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Hello my lovelies. I hope you have had a super duper day. It’s been bright and breezy here. Once again I spent most of the day in my sewing room working on finishing up things. What a lovely time I’ve had.

While I worked this morning, I watched/listened to a couple of episodes of Betrayal on my laptop. I made a couple of handles …..

making handles

And made some Yo-Yos to embellish a couple of projects …..

Making Yo-Yos

And here’s one of the projects I finished during today’s sewing session …..

Elongated Hexagon Bag

Elongated Hexagon Bag 2

This project is my Elongated Hexagon Bag. I loved designing and working on this project. In fact I enjoyed it so much that I went on to make another one and another variation on the same theme as well. I love messing around in my sewing room. And when a design morphs into different things it makes me very happy. I will be teaching this project next month. For more info about this class click here to be taken to my Upcoming Events & Workshops page.

I was hoping to get a good photo of my Four Season Button Club Whimsy project today but it was rather windy again today. So until I get the chance to take a proper photo I have decided to post this one …..

Four Seasons Whimsy 2015

This project is a combination of appliqué, stitchery, pieced spacer blocks and borders etc. This year’s Whimsy has a little twist to it as I have worked with my creative friend Sandra who has designed and painted special buttons. The buttons form part of the appliqué pictures and they add dimension and interest. To be honest I think the buttons make the project pop. I will be posting more info about this class nearer the time when the class will start.

 It’s been a lovely relaxed day in my little world. I pottered around in my sewing room quietly at my own speed. And somehow I managed to finish a couple of projects and do some prep work for a couple more. I wonder what tomorrow will bring.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be adding labels to today’s finishes and possibly doing some hand piecing. 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 kept warm today. It’s been rather cold in my little corner of the northeast of England today. The sun was shining brightly but the gusting wind was pegging the temperature down. I was glad to be able to spend the day in my sheltered sewing room keeping warm while working on Sue’s quilt …..

Sue s quilt 1

Sue s quilt 2

This is another rather large quilt. In fact it’s the widest measurement I can load in my longarm quilting system. Sue selected a quilting design called A Little Bit This by Barbara Becker. And I stitched it out using a neutral coloured thread. I believe this quilt will be gifted to Sue’s daughter who lives in Portugal. It’s really nice knowing that some of the quilts I work end up in homes all around the world.

So I have no other sewing to report on today. I hope to have a finish to post about soon. At the moment I’m trying to work out how to hand quilt my Oval Dresden Plate Table Runner. And my Elongated Hexagon Bag needs handles. I have several other projects at the design on paper stage at the moment. I’m really having fun designing and bringing my projects to fruition. I wonder what tomorrow will bring.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some hand piecing. 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 all had a fab weekend. As usual my weekend was rather busy. I spent my Saturday with a few like-minded ladies learning the Connect the Dots way of Freemotion Quilting.

Connect the Dots 1

Connect the Dots 2

We had a fab day discussing Freemotion Quilting, pieced quilts and recent current events. We fondled fabric, drank coffee and generally had a lovely day.

Yesterday, which was Sunday, I worked on putting the finishing touches on my Elongated Hexagon Bag design. And I actually made a sample. No I’m not ready to show you the sample. It’s such a fun bag that I need to keep it to myself for a few more days. I can say that I used fusible wadding for this project which was the perfect choice.

Working with fusible wadding

I enjoyed working on this project so much that I decided to start making another one today. I didn’t get very far because I spent most of the day working on Eileen’s quilt.

Eileens quilt 1

Eileens quilt 2

I believe Eileen used up some of her scraps to make this quilt. It’s a simple block but it’s so effective. It’s a great stash buster block. Eileen left the choice of quilting designs up to me. So I chose Moonflower by Keryn Emmerson. I think the recipient of this quilt will cherish it for many years to come.

I forgot to post the autumn block, the last main block of my Four Season Button Club Whimsy Appliqué & Stitchery quilt project last week. So here it is …..

Four Season Whimsy Autumn

I’m hoping to get a good clear and still day so I can get some good snaps of the whole quilt. Today was clear and bright but it was blowing a hooley again.

I have another Semi Circle Strippy Bag finish to show you this evening. Marion took my class a couple of weeks ago and brought in the finished article on Saturday. Well done Marion, your bag looks great …..

Semi Circle Bag finish

It’s been a really good productive day in my little world. I thoroughly enjoyed working on Eileen’s quilt. I managed to load the next quilt into my longarm quilting system. And I’m so pleased to have been able to do some prep work on another Elongated Hexagon Bag. Tomorrow is going to be another pretty busy day with a couple of appointments and longarm quilting. I’ll let you know how it all works out for me.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some more work on the second Elongated Hexagon Bag. Yay! I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something that makes you happy enough to cheer. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Hello my lovelies. Happy Friday. I hope you’ve all had a great sunny day. Spring is around the corner and we’ll soon be able to get out and about without wearing so many layers to keep us warm.

I had a really early start. I woke up just before 5am and couldn’t get back to sleep because I was trying to decide what fabric to use on a project I designed last evening. Finally at 5:10am I was heading downstairs to make a cup of tea and to look in my fabric bins to make a real decision about fabric. I must admit that for once it didn’t take long as I chose from a collection of Fat Quarters from Moda called Le Bouquet Français by French General. By 6am most of my patches were cut out and ready to sew together. I made one really good circle/oval …..

Making really good circles

If you’re wondering how you can make really good circles and ovals click here or you can access my How-To section at the top of this page.

And the really good oval goes on this …..

Dresden Progress

And once I finished with the Dresden I moved onto making a couple checkerboard type strips …..

Checkerboard

All in all I reckon it was worth getting up early to get a head start on this new project this morning. It’s been a busy day with appointments, a trip to the supermarket and of course there were several loads of washing with my name on them! Tomorrow is the first session of my Connect the Dots class at Stitchin’ Heaven. And I know we’re going to have a great time doing what we do best during my sessions. I hope to be able to take some photos during the day. I printed and bound all the hand-outs and I made sure that I have enough chocolate to go around. I have made a list of everything I need to pack in the morning. I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. It’s been another really good day in my little world. It’s always a really good day when I’m creating.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be working on recording today’s project on my EQ7 patchwork software. 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 and productive day. As always mine has been busy busy busy.

I kicked off my day in the sewing room rather early and I carried on until 3 o’clock when I realised that I was hungry. I was so involved in longarm quilting that I lost track of time! I never skip lunch if I can help it. I spent the day working on Susan’s quilt. This is what it looks like now …..

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Susan’s quilt is in the category titled “one of the biggest quilts I’ve ever quilted”.

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My HandiQuilter has stitched miles of thread today but it was worth it to see just how nice this quilts looks. I love its’ simplicity and Susan did such a good job pressing all the seams that it just loaded itself into my longarm quilting system. Even after all the years that I have been longarm quilting it still amazes me to see how different a quilt top looks once it has been quilted. After all, it is the quilting that makes the quilt.

So it’s been a pretty good day in my little world. Apart from walking my little Maisie dog first thing this morning I didn’t step out at all. I hope to visit the supermarket to top up the fridge and cupboards for the weekend. And if I’m lucky I might do some prep work on some new projects.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be making booklets for Connect the Dots. 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 good productive day. Mine has been filled with busyness. I kicked off my day early in my sewing room. I worked on Edith’s quilt …..

Ediths quilt 1

Ediths quilt 2

Edith chose a quilting design called Cloud Nine by Patricia Ritter. And I stitched out the design with a lovely fine Delphinium coloured thread which matches beautifully with all the blue fabrics chosen by Edith. I’m sure Edith will cherish this quilt for many years to come.

In between appointments and such I loaded the next quilt into my longarm quilting system …..

Susans quilt

This ginormous quilt was pieced by Susan and when I say it’s ginormous I mean it. Susan has decided on a quilting design called Easy Street by Lisa Calle. There are some lovely interesting fabric prints which draw your eye around this quilt. I can’t wait to start the longarm quilting to see just how lovely it will be.

The sun was shining brightly here this morning. The sunshine always spurs me on to get things done. So I suppose that’s why I got one quilt longarm quilted and another one loaded into my system. I received some sunny daffodils from one of my beginner sampler students on Saturday. Even if the sun wasn’t shining these sunny daffs made my room feel warm and cheerful.

Daffs mean hope

And now I get to reveal another one of my Four Season Button Club Whimsical Applique & Stitchery quilt blocks. This one is the spring block …..

Four Seasons Whimsy Spring

This Whimsical quilt is still hanging on my design and I still smile every time I catch a glimpse of it. I’m itching to start designing another Whimsy but I have a few things to finish up first.

It’s been a great day in my little world. Keeping busy is good for the soul and goodness knows I have been pretty busy lately. My next task for today is composing instructions for my One Row at a Time Quilt project …..

One Row at a Time Quilt saa

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be composing instructions and perhaps doing a little hexie work. 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 super duper day. A good part of my day was spent doing coffee. Life has been quite hectic of late and so this morning I turned myself into a lady who does coffee. I usually spend most of my time living, sleeping, eating and thinking quilts and craft related stuff. So it’s no surprise that the conversation was mainly about crafty things. We did not solve all the problems of the world including world famine but we came out of the coffee shop feeling revived and filled with new inspiration, ready to face what life has to throw at us even. I came away from my coffee morning fuelled with new ideas that I hope to develop over the next year or so. It might be good to shake things up now, set new challenges that run alongside of my Operation Taking Flight.

Coffee time

Needless to say because I stepped out for most of the day I didn’t get to do any sewing or longarm quilting. However I do have a finish to show you. This finish will be added to my Upcoming Events & Workshops page because I will be teaching a Let’s Use Our Fancy Stitches class in March. So feast your peepers on this …..

Lets Use Our Fancy Stitches 1

Lets Use Our Fancy Stitches 2

Lets Use Our Fancy Stitches 3

I think this will be an interesting class for those who have not dabbled or experimented using their fancy stitches before. I very rarely use the fancy stitches on my sewing machines. In fact I don’t even use 1/3 of the fantastic features on my sewing machines. I seem to stick to straight stitching for piecing blocks and Freemotion Quilting, blanket stitching for machine appliqué and occasionally I use the zigzag stitch to finish off a fraying edge. So I’m as guilty as the next person of only using three stitches on my sewing machines! I had such a good time playing with my fancy stitches that I plan on making another sample as soon as I can squeeze it in. For more info on this project click here.

As promised yesterday, I am unveiling another of my Four Season Button Club Whimsical Applique & Stitchery quilt blocks. This one is the winter block …..

Four Seasons Whimsy Winter

The buttons that my lovely creative friend Sandra has designed and painted really make this project special. The quilt is hanging on my design wall at the moment and every time I walk past it brings a smile to my face. I’m hoping to get a nice calm bright day soon so I can take good photos of the whole quilt. I approached this project like all the projects I work on starting with pencil and paper. Creating is an enormous part of my life. This project was so very nice to work on.

It’s been a super day in my little world. I thoroughly enjoyed stepping out this morning. My inspiration levels have jumped thru the roof and I think my pen is going to be running red hot this evening while I record all the ideas I gleaned today. All is well with the world at the moment. I wonder what tomorrow will bring.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be working on hexies in between recording ideas. I may need a new notebook soon! I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something interesting. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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