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Hello my lovelies. What’s been happening in your world today? Well my little world has been quiet and relaxed today. I ran a couple of errands this morning and was home in time to have lunch at home.

After a trip to the supermarket my cupboards are full. And I collected a couple of quilt tops to longarm quilt sometime in the near future. I stepped into my sewing room long enough to load the next quilt to be quilted possibly tomorrow.

Yesterday I was contemplating what I could work on next. I looked thru books and magazines for inspiration but there were so many projects to choose from that I couldn’t decide. For the most part I look thru books and mags to find inspiration whether it’s for colour palettes or block styles or shapes. At the moment I think I would like to work on a scrappy quilt. Goodness knows I have enough scraps. Having said all that, I decided to prep a block which I plan to build on for a hand quilting sample …..I think. So here is a little bit of prep work …..

Prep work

I’ve enjoyed my prep work so far. I love every part from choosing fabric right thru to tacking the appliqué shapes to the background fabric. So watch for news about this new start soon.

So that was my quiet day. While I was doing my prep work I watched another couple of episodes of Indian Summers. It’s quite an interesting story so far. Has anyone else been watching it? Tomorrow I’m hoping to longarm quilt Anne’s number 2 quilt. I’m hoping to have a quiet weekend which will help me catch up on a few things that need finishing up.

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

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a superb day. Once again we’ve had some lovely sunshine to motivate me. I spent most of my day longarm quilting Anne’s quilt. Here’s how it looks now …..

Annes quilt 1

Annes quilt 2

After consulting my quilting design Anne decided on two different designs. For this quilt I used a quilting design called A Little Bit This by Barbara Becker and a mauve thread. So many of my ladies say that longarm quilting finishes their quilts off nicely. I tend to agree. I’m sure Anne will love her quilt when she finally gets to see it up close and in person.

I used the rest of the day for decompression time. I sat and watched an episode of Indian Summers while reading some books and magazines. I was hoping for a little inspiration but I only managed to confuse myself because there were so many nice things to make and look at that I don’t know what I want to work on next. So I think I will just work on my hexies and hand quilting project for the time being. I have been doing a little hand quilting over the last couple of weeks and found that my under finger was really sore. So I purchased a few different products that I think might help.

Current favourite thimble

I have finally found the perfect thimble for the finger that pushes the needle on top but I have never bothered for the sore under finger. And as I plan on doing more hand quilting I thought I should invest in something to help. So I will test the products and let you know what works best for me. And how long it takes to get used to wearing the products.

Under thimble

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be working on some hexies. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies. Have you been working in the sunshine today? If I hadn’t already planned to longarm quilt in my sewing room today I would have been in the garden tidying up. The tidying up will have to wait another day.

I spent quite a few hours longarm quilting Josie’s quilt today. And this is how it looks now …..

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Doesn’t it look fab? Josie was one of my first beginner’s sampler quilt students. Josie stuck with it, paid attention, asked questions and produced a lovely square quilt. The quilting design I used today is called Zephyr designed by Hermione Agee. And I stitched it out using a Sahara beige thread. I think Josie is going to be pleasantly surprised when she finally sees her quilt up close and in person.

Well it’s been another busy day in happy longarm quilter land. I spent most of my day in me sewing room longarm quilting and then loading Anne A.’s first quilt of two. And in between I handed over a couple of finished quilts. And I took my Sarah to the dentist for a check-up where she got a clean bill of health. Tomorrow will be spent in my sewing room again working on Anne’s quilt and handing over another finished quilt. It’s going to be a little bit of a different day from today because in addition to more of the same, my house alarm will get its’ annual service. I’m aiming to do something totally different on Thursday. You know what they say ….. all work and no play makes the happy longarm quilter a dull girl. So it’s time to get out and about for a bit.

I didn’t get to do any new project sewing today. So there’s nothing else to report. How boring! So I will leave you with this clip which I received from Gail a few weeks ago. Thank you for the contribution Gail. I think it’s definitely worth sharing with  my readers. Please feel free to comment.

Advice for using a Singer Sewing Machine

Goodness me, how things have changed over the decades! I must make an effort to comb my hair, powder my face be sure to freshen my lipstick the next time I sit down to do some machining.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some hexie work. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really enjoy.

Stay safe and happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had as much super sunshine as I’ve had. I find the sunshine always spurs me on to get things done.

I woke this morning feeling well rested and ready to face the week ahead. I kicked off my day with the normal doggy routine and then moved onto to longarm quilting.

I worked on Janet’s quilt today. This is such a cheerful girly quilt. The quilting design I used today is called Splat by Designs by Vickie and a mauve coloured thread. I auditioned a couple of shades of blue but they just weren’t right. This is what Janet’s quilt look like now …..

Janets Quilt

I love this quilt. It’s so fresh looking and the Splat quilting design is funky and perfect for a young girl. I’m sure the recipient of this quilt will love it and cherish it for decades to come.

Apart from sewing a couple of buttons on, I did not do any other sewing today. I can now reveal the whole of my Welcome Wall Hanging project …..

Welcome Wall Hanging xx

Back of wall hanging xx

I’m very pleased with the final result of this quilt. I will be teaching this project in May. And when the sample comes back I will be using it as a door banner. This is a fun project using fusible web and raw edge machine appliqué and quilting of your choice. Don’t forget you can view my upcoming classes here.

After a rather eventful weekend things have settled down in happy longarm quilter land. And due to my unwelcome and unwanted weekend visitor we are even more diligent about making sure the doors are locked at all times. While I longarm quilted today I pondered what else I could do to ensure that we’re always safe. Staying safe is very high on my list of priorities. You have no idea how quick the time flies by when your mind is occupied. It seems like it took no time at all to quilt Janet’s quilt but in reality I was in my sewing room all day. Tomorrow I have a couple of finished quilts being collected but for the most part I will be working on Josie’s quilt. There are several quilt tops on my To-Do List for this week and next but I’m going to make sure I set some time aside to stop and smell the flowers now and again.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some hexie work. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something that helps you relax. Until you read me again,

Stay safe and happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a great weekend. Mine was pretty busy and an odd thing happened while I tried to sleep last night.

I spent Friday and Saturday with my beginner sampler quilt ladies. They have learned so much over the past year and are making wonderful progress. I’m sure each and every quilt produced has been a labour of love which will be cherished for many years to come. I don’t even remember the first quilt I made which leads me to believe that I don’t even own the quilt anymore.

Last week, my time was full of crafty bits. I did plenty of hand quilting on a project I designed myself and I did oodles of longarm quilting. And this coming week will be full of longarm quilting as well.

I thought I was suffering from writers block a few days ago. There are times when I think all I have to post about is just more of the same. My days can be very repetitive. Well today I have a real life tale about something that happened while I tried to sleep last night. I was pretty tired yesterday so when I climbed the stairs to my bedroom I went straight to sleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. At 12:40am I was rudely awakened by some fella ringing the doorbell and banging on my front door. It was soon obvious that the attack on my front door was booze fuelled. I was far too scared to open the door so I phoned the emergency services. The police arrived 3 minutes after I put the phone down. Two flashing police cars arrived containing three burly policemen. When the perpetrator saw the flashing Blues but no Twos approaching he decided to leave. However after speaking with me, the police went after him to stop him from trying to gain entrance to someone else’s home in the same way he did mine. They did come back a little while later to reassure me that the perp had been caught and would not be bothering us again. I must admit that last night’s event really rocked my world. No one was hurt however something like this leaves you feeling vulnerable and it leaves you thinking about all the what ifs …..

So the weekend is coming to an end now. Today I tried to relax in readiness for the busy week to come. I watched a little TV and I did plenty of hand quilting, added a hanging pocket and machined the binding on my Welcome Wall Hanging. All that’s left to work out is the embellishing touches. Buttons are always good for simple embellishments. I’m looking forward to finishing this project so I can get on with the next one.

Welcome Wall Hanging

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand finishing the binding on my current project. I hope you have a very safe and cosy evening doing something you really enjoy doing. Until you read me again,

Be sure to lock your doors and windows and keep on stitching. ♥ ♥

 

 

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve had as much glorious sunshine as I’ve had today. The sunshine was so welcome. A little more warmth from that sunshine would have been even more welcome. I can’t wait for summer to arrive. I’m looking forward to walking barefoot in the sand and perhaps enjoying an ice cream by the sea while admiring my favourite beach huts.

I spent a good part of my day longarm quilting Moira’s quilt today. Yesterday I had a dilemma regarding this quilt and so I didn’t think I would be working on it today. I misplaced my notes regarding what quilting design and thread colour to use and had to send an email to Moira to which she replied a lot quicker than I anticipated she would.

Moiras quilt 1

Moiras quilt 2

Moira chose a quilting design called Hall of Mirrors by Apricot Moon and a lovely fine grey thread. We auditioned several shades of blue thread which just didn’t do it for us but when we tried the grey we knew immediately that it was perfect. I’m really pleased with the final result and I’m sure Moira will love it as well.

It’s been a great day in my little world. I stepped out with my Sarah to run an errand firs thing this morning. More than ever I have been feeling Operation Taking Flight taking grip of our lives. We have conversations about going to University every day. I try to put a brave face on thru all the conversations but I must admit that it’s getting more difficult as the taking flight date grows nearer. I know Sarah’s going to make the most of her study adventure. Now if only I could make up my mind what I want to be when I grow up it would make things a lot easier!

I will be spending the next couple of days with my beginner’s sampler quilt ladies at Stitchin’ Heaven. Once again I suspect that I will be well entertained. Show and Tell alone is quite exciting. It’s always lovely to look around the room and see just how far my students have come. I’ve seen some truly lovely quilts come from these sessions. What better way to spend a couple of days!

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 that makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super day. My day has been rather busy again. It seems all my days are pretty busy lately. I spent most of my day longarm quilting Sue’s quilt …..

Sues quilt 1

Sues quilt 2

This is a lovely girly looking quilt. Sue used a selection of rose floral prints to piece it. So I suggested a quilting design called Rose Garden by Apricot Moon and a cream colour thread. I think the recipient of this quilt will cherish is for many years to come.

It’s been a lovely day in my little world. Christine collected her quilt this afternoon. I was sorry to see it go …..

Christines quilt collection

I’m really in the mood to start using up some of my scraps to piece a scrappy quilt like Christine’s but first I need to finish hand quilting this project …..

Welcome Wall Hanging

This is my Welcome Wall Hanging project. I’ve had so much fun designing this little project. And doing some hand quilting is such a treat. I do so much machine quilting that whenever the opportunity presents itself to do some hand quilting I go for it.

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. ♥ ♥

 

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