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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve been soaking up the sunshine today. The sun makes me happy and spurs me on to get lots of jobs done. Well I haven’t stopped all day. I left the house around 9am and never stopped until it was time to start making my evening meal. I am pooped now!

My Sarah and I set off first thing this morning. Sarah had a long list of things she needed for Operation Taking Flight. I can now reveal that we were quite successful at hunting and gathering everything on her list.

Once we got home and settled in for the rest of the day I got stuck into different things. I did things like making a label for a quilted project. I spent most of my afternoon in front of my laptop composing newsletters, designing an invitation and gathering and sorting all the components of the info booklet for my Four Seasons Button Club Whimsy project class. It’s an amazing feeling seeing everything come together. And then I went on to preparing for tomorrow and Saturday’s beginners classes at Stitchin’ Heaven. I have stacks of stuff to bring with me when I’m teaching my beginners.

All in all it’s been a successful day. I didn’t get any sewing done but not every single day has to be filled with sewing. I know it’s hard to believe but life goes on even if I don’t sew. I plan on doing some kind of sewing this evening and I know I’m going to enjoy it. I do have a little progress to show you even though I didn’t do any sewing today …..

Fine Hand Applique progress

This is how my latest appliqué project looked first thing this morning. I did more prep work last evening and I couldn’t resist laying out the patches to see what the big border would look like once I’ve added the appliqué. I am really happy with the look.

So I guess this takes me to what this very happy longarm quilter will be doing this evening. Well I think I’m going to put a couple of hours into tacking the appliqué patches to the big border of my current appliqué project. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies. How is everyone today? I’m very pleased to say that I’ve had another productive day. I spent most of the day in my sewing room longarm quilting Ada’s quilt …..

Adas quilt 1

Adas quilt 2

Ada chose a quilting design called Hall of Mirrors by Apricot Moon and a nice fine cream thread. This quilt started as a kit which I rotary cut for Ada a couple of years ago. Ada patiently pieced the whole quilt top by hand. This is a true labour of love. And I’m sure this quilt will be well loved for many years to come.

I managed to squeeze in a little prep work this afternoon. I cut these eight flowers for my appliqué quilt. It’s starting to shape up nicely now and I can’t wait to get stuck into the fine hand appliqué work.

Applique prepping 2

Applique prepping 1

Applique prepping 3

Hand Quilting Applique Project Sample

I’ve learned something about myself over the last year or so. And that something is that quite often we’re a lot more capable than we think. I have loads of books and patterns yet I most often design my projects from scratch. I’m not quite sure why but I prefer to do my own thing. I like to make it up as I go along. I have a reasonable stash of fabric, oodles of good tools to work with and a sewing room that’s always ready to use at my disposal. Every now and again I disappear into my sewing room for a short sharp sewing fix. And it’s during those wee sewing sessions that I produce the best little projects which I end up taking further. Having a good ole play in the sewing room is good for my soul. And stepping out of the ¼” seam allowance box makes me feel very creative. I spent many years learning all the rules and now all I want to do is break them!

I will be spending Friday and Saturday with my beginner’s sampler quilt ladies. Friday I will be teaching a new project to some of my beginners because they have finished their samplers. So last week I put the finishing touches on my One Row at a Time info booklets. Once all the general info and instructions were composed I had great fun working out how to put the whole thing together. I felt I needed to change my booklet a little bit this year and so I did.

One Row at a Time Info Booklet

So it’s been a pretty good day in happy longarm quilter land. While I was in my sewing room I didn’t have to listen to any election stuff. For those of you who do not already know, there will be a general election in the UK in about three weeks. So as you can imagine everything everywhere is about the elections. I’ll be glad when it’s over.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will either be doing some appliqué work or possibly some hexie work. 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 had a good productive day? I’m very happy to say that my day has been very productive. I’m so pleased to be able to tick a couple of tasks off my To-Do List. I’m so pleased with myself that I feel like doing cartwheels in the front garden! It’s really nice to see my To-Do List getting smaller.

My little car, we call her Miss Daisy, was collected first thing this morning and taken off to the car dealership for its’ annual service. The gentleman who collected Miss Daisy was a lovely man. And I’m sure he will look after Miss Daisy as if she was his own. Miss Daisy will be zooming around time again tomorrow.

I spent several hours in my sewing room today. I longarm quilted Claudia’s hexie quilt. This quilt is an I Spy quilt of sorts. Claudia collects loads of interesting fabric and fussy cuts the fabric into hexagons. While I was quilting I spotted butterflies, flowers, lion faces, birdies, cherries, chicks, hearts and apples just to name a few. The colours are all bright and cheerful. Claudia made a separate cushion cover panel which I longarm quilted using the same quilting design as the quilt. The quilting design that Claudia selected is Festival by Barbara Becker and a bright gold thread which matches the borders so well. I think Claudia will be pleasantly surprised when she collects her quilt. This quilt will cheer up any room.

Claudias Hexies 1

Cluadias Hexies 2

Claudias Hexies 3

Before finishing up in the sewing room for the day I decided to load Ada’s quilt. This quilt top is all hand pieced. Ada is a dedicated hand piecer. And this quilt took her sometime to finish as she was battling a few health problems. I’m glad she’s back on her feet again. I’m looking forward to working on this quilt.

Adas quilt

Once I finished in my sewing room I went back to work finishing up yesterday’s paperwork. My Sarah sat patiently helping me complete the job …..

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It’s been quite a breezy day in happy longarm quilter land. I’m quite happy to have been busy indoors for most of the day. Tomorrow I plan on doing more of the same.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be either working on hexies or doing some fine hand appliqué 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 Easter break. I am still enjoying my break however I will be moving from the slow lane back into the fast lane this week. I have lots of little jobs that need doing so I have no choice but to speed up a little.

I have been enjoying the sunshine but I just wish there was a little more warmth in it. The sun always recharges my battery which results in a good pile of accomplishments. So here’s a little re-cap of what I did over the last couple of days.

I loaded Claudia’s quilt into my longarm quilting system yesterday.

Claudias hexagons

My plan was to start quilting Claudia’s hexagons this afternoon but my Sarah and I stepped out this morning to have our hair cut. And then we travelled over to Stocksfield to The Cotton Tree to collect some fabric that our lovely Jan set aside for me last week. The fabric is for the borders of my ongoing hexie quilt …..

Hexie Progress zz

I did a little more work on my appliqué quilt which I will use for a hand quilting sample this summer. I added some vines and worked on leaves and flower shapes …..

Applique hand quilting sample

While I tacked the vines to the background I watched Outlander. What a fantastic story! I believe it is being aired on TV in America and Canada but here in the UK it is only available on Amazon Instant Video. I can’t wait to have some more quiet work to do in my sewing room so I can watch a few more episodes.

This afternoon when we got home from running our errands I felt a bit tired so I decided to sit down at my table to get some quiet paper work done. With the help of my Sarah doing some behind the scenes computer designing and printing we managed to create this …..

Playing quietly

I love creating when I have plenty of time. At this very moment, time is at a premium but I must admit that I really enjoyed my quiet time cutting, sticking, stapling and stuffing. I spent a couple of hours smiling at every successful step. I love it when a plan comes together.

So tomorrow I will be ramping up the speed a little. I’m going to make a conscious effort to keep breathing over the next few weeks and until I take my summer break in August. By August I should be caught up and everything that’s on my To-Do List. In the meantime I putting one foot in front of the other just like everyone does.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some more cutting, sticking and stapling. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something that really enjoy makes you happy. In fact I think we should all be doing more of what makes us happy more often. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies. I’m back! Yes I had a few days off and I’ve accomplished a few things that I can tell you about so I thought I would pop in and show you a little progress.

The last few days have been glorious in my little corner of the northeast of England. The sun has been shining and the temperature has been rising. The trees are in bud and even the grass has started growing. I’m very lucky that I have no grass anymore so there will be no lawn mowing for me!

As well as enjoying some glorious sunshine I was cheered up by a couple of other things today. One thing that made me happy was that when I stepped out with my Sarah this morning to run a couple of errands we stopped for coffee and my coffee was free. So that was my bargain of the day! And the second that made me happy is that I was hunting for some fabric to finish off my hexagon quilt. So I got in touch with Jan of The Cotton Tree where I originally bought the fabric ages ago and she just happen to have the exact fabric and in the quantity I asked for. I was so surprised when Jan said that she had some of my fabric in stock. My hexie quilt has been on the go for quite some time and it does look nice so I thought I ought to make the effort to match the fabric properly to get the job finished. I will collect the fabric next week.

I haven’t done much longarm quilting this week. I have moved into the slow lane and enjoyed the scenery. I think I needed a bit of time to breathe. However that doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping busy. While my little Maisie has been keeping me company …..

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I worked on adding borders to my appliqué block …..

Applique block preview

I added these squares …..

Adding borders

And now it looks like this …..

Progress applique hand quilting sample

I will be adding some appliqué to the large outer border. So I made this bias strip to turn into vines …..

vine tubes

I’m looking forward to getting stuck into this project again. It’s quite a simple quilt which I will be hand quilting as sample for a hand quilting class which I will be teaching this summer. I will be designing the quilting designs myself and while I’m doing working out the designs and marking I will be taking notes regarding how I did it. I would really like to see more ladies hand quilting their quilt tops. So watch this space.

Last week I decided that I wanted to step outside the ¼” seam allowance box. I wanted to play with scraps and throw caution to the wind and produce something unusual. Well I didn’t get very far yet. Here is the simple progress I have made …..

Stepping out of the quarter inch seam allowance box

I pulled a few scraps out and anchored them to a layer of wadding and backing fabric. I decided to make a small sample to start with. I do have one or two ideas about how I will proceed from here on but I’m not going to reveal those ideas until I’m sure what I’m doing.

On Easter Monday I did an emergency longarm quilting job. This is Heather’s quilt and with the help of her friends the quilt top was finished and handed over to me and I quilted. It’s a lovely cheerful quilt. I decided on a quilting design called Tropical Deco by Patricia Ritter and a purple thread which blends in perfectly with the fabrics. I love the quilting design and I love the finished quilt.

Heathers quilt 1

Heathers quilt 2

heathers quilt 3

So now we come to the last thing I will report on until next week. I worked on a sample of Foundation Paper Piecing. I used to use this method regularly back in the day. It gives such good accurate results. And I think everyone should learn how to do this. Even if it’s only used for one project. So this is my sample …..

foundation paper piecing

foundation paper piecing 2

I chose a simple block which my ladies will be able to produce four of in one session and turn into something useful. This one is called the double Tulip. I will be adding a couple of borders on my sample and it will be used as a table topper. As you can see from this photo the sun was definitely shining thru my sewing room window this afternoon. Oh what a beautiful day. I’m hoping this is a preview of the weather we will have this summer.

So although I was on a break I still managed to get quite a lot of sewing done at a slow and measured pace. And I can’t tell you how much paper work I have done over the past week. Writing instructions and printing info packs always takes longer than I imagine it will. I have changed the format of my info packs for my larger projects making them more eco-friendly. Trying to work all that out has been a bit of a chore but I’m getting there. Tomorrow I will be spending the day in the company of like-minded ladies who want to learn how the Cathedral Window technique works. So it will be a busy day that I’m sure will zoom by.

Cathedral Window cushion

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be working on hexies or hand quilting. 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 day. Have you bought your Easter Eggs yet? I haven’t bought any yet. I’m hoping to pop out tomorrow to get a few eggs as well as some nice fresh veg for a nice Sunday dinner.

I spent most of my day in my sewing room longarm quilting Anne’s no. 2 of 2 quilts today. This is what it looks like now …..

Annes no. 2 quilt xx

Annes no. 2 quilt

 

Anne used a variety of blues as well as a tone on tone white to piece this star quilt. I used a quilting design called Easy Street by Lisa Calle and a nice fine pearl grey thread to stitch it out. The grey thread blends in beautifully with all the blue and white fabrics. I think will be pleasantly surprised when she sees how nice her quilt is now.

After turning off the equipment in my sewing room I started to think about how to spend my Easter weekend. Well my long weekend has just been shortened a little bit because I will be teaching a class at Stitchin’ Heaven on Saturday so that’s one day sorted. And I have a couple of longarm quilting appointments tomorrow at home. So I think I will prep a scrappy project in between appointments in the morning. I’ve suddenly found a whole slew of scraps leftover from very recent projects. So I’m going to cut up all the scraps into uniform size squares and sew them together. I do have a bit of a plan forming as I have something specific in mind but you’ll have to check in next week to see if and how I managed with my scraps.

I’ve got a hankering to step outside the ¼” seam allowance box. I was taught to always stay true to the ¼” seam allowance rule. And I was taught to press all my seams properly. If I wasn’t always in a hurry I would like to go back to basics, to the time when we worked to the light of candles and oil lamps; and back to the days before the arrival of rotary cutting equipment. I have had a taste of tracing templates but I will draw the line at sewing to the light of an oil lamp! The minute we take away the rotary cutting equipment our blocks are not quite as accurate. I quite like vintage style projects. So I am hunting for an English Paper Piecing (EPP) project. One which will use hexagons and diamonds and such. And this project should be suitable for scraps. I have loads of scraps that need using up. Wouldn’t it be nice to make something for free! Will you be using up some of your scraps this weekend?

So it looks like I’m going to spend a good part of my Easter weekend hunting a new long range scrappy project all the while relaxing. I will most likely spend a little time sketching a new design for my newly found little pile of scraps. Perhaps I will be able to step outside the ¼” seam allowance box this weekend. We just have to see what happens. Like everything else, I imagine that I have all the time in the world to play but that time all too often runs out before I accomplish what I want to do. I shall be back sometime next week with news about all my plans and dreams.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be working on hexies or perhaps doing some hand quilting. I hope you have a cosy Easter weekend doing all the things that you enjoy the most. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Hello my lovelies. I hope you all a super April Fool Day. Did anyone play a trick on you today? I was fortunate enough that no one played any tricks on me.

Once again my day did not play out as planned. I had intended to do some longarm quilting today which would permit me to step out with my Sarah tomorrow. As it works out I am expecting a delivery of goodies tomorrow so I will do my longarm quilting tomorrow while I wait for my delivery instead. So we spent a good part of the day out and about. The sun was shining brightly but it was not warm. I spent the afternoon catching up on some taped TV shows with my Sarah. I did a wee bit of hand sewing …..

Building up hexie border

Now that I have squared off the edges of my red hexie quilt I am adding a red border. I have been working furiously with creamy hexies in the squaring off process so it makes a nice change to switch over to red for a while.

As you read yesterday Operation Taking Flight is progressing nicely at the moment for my Sarah. So I guess it’s time for me to start making plans and perhaps starting a long range project of my own. I haven’t quite decided what this long range project will be yet but I have set a deadline of five years. So along with Operation Taking Flight I will be working on my …..

Five year plan

So I dragged out this binder to store my recorded ideas, inspiration and treasures along the way. Is anyone else working on something they are developing? Are your plans coming together? I have the feeling that however my project starts off it will most likely morph into something else along the way. My books and magazines will come out and no doubt I will be surfing the internet looking for inspiration.

Five year planner

So once again it has not been a very productive day but it doesn’t matter because tomorrow is another day. I enjoyed spending a quiet day with my Sarah. The sun was shining which always makes me feel better. I’m sure spring is just around the corner. I long for some warmth. I can’t wait to start wearing sandals.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be joining up hexies. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing some nice. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

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