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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all enjoyed a fab weekend. It’s been a good one in happy longarm quilter land.

I guess I’ll start with Friday. I spent the day at Stitchin’ Heaven with some like-minded ladies who all wanted to learn how to do some hand quilting. I poured my heart and soul into this class. I tried to cover as much as I could on the day. We talked about layering your quilt right thru to how to do the actual stitching. Until I had to show my ladies how, I hadn’t really ever thought about exactly what I do with my hand or fingers. I found myself breaking it down into bite sized chunks. I’m much more aware of all the actions involved with making small quilting stitches. Here are some photos of the busy hands.

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Hand quilting 3

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And here are the ladies that go with the hands …..

Hand quilting ladies

I promised that I would post a photo of the sample which I demonstrated on, from layering to stitching, to show the ladies what gives me the best results. So here is my sample in progress …..

Hand quilting 9

And here it is finished …..

Hand quilting 10

I’m quite pleased with the finished result. I designed this particular quilting pattern using shapes and rulers. I did try to encourage my ladies to design their own quilting patterns but they opted to use the stencils I brought along.

Today I spent some time in my sewing room. I needed to have a little Freemotion Quilting session to refresh my skills. It took me a while to warm up but once I got start I was off. The next Freemotion Quilting I will do will be to produce a simple sample panel for a class. It’s quite amazing how it all comes back to you.

Freemotion Quilting practice

I hung around my sewing room a little longer once the Freemotion Quilting was finished to load Lorraine’s quilt into my longarm quilting system. Lorraine pieced this quilt for her grandson. I hope to get started tomorrow morning once my little list of chores is completed.

Lorraines quilt

So it’s been a pretty busy weekend for this happy longarm quilter. I enjoyed doing both hand and machine quilting all in one weekend. Magic. My Sarah and I popped into the supermarket to top up the food stores. It’s going to be a busy week ahead in my little world.

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

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all enjoyed a wee bit of sunshine. I didn’t hang around outside but the bright was shining thru my windows while I was preparing for tomorrow’s hand quilting class at Stitchin’ Heaven.

I spent most of the day getting ready for the classes I will be teaching over the next couple of days. Tomorrow is hand quilting and Saturday is the Four Season Button Club Whimsy. I’ve put quite a lot of effort into the hand quilting class prep because I really want my ladies to take to it. I don’t know many ladies who hand quilt these days. So I’m going to do my best to get as many ladies hand quilting/stitching as I can. Hand quilting makes an excellent armchair project. It’s a lovely quiet pastime; relaxing and the perfect occupation while you’re watching some mindless TV. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow. My car will be laden with all the related goodies for hand quilting. I hope to post an in-progress photo of the hand quilting sample which I set-up for tomorrows demo soon.

Once I finished hunting, gathering and packing I decided to have a little creative time for myself. I treated myself to a box of water soluble crayons a couple of weeks ago.

Water Soluble Crayons

I bought said crayons to use on fabric. My creative friend Sandra inspired me to have a go at this technique.

Soluble colours

And of course I had no idea where to start. So this is how I approached the task of adding colour and shapes to my fabric. First I cut and pressed a piece of calico. Then added some fusible wadding to the calico in order to stabilise it. Then I was faced with the dreaded blank page syndrome! Don’t you just hate that? So I cleared the random thoughts from my brain; thoughts like ….. what if it all goes wrong, what if it looks ugly, and I don’t want to waste my fabric and so on. Once all those negative thoughts were gone I started adding colour in patches one colour at a time. And this is what I ended up with …..

Colouring Fabric

Now this in itself doesn’t look like anything but once I add a few thousand stitches I think it might be something worth looking at. I’m going to add some outlines by Freemotion Quilting this piece. Once the outlines are in I will fill the background with a filler stitch in a neutral thread colour.

Adding colour to plain fabric in this way is all quite new to me. So it could still all go wrong however I’m going to give it a good crack just to see what I can do. What if it all goes wrong? Who cares, it’s only a bit of calico and crayon and I had a good time adding colour to it. Who knows it might turn out to be a work of art! If nothing else I will be able to say that I had an adventure of a different kind. In the meantime while I wait for my piece to dry thoroughly I can formulate a plan for my Freemotion Quilting session.

Speaking of Freemotion Quilting, we have added an extra Freemotion Quilting class on August 11th for which there are two places left. So if you’re interested in taking a Freemotion Quilting class with me please contact Stitchin’ Heaven on 01665 570 833. It’s a fun class and it gives you a chance to be creative in your own way. Learning a new technique is a great way to spend a day. ;-)

So it’s been a pretty good day in my little world. I gathered everything I will need for tomorrow and got myself in the zone for hand quilting. And I even had a little me creative time which I really enjoyed.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some stitchery and fine hand appliqué work. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies. I hope you all had a super day. While the sun was shining I mooched about my sewing room. I longarm quilted Jenny’s quilt …..

Jennys quilt 1

Jennys quilt 2

Jennys quilt 3

Jenny does an excellent job of piecing quilts. As Jenny is only partially sighted her hubby, John, helps to match colours and such. Jenny is a prolific quilt maker. I hope to hand finish the binding on this quilt this evening at a sewing session which I will be attending in Burnopfield. This quilt is going to Quilts for Comfort .

I don’t know why but I was quite surprised to see the Back-to-School section at my supermarket up and running last evening. There’s something about all the back-to-school paraphernalia that I just can’t pass up. I didn’t need anything; but somehow these bits jumped into my trolley. Both items are useful in my little world.

Back to School

I just realised something today ….. I’m all over the world without ever leaving my armchair. I take a few photos and write a few words to go with the photos and publish semi-regularly on this blog. So today I’ll take the opportunity to welcome all the new readers/followers. I hope you enjoy the read.

It’s been a pretty good day in happy longarm quilter land. I enjoyed my longarm session while the sun was shining and it was a pleasure to walk my Maisie in the sunshine this morning.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand finishing the binding on today’s longarm effort and perhaps doing a wee bit of stitchery work. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really love. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Hello my lovelies. I hope you all had a good productive day. It’s been a typical Monday in happy longarm quilter land. While it rained outside I hid in my sewing room.

I spent most of the day in my sewing room working on Jackie’s quilt …..

Jackies sampler

Jackie chose a quilting design called Rose Leaves by Designs by Vickie. I stitched the design using a very quiet thread which matches the background perfectly. I think Jackie will love her quilt. I know I do.

I went on to load another quilt into my longarm quilting system while my supper was cooking. This quilt top was pieced by our lovely Jenny who is only partially sighted. This quilt will be handed over to Quilts for Comfort when it’s finished.

Jennys quilt top

I did a little prep work first thing this morning. I traced some leaves onto freezer paper and chose some embroidery thread to match the hexagons I was working on yesterday. I will be adding some stitchery work to my hexagon block.

more prep work

It’s been another pretty productive day in my little world. I’m very pleased with the finished result of Jackie’s quilt and I look forward to doing some stitchery work on my hexagon block this evening. I chatted with some like-minded ladies in my sewing room this morning and I got a much needed haircut. I feel tidy again.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some stitchery work. 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’ve all had a fab weekend. Mine was pretty good.

I kicked off the morning mooching about the garden dead heading the roses and watering my hanging baskets. I carried on with separating the wash and stripping my bed. I did lots of useful little jobs giving me a really good start for the week ahead.

Something else I did today is load a quilt into my longarm quilting system. This sampler was pieced by Jackie and it’s her very first quilt. The fabrics Jackie used are gorgeous and I’m sure that when it’s quilted she will cherish it for many years to come.

Jackies sampler

While the washing machine was whirring around and around I decided to use my time in a creative way. So I did some prep work to create a few hexagons. These hexies are part of my Sweethearts Dozen Quilt project. I sat quietly tracing and cutting fabric hexies and then sewing the fabric shapes around the paper shapes. There are only 31 hexies with ¾” sides so it took no time to prep them. I laid them all out to see what colour should go where and took a photo. Next comes the fun part; joining them all together to form a specific shape.

Hexies

Have you noticed that everything that is controlled by a microchip beeps? I’m sure I’ve written about this before. In my house it seems that every appliance beeps when it starts and finishes and sometimes in between. Just as an example: my microwave oven beeps when we programme it and when it ends, my dishwasher and washing machine beep, my oven beeps, my phone beeps when a text or email arrives, my printer beeps when it runs out of paper and my sewing machine beeps for all kinds of different reasons. Every time I hear a beep I wonder what it is! Nothing is quiet anymore. Today I’ve had the washing machine, dishwasher, microwave oven, printer and phone going. All helping me to get ready for the week to come. We’re off to a beeping start.

It’s been a good weekend in happy longarm quilter land. Especially today because I worked and mooched around at a slow and measured pace. And somehow I got loads done.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be joining 31 hexies together to form a heart. 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 great day. It’s almost the end of the first week of the children’s school holiday in England. The roads are pretty quiet and the shops seem to have more little ones running around.

My Sarah and I stepped out this morning but this afternoon while we were mooching around the house we started putting the bathroom back together. It’s going to look lovely once we’re done.

I spent an hour or so in my sewing room today. I’m working on a few blocks for a challenge. So I chose one block last evening and using my quilt making software I laid out the block. I spent about five minutes choosing a few fabrics …..

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The technique I used is Foundation Paper Piecing. It’s a pretty simple block which I believe will fit in nicely with the storybook theme of the challenge quilt. There are plenty of children’s stories which include a fox.

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So it’s been a lovely relaxed day in my little world. And I even got to do a bit of simple sewing. I haven’t used my sewing machine very much lately. I plan on remedying that soon. I was kind to my machine yesterday. I cleaned it and changed the needle in readiness for another raw edge appliqué session over the weekend. And I plan on being kind to myself by changing the blade in my rotary cutter. I can see and feel that the blade is getting rather dull making it more difficult to cut fabric accurately. Now that my tools are in good shape I will enjoy my next sewing session. I’ve got a Jelly Roll screaming to be used.

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

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fab day. I don’t have anything sewing related to report on this evening but I do have some terrific news.

First of all Sarah and I stepped out this morning for a little sewing session. It was nice getting together with both seasoned and beginner quilt makers. Our main goal is to make quilts for our charity while teaching the world to make quilts and having a good time along the way.

For the last few weeks Sarah and I have been waiting for her college results to see where she will end up going to University. Well I’m so pleased and every so proud to tell you that my Sarah has received an unconditional offer from her first choice of Universities today. My baby will be moving to another county for the next three years to study Textiles and Surface Design. Since she started studying art my Sarah has changed paths. Originally Sarah wanted to study Illustration but because the art course covers so many different techniques she found something that she liked even better. Here’s a little peek at Sarah’s end of year show at Newcastle College …..

Sarah at year end show

This is great news because Sarah’s going to be doing exactly what she wanted to do. And she’ll be doing not all that far from home but still living away during her study time. So the countdown has begun. We have lots to do in the next six weeks. I have much more positive outlook on Operation Taking Flight now. While Sarah is away learning I’m going to try to learn as much as I can too. So watch this space my friends.

We had a very welcome visitor this afternoon. A couple of lovely men popped over to fit the new flooring in my bathroom. Finally all the new components of my bathroom have been fitted. Well except for new curtains and accents. The curtains will be made by me because they are just simple ones. I’m letting the flooring settle and the sealant dry overnight and tomorrow I’m going to start putting things back where they belong. I’m so relieved that my chosen flooring went down without needing a plumber to fix any leaks.

It’s been a really good day today; all positive which I wish everyday was like. Tomorrow we’re going to step out to celebrate by purchasing a few more things from Sarah’s shopping list. Somehow we will be ready in good time for her big move.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some fine hand appliqué work. I may even treat myself to a little Bombay Sapphire Gin to celebrate the good news. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

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