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What’s happening out there in cyber patchwork land? I can tell you that I have been busy getting ready for tomorrow’s Freemotion Appliqué class at Stitchin’ Heaven. In order to remind myself how it’s done I had little go. I spent a couple of hours Freemotion Quilting using my domestic sewing machine. What fun I had. This is a super technique because you get to step outside the 1/4″ seam allowance box and it’s a great way to use up your scraps while having fun  …..

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I made two new samples and packed all the stuff not including the kitchen sink that I might need for tomorrow. There are two piles of stuff plus my rotary cutting equipment that I need to pack and load in the car in the morning. I’d rather have too much stuff than not enough.

My Sarah needed to run some errands locally this morning so I headed out with her. And as we worked out way thru her list and mine I came across this heart shaped jingle bell wreath which was half price. I see this wreath more as bells which can be used for crafting. There are a lot of bells in this wreath and I will take it apart and add them to everything Christmas that I make over the next while. Most likely between now and Christmas you’ll hear me before you see me. Fa-la-la-la ….. only 62 sleeps to go now.

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I’m a simple person. It doesn’t take much to make me happy. Well today on our travels I purchased a new binder in which to put all the instructions for next year’s classes. When I saw this bright cheerful binder I knew this was the one for me. I’m already working on instructions for my first project. I can’t wait to start filing the new info in my new binder. I love stationery; new pens, notebooks, sticky notes and all that stuff. Does anyone else feel that way about stationery? Or am I the only nutter that feels like this? I kind of wish that everyone enjoyed the simple things that life has to offer.

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So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be writing up some instructions to be filed in my new binder. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something enjoyable. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

What a fantastic day it’s been for this very happy longarm quilter. Autumn is a very busy time of year for me only because it’s the run up to Christmas. Having said that, it seems all year has been busy in my little. So today I decided to step out quietly to hit the shops to do some Christmas shopping. Well I had great success because I can report that I purchased 6 presents. I’m so very pleased with myself. I was even given a Christmas shopping bag in one of the last shops I went into …..

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I mentioned yesterday how much willpower I had to exercise because I wanted to start a new project. Well I chose a class project for next year class projects and got started. Here’s a little peak at the fabrics I used …..

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I got on really well with my project and I absolutely enjoyed my sewing session. Now I need to compose instructions for what I accomplished so far today.

At the end of August I attended a quilt show in Harrogate. There was a stand which I couldn’t get near enough to see properly what was going on; that’s always the sign of a worthwhile stand when you can’t get near. So Sarah and I took a note to look it up on the web once we got home. Needless to say that what was being sold on the stand was something very useful. So I made a phone call and ordered it …..

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This package of tools is good for someone who wants to do machine quilting but doesn’t have the confidence to do Freemotion Quilting. I can report that my trial run with the Parrs Reel Ruler is a gadget that works. I’ve had my Parrs Reel Rulers since the beginning of September but I haven’t had time to play with it until today. It’s easy to install on your domestic sewing machine; just a matter of changing the foot, dropping the feed dogs and fitting the slippery mat. I think I’ll be using mine to quilt blocks and small projects. I bought all nine rulers but you can start with a starter pack. I hope to report some more on this machine quilting tool soon. I believe that Parrs will be launching their new machine quilting too at the Houston Quilt Market this weekend.

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It’s been a lovely day in happy longarm quilter land. I did everything at a quiet relaxed pace. I took time to breathe. Everyone deserves to breathe once in a while.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be peeling the film off my Parrs Reel Rulers and perhaps hand finishing the binding on a quilt. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something relaxing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Can you believe that we’re already three weeks into October????? And looking outside this afternoon you wouldn’t believe that it’s autumn. The sun was shining very brightly making my sewing room very warm indeed.

I spent many hours in my sewing room today. I kicked off the day by working on a charity quilt pieced by Linda. I really enjoyed working on this quilt as the fabrics are exactly the kind of fabrics that I’m drawn to. Here’s what Linda lovely quilt looks like now …..

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I had lots of ladies coming and going today. Some were collecting finished quilts and some were dropping off quilts to be longarm quilted. It’s always interesting chatting to ladies who enjoy piecing quilts almost as much as I do. I’ll be posting some progress reports about some interesting quilts over the weeks to come.

After spending the morning longarm quilting Linda’s quilt I went on to having a Freemotion practice session. Here’s what I produced today …..

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The reason I practice so much is that I really enjoy Freemotion Quilting. I personally think that everyone can do Freemotion Quilting as long as they practice and develop their own flare. For instance not everyone is suited to curvaceous designs; I think some people excel at stitching geometric designs. I’m not very good at geometric but I really love stitching swirls and such.

For the last few days it’s taken all my willpower not to start a new project. I have loads of UFOs not to mention new projects for next year’s classes to work on. The only problem is that all the new fabric that I’ve purchased over the last few months is calling me! And I’m desperate to start using it. So I am going to refer to a list I have been making of all the projects I want to teach next year and I’m going to choose one as well as some fabric and get on with it. My biggest problem will be which project and which fabric????? I have become very indecisive in my old age. In my young days I had a hard time choosing fabric but nowadays I have a hard time choosing the project because I want to make everything!

It’s been a pretty interesting day for this happy longarm quilter. It made a nice change to have a sewing room full of like-minded ladies. Three of my visitors were rather enthusiastic about having their quilts longarm quilted and getting on with their next projects. And it was lovely working on Linda’s quilt. I hope to hand finish the binding sometime over the next few days in order to hand it over next week.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be reviewing a list and choosing a project and some fabric for a new start. I hope you have super cosy evening doing something that makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

It’s been another busy day in happy longarm quilter land. I kicked off my day with a trip to the hairdresser. I feel so much better after a trim. I keep my hair short but that means I have to visit the hairdresser quite often. This month I chose to change the shape of my do a wee bit.

I spent the rest of my day in my sewing room doing some longarm quilting. I added a few extra stitches to this lovely charity quilt …..

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I love this time of year. I love the crunchy colourful leaves blowing around and I love the new season apples. I popped into the supermarket this morning just to get some milk to see us thru the week and found some McIntosh apples. I used to eat McIntosh apples back home in Montreal. So I purchased a few and they taste just like they did when I was young.

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The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. I have started wearing my boots to keep my feet warm. And my gloves are ready just in case the temperature plummets. The weatherman has promised that the tail end Ex-Hurricane Gonzalo is heading our way. So we’re expecting noisy strong winds and rain coming our way sometime over the next 25 hours or so. I’m not looking forward to that.

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 that makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Lynda Bellingham

Lynda Bellingham

1948 – 2014

Hello my lovely readers. I thought I’d pop in with a quick report this evening. My challenge isn’t finished yet though. I still have a long road ahead of me to complete what I need to complete.

The past week has been so very busy for this happy longarm quilter. I attended two volunteer events, I longarm quilted a large quilt and I taught two beginners classes as well as working on a rather large challenge. There were times when I didn’t know if I was coming or going. Looking at my diary for the coming week it looks like things will be a little quieter letting me catch up with the rest of the world.

Last week I longarm quilted Joan’s quilt which is a Turning Twenty. Joan pieced her Turning Twenty using a variety of Japanese prints. Joan chose a quilting design called Exquisite by Hermione Agee of Lorien Quilting and I stitched it out using a Sahara beige thread that blends in beautifully. Joan has made this quilt for her daughter. I’m sure this lovely quilt will be cherished for many years to come.

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I spent Friday and Saturday teaching my beginner’s sampler quilt class. And as usual my ladies were in great spirits and very enthusiastic to get on with their work. I must show you a little gift I received from one of my ladies. Sue quite often gives me a beach hut related gift. It’s so lovely to be remembered. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love beach huts. This lovely tin is especially pretty. It looks like a soft water colour painting …..

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So because I like this little tin so much I decided that I want to use it for something useful; something that I will be able to handle and use every day. So I made this little cushion …..

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which I will insert inside the pretty little beach hut tin and this will enable me to use it as a pin keeper. I have boxes for different projects which include mini sewing kits so another pin keeper will be very useful. Thank you so much for the lovely tin, Sue.

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I spent today doing mundane household chores but I did get to spend a little time in my sewing room working on one of my own projects. I went back to Mr. Chillingsworth …..

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and worked on spacer blocks. Sarah asked for some star blocks so I chose this variable star …..

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and for the smaller spacer blocks …..

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I chose these smaller Churn Dash blocks. I didn’t realise until today but the Churn Dash block must be one of my favourites because I use it quite often. I’ll need at least four more spacer blocks and I have decided that an Uneven Nine Patch will be perfect. Have you noticed that I stuck to simple blocks? And although the blocks are simple I think it will still be an interesting quilt. I really don’t have a lot of time or energy at the moment so simple is good. As usual less is more.

I spent most of this afternoon composing pattern instructions for a collaboration project with my friend Carolyn. The actual sample is finished and looks fantastic. And trust me I can’t wait to reveal it but I have to be patient and wait until everything is ready to go.

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So I can confirm that everything is fine in happy longarm quilter land. It’s been a veritable hive of activity. Sometimes life is just like that. I’m looking forward to quiet relaxing evening watching Downton Abbey and working on my armchair project.

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 relaxing in readiness for a busy week ahead. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

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I love autumn but autumn is always a busy season for me. I have a bit of a challenge on my hands at the moment. So I will be taking a short break from blogging for a few days. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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Well my friends it seems we have started another week. It’s been a pretty bright day in my little corner of the northeast of England. I spent plenty of time in my sewing room working on Anne’s quilt. Anne chose a quilting design named Feathered Garden by Irene Steele of Timeless Quilting Designs. And I stitched out Feathered Garden in a lovely fine neutral colour thread. I’m sure will be pleased with the finished result of this quilt.

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Feathered garden

I had quite a lot to get on with today. Apart from cooking, washing, vacuuming and longarm quilting I prepared things for tomorrow’s Quilts for Comfort volunteer day. I needed to prepare a few examples of binding at different stages. And I needed to cut strips of calico for an ongoing project that I will work on tomorrow. Collecting things together and packing is the most difficult thing for me. As I’m never sure what I will need I always pack far too much. I’m hoping to get plenty done and that what I do get done is useful. Because that’s what a volunteer day is all about.

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I watched Strictly Come Dancing last evening. And my teenage heart throb appeared as a judge and also sang Moon River. Yes my friends Donny Osmond was in the Strictly Come Dancing Studios here in the UK. Because I was curious I Googled him to find out how old he is; he’s one year and a bit older than me. I think my favourite song by Donny is Puppy Love. Did you have a teenage heart throb? And if so who was it?

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

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

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