project in while I’m working on it …..

project box

project box 2

I spent time tracing the template onto freezer paper, cutting the shapes out and ironing the shapes onto fabric and so on …..

Applique prep work

And now I am busy pinning and tacking the shapes onto my chosen background fabric …..

Making a sample block

I can’t wait to start the fine hand sewing which will secure the shapes to the background. I plan on making 25 blocks in total. I’m quite enjoying this project. I have to start considering how to quilt this one. And I haven’t decided whether I will be adding sashing yet. I’m much more relaxed about this project than usual. I like to plan everything right down to the binding before even making the rotary cut!

prep work

tacking shapes

So it’s been a pretty good longarm weekend for this very happy longarm quilter. I got a couple of bits of good news. And I spent some time considering my future. Things are definitely changing all around me and my future will certainly be affected. It’s time to make the right choices.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter is going to carry on with prep work for my new project. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something that really makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies. What kind of a day have you had? Whether it’s springtime like or autumn like, I hope you’ve all have a very enjoyable day. I’ve had a pretty busy time of it myself. I spent one hour running errands and the rest of the day in my sewing room playing.

I kicked off the day by loading Susan’s quilt. Step 1; load the backing fabric in my longarm quilting system …..

Step 1 loading backing

Step 2; load the wadding …..

Step 2 loading wadding

Step 3; float the quilt top …..

Step 3 floating the quilt top

You may have noticed that I haven’t shown you the right side of the quilt top today. That’s because I’m saving the beautiful fabric for the big reveal once I have quilted it. Susan has predominantly used a fabric collection called Vintage by Makower to piece this quilt top. And I love the fabric so much that I have ordered some for myself. Susan has chosen a quilting design called Pollyanna by Ann Bright and lovely pale grey thread. My intention is to get the stitching started tomorrow morning but for now I have tucked the quilt in for today.

Tucking a quilt in

What’s on your design wall at the moment? After loading Susan’s quilt in my longarm system I went on to adding some borders to three of my four current Whimsy blocks. The next step is to layer them all up and add some machine quilting. I’m looking forward to have a little Freemotion quilting session soon. So have a look at what’s on my design wall today …..

Design wall contents

I have tested a new block and determined that it will work for what I have in mind. So I decided to start doing some prep work to getting this project started in earnest. This will be my evening armchair project for the warm months. It’s an appliqué project and you know how much I enjoy fine hand appliqué. And the fact that I can use up some of my existing stash is great.

Applique prep work

Over the last few days I have been doing stuff willy nilly without a plan. Well it seems that I have definitely proven to myself that I do much better when I compose a To-Do List. My list consists of the goals/challenges I hope to achieve during a certain period of time. I have also come to the conclusion that the little unimportant boring things that need doing but can be easily forgotten don’t get missed out if they appear on my list. So this morning I made my To-Do List and I’m very happy to report that I was able to cross everything off the list and in fact I got a few extra things done as well. So for me the To-Do List is a must.

So it’s been a brilliant day in my little world. I worked at a slow and measured pace and enjoyed every minute. I wish all my days were as enjoyable as today. I wonder what tomorrow will bring.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some appliqué prep work. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super day. It’s been a pretty busy one for me. I spent all day in my sewing room working on a charity quilt. I was given 12 blocks pieced by the Pincushion Craft Club which I promised to turn into a quilt top and then quilt. So I finished adding the sashing and then moved onto the borders. And because the job progressed really well I loaded it into my longarm quilting system and went on to quilt it. This is what the quilting looks like …..

Pincushion Charity Quilt 1

Pincushion charity quilt 2

Pincushion charity quilt 3

Pincushion charity quilt 4

This quilt was so much fun to work on. Every bit of scrap fabric I added was recently used in other projects so I didn’t have to search very far to finish piecing the top. And the quilting design is called Bird on the Wind by Apricot Moon and a cream colour thread. I was pleasantly surprised how nice this quilt looks now that it’s finished. I plan on hand finishing the binding sometime over the next couple of days.

APMPANTO03 Bird_on_the_Wind

Adding binding to Pincushion charity quilt

I found a wee bit of inspiration in a magazine recently. I decided to resize and tweak a block from a project a wee bit. Here are some of the components from the said block. I can’t wait to see if I can get my tweaks to work. And if it does work I will be able to use up some of my stash. This will be my evening armchair project over the summer. There’s no rush but truth be known I can’t wait to see how this quilt will look when it’s finished.

Making a sample block

So it’s been a pretty good day in my little bubble. My appointment with Susan who was dropping a quilt top off broke up the monotony. Susan always brings me really interesting quilts to quilt for her. And this latest quilt is no exception. In fact the fabric is so lovely that I’m going to search it out. So I’m sending out an S.O.S. message today; if any quilt shop here in the UK carries a fabric collection called Vintage by Makower please contact me. In the meantime my search engine will be working overtime while I try to find it myself.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be working at hand finishing the binding on todays’ longarm quilting effort and watching George Gently. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a good productive day. My day was interesting but not so productive. I had a journey out to Gateshead first thing this morning. I drove thru lashing rain which eventually turned into sleet and hail. And a few minutes later the sun was out again. I’m hoping a warm bright summer is just around the corner!

I got home at around 1:30pm and settled into my sewing room until it was time to prepare our evening meal. A few weeks ago I was given 12 blocks by the Pincushion Craft Club to be turned into a quilt top for my favourite charity. So I looked around to find something I could use for the sashing. I found some pretty leftover coral colour backing fabric that I think does the trick. I did a wee bit of rotary cutting and started adding the sashing strips to each row of blocks. Tomorrow I hope to add the outer sashing and borders in readiness for longarm quilting. I love seeing projects come to life. I think this is going to be a nice quilt when it’s finished. A simple quilting job will do nicely.

pincushion quilt

Before I go any further I want to thank everyone for their kind words regarding my finger injury yesterday. My finger is fine so far. I’ve even been able to do some hand sewing but I must admit that it’s a little sensitive. I was a little worried about infection setting in but so far there does not seem to be anything brewing. Every time I think about what could have happened I feel week at the knees. I was really lucky and I take my minor injury as a reminder that I must be careful at all times whether I’m sewing using my domestic machine or my longarm sewing head. Lori Kennedy had an accident with her domestic sewing machine in November 2013 and she was not as lucky as I was. Read about it here.

finger piercing needle

So I’ve had an interesting day in my little world. I didn’t get much sewing done but I did have a little catch up with my friend while I was out this morning. I haven’t decided what I’m going to do tomorrow but whatever it might be I hope to make it count.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be testing a block sample for a new project. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something that makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve had a fantastic weekend and an even better start to the new week. It’s been another busy day in happy longarm quilter land.

We kicked off the day with a visit to the hairdresser. My Sarah and I have had a good trim and we’ll be tidy for a month or so. I had two other appointments today. One with Sheila and the other with Gail. Both ladies were dropping off quilts to be longarm quilted sometime over the next couple of weeks. The two quilts couldn’t be more different. You’ll just have to wait and see what the differences are.

I went on to finish longarm quilting Sandra’s quilt this afternoon. I worked and worked until the job was done. I even went back into my sewing to continue after I had my evening meal. Here’s a little peek at Sandra’s quilt now …..

Sandra's custom quilt 1

Sandra's custom quilt 2

Sabdra's custom quilt 3

I had a little accident this afternoon while longarm quilting this afternoon. Somehow my right index finger got in the way of the needle. I was very lucky that the needle did not hit my nail or the bone. The accident just serves to remind me that it’s so important to be careful whenever using sewing equipment. I’m quite surprised that over the 13 years that I have been longarm quilting this has never happened before!

Well it’s been a really good productive day in my little world. Tomorrow morning I’m going to be stepping out to do something completely different to what I usually do. I’m hoping for another good productive day on Wednesday.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be trying to hand sewing using the injured right index finger. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something that makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Hello my lovelies. What kind of day have you day? I hope you’ve all had a productive day full of fun. I spent the whole day in my sewing room doing this …..

Sandra's border

Sandra's block

Sandra's 3

Sandra's 4

Sandra's 5

I stepped into my sewing room at 8am and apart from two quick trips to the kitchen to make instant coffee and one trip to my front door to take delivery of some of my hubby’s parcels I stuck to the plan of action. At 3pm when my feet and legs could take no more I clicked everything off and took the weight off. I’m quite pleased with today’s effort. It took a quite a while to get the design established but once it was I could see that it was going to look nice. I think one more session should see this quilt complete. I’m looking forward to handing this special quilt back.

It’s been a busy productive and very satisfying day. Even after all the years that I have been longarm quilting I find custom quilting a little bit daunting but I think a good challenge now and again keeps things fresh and interesting. Tomorrow I will be spending the day with like-minded ladies at Stitchin’ Heaven. It doesn’t seem five minutes since my last monthly beginner’s sampler class. I wonder what challenges I will be presented tomorrow. I hope the evening relaxing so I can be at my best for tomorrow.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some hand quilting. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Hello my lovelies. Have you are had a good productive day. We’re almost halfway thru the month of May! I can’t wait for summer to arrive. I’m looking forward to my little break in August.

I spent quite a lot of time in my sewing room again today. I worked on my Penny project. All that’s left is to do the quilting. Here’s what it looks like now …..

Pennies from Heaven Table runner progress

If you would like to join me in making this project please contact Stitchin’ Heaven to register for the class on Friday June 12th. I really enjoyed working on this vintage project with a modern twist. I didn’t know what it would be like to work with wool but everything worked really well. I have worked out a way of making these pennies using regular patchwork cotton for those who do not want to use wool.

After bringing my Penny project to the hand quilting stage I went on to layer another little quilt which I will be using as a sample for my hand quilting class in July. I layered said quilt using my longarm quilting frame. So this quilt ….

Applique project xx

Has been turned into this …..

Layering a quilt

And to end the day I loaded Sandra’s second quilt into my longarm quilting system in readiness to start quilting it tomorrow. I think this one deserves a custom quilting job. I haven’t decided how to approach the quilting yet. That’s a decision I will ponder this evening. I love this quilt but especially I love the scrappy look. Someday soon I will be dragging my scraps out in order to prep an armchair project for the summer. This is what Sandra’s quilt looks like at the moment …..

Sandra's second quilt

I can’t wait to transform this quilt top into a proper quilt. It’s quite a large quilt so I think it will take two or three sessions to complete.

So it’s been a very productive in happy longarm quilter land. I played and played in my sewing room until it was time to start preparing our evening meal. For some unknown reason I concentrated so hard on what I was doing that I was not planning new projects in my head. It’s quite refreshing for me to have my head in the here and now. I’m looking forward to doing it all over again tomorrow.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some hand quilting on my Penny project. I can’t wait to see what it will look like when it’s finished. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something relaxing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

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