I’m suffering from cabin fever. Apart from walking the dogs I haven’t been out of the house for days! Here’s what I have been working on today ….
This quilt was pieced by Kay. I love the fresh prints Kay used. The chosen quilting design is Starlets by Lisa Calle and the thread I used is a lovely bright red. I believe this quilt will be used by a young fellow.
For some reason I never got around to doing any hand sewing today. I got a late start on Kay’s quilt and it was nearly supper time by the time I finished. However I did take a few minutes to layer up Carolyn’s snowman stitchery ready for quilting this evening. I love this little stitchery. I plan on adding some naïve quilting using some perle cotton and small buttons.
Tomorrow I hope to work on the penultimate quilt of 2013. If everything works out tomorrow I will be able to take a break until the last quilt top arrives sometime next week. Perhaps after tomorrow I will be able to relieve my cabin fever as on Friday I will be heading up to Stitchin’ Heaven to help some ladies put the last borders on the beginner’s sampler quilt they have been working on all year. I’m sure each lady is looking forward to seeing their particular sampler finished. What an achievement. I’ve made a few samplers over the last twenty years. So I know how great it feels to finish something you’ve been working on for a long time.
The lovely Donna has been up to her old tricks again. I received a photo of Donna’s “A” is for Applique ‘Tis the Season block……
As always Donna has done a great job. I really look forward to seeing how Donna’s put all her hexagon blocks together. I send a big thank you to Donna for inspiring me with her blocks. Don’t forget folks that the December theme is your Favourite Quote. I’ve chosen my quote now I just have to draw something that depicts it. At times “A” is for Applique has been a rather challenging challenge. Back in October I didn’t think I would be able to keep up but now I’m right up to date. In three months we will have made 12 blocks which is definitely enough to make a quilt. I look forward to putting my blocks together. My goal was to make a pretty quilt. I don’t often do pretty so I hope that it will end up being the pretty quilt I wanted. I’m already thinking about how I will quilt it ……
It’s been another busy day. I had a few problems to overcome this morning but that’s all behind me now. I look forward to meeting tomorrow’s challenges. Best of all I look forward to having a proper over the holidays.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be quilting and finishing off a stitchery wall hanging. I hope you all have a splendid evening working on something festive. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥
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The end of the race is almost here. I finished longarm quilting Liz’s second quilt today. Unfortunately I have not photo because in my haste I pulled the quilt off the frame, trimmed it up and bagged it before I realised I hadn’t taken any photos. However I do have a photo of the next quilt in the queue…..
This one was pieced by Kay for her grandson I believe. This simple quilt will look fantastic when I’ve quilted loads of stars all over it in a lovely fine red thread. But that’s on tomorrow’s To-Do List……
Speaking on To-Do Lists, mine are getting shorter and shorter. I’m not sure why. I was able to cross off everything on today’s To-Do List. That must mean they’re getting shorter. I would have thought my lists would be getting longer with it being Christmas in two weeks.
Do you remember me mentioning a Christmas workshop I attended last week? Well I can now reveal the three Christmas projects I worked on at The Crafts House. Sandra made us all some wonderful goody bags in which we found the kits for the three projects. Everything was so well organised. You can tell Sandra has been holding seasonal workshops for a while.
I had so much fun working on my three Christmas ornaments …..
There were some lovely treats for us to enjoy with our hot drinks. And we had such a good laugh. The weeks leading to Christmas can be so stressful so it was really good for me to get out of my sewing room and just enjoy some crafty time.
So in trying to stay on the thread of enjoying some Christmas crafty time I finished working on my Noel mug rug this afternoon……
This little project was the perfect little thing to finish up in my limited downtime. I have found a few more little projects to finish off in my downtime over the next few days. It looks like I’m going to make it to Christmas at the same time as everyone else after all.
As you all know I have been knitting a Dr Who type scarf over the last week or so. Well the scarf is almost finished now. It measures just over 8 feet at the moment. I will carry on knitting this evening and cast off……..
It’s been a really good day around here. I’m thrilled to have finished longarm quilting another quilt. Only a few more to go and I can knock off for my Christmas downtime. I have lots of projects I want to work on over the holiday period but I haven’t got a clue where to start. Perhaps I should narrow it down to three projects and simply concentrate on them only; one for daytime in the sewing room, one armchair evening project and another for good measure.
Before I finish up my report for today, I would like to thank Chris of UK City Crafter for the lovely hand crocheted roses she sent me. I’ve hung them in my Christmas tree and they look fab. I’m surrounded by very clever people here in the UK.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be finishing off the Dr Who scarf. I hope you have a brilliant evening working on something fantastic. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥
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Oh yes. I’m cooking with gas these days. And long may it last. First thing this I disappeared into my sewing room to work on Liz’s funky quilt. This quilt is very different to the ones I usually work on. I’m used to traditional quilt and this one is nothing like traditional. It was a pleasure to work on something different. Liz chose a quilting design called Swirls 2 by Vicki Malaski and an aubergine colour thread. Both quilting design and thread colour are perfect for this quilt. It’s really nice what a plan comes together.
After I finished quilting Liz’s quilt I immediately loaded the next quilt into my longarm quilting system. This next one is also pieced by Liz and it happens to be another funky quilt. I will be stitching the same quilting design with a lovely moss green thread. At the moment I’m on track to finish all my longarm quilting by the end of next week. Magic!
I even had a chance to have a little play in my sewing room after turning my quilting system off this afternoon. Every needs a little festive fun……
So I decided to have a little fun with a pre-cut Noel. I chose a few scraps of fabric for the back ground, ironed the pre-cut onto it and did some machine applique work. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Now the question is what am I going to do with it with this little quilt top? I think I’m going to layer it up, do some in the ditch work, bind it and use it as a little table topper/mug rug. I really enjoyed my little play. I have two more pre-cut Noels to use up. I look forward to having another play session soon.
So that’s my little report for today. It’s been another productive day in paradise. I even stepped out for a run to the supermarket. The cupboards were starting to look a little empty. Well we’re all stocked up again and I’ve cooked my Sarah’s favourite meal. I hope to get as much done tomorrow as I got done today. By the end of this week I’m going to be able to slow down and breathe again.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some knitting. One more good and the Dr Who scarf will be finished. I hope you have a lovely evening working on something fantastic. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥
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Working at a relaxed pace has become a luxury in happy longarm quilter land lately. Today I broke my own golden rule. I hear you asking what golden rule that might be. It’s the rule that keeps away from longarm quilting on weekends. I generally spend my weekends catching up on chores and recharging my batteries. However today, due to Christmas deadlines, I flashed up my longarm quilting system and worked on Sue’s quilt……..
But before I started longarm quilting, I spent the morning quietly making the components that I will turn into something useful….
And in between doing all that, I taught my Sarah how to bind off some knitting and I changed my bed. I got all that done without breaking a sweat. I just did one thing at a time at a quiet measured pace. It’s quite amazing how much you can get done without spinning out of control.
Tomorrow I will be working on this quilt…….
which I loaded into my longarm quilting system after removing Sue’s quilt……
After looking back on all that I managed to do today, it seems that it’s been quite a productive day after all. I had a quiet start and perhaps that’s why things went rather well. I’m hoping that my week will be a productive one also. The longarm quilting countdown starts tomorrow.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing a little stitchery work on one of my “A” is for Applique blocks. I hope you spend your evening working on something festively useful. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥
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I’ve been really good again this year. I’ve tried to make the most of each day. And wherever possible I’ve tried to be kind and patient. Creativity is a huge part of my life so I try to share my creative spirit with everyone I come into contact with. Creativity is really addictive. And enthusiasm jumps from one person to the next.
Normally I would insert a list of things I wouldn’t mind receiving as a Christmas present here but this year I have decided that I just about have everything I need. I have more fat quarters than one person should legally have. I have all kinds of nifty sewing tools and stacks of treasured books related to patchwork and quilting. So this year I’m simply writing to thank you for getting it right year after year.
I plan on leaving milk and cookies out for you on Christmas Eve Santa, just on the off chance you decide to visit my house. I hope the weather is on your side on the night. There’s nothing worse than battling your way around the world in a flying sleigh in stormy weather.
Season’s greetings to you and yours.
With kind regards,
Lucie the Happy Quilter
So folks, that’s my letter to Santa. Have you written yours yet and if so did you include a huge list of things you would like to have? I’ve spent a lot of time pondering lately and realised that I have just about everything I would like to have. And besides I have no room to store anything else. Apart from adding the odd fat quarter when the need presents itself there is nothing I want or need. It’s taken some fifty some odd years before I could say that…..
It’s been a pretty busy day in happy longarm quilter land. I started off the day with a spot of Christmas shopping. I only have a few more presents to purchase and I’ll be done. I loaded a quilt into my longarm quilting system…..
And added the third border to my Whimsy quilt. I will be adding one more border which will include some simple applique work……
And I framed up the stitchery I worked on earlier this week…….
As you already know I plan on turning this into something useful. So stay tuned in to see this project grow.
Well it’s been a great day here. The only thing that could make this day any better would have been a little snow but it was too warm for snow. Tomorrow I plan to have a slow gentle start. It seems to me that Sundays are meant to be quiet but that rarely happens around here.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some knitting. I hope you have a super evening working on something fantastic. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥
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So here we are again folks. Another week closer to the end of the year ……. I still can’t believe how quick time flies. My father did tell me, far too many decades ago, that after you hit 25 the years just melt away. He was right. Well I’m twice 25 plus a little bit years old now. I wonder if that means that the years are going by twice as quick??????
We had a lovely day in happy longarm quilter land. My Sarah doesn’t have college on Friday so we spent all day together doing different things. After my morning appointments, Marion collecting her finished quilt and Sue dropping off a quilt top to be longarm quilted, Sarah and I headed out to purchase some painting canvasses which will be used in the assignment she will be handing in next week. While we were out we treated ourselves to a lovely latté and a festive scone. We wandered around looking at all the Christmas decks and wrapping paper and such. I ended up purchasing one ornament which is now hanging on my tree. It’s really beginning to feel like Christmas.
I came home at lunchtime full of enthusiasm. I wanted to do loads of jobs in my sewing room but as you know things don’t always go to plan. I had a slow start first thing this morning and the rest of the day unfolded in the same fashion. In fact it was a really nice day in that I just worked at a relaxed pace. I took the time to enjoy what I was doing! So when I did finally settle into my sewing room I worked on adding borders to my Mystery Whimsical Applique & Stitchery quilt project. I have been auditioning fabric for the borders for a couple of weeks. I have had a good think about what I want to do next. So far I have sewn the first border on and decided what to do for the second one……
Now that the centre blocks are finished, apart from a little embellishment, I feel a great sense of accomplishment. And the borders make such a difference. Over the weekend, I hope to attach the second and the third borders. I have ordered the fabric for the outer border and I hope it arrives early next week. That will give me a chance to record and plan what I will applique to that last border. At the moment my intention is to hand quilt this project. I think it deserves a bit of naïve quilting which will be in keeping with the whimsical style of the blocks. I suppose the last border will be a good project to work on over the Christmas holidays.
Something else I would like to play with over the Christmas holidays is this little pile of goodies…..
I think I purchased this lovely felt and fibres at one of the crafts shows. I’m not really sure when it was purchased but I found it when I was digging around looking for something during the week. It’s amazing what you find when you’re searching for something else. I think I need to throw in a few buttons and beads into this selection to round out the mix.
Well my lovelies that’s my report for today. It’s been a great day here. I had a lovely quiet time. Tomorrow I hope to get a few more bits done at a leisurely pace. Sometimes slow and steady is exactly what does the trick. I was reviewing the pages in the notebook that I write my day-to-day To-Do Lists in and on Monday I have written Follow your heart. The last few weeks have been super busy in my world. I will soon be able to follow my heart for a bit.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing a little planning and knitting. I hope you spend your evening doing something that you really enjoy. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥
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This is a very nice quilt. I would love to see it bound and spread out on a bed. I think Marion will be very happy with this quilt. I finished longarm quilting it today. I worked thru the storms. The lights kept dipping but I put my head down and just kept working. The next batch of quilt tops will start arriving tomorrow morning and by early next week the last of them will be here. I can see light at the end of the tunnel. Three weeks today is Boxing Day!
I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on the whirlwind year I’ve had and on the year to come. There are so many things I want to do so I had better start making a list in order of priority. Something I would like to do more of is Freemotion Quilting using any and all of my domestic sewing machines with lots of different threads. The last few months have kept me so busy that I haven’t had a lot of time to play. In my opinion it’s our playtime that produces new ideas/projects. So the top of the list should read have more playtime ……
I got a lovely little gift on Tuesday from my lovely friend Shelley who is a very crafty person. Shelley made this lovely brooch/charm. I love the bright cheery colour and the fact that it’s funky. I plan on using it as a charm on a bag. I guess I had better design a bag using fabrics that tone in with my new funky charm. Isn’t it funny where we get our inspiration?
Over the last few days I spent a wee bit of time working on this little stitchery……
This was a free pattern on the internet which I printed quite some time ago but I can’t figure out where I got it. So if anyone knows please let me know and I will post the link. I plan on turning this stitchery into a useful Christmas gift. I really enjoyed working on this little stitchery and I love the words.
And now a little update on “A” is for Applique. I finished doing the applique work on my November block ‘Tis the Season……
At the moment it doesn’t look like much but I plan on adding some stitchery work which I think will bring the block to life. Over the Christmas holidays I plan on stabilising all my “A” is for Applique blocks and doing some stitchery. It’s hard to believe that I’m up-to-date with my blocks. However I haven’t announced the theme for December yet. So let’s get that out of the way so you can all come up with a plan. The theme for December is your Favourite Quote. So basically take your favourite quote and turn it into an applique block. It should be fun to see all the different interpretations of different quotes. Don’t forget it’s never too late to join in. The last theme will be in March. By then we will have 12 blocks to work with. I reckon that’s enough to make a quilt. I can’t wait to get started on my Favourite Quote.
Now the weather in my little corner of the England hasn’t been very good today. It was wild and woolly making it feel rather cold. Even my dogs didn’t want to go out for a walk this morning. I’ve been awake since the wee hours because the wind was making so much noise. So after today’s storms I think I’m ready for a bit of snow……. I would love to have a white Christmas.
So it’s been a really good day in happy longarm quilter land. I finished Marion’s beautiful Pink Lemonade quilt and started planning what I’m going to work on over the weekend. I don’t think there will be enough hours to get everything done that I would like to do! My lovely friend Karen asked me today if I was planning on getting myself a Poinsettia this year. Well the answer is I haven’t decided yet. My local supermarket has plenty in stock at the moment but I worry that the sooner I bring a plant home the sooner I might kill it. So you’ll just have to wait and see what I decide over the next week or so.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will most likely carry on working on the Dr Who scarf. It’s such a simple project that it’s very relaxing to work on. I hope you have a splendid evening working on something relaxing too. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥
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