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Hello my lovelies! Are all my British readers ready for the bank holiday weekend? I didn’t realise I had a long weekend ahead of me. What a nice surprise. I haven’t made much of a To-Do List for the last couple of days but I was still productive. I must make a plan of action for the long weekend otherwise my time will just be wasted. I need a plan.

Today, after running a few errands, I stepped into my sewing room to work on a Knitting Needle Roll …..

Knitting Needle Roll

It’s a simple project but very useful and I used mainly leftover scraps from the Knitting Bag which I made yesterday.

It’s been a nice day in my little world. The sun has been shining all day and there’s a lovely fresh that will help dry the washing on the line quickly. I hope for this type of weather all weekend. I hope to pull into the slow lane and enjoy the scenery this weekend. I’m considering take a stroll on the beach if the weather stays fair. And perhaps I can sit quietly to do some hand quilting while watching some mindless TV. A quiet weekend sounds like a great idea.

I did a little job that I’ve been thinking about doing for some time but keep forgetting. Do you have one of these?

Steady Peddle

Well my friend Viv gave me this little non-skid thingy a few years ago. Today I gave it a little clean to keep it working nicely. I place it under my sewing machine peddle to keep it in place. Don’t you just hate chasing your sewing machine peddle all over the floor? Well this little non-skid circle does the job beautifully and reminds me of Viv every so often.

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

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had super day. Mine has been busy but rather rewarding. After a quick trip to the super market I disappeared into my sewing room for a bit of fun. I did some of piecing …..

Piecing knitting bag

And then I layered the quilt top I pieced …..

Layering knitting bag

After spending a while quilting I ended up with a splendid knitting bag.

Knitting bag

I will be teaching this knitting bag and as bonus a needle roll at Stitchin’ Heaven on Friday September 11th. So if you want to learn how to make this nice bag with me please phone 01665 570 833.

I designed this knitting bag a couple of years ago and I stored my knitting in my first prototype as soon as it was finished but it wasn’t as pretty as this one is. So I decided to roll this project out as a class. It’s a super little bag that’s wide enough to hold long knitting needles, a pattern book as well as your current project comfortably.

Most of you will have heard by now but I thought I would help in getting the word out.

SH for sale

It breaks my heart that Stitchin’ Heaven is for sale but I wish Anne and Mick all best in all their future endeavours. As the letter says, if you’re interested in purchasing the business get in touch with either Anne or Mick on 01665 570 833.

So it’s been a great day in my little world. I played in my sewing room at my own speed and thoroughly enjoyed making one of my own designs come to life. I’m very pleased with the result of my effort. The next step is to write the instructions in the order that I approached the task of building my knitting bag.

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

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Hello my lovelies. I’m back! I took a few days off to get thru a special task that I needed to concentrate on. The main part of my special task is done. All that’s left is hand finishing the binding and the label.

Before I post about my special task I wanted to show you the finished result of Sandra’s quilt. I’m really pleased with how this lovely start quilt turned out. I used one of my favourite quilting designs called Cloud Nine by Patricia Ritter and a nice fine mauve thread. Cloud Nine sits nicely on this quilt.

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Over the past week my Sarah and I have visited the University that she’ll be attending in a few short weeks. We had a good look around the town and found all the important things that makes the world go around; things like food shops, department stores and the post office etc. We found the building where Sarah will be living for the next ten months. The best part is that she won’t be too far from home and we’ll be able to visit regularly in the first couple of months. After that Sarah will be well settled and making friends. And by then this very happy longarm quilter momma will be settled and Operation Taking Flight will be well under way. I feel much better having seen where Sarah will be. Life will be one big adventure over the next few years.

So let’s move onto my special task. I spent many hours since last Friday piecing this quilt. It’s a special quilt that will be used by someone who will be reading stories to children who are receiving treatment for cancer. So to me this is a special task.

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You can read more about The Story Teller’s Quilt here. Several people pieced blocks and donated fabric to make up this quilt. Once the deadline had come and gone I popped out and bought some fabric for sashing and borders and got to work joining all the blocks together to form the quilt. I played around with the blocks until I was happy with the layout. And once all the blocks were joined I started joining the backing. The lovely Linda made a very good start of it and I carried on. So in essence the quilt is interesting on both sides. Yesterday I loaded the quilt into my longarm quilting system in order to get it quilted today. Here’s what it looks like now …..

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I have machined the binding on and made the label and pinned it in place. Once all that hand finishing is done I will be embellishing with a few buttons. And then the quilt can be handed over to Jane of the Henry Dancer Days charity. I feel good about this project. I know it’s a worthwhile project.

So it’s been a pretty busy week in my little world. I’ve done loads of five minute jobs that took a lot longer than five minutes. All the planning that went into The Story Teller’s Quilt has culminated in a successful result. I love it when a plan comes together.

Soo for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand finishing the binding of The Story Teller’s Quilt. 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 been a pretty good one in happy longarm quilter land.

I kept myself busy all day. For some unknown reason there wasn’t anything on my To-Do List for today. The rest of the week is full of tasks including longarm quilting and meetings. And my Sarah and I will be heading down to her University to see what there is in and around the town. We’ll be looking for all our favourites.

I kicked of the day by working on this …..

Story Tellers Frog

Once again I got the Bondaweb out and traced all the components of this frog. Chose the fabrics from my scrap bin and got on with the task. I’m quite pleased with this. And I’m thrilled to have used a few scraps. I would like to find a fun project that would make a dent in my scraps!

I went on to load a quilt into my longarm quilting system. By the time I got around to it, it was really warm around the back where my sewing room is but I carried on until the job was done. This is a lovely quilt which was pieced by Sandra …..

Sandra's Quilt

I love the colour palette of this quilt. Green and Purple and green and pink are my favourite. So I decided to pull out my colour wheel to see where purple and green sit on the colour wheel …..

Colour Wheel

The last thing I did in my sewing room today was make this fabric circle …..

Making a circle

Which goes on yesterday’s Dresden Plate effort …..

Circle added to Dresden

Once the circle is sewn on my sample will be complete. The templates have been traced and cut out and so I’m ready for the Dresden challenge.

Yesterday I was moaning about how I struggle to get a clean duvet cover on my duvet. Well I did have one or two suggestions and the one I will be trying next was sent in by the lovely Anita. If you would like to see a different way on putting a duvet cover on your duvet click here.

My friend Fran has been rather busy of late working on UFOs. I certainly admire Fran for keeping her eye on the ball and finishing what she set out to do. Here are a few projects Fran finished a few days ago …..

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I can reveal this evening the leaf project I was working on last week. This is my Leaf Table Runner quilt …..

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I had a great time designing and making this  little quilt. This project involves rotary cutting, machine piecing, raw edge machine appliqué just to mention a few of the techniques used to make this little quilt. So if you would like to join in making this project you can contact Stitchin’ Heaven at 01665 570 833. The first class will take place on Thursday September 3rd. And as usual we’re going to have fun. We always have fun at my classes. I’m sorry for the poor quality of the photo. The light wasn’t great when I took it.

Well it’s been a really day in my little world. I spent quite a lot of time in my sewing room working at my favourite slow and measured pace. I seem to get more done when I’m not rushing. I’ll take this opportunity to let you know that I will be taking a few days off from blogging. I’ll be back soon though.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some fine hand appliqué and perhaps some hand quilting. I look forward to sitting quietly doing my hand sewing this evening. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you thoroughly enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super weekend. It’s been a great weekend in happy longarm quilter land. I spent Friday and Saturday at Stitchin’ Heaven in the company of like-minded ladies. We did some Freemotion Quilting on Friday and we worked on beginner sampler quilts on Saturday. Both days just flew by so quickly. Today was spent catching up and mooching around. I kicked off the day by changing my bed which is a task that I hate more than anything. I have a  hard time getting my duvet back into the duvet cover. Sometimes I wish I was about 6” taller just because I’m sure it would make the task easier. Does anyone else struggle putting their duvet in the cover? And if you have a special method of doing it please let me know. I suppose I should consult YouTube!

I did get to do a little bit of sewing today. I disappeared into my sewing with every intention of tidying but got side tracked! Surprise surprise ….. The first of sewing was adding some blanket stitching to this appliqué block …..

Securing the patches with a blanket stitch

This block is a joint effort between my friend Sandra and I. She pieced the background and iron the fusible web backed patches in place and I added the securing stitches. There will soon be a story to tell about this and a few other blocks pretty soon.

After having a telephone conversation this afternoon I went onto preparing for a Dresden Plate challenge. I cut some templates …..

 Making templates

And then traced them and cut them out in order the make a sample to be sure that it works …..

 tracing templates

I needed a background fabric to place the Dresden Plate on. So I chose something close to hand, rotary cut the square and pressed guide lines in order to be able to centre the Dresden Plate.

finding the centre

Once it was centred I pinned the Plate in place …..

 pinning the plate to the background

And while my evening meal was simmering I tacked the Plate in place in readiness for fine hand appliqué work.

tacking the Dresden Plate

I quite enjoy working on a classic Dresden Plate. So this challenge is right up my alley.

So it’s been a busy afternoon in my little world. I thoroughly enjoyed preparing for the Dresden Plate challenge. After looking at my planner this afternoon, it looks like it’s going to be a busy week ahead. When I know the week ahead is going to be busy I try to have a quiet Sunday. Well there was no such thing today.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some fine hand appliqué work and perhaps some hand quilting while watching Partners in Crime. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing some you really love to do. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Hello my lovelies. I hope you all had a brilliant day. It’s been a pretty busy day in my little world.

I spent the day in my sewing room again today. I layered up yesterday’s little quilt top and did some simple machine quilting …..

A bit of machine quilting

And then I added some binding and a label …..

Adding binding

This project looks even better than it did on paper …..

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I will be hand finishing the binding this evening and then adding some embellishment in the centre. I quite enjoyed making my Leaf Table Runner because I got to do some simple machine quilting and I used one of the fancy stitches built into my sewing machine. It’s a great project for beginners as well as intermediates. We use a variety of techniques such as rotary cutting, machine piecing, raw edge appliqué using Bondaweb and machine quilting. I hope to reveal the whole finished project over the weekend. If this sounds like the type of project you might like to learn to make please phone Stitchin’ Heaven on 01665 570 833 to register for the class on Thursday September 3rd. Come and join in the fun.

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It’s been another nice sunny day here. And I really enjoyed working on my sewing machine. I don’t do as much machining as I used to so when I get the chance to have a machine session it’s a real treat. And bringing one of my own designs to life is great. Tomorrow I will be teaching a few different Freemotion Quilting techniques.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand finishing the binding on today’s effort and embellishing it. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you thoroughly enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a great day. It’s been pretty busy in my little world. My Sarah and I ran errands at my favourite slow and measured pace. I’m pleased with my accomplishments.

It’s been another sunny day in happy longarm quilter land. I’m sure plenty of other areas in my little corner of the northeast of England got lovely sunshine too.

So let’s start with a little hand quilting progress …..

Hand quilting work

Last evening I wanted to do something that would relax me after a busy day operating my longarm quilting system. So I chose this long term hand quilting project. I started this little crib size wholecloth hand quilting project at least two years ago and I pull it out now and again. This is the perfect armchair project while watching listening to some mindless TV show. I chose wool wadding and silk thread which is working really well for me. I’m looking forward to finishing this project just to see what it will look like.

I spent some time working on a new project today. It’s a sample for a class which I will be teaching in a few of weeks. I designed it ages ago but have only had the time and energy to piece it today. The most difficult part of this project was choosing the fabric. Once the fabric was chosen, and I must mention that I consulted my Sarah regarding what fabrics to use, I did a bit of rotary cutting …..

Leaf Table Runner

Then I traced some leaf shapes onto Bondaweb and ironed it on to the background fabric using my wee sheet of greaseproof paper. I use greaseproof paper on top of my quilt top to protect my iron from the gunge that might squeeze out and could possibly make a mess of my iron. A roll of greaseproof paper only cost pennies and eliminates having to clean the iron …..

Raw Edge Applique Templates

Once all the shapes were ironed in place I set to and blanket stitched the leaves permanently in place on my quilt top…..

Raw Edge Applique

All that’s left is to add the outer borders. The project looks a bit flat at the moment but once I add some machine quilting it will look fab. This is a simple project suitable for beginners and intermediates alike. I will reveal more of this project soon.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to do Foundation Paper Piecing? Well your chance to learn is coming up again on Tuesday August 25th. If you would like to take part in the class or for more info please phone Stitchin’ Heaven on 01665 570 833. This is what we aim to make on the day …..

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So it’s been a brilliant day in my little quiet world today. I’m thrilled to have been able to step into my sewing room to start piecing my Leaf Table Runner. And I enjoyed spending the morning with my Sarah running errands. Tomorrow I will be doing another stint in my sewing room. My sewing room needs a good tidy. So perhaps I can spend an hour tidying.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some hand quilting while watching some TV. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something enjoyable. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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