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It’s been a very satisfying day in my little world. I spent much of the day in my sewing room longarm quilting. This quilt was pieced by Jean for her niece who will be setting off for university soon. I’m sure this quilt will be well loved. Jean chose Plush as a quilting design and a pearly grey thread. It’s a rather large quilt 82” x 106”. So I was longarm quilting for England today. I’m sure this quilt will be treasured for many years to come. It will bring warmth and comfort to a young lady who is studying away from home.

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While I was longarm quilting in my sewing room there was a bit of this going on in my lounge …..

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My Sarah decided to prep a new project to work on over the winter months. I found a whole lot of hand dyed fabrics in my stash from days gone by when I was taking a City & Guilds class on patchwork and quilting. So Sarah’s mission was to cut it all up into 2-1/2” squares. I think most of the cutting is done. Next will be the ¼” seam allowance marking. I quite fancy doing one myself to use up all my scraps. It’s a whole bunch of four patches joined together isn’t it. What could be simpler?

I seem to be spending a lot of time searching for things lately. That’s a sure sign that I really need to tidy things up. A couple of days ago I went looking for a box of pens, my favourite black Pilot fine liners. They’re my favourite pens for doodling. I searched in one of my sewing room cupboards where I was sure I kept them but couldn’t find them. In fact a whole lot of stuff came flying out of the cupboard while I was searching in it. So this afternoon, after psyching myself out, I took the plunge and emptied the cupboard and I did indeed find the pens. I re-organised and disposed of a few bits. During the big tidy I found this …..

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And when I opened the tin I found this …..

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At first I didn’t know what this was. Once I pulled the bits out of the tin I worked out that it was a mini iron. I tested this mini iron and it doesn’t get hot enough to do a good job on seams. So I have disposed of the mini iron.

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I’m not heartbroken about disposing the mini iron because I found this other travel iron which heats up beautifully.

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The only problem with these little irons is that they don’t feel well balanced. Mine feels like it’s going to topple over making it quite dangerous. Does anyone have and use one of these little irons when they go to classes? I can’t remember why I bought my two little irons; I can only imagine I did so because I was going to use them for workshop classes. It was quite an experience tidying my cupboard in order to find my favourite pens. And of course you know that I was distracted by several things I found that I forgot I had including the two little irons. Do you get distracted when you set out to do a job? Or do you just do the job without any side trips? Tidying my cupboard today was like walking down memory lane.

I found something else that might be quite useful. Several years ago I ordered some of these acrylic templates …….

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It seems to me that using templates has become very fashionable again. We seem to be doing a lot more hand piecing for which these templates might be very useful. After finding these I realised that I have enough templates in my stash to keep me busy for a very long time. I might even be able to work out some new designs.

So it’s been a good productive day in happy longarm quilter land. I managed to longarm quilt Jean’s lovely quilt with great results. And I tidied a cupboard; a job that was long overdue. And I did all of that in the slow lane. My lovely creative friend reminded me yesterday that the slow lane is a good place to be sometimes because it gives you a chance to enjoy the scenery. Thanks for reminding me Sandra.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand piecing some Nine Patch Blocks, doodling and perhaps knitting a little. I hope you have a super cosy evening enjoying the scenery in the slow lane. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

It’s been another busy day. There wasn’t much sewing going on here in my little corner of the northeast of England. I attended an event which of course involved this tower of quilts …..

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Before heading off, I loaded a quilt into my longarm quilting system to start quilting tomorrow. I’m interrupting my summer break to get this one job done. University students need quilts and as they start their studies again in a few weeks’ time it is important that this quilt gets longarm quilted now. I hope to bring you a progress report tomorrow.

I did a wee bit of stitching this morning before I kicked off. Do you remember this doodle from yesterday?

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Well I gave it a go. At the time when I was doodling I had no intention of replicating it by stitching it out …..

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And although it’s not perfectly identical to my doodle it is a pretty good representation of what I penned wouldn’t you say.

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This little piece of stitching is only 8 inches square. And I used up scraps of backing and wadding leftover from another project. I even used the thread that was already running thru my sewing machine. I had a spare hour before I had to leave for my outing. And while I was adding a few things to today’s To-Do List I spotted yesterday’s doodles and decided to give a go at Freemotion Quilting it. I think I shall do a little more doodling that will stretch me. I realise that sometimes things don’t always work out as we would like but today’s effort is pretty good. So I encourage everyone to have a go. Doodle something and try to stitch it out. Go on, you know you want to!

Once again I will say it’s been another brilliant day in happy longarm quilter land. Over the last few weeks I have been more relaxed about day-to-day living but today I went back to making lists of what I need to get done. I think I’m going to find it hard to get back into the groove but I have to do it. I have another week or so before things go back to normal in my sewing room. I’ll tell you a secret ….. the Christmas longarm quilting bookings are coming in steady. The slots are booking up quicker than I thought they would!

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter is going to be doing some planning in order to be able to fit everything in. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

 

What a fantastic weekend it’s been. The sun was shining and the wind was blowing today. It was the perfect day to hang washing out on the line. In fact the sunshine always spurs me on to get loads of jobs done.

Well I didn’t really get many jobs done today. While my Sarah was doing homework to prepare for college I mooched about doing a little bit of washing and changing beds. I visited the supermarket because we were desperate for fresh fruit and veg. And once I stopped mooching about I sat down to some simple knitting …..

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I decided on a simple open design. I thought if I kept it simple I was more likely to get it finished. I have enjoyed my knitting session today.

In between knitting and checking on the washing I made notes for myself on these index cards …..

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And then I did some doodling …..

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I wonder if I could Freemotion stitch these doodles on a small quilt or a block perhaps. That’s the problem with being creative; you always want to go one step further. In a couple of weeks everything will have gone back to normal; my Sarah will have gone back to college and I will be longarm quilting properly again. I need to find a way to carry on being creative. I have a very long list of things I want to design, develop and make samples of. I guess I need to stay focused.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be knitting perhaps. Or hand piecing more Nine Patch Blocks. Who knows! I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

 

It’s been another lovely day in my little world. I have noticed that the days are getting shorter however I still seem to pack them just as full as always. I’m trying to spend as much time with my Sarah as I can before college starts again but we seem to both be rather busy over the last week or so. We’ll have to try to make up for that this week.

Well I think we’re ready for college. Sarah has checked her list and mostly everything has been purchased and put by for the start next week. I’ve enjoyed looking at art supplies, portfolios, pencil cases, sketching pencils, sketch books and lovely pens of all description. I’ve even purchased a few for myself. My downfall is notebooks. I’ve always got a notebook on the go to record all my ideas and my daily To-Do Lists. I’m sure I’ve got enough notebooks to keep me going for quite some time.

I discovered a new fabric collection on Facebook this morning. Apparently it will be shipped to the quilting/fabric shops in the very near future. I really love the look of Honey Meadow by Lewis & Irene. So if any of the LQS in my area are taking delivery of this lovely collection please let me know. It will save me time and effort. Hunting and gathering can be so time consuming. I have the perfect project for this fabric collection.

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While we ran some errands this morning I found this …..

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Can you believe that this is Duck Tape? My how times have changed. This roll of tape was calling my name so it came home with me. The spell check on my laptop is telling me that it should be called Duct Tape but as you can see the label actually reads Duck Tape …..

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The only fabric I bought yesterday was of the Tweed variety but my Sarah, who has recently taken an interesting in textile work, chose these. I’m so pleased she has gone for bright fresh prints unlike the colours I usually go for.

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I did do a wee bit of sewing today but I cannot reveal what I have been working on just yet. So you’ll just have to wait a while to see today’s effort. I can reveal what I will be working this evening though. I spent a few minutes preparing these few patches to be hand pieced together this evening. These patches will form a simple Nine Patch Block sample for Monday’s speaking engagement.

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So far it’s been a super slow paced quiet weekend. Just what the doctor ordered. Yesterday’s outing was rather tiring. I drove quite a distance, spent hours walking around the quilt show in the crowds. There’s one conversation stands out quite vividly from yesterday. And that conversation was with the owner/operator of The Quilted Bear. I have been buying from The Quilted Bear at shows and on Amazon for quite a while now. The one thing he said that stayed with me is that he loves doing craft fairs; they’re fun. Well I must say that when I arrived at the show in Harrogate yesterday things were in full swing and the noise levels and the crowds were not fun. Don’t get me wrong, I really love going to quilt shows. I’m always looking for the next new technique or tool and what better place to launch such a thing than at a quilt show. And while we’re on the subject I did find a new tool/technique but I haven’t ordered it yet. I will make enquiries and hopefully report my findings to you soon. So watch this space.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand piecing a couple of Nine Patch blocks. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something that makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

Happy Friday everyone. It’s been a brilliant day for me. A few days ago I convinced my Sarah to come to the Great Northern Quilt Show in Harrogate today. It wasn’t only Sarah that needed convincing. I spent the last day or two psyching myself out as well. I’m not that keen on driving long distances and it’s a good 90 miles from door to door. So when I got up this morning and saw the rain I was a little disappointed but they skies dried up and although it was overcast we only drove thru pockets of showers a few times and the sun even came out now and again. We had a super journey south and an even better return journey back north.

The show was rather busy. Well what quilt show isn’t busy! You can always tell which stands are good because you can’t get near them. I was armed with a list of stands that I wanted to visit and a list of books to look for. Well the list of books will have to wait until another time because I couldn’t get near enough the bookshelves to find what I wanted. And although I didn’t get my books I did get to visit every stand on my list and a few extra.

I did purchase a few things …..

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But the highlight of my purchases is this ….

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This fab Donegal Tweed which I purchased from Fabric Affair is so lovely and I can’t wait to start working with it. I don’t know of any LQS that stock tweed for appliqué work or piecing. It’s so exciting to find a tweed stockist even though they aren’t local. So watch this space. This is just the perfect new technique for me to stuck into during my quiet break.

I’ve had a lovely day. I searched high and low for Susan who was supposed to be wearing a butterfly pendant but didn’t spot her. So I’m sorry Susan I couldn’t find you but there were so many ladies that it’s no surprise. I’ve come home full of inspiration. I’ve seen some lovely colour combinations and superb projects which I don’t have time to make but one can dream. And as today is Friday I have the weekend ahead of me to do some interesting things. I will spend a little time preparing for a speaking engagement on Monday. I will be joining my creative friend Sandra to speak to a group of ladies who may or may not help making quilts for Quilts for Comfort. It’s a little daunting, however, I think I’m old enough and ugly enough to stand up and speak my mind.

In yesterday’s post I mentioned my lovely friend Carolyn starting her teacher training next week. Well in a few weeks’ time my lovely young friend Amy will be starting her studies at Nottingham Vet School. As I understand it studying to be a vet takes at least 6 or hundred years. Well Amy, we’re going to miss you’re beautiful smiling face on The Hill. You’re an amazing your lady who will go far in life. I wish you well in all your future endeavours.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will probably be doing some fine hand appliqué while watching some mindless TV. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

It’s been a lovely day in my world. The sun is shining and it’s really feeling like the last days of summer are around the corner. My sandals have been packed away and the socks are coming out of the drawer to be worn every morning. The kids in my area will be going back to school starting Tuesday. My Sarah has an extra week at home though.

I have a little progress to tell you about this evening. Do you remember the Jelly Roll quilt which I longarm quilted on Tuesday? Well I hand finished the binding yesterday when I attended the sewing session at Stitchin’ Heaven. I’m really pleased with the way this simple quilt has turned out. I plan on making one for myself. I have the perfect Jelly Roll to use. Now if I can just work up the courage to pull the ribbon off said Jelly Roll I’ll be able to get started!

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Let’s go back to Sunday morning ….. I stepped out on my own to have a decorative painting session at The Crafts House. I have a lovely friend who will be starting her teacher training program on Monday so I decided to paint a little something for her.

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This simple little apple was for Carolyn. Carolyn is going to make super teacher.  Carolyn and I decided to collaborate on a project some months ago. And I’m just starting to work on my part of the project. I can’t show you very much of the project but I can reveal that after being a very brave girl and pulling the ribbon off another Jelly Roll called Posy by Aneela Hoey for Moda …..

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I have turned it into this …..

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This wee project is quite magical. You can’t see the centres of the blocks which contain lovely magical stitcheries. Carolyn is a great doodler and she turns her doodles into stitchery pictures. I can’t wait to reveal the whole project.

It’s been a wonderful productive day. I ran a few errands, visited some crafty friends, played in my sewing room, caught up with a friend on the phone and just generally stayed in the 30mph lane. Things are just so much more enjoyable in the slow lane.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some fine appliqué work. I hope you have a super cosy evening full of interesting things. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

The weekend unravelled at a gently speed. I mooched around doing only what I felt like doing at a slow measured pace. Well the bank holiday is over now so I found it difficult to have to head out this morning for a dental appointment, a visit to the post office depot to collect a parcel we missed last week and also to renew the road tax for one of our cars. I ran one or two other errands before I could come home to do some longarm quilting.

I spent most of the day longarm quilting the Jelly Roll race quilt which I pieced on Sunday. It started off looking like this …..

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How flat and boring does that look? And this is what it looks with a few thousand stitches in it …..

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What a difference a few stitches makes. The design I used is Hall of Mirrors by Apricot Moon and the thread colour is pale gold. This quilt looks much better up close and in person. As simple as this project is it really is a nice quilt. I’m sure the recipient will treasure it. I will post more photos once it’s bound and ready to hand over.

After I finished the job I went on to do some Freemotion practice using the leftover backing fabric. I have a little project planned using a fat quarter. So I chose one fat quarter and went to town doing some simple Echo Freemotion Quilting.

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This print is from one of my favourite collections which is Athill by Cabbage & Roses for Moda. I have a piece of co-ordinating red for the lining for this particular project. I’ll post more about it when it’s done. Once I finished Freemotion Quilting that fat quarter I still had some time and backing fabric left so I went on to practice some more by adding some calico …..

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I really enjoyed my Freemotion Quilting session. Everything I have Freemotion stitched out today can be done using a domestic sewing machine. My Freemotion practice pieces are mounting up now. I will soon have enough pieces put by to join using the quilt as you go method giving me a fair size FMQ sampler quilt. All my practice pieces are different sizes and shapes which I believe will make an interesting FMQ sampler quilt. I just need to decide what to use as sashing fabric. I think I will probably use scraps for sashing making this project even more interesting.

I’m a relatively simple person. I love surprise gifts as much as anyone else does. Last week I was given this …..

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You’d be forgiven for thinking this pile of cereal boxes is a naff present. To me this pile of cereal boxes represents a big pile of quilt making templates. I can’t think of a better way of upcycling than making quilt block templates with these lovely boxes. Over the past year I have made so many templates and have run out of cardboard in the middle of a job more than once.

It’s been a good day in my world. I’m pleased with my accomplishments and I really enjoyed my Freemotion Quilting session. Someday I may even be good at it. Tomorrow I plan to step out for a bit of a social sewing gathering with some like-minded ladies. I don’t get to do that often enough. A social outing is exactly what I need right now. I’m trying to stay in the slow lane but it’s becoming more and more difficult as the weeks go by. I’m doing my best to stay in the 30mph lane. I have no control over how fast life around me is whizzing by.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will most likely do some knitting. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something that really makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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