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The end of the week is here ….. And it’s a bank holiday weekend here in the UK. So that means Monday is a holiday. All this also means that the kids will soon be going back to school. Where did the summer go?

It’s been a pretty quiet day in happy longarm quilter land. There was no longarm quilting taking place. I’m saving that for next week. I am planning a bit of me-time this weekend. I plan on starting a new project but at my own quiet pace this weekend. I really fancy hand piecing some simple blocks while being quiet. All I need to do is choose some fabric and do some cutting. I can’t think of anything more relaxing this weekend that sitting quietly doing some hand sewing.  I suppose this could be part of my Gente Goals 2014. This is the block I’m going to start with …..

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I have plenty of scraps I can use and I’m going to whip thru the cutting with my Sew Easy Cutter Ruler gadget. I’ll let you know how that works out for me.

I treated myself to some really nice wool yesterday. This wool was hand dyed by Alice of Whistlebare. It’s 60% fine Kid Mohair and 40% Best Wensleydale Wool. You might be able to see the true colour in photo, so it’s a dusky purple. I plan on knitting/crocheting some kind of scarf for myself. I think I’m going to enjoying working with this wool.

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I didn’t do any sewing today but I did attempt and eventually succeeded in making a quilt label. I needed a special quilt label for a charity quilt. It seems the printer gods were not on my side this afternoon. I managed on the fourth attempt …..

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The label will go on this quilt.

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It’s been an interesting week. I sorted and settled a few problems. I taught a class. I met Fran who lives down south, while she visited my little corner of the northeast of England. It’s always nice to meet people who read this meagre blog. And I started making plans for new projects.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be securing a label to a quilt and get some scraps ready for rotary cutting. I hope you have a super cosy weekend doing all the things you love best. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

 

Hello from happy longarm quilter land. Well there wasn’t any longarm quilting going on here today. It was Festive Whimsy day. My ladies arrived in good time when I’m sure most of us would have preferred to hide hideaway indoors until the rain subsided. It’s really beginning to feel like autumn. My woollies are calling me.

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We had a super day today. The conversation got quite lively at times. And we certainly had a good laugh. In fact I laughed so much that I feel wiped out now. We discussed Scottish devolution and war torn countries and how to sleep on a hairdo and still keep it nice. Laughter really is the best medicine.

So here are a few progress photos of the Festive Whimsies …..

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Anne introduced me to something new and delicious today. If you don’t already know it I love chocolate. So during a conversation this morning Anne recommended this …..

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I have never even heard of a Starbar. So when Andrea decided to go to the shop for a sandwich several of us asked her to get us a Starbar. So she did. It was delicious. It has peanut butter in it. I love peanut butter and chocolate together. Oh yum. I’m not the only one who enjoyed my chocolate bar. Veronica did too …..

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Oh yes ….. I almost forgot. Here’s my version of the Festive Whimsy …..

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What a great project this has been to work on. I have already started working on next year’s Whimsy. So far it’s looking pretty good. For information about how you can make this Festive Whimsy contact Stitchin’ Heaven at 01665 570 833.

Well it’s Thursday. One more day and the week is over. I’m hoping to have a quiet weekend. I have loads of tidying up to do in my sewing room and I want to work on one of my projects. I have a couple of layer cakes that want to be made into something interesting.

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

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

 

Hellooooo everyone. Have you had a super day? Well mine has been pretty good. I got such a lot done today. I sat here a few minutes trying to work out what I got accomplished today. Well after listing quite a lot of things I got accomplished I was quite surprised by all the stuff I listed! I won’t bore you will a long list of something that means nothing to you.

I spent quite a lot of time getting the last information booklet for tomorrow’s Festive Whimsy class. It’s the last class for this group. And tomorrow my Festive Whimsy quilt as a whole will be revealed. You’ve seen all three sections separately as I have taught them but tomorrow you will see it all joined up.

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I do have some interesting news regarding the Festive Whimsy. For anyone who missed this current session of classes we have managed to squeeze in another round of classes starting Friday September 5th. There is one more place going and we might be able to squeeze in another person at a pinch. So if you’re interested in making this project with me please contact Stitchin’ Heaven soon on 01665 570 833.

After the printing, collating the binding was done this afternoon I went on to making templates for the beginner’s sampler class for next month. I’m trying to be organised but sometimes I feel like I’m going around in a big circle.

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The last month or so has been a real learning curve for me. I have taken on the job of preparing a newsletter from month to month for my favourite charity. Well between us, my Sarah and I have managed to clobber together a pretty good imitation of a newsletter. I’m so grateful that my daughter is so computer literate because without her I couldn’t do it. I’m so pleased to have learned a few tricks and now I can use these tricks in other documents and as well. I have found the task frustrating at times because writing and publishing is not my forte but I was determined to do a reasonably good job. I’m very pleased with myself today. When I put my head down tonight I will sleep in the knowledge that once again I have done my very best today.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be cutting out some patches to make a few hand pieced blocks. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

P.S.: I hope to see you tomorrow Fran.

 

It’s felt quite autumnal today. The days are getting shorter and it almost feels like summer is coming to an early end. It is a little sad. So to make up for the sadness of saying goodbye to summer I have started purchasing woollies. Ooooooh yes….. I have purchased my first warm woolly pullover. I have even exchanged a quilt for a duvet on my bed. The weatherman mentioned that there was a chance of frost on the high ground.

So apart from purchasing some woollies what else have I been doing today? Well I secured a hanging pocket on my quilt …..

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I used what’s in this little tin to help me do the job …..

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Can you guess what’s in my little tin? No it’s not hot buttered popcorn.

I love my patchwork pins. They’re so fine and they work so well when I’m hand piecing blocks or doing light hand sewing.

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I carried on embellishing my quilt today. Here is a little selection of embellishments I actually worked with today.

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Of course you have guessed by now that I have been putting the finishing touches to my Festive Whimsy. I will reveal the whole quilt after Thursday’s class at Stitchin’ Heaven.

It’s been another superb day in my little world. After hitting the shops this morning we’re a few steps closer to being ready for going back to college. I think my Sarah is looking forward to all the challenges this coming study year will bring. And as I have added the finishing touches to a project I can start concentrating on finishing and/or starting another. It’s a great feeling when you finish something important.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter, will most likely hand finish the binding on a quilt. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

It’s been such a good day in my little world. After yesterday’s revelation that I left my work behind on Saturday today has turned out so much better.

First I expected two deliveries which arrived in good time. Sometimes when you order stuff with a promise that said stuff will arrive on a certain day quite often it doesn’t. Well today I took delivery of both shipments before lunch. I hate wait around all day for something to arrive.

I have a little progress report on the quilt that I added the sashing to yesterday. I loaded the quilt into my longarm quilting system first thing this morning. And no sooner did I get it loaded I started longarm quilting it. Here are a few shots of the progress …..

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The quilting is done now and I hope to bind it very soon. A lot of you will already know that this quilt is a charity quilt. The blocks were pieced by beginners. It’s quite amazing what can be done with a little help from my friends. Thank you friends. You will be able to see this quilt at the next Quilts for Comfort volunteer day on September 9th.

After I finished quilting the charity quilt I went on to do a little Freemotion Quilting. I don’t get too many opportunities to do that kind of work on my longarm quilting system. I started and I went on and on. There was loads of backing fabric to work with so after loading some more wadding and another large piece of fabric for the top I was jamming. Here are some shots of what I did …..

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None of what I stitched is extraordinary but I still love what I did. I have one or two other pieces of such work from previous efforts over the last few months which I hope to piece together using the quilt as you go method. I really had a lot of fun practicing today. I stitched a good sampling of different quilting designs. I loved every minute of my practice today. And you can be sure that I’ll be doing it again before long.

I have another progress report …..

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I finished hand piecing this block last evening and started another. This is a simple block that looks really great. It’s perfect for all skill level whether pieced by hand or machine. I’ve renamed this block the Comfort Block.

And last on my list of reveals for today. This morning, still dressed in my pyjamas I went out to the recycling bin. And on the way back indoors I walked past the container that I have been growing potatoes in. I suddenly got very curious about whether there were in fact any potatoes growing in the container. So I got our trusty trowel and starting digging. Well, have a look at what I found so far …..

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And I had some for my evening meal. They were lovely. I don’t have a green thumb. And to be honest I don’t have time to look after a garden but I do have a few containers of simple to grow crops on the go.

Well it’s been a good productive day in happy longarm quilter land today. Once again it’s been a rewarding day. Tomorrow is going to be a busy and possibly not so rewarding but we’ll just have to go with the flow.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be trimming a charity quilt to size and possibly making binding to be attached sometime soon. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something rewarding. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

Sunday should be a day of rest. My friend Susan mentioned yesterday that she sets one day a week aside for me-time. I think that having some me-time is a very good idea. I find it very hard to turn anyone looking for help down. I set out to have some me-time today but it backfired on me. I was planning on watching a DVD movie while doing some useful hand sewing on my Festive Whimsy. Well silly-billy me left it behind at Stitchin’ Heaven yesterday. So I will have to retrieve it on Tuesday and do what’s needed then. After spending some time beating myself up for leaving my work behind yesterday I moved onto Plan B. Sometimes it pays to be flexible.

So I worked out a different plan of action which meant I had to spend a few hours in my sewing room instead of doing some relaxing hand sewing in front of the TV. I added the sashing and borders to the Prosecco Club quilt which was pieced a couple of weeks ago.

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These quilt blocks were pieced by mostly absolute beginners on a Sunday afternoon. I feel this one is very special. And now that the quilt top is complete it’s time to load it into my longarm quilting system to do some magic quilting. I’m looking forward to getting it finished. Considering the history of this quilt I think it will be an awesome charity quilt. It’s wonderful when people come together to perform an act of kindness.

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I promised that I would show you the little pile of fat quarters I came home with yesterday …..

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I have decided that this little pile of pinks is going to be turned into something for me. I love the soft pink tones in this selection of fat quarters. It’s probably hard to believe that I would go for soft girly colours but I really do like this.

And the other little pile of fat quarters …..

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And this pile will be turned into one of the projects on my 2015 workshop list. I haven’t decided which yet.

And finally a little progress report regarding a block I started to hand piece a few days ago ….

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Well this is as far as I got on this one. I plan on finishing it this evening. So far it looks like it’s working as it should and it will make quite a nice challenge for some of our volunteer ladies. Eventually, just like the Prosecco Club quilt, I will turn these challenge blocks into another charity quilt.

Well it’s been an interesting weekend in my world. I have quite a full week ahead of me with appointments, shipments arriving, getting ready for back-to-college, finishing one or two UFOs, all the while trying to find some me-time. For the last ten days or so I have felt like I am coming down with a cold. You know the woolly head, aches and shivers ….. I’m hoping that I’m just suffering from fatigue.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will finish hand piecing a sample block. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

 

Happy Saturday everyone. Did you miss me yesterday? Well yesterday and today were much the same for me. I taught my Beginner’s Sampler Quilt classes at Stitchin’ Heaven both days. Teaching beginners is very rewarding; especially when they give positive feedback. Positive feedback makes all the prep work worthwhile. The interesting thing about these classes is that not all the ladies are working on the same blocks as some joined the programme later. It keeps me on my toes but it gives interested parties a chance to do something they really want to do without waiting until next year’s intake. Here are a few shots of today participants …..

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Oh and this is Mick playing shops. We keep him on his toes …..

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I walked around the shop fondling plenty fabric today. In fact I did that a couple times while no one was looking. And every time I took a turn around the shop I ended up choosing a few fat quarters which I will be using in new designs for 2015. I have started making my list of workshop projects for next year. So I have a feeling a lot more fat quarters are going to be coming home with me over the next few months. I didn’t take a photo of my little pile of fat quarters but I will.

I tried flirting with this guy today but he took no notice of me …..

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At the moment this is my favourite fabric collection …..

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This is Le Bouquet Français by French General for Moda. I’ve got some of it and I’m using it in a new Whimsy project. It’s a pleasure to work with fabric you really love.

The folks at Stitchin’ Heaven are getting ready for Christmas. The Christmas panels are selling faster than ever before. Have a look at this cheerful Christmas stocking bunting/Advent Calendar that Carol pieced using a panel …..

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Doesn’t it put you in the festive spirit? There are only 130 sleeps left until Christmas. I’m so looking forward to autumn now. In my little corner of the northeast of England we seem to be in that in-between season where it’s not summer and it’s not autumn. The days are getting shorter and the temperature is dropping at night. I think I need to do some woolly work.

This wool is superb and I plan on getting some to knit or crochet a scarf and perhaps some mittens …..

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And perhaps I should purchase these crochet hooks …..

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I love nice tools. And these hooks look quite special. I know what colour wool I want but I’ll have to feel the hooks to see if they fit my hand nicely. I’ll let you know how things work out for me.

Well it’s been an interesting couple of days. I really enjoy working with beginners. It’s magic when a newbie starts to understand how things work. It’s fantastic when I hand out the instructions and they just set to and do exactly what they should because they have understood previous instructions. It really is rewarding. I can relax this evening in the knowledge that everyone had a good day learning and practicing something they enjoy. It’s never too late to learn a new skill. So if you would like to join me and my ladies call Stitchin’ Heaven at 01665 570 833.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing a little hand quilting. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something rewarding. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

 

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