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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. ♥ ♥

 

BUSY HANDS

Hello again my lovely readers. I hope you’ve all had a super weekend. Happy longarm quilter manor has been a busy hive of accomplishments. A few minutes ago I compared my To-Do List to my list of accomplishments. Wow! It’s pretty amazing what can be done when you’re determined. I can’t figure out how I managed to get so much done. If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do. ~ Lucille Ball

So let’s go back to Friday …..

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We had a lovely day at Stitchin’ Heaven doing some Freemotion Quilting. My seven lovely ladies worked and worked all day. Each sewing machine was purring away and producing lovely stitches. One thing that always amazes me when I teach a class that involves sewing machines is watching the busy hands.

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These hands belong to wives and mothers, daughters and sisters. These hands belong to nurses and teachers, homemakers and carers. These hands nurture and knit, sew and cook. And all too often these hands don’t get any credit for what they do. Somehow that seems a great shame. I’m glad these hands are getting the chance to be creative. Friday was a great day for me. Thank you ladies for keeping me company.

It feels like I spent most of the weekend finishing things off. I hand finished the binding on a quilt …..

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And I made and machined another lot of binding on for my Sarah to hand finish …..

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I played with beads again …..

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And I planned some more Christmas stuff …..

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And I went on to load a quilt into my longarm quilting system to hopefully start stitching tomorrow …..

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I hope to bring you a progress report about Anne’s quilt tomorrow. It’s a lovely sampler pieced using fabrics designed by Judy Rothermel. Anne has chosen an all over quilting design and a neutral thread.

My Maisie had a haircut last week. She has been feeling the cold on her morning walks. Here she is cuddled up to my Sarah enjoying the morning sun after her run on the beach. Can you tell that Maisie loves her creature comforts?

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Well it’s been another busy weekend for this old timer. I got so much more done than I thought I would. I seem to be planning my meals well ahead and the washing is fitting in between everything else but still getting done in good time. It’s going to be a very busy week for me. I have something planned for everyday!

Just on the off chance that anyone who lives in my area is looking to upgrade their sewing machine I’ve got a Bernina 750qe for sale. I bought it new so it’s only had one careful owner. It’s been serviced and has the latest firmware. If you’re interested please contact me.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter making lists and perhaps hand piecing some blocks. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something relaxing in readiness for the week ahead. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

 

 

Hello my lovely readers. I hope you’ve all had a super day. Mine wasn’t too shabby at all. I kicked off the day with a bit of Freemotion Quilting practice. Last evening my Sarah set a challenge for me. The challenge was for me to do a wee bit of Freemotion Quilting using some of the hand dyed fabric she recently produced. To me a challenge is like a red rag to a bull so I picked one pieced of hand dyed fabric floated it and got down to the nitty gritty of Freemotion Quilting is. Have a look at what I produced …..

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I put my earbuds in and listened to Ellis Peters’ The Rose Rent which is part of the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael. I find listening to a story keeps me calm and motivated. And because I wanted to hear what was going to happen next in the story I went on to Freemotion Quilt another piece of Sarah’s hand dyed fabric …..

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And another after that …..

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I used my longarm quilting system to work on these pieces but I could just as easily have quilted these pieces using my domestic sewing machine. All the fill designs that I stitched out today can be done using a domestic sewing machine. I really enjoyed my quilting session today. And I look forward to doing it again soon.

Last evening I posted a simple little how-to tutorial about how to add beads to the finished edge of a quilt on my How-To Info page. It’s really rather simple but if you want to see how I approached the task click on the picture and you will be taken directly where you need to be. Or you can simply go directly to my How-To Info page.

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Well it’s been a great day in my little world. My rolls of wadding arrived in good time this morning. I had a brilliant Freemotion Quilting session and I even had enough time left over to get started on making a couple more samples for my Christmas Surprise class. So it’s been a fun and productive day for me. Tomorrow I will be teaching my Freemotion Quilting Sample class at Stitchin’ Heaven. I love Freemotion Quilting so I just know we’re going to have a great day tomorrow. Freemotion Quilting makes me happy. My car has been fuelled up, my lunch if ready and the workshop chocolate is packed. All I need is a good night’s sleep to make tomorrow a perfect day.

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

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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