What a different day! There hasn’t been much sunshine in my corner of the northeast of England today. What a relief. Yesterday was so very hot which made it very difficult to sleep. I’m sure we’ll all sleep much better tonight because the house is not nearly as warm as it was. Don’t get me wrong; I am enjoying summer a lot.

The only sewing I got done today was while loading a quilt into my longarm quilting system in order to start stitching in the morning. This quilt was pieced by Claudia using all kinds of different character fabrics. My Sarah really likes this quilt as she recognises a lot of the different characters featured. I’m looking forward to quilting Claudia’s quilt tomorrow in between appointments.


My Sarah decided she is going to make another quilt. Once again she hand dyed fabrics specifically which is very good practice for what she’ll be studying starting in September. Once the fabrics were pressed and cut into squares she started laying them out on the lounge carpet …..


There were plenty of squares to make this quilt a good useable size …


While we were studying the case and chatting about how we could use up the leftovers this happened …..


I guess Maisie decided she wanted to get in on the act. Every time she wagged her tail another square went flying.

It’s been a good day in my world. I was able run a couple of errands and we treated ourselves to a delicious cuppa while getting out and about for a little while. I sat in front of my laptop composing a text for a document which made me feel like I was out of my depth. Well I was wrong; once the document was ready I asked my friend to proof it and she said it was very good. So now I’m looking forward to doing it all over again next month. Sometimes it’s good to step out of your comfort zone and stretch your brain a bit. After all you don’t know what you can do until you try.

Now I’m going to leave you this evening with a bit of good news. Everyone loves a bargain don’t they? Well I know I do! So feast your eyes on this …..


Yes folks, Stitchin’ Heaven are having a Grand Summer Clearance sale starting next Tuesday July 29th for five days. 20% off everything. I’ve got it noted in my diary and I’m going to make my way up there and grab a few bits and pieces for my upcoming summer projects. Perhaps I’ll see you there?

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be working on hexies again. I got quite a lot done last evening but I still have a way to go yet. I hope you have a super cosy evening working on something that makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

What a lovely day it’s been. My Sarah and I stepped out this morning for a meeting. The more I get out and about and speak with people the more I realise how much I have to learn. Meeting and socialising with others also makes me realise that we’re never really alone. I’ve discovered that all the day-to-day problems I face are experienced by everyone. A problem shared is a problem halved. Sharing is a good thing.

By the time we got home from our meeting this afternoon it was really hot in the back of my house which is where my sewing room is. Even though it was really hot I braved going in there to do a wee bit of sewing. Here’s what I was working on …..


I’ve been looking forward to adding the borders to my Festive Whimsy but I’m not finished yet. Here’s how it looks now …..


With every little bit that I add to this Whimsy quilt it just gets better and better. It’s not a complicated design but perhaps it’s the simplicity that appeals to me. I can’t believe that I designed this myself! I keep pinching myself just to make sure I’m not dreaming. Anyway the next border involves a few simply placed hexies which of course I’m looking forward to finishing up because then I will load it into my quilting system and quilt it.

So it’s been a proper summer day in my little corner of the northeast of England. It’s been very much like the lazy hazy days of summer I remember as a kid growing up in Montreal. All I need is the Good Humor Man to come along playing a cheerful song and selling ice cream. Goodness me that was a heck of a long time ago.

And last for today here’s a little something my Sarah found which I thought was quite comical. I’m not sure where the photo came from but I want to thank whoever took this photo and added the captions because it certainly made me chuckle.

Cat talking to lamp

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

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

It’s been a brilliant day in happy longarm quilter land. In trying really hard to stay on course and pretty much succeeding has made it brilliant. I made a To-Do List and only veered off course just a wee bit.

After my normal morning routine I kicked off my day in the sewing room by longarm quilting Sarah’s Tie-Dye quilt. I loaded it into my system a few days ago so all that was left to do is choose a quilting design. As the quilt is already a bit funky with its Tie-Dye patches I decided to go for Sun Scallops by Hermione Agee and a delphinium blue colour thread. Here’s a sneaky peek.


Between us, Sarah and I plan on hand finishing the binding on this quilt this evening in order to hand it over tomorrow. Let’s hope we can meet the challenge.


Once I finished longarm quilting Sarah’s quilt I decided to go on to do a little Freemotion Quilting. You see there was lots of backing fabric and some wadding left once I got to the end of Sarah’s quilt. So as a treat for myself I added a piece of calico and Freemotioned to my heart’s content. I really enjoyed my little Freemotion session. There was no pressure because it was just something for me. And I stitched a few different designs. It was great practice and very satisfying. I don’t often get the chance to do this kind of work but one thing is for sure I will be making time to do it more often.



Click on the photo to zoom in.

I trimmed and squared off my practice piece and it will probably be stored away and when I have enough practice pieces I will join them all together using the Quilt as You Go method. In fact I was thinking about doing some Freemotion Appliqué using my longarm quilting system and that too could be joined with my Freemotion practice pieces. I suppose it could contain a sampling of Freemotion related techniques. Has anyone tried this yet?


So it really has been a brilliant day in my world. We’ve ended the day on a sunny note making my sewing room very warm this afternoon. For the next few quilts I will only be working in the morning until the sun comes around to the back of my house where my sewing room is.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand finishing the binding on today’s quilt and perhaps reading some newly arrived magazines. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really love. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

Have you had a nice weekend? I hope you haven’t been affected by the thunders storms here in the UK. Here in my little corner of the northeast of England we haven’t been hit by thunder; only quite heavy rain at times. I’m not sure what the weatherman is forecasting for the coming week but I hope it improves a little bit.

So what have I been doing this weekend? Well as you know I spent three days running teaching classes. So I was teaching on Saturday and today, Sunday, was spent catching up a little. My Sarah and I stepped out this morning to visit the supermarket in order to restock the cupboards. And the rest of the day was spent mooching about doing some washing and various other household chores. In and amongst the boring mundane chores I used this Sew Easy Cutter Ruler …..


To cut some 108 plus 4-1/2” squares. By-the-way did you know that you can get 16 4-1/2” squares from one fat Quarter? Well yes you can.


I am attending an event for Quilts for Comfort in a couple of weeks where we will be piecing 12 nine patch blocks. In fact I will be teaching beginners to piece nine patch blocks. So all the squares are cut and I have started piecing a few samples …..


I fished around my stash until I found a few fabrics that go reasonably well together. It just so happens that most of the fabrics are from Lynette Andersons collections.

I used my favourite little ruler to draw the ¼” seam allowance lines …..


Here’s my first sample …..


I enjoyed hand piecing this first sample so much that I have decided that I will prepare these fabrics to hand piece a small quilt of my own.


I recently got these fabrics while teaching at Stitchin’ Heaven not knowing what to make. For three days the fabrics were calling me and so yesterday I finally gave in. Now I know exactly what I can make with them. In fact I might have to add to this collection to make my quilt a little bit larger than originally planned.

I had a little treat with my afternoon cup of tea …..


This gingerbread cupcake was light and tasty.


When all that was left on my plate was the little gingerbread man Sarah came along and scooped it up and ate it!

July has been quite busy month for me. I’m not sure what I have been doing but I have been really busy doing it. I didn’t realise until today that I hadn’t changed the calendar page in my sewing. Perhaps I should wait until August to change it.


Well so far this month has been rather interesting. I taught a few classes, I designed a few new bits and I did quite a lot of hand stitching. I was supposed to do a bit on longarm quilting today but changed my mind. I thought the time would be better spent catching up on a few things that I didn’t get a chance to do. And perhaps there was a little part of me that just needed a little break from it all. So tomorrow it’s back to longarm quilting. I look forward to showing you the finished result.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand piecing a few nine patch blocks. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly love. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

It’s Friday, rather warm and super busy. I had four brand new students in my Beginner’s Sampler Quilt class today. As per usual we had a superb day tracing, cutting and hand sewing. What more can you possibly want on a lazy summer day. I’m sorry I didn’t get any photos today as I was rather involved with teaching. I’ll have to try harder with tomorrow’s beginner’s group.

I’ll leave you today with a little peek at my Festive Whimsy sections all joined up before I start adding borders. I’m so looking forward to seeing this one finished. I plan to hang it in my lounge in December. If you are interested in making this project with me please contact Stitchin’ Heaven at 01665 570 833 .



So as you have probably already gathered I will be teaching another beginner’s class tomorrow. It always amazes when from month to month I see the progress my ladies make. It’s so cool to see these ladies moving from one step to the next in the process of piecing a block. It makes all the behind the scenes prep worthwhile. I’m very pleased to be in a position to be able to pass on my little bit of useful knowledge regarding quilt making. Let’s keep the gentle quiet art of patchwork and quilting going. Now if only I could get a few more young people involved that would really make my day.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some printing and perhaps play with some hexies. I hope you have a super weekend doing summery things. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

The week is almost over. I’m sure I say it every week but I can’t figure out why my days just whizz by so quickly. I can only imagine my days whizz by quickly because I keep myself busy.

And speaking of busy, today was pretty busy but at a relaxed pace. I met with my Festive Whimsy ladies at Stitchin’ Heaven and as usual we had a super time. After revealing the last section of my Festive Whimsy quilt all my ladies got to work preparing all the patches that make up this last section. And I suppose you would like to see what this latest section looks like? Well OK here it is …..


I don’t know about you but I’m pretty impressed with my project. And I can’t wait to join all the sections together which won’t be soon enough. I’m busy for the next two days teaching my beginner’s sampler quilt and then I can play a little in my sewing room.

My Sarah’s got a new doo; and not only that but she’s been playing with my sewing machine again. Have a look at the new doo and the kimono style top she made using a couple of large scarves. Here’s the link which inspired Sarah to have a go.


The sun has been shining brightly today but the temperature wasn’t overly hot. Thank goodness for that. And I think it must have rained overnight because have a look at this plant …..

I love this shade of green and the rain droplets make the plant look so fresh. The weatherman has promised us some thunder storms sometime over the next couple of days. I’m not keen on the rain but I think it will reduce the humidity a little.


So I guess that’s my meagre report for today. I’ve had a brilliant day with my ladies. We discussed quite a variety of current event topics. And we had a few laughs. I really do enjoy sharing my designs and sharing my little bit of know-how with others.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will either be working on some hexies or doing some fine hand appliqué work. I hope you have a super cosy evening working on something you enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

P.S.: Thank you to Karen B. for the lovely beach hut postcard from Whitby. I just found out this afternoon which Karen sent the card.

It’s been a typical day in happy longarm quilter land today. I seem to spend quite a lot of time running from place to place doing bits and pieces that needed to be done.

I did a wee bit of sewing today. We added borders to Sarah’s hand dyed quilt in order to get it to the quilting stage. I went on to load said quilt into my longarm quilting system. I plan on quilting it over the weekend.


The rest of my day was spent tying up loose ends. I made some phone calls, replied to emails, visited the local post office depot and did some banking. It’s amazing how much time we spend traveling from one place to another. Tomorrow is Festive Whimsy day. I’m looking forward to getting together with all my ladies at Stitchin’ Heaven. Once everyone has settled into their set tasks the conversations get rather interesting. Once tomorrow is over I can join all three sections of my Whimsy together in order to start working on my borders. I can’t wait to see how it all looks when it’s done.

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

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥


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