Hello my lovelies. I hope you all have a super day. It’s already Thursday! I feel like I’ve slept thru the beginning of the week.

I didn’t do any sewing or longarm quilting today. I popped out to the supermarket to restock my fridge and the jeweller to purchase some new earring backs. Bingo; success in both places.

I spent most of the afternoon composing instructions for my Christmas Surprise class on Saturday. I’m looking forward to seeing what my ladies make of my surprise project. I like what I’ve produced and truth be known I think they will too. Working on Christmas as a group is always fun. You will understand that the project is meant to be a surprise so I cannot at this point post a photo of the project. When the classes are over I will definitely post about it.

We had lots of good sunshine today. So I worked on my laptop in my sewing where the best light was. It was bright and warm. And my little Maisie settled in the chair in the window and snored to her heart’s content.

I was really pleased to get up this morning. I couldn’t wait to start my day. I’m having spot of bother with technology again. This time it’s my tablet that’s not wanting to let me read my novels. I like to read for a few minutes at bedtime so after trying to sort it myself with no success I had the bright idea to revert to my old E-Reader. After charging it this morning I had a go to see if I could view my novels on it and Bingo again. So I will be able to have a little read at bedtime this evening. I hate technology when it doesn’t do what I want it to do.

So once I have finished teaching the Christmas Surprise classes and two last beginner’s mixed classes later in December I will have a little extra time to work on my own projects. I reckon I would like to do a little hand quilting on this …..

Applique project xx

And I would like to use up some of my stash on making this quilt …..

Thread Spool Quilt

I have always loves the look of these thread spools. I think this would look super as a scrappy quilt. It will give me chance to use up some of those rogue fat quarters that I bought because I liked them but didn’t have a sure plan for. I really like a scrappy look. I can’t wait to get started.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be working on clamshells again. 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’ve all had a super day. We’ve had a little sunshine in my little corner of the northeast of England. I had so many things to do today that I thought I would meet myself coming in the other direction! Truth be told I think I over estimated how much one person can do in one day. Somehow I got everything done that needed to be done. Woohoo

Jelly Roll therapy

On my return home I disappeared into my sewing room to piece a Quilt as you Go Log Cabin block sample. I had limited time to produce it but I was determined. Because I had limited time and for ease I decided that I should sacrifice one of my Jelly Rolls. Well this in itself presents a problem because I find it so difficult to pull the ribbon off a Jelly Roll. I need therapy to learn to cope with the task of pulling the ribbon off and pulling the roll apart! Well I eventually did manage to pull the ribbon …..

Opened Jelly Roll

And once my prep work was done I started the process of piecing the block.

QAUG Log Cabin

I do have a reason for piecing this block. I was trying to tempt of few ladies who attend a monthly sewing session to have a go at making some of these blocks. I can report that my proposition was met with great enthusiasm. They raided the scraps bins and helped themselves to backing fabric and wadding. I really look forward to seeing what they will produce at our next meet in January. In the mean time I can piece a few more blocks and perhaps even join them all and turn them into a quilt for my favourite charity. It’s great trying out different techniques.

Finished QAUG Log Cabin block

While I was working on my Log Cabin block this morning I discovered that I had lost an earring. We’re talking about my favourite wee diamond earrings. I don’t wear big blingy jewellery. I don’t own a great deal of jewellery. I’ve been wearing these earrings for at least eight years. And I can count on one hand with fingers leftover how many times I’ve changed my earrings for the day. So I was heartbroken when I discovered the loss. I looked around in all the places I had been during the morning but I couldn’t find said earring. I wasn’t even sure when I had last the noticed the earring in my earlobe. I went off to my sewing session wearing only one earring because I couldn’t bring myself to take the other one off. To my relief I found my wee earring on my bedside rug a few minutes ago. I didn’t find the back but I’m sure I can purchase a couple of new backs somewhere. Woohoo

So it’s been another busy day in my little world. I’ve had a few ups and a few downs but all in all it’s been a good day. The sun was shining and I got to do a little sewing. I had a good catch up with the ladies who attend our monthly sewing session. It did me good to get out for a bit.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some clamshell work. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing what you love the most. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥


Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super day. I spent the day in my sewing room finishing off Sue’s quilt. I quite enjoyed working on this quilt. Sue’s choice of fabric, especially the crisp white background fabric goes so well with the deeper prints. I will be quilting a similar one soon, so now I have got a better idea of what I can stitch on it. Here’s a little peek at the finished quilt ….

Sues Mystery Whimsy

Sues Mystery Whimsy finished

I was expecting a special delivery all the way from Essex yesterday. This delivery did not take place until today. While I worked in my sewing room this was being installed in my loft ….

Jackie to Juki

We upgraded our beloved Gerty the GrandQuilter to a Jackie the Juki. I placed the order back in August after having a test drive at The Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. I was quite impressed with how smooth the machine moves across the tracks. After much pondering we decided that we would invest in this system. This means that my Sarah will have something to stir her creative juices on her days at home. I think Sarah will enjoy working on this new system so much that she will machine quilt a lot of quilt tops for our favourite charity.

So although there was a lot going on in my loft, I had made good use of my day. I’m very pleased with the finished result of Sue’s quilt. I went on to do a wee bit of writing and paperwork. And at one point the sun was shining beautifully making me want to sing. Tomorrow I will be popping over to my monthly sewing group. I love working on projects as a group. Getting out for a few hours will do me a world of good.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be getting ready for tomorrow’s sewing session. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥


Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super day. It’s been dark and dreary in my little world. I as expecting a very special delivery coming all the way from Essex today, but at 3pm I all but gave up on anything arriving. My day wasn’t a total washout because while I waited I worked on Sue’s beautiful Whimsy quilt. I studied it over the weekend so I could make a plan of action regarding how to quilt the borders. So I did a little bit of this …..

Sues Whimsy 1a

Sues Whimsy 2a


And then I moved to the centre blocks to do them a little bit different …..

Sues Whimsy 3a

Sues Whimsy 4a

Over the last few months I have done several custom quilting jobs and I am still convinced that simple is best and less is more. So once again I tried to keep the quilting simple so that it complements the quilt top. I look forward to seeing the finished result of this quilt because I have another one very similar to do sometime soon.

I taught a couple of beginners/mixed classes over the weekend. A couple of my students brought in some projects that they have been working on. The first is Lyn’s beautiful French General quilt as you go table topper. Lyn is doing a wonderful job of this quilt. I love the way the back looks as good as the front. Well done Lyn.

Lyns QAUG 1


Lyns QAUG 2This second project is based on one of my designs called One Row at a Time and it was pieced by Liz. Once Liz finished piecing all the rows she used a Quilt as You Go method for quilting it and joining everything together. Doesn’t this quilt look fabulous. Well done to Liz.

Lizs One Row Quilt - Copy


I’ve met some very interesting ladies during my time teaching at Stitchin’ Heaven. There were times when I was truly surrounded by inspiration. Inspiration spurs the imagination and help the creative juices flow. I have only a few more classes to teach between now and Christmas. I’m going to try to glean as much inspiration as I can for the duration.

Since I started composing today’s post I have received communication about my special delivery. It turns out that there have been complications beyond control and my special delivery will be arriving tomorrow morning. It seems that there’s more than on road from Essex to my little corner of the northeast of England. I’m so pleased that I decided to carry on working in my sewing room for most of the day. Otherwise I would have had a wasted a whole day waiting.

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

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies. Have you all had a good and productive day? It’s been lovely in my little corner of the northeast of England today. The sun’s been shining and the leaves have been crunching under my feet. Today has been the perfect day. I love autumn.

I didn’t do any longarm quilting today. What I had planned for today turned out completely different to what I was hoping. My Sarah decided she was coming home for the weekend at the last minute which propelled me into a spin. I set off first thing this morning to restock the fridge and pantry and refuel Miss Daisy the car for the weekend ahead. I made my way over to Country Baskets to purchase ribbon for my Christmas Surprise classes and got caught in a major traffic jam. Everything seemed to take longer to get done this morning. By the time I got home from my morning adventure it was too late to start longarm quilting. So I studied the current quilt loaded in my longarm quilting system and planned how I would quilt the borders. So at least I have a plan of action for Monday.

Sarah requested soup for her evening meal; so I made a pot of soup. I did some washing and I tidied up a bit. And then when I finally sat down for a little break I started to think about what I accomplished last evening. I went upstairs and dragged down one of my work boxes …..

Work Box

What do you think this box contains?

Inside work box

It contains a clamshell UFO project of course! Do you know what my favourite bit of contents of this box is? Well it’s this little box within the big box …..

Soap box

This little box use to contain this verbena scented soap.

Verbena Soap

And the little box has been turned into a pincushion for some lovely fine patchwork pins. They work so well for hand sewing.

Soap box turned into pincushion

When I opened the big box to extract my ready pieced clamshell project I got a waft of the lovely verbena soap.

Clamshell progress

I am an avid collector of smelly soaps. Especially soaps that come in a nice decorative box or tin. Putting my smelly soaps in a work box makes working on a project all the more interesting.

When I started feeling a bit overwhelmed with technology a few days ago I decided to concentrate on my UFO projects. That’s why I got my clamshells out again after a year of being tucked away. I will have plenty of extra time to work on and finish off my UFOs in 2016 because I won’t be teaching on a regular basis as I have been doing over the last couple of years. All the new designs I have recorded on paper will resurface and I will enjoy bringing said designs to life. You may have already heard that Stitchin’ Heaven will be closing on Christmas Eve. They’re having a big sale, 50% off all stock until Christmas Eve. I’ll be teaching my beginners tomorrow and Saturday and hope to pick up a few bargains. I must study my project list and purchase accordingly.

So that’s my big news for today. I’ve had a pretty good day in my little world.  I am now starting to think about the challenges ahead of me. I look forward to working on UFOs and new projects and perhaps merge the two. So be sure to pop in often to see what I get up to in the year ahead.

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

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥


Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super day. My day started off dark and rainy. So after walking the dog I had my breakfast and then headed into my sewing room to do some longarm quilting. I worked on Ros’s quilt today. Here’s how it looks now …..Ros 1

Ros 2

Ros 3

When Ros handed over her quilt top she didn’t think her quilt top was very good. Well I think all in all the result is very nice. I think Ros will be pleasantly surprised how well this quilt turned out. Ros left the choice of quilting designs up to me. All she specified is that she wanted an all over design. So after looking at the quilt and my design catalogue I decided on the Baptist Fan and a neutral cream colour thread. The Baptist Fan sits nicely on this quilt while still showing off all the EPP Clamshells in the border and the nice appliqué work. I have been asked for all over designs on appliqué quilt tops quite a lot lately. I used to be afraid to put an all over design on appliqué quilts in the past but I must admit that I don’t hesitate to do it anymore. It looks good and gives the quilts a different feel. I don’t know what I was afraid, it’s not as if the quilt police would put me in jail for doing it!!!!!

As I sit here in front of my laptop I realise that the street lights have just come on which means that it will soon be dark. Another month or so and the shortest day of the year will be upon us. I don’t even want to mention Christmas ….. Doesn’t time fly.

While I was having my breakfast this morning I had a look at my notebook to see what was on my To-Do List. Surprise surprise ….. There was no list. No list, let’s improvise in order to keep on track. I made it up as I went along. I longarm quilted Ros’s quilted and loaded another for the next time. This one is Sue’s quilt. She has been waiting a long time for this day to arrive. Sue handed over her quilt ages ago and said she didn’t need it until the autumn. Well I think it’s safe to assume that Sue might like to have her finished quilt back now. So here’s a little peek at Sue’s Mystery Whimsical Appliqué & Stitchery quilt …..

Sue top 1

Sue made some bold choices of fabric when she made this quilt. And it looks fab as a quilt top. Now I really look forward to seeing how it will look when it’s quilted.

So it’s been a pretty good day in my little world. Even if the weather was a bit dreary at first. The sun came out around 2pm and made me feel better. I’m hoping to see the sun again tomorrow.


So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some clamshell work. After working the clamshells on Ros’s quilt today, I feel like making some of my own. It’s lucky that I have a clamshell UFO that needs some attention. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really enjoy doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥


Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a lovely dry and creative day. I wish I could say that it’s dry here but it’s been raining really hard for what seems like an eternity here!!! Storm Barney is due to hit the UK anytime now.

I spent my day indoors. Apart from taking my dog out for her walk I did not set foot outside. I tucked myself away in my sewing room to load another quilt into my longarm quilting system to start stitching tomorrow. Ros spent months piecing this quilt and now she has entrusted me to quilt it for her. Ros decided that she wants an all over quilting design on this quilt. I have chosen the thread colour and the next step is to find a traditional design that I think would suit the style of this quilt top. So be sure to pop in soon to see what I did with this quilt.

Ros's quilt

Once Ros’s quilt was loaded I went on to do a few more bits in my sewing room. I pieced a few bags …..

Beads of Courage Bags

They still need their ribbon drawstrings. I went on to prep two dozen more bags ready for sewing which I will do when I have another couple of hours to spare. I wanted to hang out a bit longer in my sewing room to take inventory of my quilting thread but I was interrupted by a delivery. When I got back to my sewing room I decided I would do some laptop work for a change. I answered some emails and I started cataloguing my patchwork and quilting books. Whenever I’m looking for a book from my collection I can never find it. So I decided to catalogue all my books and divide them up into sections. I have hundreds of books so it’s a long term project that I’m sure I’ll get sick of eventually. Also it will refresh my memory regarding what I have and perhaps give me some new inspiration for future projects.

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been struggling with all things technical. For instance, my TV has been turning itself on at night while I sleep!!! So to solve that problem I have been switching it off at the wall socket. Just yesterday I tried to print something from my laptop; I can’t get anything to print!!!! I haven’t played with the settings on my laptop so I don’t know what the problem is. I’m beginning to think that my house is haunted. It’s so frustrating but I’m not going to let it get me down. I’m going to work around it somehow. Instead of fretting over it I’m going to pick a UFO and concentrate on that.

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 truly enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥



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