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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super day. It’s Thursday which means the work week is almost over. We’ve had another scorcher of a day here in my little corner of the northeast of England.

There hasn’t been any sewing going on in happy longarm quilter land today. I stepped out this morning hunting and gathering fabric to make new curtains for my bathroom. Yahoo! I found just the thing at a really good price. I love a bargain. So I will be making simple curtains next week. And even more exciting is that my new flooring will be fitted at the end of next week. I don’t want to count my chickens yet though.

I posted about purchasing a selection of Anni Downs fabric yesterday. Well I took a photo today …..

Anni Downs collection

I have another collection of Anni Downs fabric which I can add this to when I’m ready to cut it up. The first cut is the deepest! It’s going to make a jolly nice throw.

Yesterday, once I got Dora’s quilt loaded I gave myself permission to play. I gave my sewing machine a little cleaning including changing the needle, I lowered my feed dogs and I stitched to my heart’s content. I started by stitching out a few words …..

stitched some words

And then I filled in all around without a care in the world …..

filled all around the words

I really enjoyed my little Freemotion Quilting session. It seems such a long time since I last did any Freemotion Quilting using my DSM.

bound the motto quilt

This afternoon I dragged out my sketchbook and favourite pencil to draw something for a new challenge. I’m planning a simple block. My block will contain a caterpillar. Recently someone asked me how I design my blocks, whether I use computer software, shapes or a steady hand. Well I don’t use computer software. I use a number of shapes, rulers and a semi steady hand. I’m not an artist so I stick to simple drawings which I know I can turn into appliqué shapes quite easily. Now I need to dip into my scraps to find a variety of fabrics suitable for a caterpillar. I’ll be back with a progress report and more info on this challenge project.

Drawing again

It’s been an interesting day in my little world. I got a little retail therapy when I bought my curtain fabric. I got the chance to draw a caterpillar. And if the weather doesn’t turn wet I think we’ll drag the barbeque out for our evening meal. It seems tomorrow will be a bit cooler and so I hope to be able to do some longarm quilting in the morning.

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

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies and happy Canada Day to all my Canadian readers. I hope you’ve all had a good productive day. It’s been a funny old day in my little world.

I have a little bit of sewing news but that will have to wait until tomorrow. I’ll just say that I had a little play today that involved wearing these …..

wearing my sticky dot gloves

The big moment has arrived. Yes folks I pulled the winning names for The Festival of Quilts tickets giveaway. I printed out all the names of the ladies who commented, folded the paper strips and put them all in my red mixing bowl …

ticket draw

The winners of the three pairs of tickets in no particular order are ….

Chris of UK City Crafter

Kathryn Hobbs

Moira Ging

Congratulations ladies. I hope you enjoy your visit to The Festival of Quilts. Thank you to Upper Street Events for sending me complimentary tickets to run the giveaway. I have emailed each of the winners and I will post the tickets as soon as I have all the addresses.

I mentioned earlier that it’s been a funny old day. I needed to Google something this afternoon and this is what came up on the screen ….

google surprise

I now know the reason that screen appeared is because I have a Gmail account for which some basic personal information is required to open the account! I felt a bit strange when I saw the birthday screen.

It’s been a good day in happy longarm quilter land. I managed to finish loading Dora’s beautiful Insanity quilt. The hexies in this quilt measure ½”. As you can see I have included a 10 pence piece to show how small the hexies are. I reckon there must be some 10,000 hexies making up this quilt. I expect Dora will be pleased when her lovely quilt top is quilted and ready to be used.

Doras quilt 1

Doras quilt 2

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some stitchery work and perhaps recording some ideas in my current notebook. 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 day. We’re finally enjoying summer like weather in my little corner of the northeast of England. I’m going to enjoy every moment of it because it may only last four days!

I haven’t done any sewing today. I started loading a quilt into my longarm this morning before I stepped out but I never got any further than measuring the quilt top and unwrapping the wadding to let it relax. I’ll get the loading done first thing in the morning before the sun comes around to my sewing room. We have finally arrived to the time of year when I need to vacate the sewing room by a certain time because it gets far too hot for me as well as my tools.

My Maisie is feeling the heat so she’s been lazing around …..

Maisie trying to keep cool 1

 

And this is the wee fan I use when the heat hits me …..

Quilter keeping cool 1

I’ve been so looking forward to having a proper summer but I’ve forgotten just how sticky things can get when the temperature rises! I’m not a sun worshipper so you won’t find me lazing around in the sunshine. I’m glad for the bright days and the aircon in the car. And the fresh flowers my garden provides this time of year …..

Fresh flowers from the garden 1

On my travels today I picked up this little hanging plaque …..

Sign x

And the other side reads like this …..

Sign 2x

My Sarah and I did coffee with our creative friend Sandra this morning. And after having coffee(s) we went off on a little fabric related adventure. We visited Hilary at High Street Quilting. We discussed a little Quilts for Comfort business with Hilary and then we were let loose in the shop. I fondled fabric to my heart’s content. My Sarah is working on a specific project for which she selected a small selection of fabrics. Sandra chose a few goodies and of course I purchased a few bits to add to my Anni Downs stash. I’m either going to have to use some of my stash or build an extension to store my fabrics!

Quite of few of you will know about our Operation Taking Flight. I’ve been writing about it for quite a while now. Well it seems OTF has been creeping up on me more quickly than I would have liked. My friends and acquaintances have asked me what Sarah will be doing now that college is finished and we have discussed it. From all the discussions (thank you to anyone who has listened to me) I have been able to come to terms with letting Sarah fly the nest. In fact I have somehow managed to view the positive side of OTF. While I was out this morning I saw this printed on a decorative box ….. Create the life you imagined ….. So this is my new motto. Starting now and in conjunction with OTF I’m going to create the life I imagined. I liked the quote so much that I recorded it in my notebook, I should have purchased the box that said quote appeared on. Perhaps I’ll go back to the shop where I saw it tomorrow.

It’s been a great day in happy longarm quilter land. The sun is warming my old bones. And it’s spurring me on to get things done. However the heat is slowing me down a little. Today reminds of the lazy days of summer I had in my younger carefree years.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will probably be doing some stitchery work. 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 day. It’s Monday and for me Monday is always full of promise. It’s the start of a new week and a chance to be productive again. However due to circumstances beyond my control the productive side of me won’t kick in until Thursday.

The only sewing I’ve done over the last few days has been a little bit of stitchery work …..

Stitchery Testers

And while doing the stitchery work I tested a new pen which I used to transfer my designs to calico …..

Testing a new pen

I can now confirm that the Pilot Frixion Point pen works beautifully. It’s got a finer point (0.5mm) than the original rollerball (0.7mm) version and they both erase without any effort when you apply heat using the iron. I transfer my designs by tracing the pattern using a light box and a Frixion pen. A bright sunny window will do just as well as a light box. I have really enjoyed bringing my stitchery designs to life. I think we should all try a little designing from time to time. As you can see my designs are just simple ones but once they have been joined up with patchwork blocks I think they will look great. I’m testing these designs on calico but my goal is to stitch them out again on a marble or similar print type fabric which I will frame up using a lively Jelly Roll. I plan on keeping it simple. Less is quite often more.

I got a phone call from my pal Sandra this afternoon. We had a good old chat in which we discussed a quilt challenge. My notebook was promptly opened to a fresh page but my mind was blank. I eventually flashed up my laptop and then my patchwork & quilting software. I played around a wee bit to give me three different layouts for a quilt. Sometimes it’s best to start with the big picture rather than the block. I’m really excited about this challenge now. I’ll tell you more about it when I know more.

New Challenge

 

I almost forgot to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Woolfest on Saturday. I bought a few woolly bits which I will post about once I have used them. My favourite stand was the Fabric Affair stand. I love tweeds so I don’t have to tell you that I purchased some lovely tweedy bits. And I bought some lovely wool felt from a couple of other vendors as well. I love the vintage feel of woolly projects. The atmosphere was great and the venue is perfect for the woolly theme.

I’ll take this opportunity to remind you that the winners of The Festival of Quilts ticket giveaway will take place on Wednesday. Click here to find out how to enter the draw. There are 3 pairs of tickets to be won.

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

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all a good and productive day. This is day 5 of our adventures in making our bathroom better. The plumbing side of things is finished now but the new flooring still needs to be fitted. I can’t wait for everything to be finished.

During one of our many chats this week, my Sarah mentioned something she read about making a quilt in a day. I have come to the conclusion that unless the quilt is miniscule you will NOT finish it in one day. You can however piece one simple quilt top in a day. Something we forget about quilts is that they are not quilts until we quilt them! In my experience I know that I can’t piece and quilt an average size quilt in one day. And why should I have to rush thru the process. As I get older there are certain things that I have no patience for but when it comes to quilt making I like to enjoy the journey. I love the planning as much as I love the piecing and the quilting. So remember ladies and gents take time to smell the flowers. Enjoy the journey.

Just about every day I find new inspiration. My notebook is full of notes and rough sketches. I wish there were enough hours in each day to make my rough sketches come to life. Well I drew some stitchery designs recently which I started testing today. It’s quite exciting turning rough sketches into the real thing. I transferred the first design onto a piece of calico and gathered up some embroidery thread. I retrieved my favourite stitchery work needle and scissors and started stitching. I stitched while in the background I could hear power tools running and at one point the electricity and water was turned off. It was the best way of keeping calm during the last flurry of effort was going on. I stitched furiously and almost finished stitching the first design.

Stitchery Test

So it’s been a pretty busy day in happy longarm quilter land this week. I didn’t get any longarm quilting done but I did use my time wisely. I must admit that today has been my favourite day of the week because I did get some sewing done. Next week things will get back to normal. I have oodles of longarm quilting to catch up on. Life happens …..

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will finish stitching number 1 stitchery design. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all having a great week. My week’s been full of workmen and a few errands.

Most of you will know that my house has been invaded by workmen working in my bathroom. And as we only have one bathroom it has been quite inconvenient at times. Along with having work done in the house comes all the things that you have to replace such as the flooring. So my Sarah and I headed out yesterday morning to choose and arrange for new flooring to be fitted. I’m not having anything fancy fitted, it’s just simple lino but it will be clean and tidy and hopefully see us thru for a good few years. Now the next thing I need to replace is curtains. I know what I want but unfortunately I couldn’t find anything similar to what I have my heart set on. So I will try to be patient until such time as I find what my heart desires.

Bathtub progress

I normally hang out in my sewing room quite a lot during the course of the week but this week my sewing room has a few extra things stored in it while the work is being done. And the power and the water has been turned off and on a few times. So I can’t really get on with what I usually do. So I have tried to get on with other things with some degree of success. I did quite a lot of paperwork done using my laptop. Well that was quite a chore this morning. Getting my laptop to do what I wanted it to do was very trying at times. I’m not technically minded but I don’t want to be defeated by a computer. So I keep trying until get it right. In the end I managed to succeed in doing what I set out to do.

FOQ giveaway

I’ll take this opportunity to remind you that I’m running a giveaway for tickets to The Festival of Quilts. So if you would like to be in for a chance to win a pair of tickets please click here  or on the photo above to see the details of how to enter the draw. The winners will be announced Wednesday July 1. Thank you to everyone who has entered the draw. I purchased my own tickets a couple of weeks ago and they arrived this morning.

FOQ Tickets

A few weeks ago I consulted all my readers regarding what they have in their basic sewing kit when they go to a class. It was quite an interesting consultation as there were suggestions that I never thought about. So I am in the process of putting a list together which I will publish so you can see what other ladies include in their basic sewing kit. I just wanted to let you know that I hadn’t forgotten.

Are you interested in all things woolly? Well if you are, you might be interested in knowing that it’s time for Woolfest again. I have never been to Woolfest but I’m going to fix that this year. I plan on going with my happy longarm quilter clan. So we’re going on a one day road trip! Cockermouth will never be the same again once we have arrived!!!! I’m really looking forward to it. I have checked the list of vendors and there are a few that I already know and love. I’m quite excited to get out and about in a different kind of crafty environment.

So far this week I don’t have a great deal of evidence of any productiveness. And it does feel rather strange having nothing to show for the first four days out of my week. I have been doing some fine hand appliqué work in the evening. I have designed some stitchery blocks. And I have planned new projects but I cannot execute anything while the house is upside down. I think I will spend lots of time wiping all the fine gritty dust off every surface in the house for a few days until the dust is gone. Next week I hope to get back to normal. I need to get back into creative mode!

New stitchery designs

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 truly enjoy. Until you ready me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

Hello from a soggy happy longarm quilter land. I’m looking forward to a little sunshine.

I hope you’ve all had a good productive weekend. I spent sometime in the company of like-minded ladies at Stitchin’ Heaven. It’s always a good day when my beginners bring in projects they have gone on to make after finishing their beginner’s sampler quilt. Marion chose the Vintage Spool block from her beginner’s sampler quilt to make another. She used up quite a bit of her stash to make this lovely quilt …..

Marions spool quilt

I love the Vintage Spools block. It’s a great way to use up your scraps and perhaps someday when I’m ready to start another armchair project this will be the block I choose. Goodness knows I have plenty of scraps! Well done Marion and thanks for sharing your finished project with us.

As well as being a soggy day it’s been a mooching around day. I started the day with printing info packs for tomorrow’s class. And then it was off to the hairdresser to have my hair lopped off. Then it was a quick stop at the framing shop and the bank. I designed some posters for a couple of new sewing groups. While I pecked at my laptop I could hear the two men working in my bathroom. Who knew having a new bathtub fitted would be so disruptive. There is a fine layer of grit everywhere in my house at the moment. That’s what happens when some of the tiles and bricks have to be removed. My bathroom is a mess. Oh well I guess sometimes you have to make a mess before you can make things better. I hope this bathroom work doesn’t take too long to complete. I don’t think I’ll be able to do much longarm quilting this week.

I received a new book today. This is a good one for anyone who likes dense Freemotion Quilting. Karlee Porter recently visited the UK. I wish I could have attended one of her workshops. I’m hoping to have a little Freemotion Quilting session using one of my domestic machines soon. In fact perhaps I could do that while the bathroom work is going on this week. Here’s the book …..

new book

I’m feeling a bit useless right now as I can’t get on with much of anything while my house has been taken over by a couple of workmen. I suppose I should use the time as a creative break. I sketched four stitchery designs recently that I could embroider and of course I could do some Freemotion Quilting work. It would be a great time to do paperwork as well. In any case I’ll try to make the most of my week. I do feel a bit lost at the moment.

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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