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LET’S SMILE

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fabulous day. Here in my little corner of the northeast of England the sun has been shining keeping me bright and chirpy.

I spent the morning longarm quilting Florence’s quilt. Florence chose the Butterfly Walz design by Apricot Moon and I stitched the design with a lovely fine lemon yellow thread. I completely forgot to take photos of this quilt in progress as I usually do but here are a couple of shots once the quilt was removed from my longarm quilting frame.

Florences finished quilt 1

Florences finished quilt 2

I’m not sure who will receive this quilt but she is one lucky young lady. I’m sure Florence will be pleased to see this one up close and in person.

It seems I’m on a roll working on hexagons lately. My wee hexagon project is progressing nicely and I must admit I will be glad to see the end of this one. I’m working on the last side border which as you can see is simply more hexagons. I’ll be so pleased to get this one quilted and ready to use. I’m looking forward to working on some more of my UFOs.

Wee hexagon progress

I desperately feel the need to down size at the moment. My sewing room is crammed full of stuff that I’m sure I will never get to use. So if you’re looking for special equipment that you think I might be willing to sell on and you live in my corner of the northeast of England, please contact me. I have one or two sewing machines including a sit down longarm quilting machine that I’m considering selling on.

It feels like it’s been a long winter! Today was lovely and sunny and welcome it was too. On the dark gloomy and very days, we have endured over the last couple of months there is one thing I truly appreciated. It’s something that costs nothing and means so much.  A smile ….. A smile costs nothing and it can start your day off beautifully. This morning the plumber was here to service my boiler and he smiled as me. Quite often when I walk my Maisie first thing in the morning I will meet another dog walker who will smile. So my goal for the future is to smile and make a difference to anyone I come across. However difficult it might be to make a grumpy person feel better, I’ll still give it a go. Even I can afford a smile.

Lets smile

So it’s been another pretty good day in my little world. I managed to finish longarm quilting another quilt. I ran a couple of errands. I cooked a simple evening meal. And enjoyed the sunshine. Tomorrow is going to be a busy one. I’ll have lots of people coming and going for most of the day. And I hope to smile and make a difference to their day.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be working on wee hexagons. 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 good productive day. Yesterday I gave myself permission to play today. I did play but I played quietly. I prepped seven blocks for my Quilts on the Grow QAL. Here are photos of said blocks tacked and ready for the fine hand appliqué stage …..

Block 5 Caroline

Block 6 Dolores

Block 7 Maureen

Block 8 Marena

Block 9 Doris

Block 10 Kelly

Block 11 Susan

QAL tacked blocks

For some unknown reason, I always under estimate how long certain tasks will take. Well today’s effort took most of the day. I started at about 9am, took 30 minutes for lunch and carried until 3:30pm. While I did my prep work I watched several episodes of The West Wing series 1. The TV series is ages old and well dated but I am enjoying it. I don’t know why I didn’t watch it when it was on all those years ago. Better late than never I guess.

Today is pancake day but I will be saving my pancakes for the weekend. And Sunday is Valentine’s Day. In my house Valentine’s Day has rarely been celebrated. I like soppy cards, lovely flowers and useless trinkets. I recently heard about Galentine’s Day which is supposed to be on Saturday February 13th. I don’t know a great deal about it but I think I may just take part in my own way. So on Saturday I’m going to purchase something a wee bit special for myself and my Sarah. It might be some fresh flowers, special chocolates or something else. Why wait for a man to buy us trinkets when we’re perfectly capable of doing it ourselves!

So it’s been a pretty good day in my little world. I played quietly at my favourite slow and measured pace while making progress on my QAL. With each hexagon that I complete I can see my project growing and looking better and better. It was nice to work quietly as my yard work injury from two weeks ago it still a bit tender. Rotary cutting is still a bit difficult but in time I will be right as rain. Tomorrow it’s back to longarm quilting.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be working on QAL hexagons. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

 

Hello my lovelies. And happy Monday to all. I hope you’ve all had a fab day. It’s been a busy one in happy longarm quilter land. I spent a good part of the day working on Ann B’s quilt. It’s beautiful quilt and I know for sure that the recipient is going the cherish this quilt for many years for come. The back of this quilt is every bit as interesting as the top because Ann added blocks to the backing. So without further delay have a little look at what I did to Ann’s quilt today …..

Ann B quilt 1

Ann B quilt 2

Ann B quilt 3

Ann will be collecting her quilt later this week and by all account she’s really looking forward to seeing it up close and in person. I’m sure Ann will love this quilt.

I went on to load the next quilt in the queue. This one was pieced by Florence. It’s a lovely colourful quilt which includes a nice cheerful panel as the centre. Florence has selected the same quilting design as Ann. The design is Butterfly Walz by Apricot Moon. As for the thread colour, well I haven’t held my regular audition yet. I hope the sun comes out tomorrow so I can take some reasonable photos. It’s been dark of late that my photos are pretty dull and wishy washy.

Florence quilt top

I had a brilliant weekend with my Sarah. We had a couple of little outings but mainly we relaxed. Sarah worked on a 2000-word essay for which the deadline is coming up very shortly. And apart from the regular household chores and the regular cooking all I did was work on hexagons. It was lovely having Sarah home.

Now I have a little bit of news. Lucie the Happy Quilter has been featured in a magazine called Be Creative with Workbox. I was contacted by Mary Bennellick, the editor of said magazine, back in November of last year, saying that after a good look around my blog, she thought that her readers would be interested in what I do. All I had to do was write a few words. Well you know me, I wasn’t sure if I could do this because as you may already know I’m not a proper writer and I’m certainly not a great photographer. After consulting two different friends and being told that I should do this, I started working on my words. I wrote and I polished and I wrote some more. I got my Sarah to read it and I got her approval. Although I did hear back from Mary saying that she was very happy with what I wrote and the photos I sent in and that she was planning on running my article in the March/April issue, I didn’t believe it was really going to happen. So many times I wanted to post about it but I knew I would look silly if it didn’t happen. Well my friends it has happened, I am the featured Creative Blogger for this current issue. If you would like a copy for yourself, you can either purchase one at your news agent and if they don’t have it click here to be taken directly to the website where you can purchase it. It’s a good read. I already subscribe to this magazine but I ordered an extra copy to send to my mother in Canada. I know she’ll be proud to see me published in a craft magazine.

Featured in Be Creative 1

Featured in Be Creative 2

It’s been a good productive day in my little world. I got on with my longarm quilting as well as a few other tasks. I crossed all but one task off my To-Do List which I hope to do this evening. Tomorrow I hope to take a little time out and give myself permission to play. It’s been a while since I have given myself permission to play. So I choose tomorrow to do it. I’m not sure what I will play with yet so you’ll have to wait a little while to find out what I’ll be doing.

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

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies. I hope you enjoyed a wee bit of sunshine. I was lovely and bright in my neck of the woods for most of the day. The sunshine was quite warm in sheltered parts of my garden. My little Maisie was quite happy to mooch around in the sun this afternoon. I’m not fooled by today’s sunshine, after all it’s still winter …..

So what do you think I did today? I’m sure my life isn’t all that interesting but sometimes I do things that are fun. Well today I did some longarm quilting. I worked on Ann’s quilt. Ann contacted me last autumn and asked if I could deal with a whole cloth type of quilt. So no piecing, no patches sewn together; just one piece of fabric to be quilted with an all over geometric or similar type of quilting design. It’s something that I have never been asked to do before but it’s no different than longarm quilting a pieced quilt top with an all over design. So I loaded the quilt a couple of days ago and this morning I clicked go and off we went. Ann chose a quilting design called City Windows by Apricot Moon. And went on to select a lovely fine white thread and I’m sure you’ll agree that the texture created is wonderful. Here’s a little peek …..

Anns texture quilt 1

Anns texture quilt 2

So if you have ever wondered what would happen if you had a whole cloth quilted with an all over design this is what you get. I think Ann will be pleasantly surprised when she sees her quilt up close and in person.

So after spending most of the day in my sewing room working on Ann’s quilt I decided to load the next quilt to be longarm quilted. This one was also pieced by Ann but a different Ann. Ann did a fab job piecing this quilt. She was a little worried about the state of her quilt top but there was no need to worry. The all over design Ann selected for her quilt is called Butterfly Walz by Apricot Moon again. After auditioning a few different colours of thread, Ice Blue was chosen. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished result of this quilt but that won’t be until next week. In the meantime, I have plenty that needs sorting out. And a busy weekend ahead of me.

Ann B quilt top

So it’s been a lovely day in happy longarm quilter land. I got on with my tasks without being a hindrance to anyone else. I enjoyed the process. And I look forward to the next longarm quilting session next week.

It feels like it’s been a long winter but only because it’s been rather wet and really windy of late. However, the daffodils are almost in bloom in my garden. And some of the trees are showing signs of coming to life again. Perhaps spring is just around the corner.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be working on wee hexagons again. I’m chipping away as often as I can in order to finish this hexie project. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly love. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

 

Hello my lovelies. I hope you all had a great day. The sun was shining beautifully in my little corner of the northeast of England. That wonderful sunshine was most appreciated. Although the sun was shining it was not warm at all. Brrrr

It’s been a pretty busy day in my little world. I made phone calls and answered emails. I popped over to the supermarket because my fridge was looking a bit sad. And this afternoon I hand finished the binding on Julia’s quilt. Julia started this quilt many years ago. It was her first and I dare say her last quilt. She felt a little overwhelmed with the miles of binding to be machined and then hand finished. So being the good soul that I am, I took the job on. I even added a label that names her as the quilt maker and the year and county where is was pieced and quilted. Julia used a variation of the Quilt as You Go method for joining these blocks together. She hand quilted every block separately. It’s not a bad effort for a woman in her eighties. I’m sure Julia will be so pleased with how her quilt looks now that all the finishing touches have been added.

Julia's quilt

I’m really looking forward to tomorrow. I hope to do some longarm quilting and I expect my Sarah to come home for the weekend. My mini me is coming home for a few days! Sarah is a lot mini-er than me that’s for sure!!! We’re going to keep busy with creative pursuits I think. I hope to post about a new funky technique or two next week sometime. I feel like learning something new. And Sarah is just the person to show me how it’s done. It doesn’t matter what the weather brings because I’ll be in good company. Due to family commitments I may be dipping in and out for the next couple of weeks but I’ll post again soon and as often as I can.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand finishing the binding on Julia’s quilt and/or working on wee hexies. I hope you have a super evening doing something you truly love. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies. And happy February 1st. Can you believe we have just crossed over into the second month of 2016??? Goodness me time sure flies.

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Mine was excellent. My Sarah came home for the first time in three weeks and we spent a lovely quiet weekend together. Sarah did some course work and I did something and nothing. Apart from meals, laundry and generally picking up and putting away my something and nothing was hexagon work. I did some prep work on my Quilts on the Grow project …..

Quilts on the Grow prepping

And then I did a bit of piecing …..

Quilts on the Grow progress

Here are all the blocks I have pieced so far. As you can see I still have quite a few that need backing and quilting. I am really enjoying this project. I think it’s good to dip into something different now and again.

Up to date progress

My Maisie spent the day following me around today. I quite often work in my sewing room where Maisie has her own chair in which she keeps me company …..

Maisie in her new do

I spent some time on all three floors of my house today. I do my communication work from upstairs where I have recently relocated my laptop in order to make my work easier. And also a change of location is good for the soul; different scenery makes life much more interesting. My laptop is located on a desk in front of a window nowadays.

I spent time loading quilts into both of my longarm quilting systems today. Here’s the quilt that I loaded into Jackie the Juki this afternoon …..

New quilt loaded in Jackie the Juki 1

New quilt loaded in Jackie the Juki 2

This quilt was pieced by Christine for Quilts for Comfort last summer and I picked it to be the next quilt to get the Jackie treatment. I really like this quilt and whoever gets it will be a lucky girl.

So life in happy longarm quilter land is finally returning back to normal. The longarm quilting can wait no more. So it’s time for this very happy longarm quilter to get back into the groove. I think the next few days will be quite stormy with Storm Henry arriving anytime now. So I have plenty to keep me occupied in the sheltered warmth of my little home.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be working on wee hexagons. Only a few hundred more hexagons to go and I will be finished this long running hexagon 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 all had a very productive day. Mine was a busy day but I can’t honestly say it was all that productive. However, tomorrow is another day and by all accounts it might be the perfect day to stay home and accomplish lots of good stuff.

Let’s start with yesterday shall we. I didn’t post yesterday because I had a rather busy day. I disappeared down the road to Burnopfield where I attend a sewing session for Quilts for Comfort. It’s such a nice sewing group that the time just flies by. The sessions are held in a lovely old building full of character. We have a lovely spacious room. It’s warm and cosy and there’s even indoor plumbing!

Spacious room

We get together once a month, so it’s not too stressful. It gives us a chance to catch up on all the Quilts for Comfort news and hand over any finished quilts. And we work on challenges. The current challenge is making postage stamp quilts which use up lots of scraps. I feel quite welcome and very much appreciated by this group. Thank you for keeping me company ladies. We make quilts one stitch at a time. Here are a few photos of yesterday’s action.

Ann quilting her 9 patch challenge

Ann's quilted 9 patch

Lynn organising her postage stamp quilt

Carol choosing fabrics

Val gathering her homework

Sandra rotary cutting log cabin strips

I wasn’t going to post my latest progress just yet because I wanted to wait until all the hexagons were pieced, backed and quilted but I think these three are pretty good so I can’t wait to show you. My work is not by any means perfect but it’s good enough for me. So have little look at these few partially completed blocks …..

Quilts on the Grow progress

I’m really enjoying this challenge. Even the prep work is relaxing. So far I have not struggled and even choosing the fabrics hasn’t been a dilemma. If you’re just tuning in and you’re interested in joining the group, click here for more info. I must stress that this is not my design. As much as I enjoy working on my own designs it’s quite nice to participate in other challenges now and again.

It’s been a pretty busy day in my little world. My Maisie has had a haircut and looks beautiful again. I’ll post a pic when the light is a little better. After a visit to the supermarket my fridge looks a little fuller. And my Sarah is coming home for the weekend. So that makes me very happy. And now I’m going to leave you with a photo of my daffodil trying to grown and flower. It’s a sign of hope to come …..

Hope

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some kind of hexagon work. I hope you have super cosy evening doing something that makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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