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What a brilliant day I had. Apart from running a couple of errands today I spent most of the day in my sewing room working on Helen’s quilt. I clicked go and just carried on until the job was done. Helen’s quilt looked like this yesterday …..

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After doing several hours of stitching using my longarm quilting system Helen’s quilt looks like this …..

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I happen to know that this Chisel Star quilt will be handed over to Helen’s son and daughter-in-law once the binding has been added. I’m sure this lovely quilt will be treasured for many years to come.

So now you know why I’ve had a brilliant day. It was great to be able to finish Helen’s quilt today.

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I didn’t hold out much hope of finishing this enormous quilt today but I kept my head down and somehow it happened. There’s a lot to be said for determination. Now this evening, this very happy longarm quilter is doing a very happy dance. I think I deserve to relax this evening while I read the latest issue of Simply Vintage which arrived in today’s post. And perhaps I might do a little bit of fine hand appliqué. Tomorrow it will be a beginner’s sampler quilt class at Stitchin’ Heaven again. Teaching beginners is always rewarding.

I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something relaxing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Hello everyone. I’ve had an eye opener of a day. If you read yesterday’s post you know that I was having a special outing this morning. I will tell you about my experience some time in the near future. I’m a softy at heart and a lot of things I saw today pulled at my heartstrings.

Tomorrow it’s back to reality. I will be spending many hours in my sewing room longarm quilting Helen’s Chisel Star quilt. I will get a good night’s sleep and hit the ground running in the morning. But for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand finishing the binding on Jenny’s quilt which I longarm quilted last week.

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I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you enjoy doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

It’s that time of year again. You know the time when you realise that there’s a load of things you need to do before the year finishes. Well I’ve got a lot of things I want to do before the end of the year. My list of Gentle Goals for 2014 has been fulfilled but I have raised the bar by adding a few more things just recently. I’m still yearning to try a few new-to-me techniques. I have tried a few new things over the year but I feel I need to try so many more. The problem is that the days aren’t long enough to do everything I want to do in one day.

I spent most of my day in my sewing room. I kicked off the day with longarm quilting Rebecca’s quilt. This is what it looks like now …..

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Rebecca chose some simple swirls which I feel really suits this Storm at Sea quilt. The swirls stitched out using a nice fine white thread adds texture and brings the quilt to life. I have machined the binding on and will hand finish the job this evening.

I went on to load another quilt into my longarm quilting system late this afternoon. This Chisel Star quilt top was pieced by Helen. She started the job a couple of years ago and set it aside for a while before putting the finishing touches to the top recently. Now it’s up to me to turn this quilt top into a proper quilt. This is a very large quilt top and I can understand why Helen decided to have it quilted professionally. Helen trusts me enough that she just hands over a quilt top and says just do whatever you think will look good. So I have chosen a quilting design and thread colour. I hope to get started on Thursday.

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I’m stepping out tomorrow. I will be visiting the Paediatric Oncology and Teenage Cancer Unit at the Royal Victory Infirmary here in Newcastle. This visit is all tied in with the good work that’s being done by the charity Quilts for Comfort. I’m quite passionate about this, my favourite charity. I think this visit will help be keep focussed on the common goal.

Well it’s been a super day in my world. I got quite a lot accomplished which gives me permission to step out tomorrow morning. Thursday I will be spending the day in my sewing room longarm quilting Helen’s Chisel Star quilt. I look forward to being able to say that the job is complete.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand finishing the binding on Rebecca’s quilt. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

It’s been very autumnal in my little world today. I woke to drizzling rain which turned to pea soup fog. It’s been the kind of day when you wear your pyjamas all day, drink hot chocolate and catch up on some recorded TV programmes.

My plan for this week totally changed when my friend Sandra reminded me that we had an appointment on Wednesday instead of Tuesday. The weather wasn’t brilliant but my Sarah and I stepped out to run some errands. Sarah has made goals for which she needed a few supplies which we purchased this morning. It’s quite fun getting her sorted. I didn’t expect it but it seems Sarah is following me into the world of textiles. She’s going into a different branch of textiles than I’m in but there is still plenty she can learn from my experience. It’s really fantastic.

After running errands I did get the chance to do a little sewing …..

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I can’t tell you what this piece of work is all about just yet but let it be known now that all the borders have been added I have to longarm quilt it. That won’t be until next week at the earliest. We’re very near completion now Carolyn!

For those of you who enjoy watching Downton Abbey you’ll be glad to know that Series 5 starts on Sunday September 21st. Sunday evening is the perfect time to air Downton. I spend most of Sunday getting ready for the week ahead so I can’t think of anything better to settle down to watch in the evening. I think of all the period costume dramas I have watched over the years Downton is the best. I promise not to spoil it for those who won’t be viewing it for a while yet.

I pieced a few more quilt as you go log cabin blocks. I’m up to 18 blocks now. I’m going to make as many as my Jelly Roll will allow. And then I will join them. I know exactly what I’m going to use them for as well. I’m quite excited about this project. It gives me a chance to do some more designing. I love planning and making a project come to life. So watch this space.

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Well it’s been a great day in my world. I managed to help my Sarah with her future plans. And I did some sewing. I even made some great progress on one particular project. What more can a girl ask for?

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 that makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Goodness me! Don’t the weekends whizz by quick. It’s been a busy time for me. I didn’t do a lot of sewing unfortunately. I spent some time preparing for a couple of beginners classes next week at Stitchin’ Heaven. All the instructions were ready but the printing was not done. Well it is now.

I pieced a few more quilt as you go log cabin blocks. I’m really enjoying this technique. At the moment I have enough blocks to make the useful bag that I want to make from these blocks but I thought I would use up the rest of the Jelly Roll and be able to make two bags perhaps. Have a little peek …..

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And amongst other things like washing, cooking and tidying up I loaded a quilt to start longarm quilting tomorrow morning. This one was pieced by Rebecca. It’s a lovely fresh looking quilt which I think Rebecca will be very proud of when she gets it back.

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While I was longarm quilting last week I had a little visitor …..

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Two days running this little cat climbed up on my window sill and stared in at me. It watched my longarm quilting system doing its thing with great curiosity. I’ve been expecting to get another visit but I haven’t seen it since Friday. What a funny little cat.

So folks did you have a lovely weekend? Although I don’t have much to show for it I have had a pretty good productive weekend. I have found inspiration everywhere I’ve gone over the summer months and now I’m raring to work on new projects for 2015. Tomorrow I will be pulling out of the slow lane in order to speed up to meet Christmas demands. It’s time for this happy longarm quilter to start overtaking in order to get somewhere in good time. My longarm quilting queue is growing rapidly. Christmas will be here in no time at all. I can’t believe how quickly time flies.

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

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

Hello my quilty friends. Have you been busy today? I’ve kept myself pretty busy as per usual. I headed out first thing to fuel up the car and run a few errands. I need to take a run north to Stitchin’ Heaven first thing tomorrow morning so it was important that the car was fuelled up and ready to go. While I was out I popped into the supermarket to top up on food and I popped into M&S for some warm cosy clothes to keep me going over the winter months. I didn’t buy much but what I did buy will help keep me comfortable when the days grow cold and damp.

Once I got home and even before I had some lunch I headed into my sewing room to start longarm quilting another charity quilt. This one was pieced by Jenny who is partially sighted. I still can’t believe that Jenny makes at least one quilt a month! So for this one I chose a design called Cloud Nine by Patricia Ritter and a Delphinium colour thread. The quilt looks fantastic and I’m sure it will be well loved by the recipient. I plan on finding some fabric to use for binding over the weekend.

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Once again I had backing fabric, wadding and a little time leftover so I decided to have another little Freemotion Quilting session. I selected a scrappy shaped piece of fabric that my Sarah hand dyed last week and went to town on it. I have no idea what I’m going to do with this practice piece yet. I do know that I really enjoyed my little practice session.

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I was kind of in a hurry to move onto another task while I was Freemotion Quilting. I wanted to go back to my quilt as you go log cabin blocks. And I did. I pieced another four blocks bringing the grand total so far to ten blocks. I squared them off ready to jump to the next step when I have pieced as many blocks as I wish. I think I will probably make a bag of some sort. I like the fabric collection I’m using so something that I can use regularly will do just fine. This new technique is giving me permission to design something unusual.

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I left you in suspense yesterday. I told you that I received a parcel but I didn’t post a photo of what was in the box ….

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Blossom Bliss by Clothworks

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Sewing Box by Gina Martin for Moda

I need more fabric like I need a hole in my head but I needed these. Honest I did. I think it’s about time I start using the fabrics I have been hoarding away for the past year. I love all my fabric at the time of purchase then I put it away because I just don’t seem to have the time to cut it up and sew it back together. Well I’m going to make some changes so that I can spend some time working on my own projects.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand piecing some blocks. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing some that makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

Hello everyone. It’s been a brilliant sunshiny Wednesday in happy longarm quilter land. There were a few tasks on my To-Do List for today. And I can quite happily report that I got everything done and more. The last item on my list was …. have fun. So I did.

I tidied my sewing room. The mess was really getting to me. Once the tidying was done I loaded a quilt into my longarm quilting system. I hope to start quilting first thing tomorrow morning. I hope to bring you a progress report tomorrow.

The postman brought something for me today …..

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This book, The 1718 Coverlet by Susan Briscoe, was released a few days ago. I read a nice review about it and decided I needed to get this book. I have a small selection of historical quilting books and I thought this one would make a great addition to my collection. You never know, I may decide to replicate this quilt with a modern twist.

It’s not very often that I don’t pick up needle and thread or flash up one of my sewing machines on any given day; well I’m happy to report that my have fun part of the day was spent exploring a quilt as you go log cabin technique. So I psyched myself out and pulled the ribbon on this Jelly Roll.

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Have I told you that I have hard time cracking open a Jelly Roll? Well I do. So I got really brave and did the necessary …..

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And this is what I ended up with at the end of the afternoon …..

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This technique is so easy and such great fun. I love the texture the quilting produces. I haven’t decided what I’m going to turn these blocks into yet but I am aiming for something useful that I can use as often as I can. For ease I decided to crack open a Jelly Roll but I think this would work equally as well with scraps or fat quarters. I’m super impressed with how quickly and just how easy it is to get super results.

I received another parcel from America today. I laughed when I saw the description of the content on the customs declaration form …..

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I’ll be back tomorrow with a little peek at what was in the parcel.

It’s been a lovely day in my world. I’m still riding in the slow lane enjoying the scenery; I don’t care if everyone is overtaking me at the moment. Tomorrow I plan on doing a bit of longarm quilting and then return to my quilt as you go log cabin work.

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

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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