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Hello my lovelies. Are you feeling the Christmas spirit yet? After spending much of December chasing my tail I have finally slowed down to a slow measured pace. I had the pleasure of spending the last couple of days with my beginner sampler quilt class ladies at Stitchin’ Heaven. There was quite a festive atmosphere in both classes. I have a few photos from Friday’s class but totally forgot to take photos on Saturday …..

 

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I’m sure I made a list of things I wanted to work on over the holidays but I can’t find said list. So I decided to scrap that plan of action and make another. The only problem is I can’t make up my mind. I will definitely work on my latest Dresden Plate snow flake like project and I think I need to do some designing and then I should execute the new design. So in order to do the best job I can I will take a short break from blogging. So I’m going to be quiet until next weekend.

I would like to wish everyone a very happy festive season. I hope you have a wonderful time with your friends and families. I shall return next weekend with some kind of progress report.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will doing some hand piecing. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something festive that really put you in the mood to celebrate the holidays ahead. Until you read me again,

Happy festive stitching. ♥ ♥

 

 

HO HO HO Hello my lovelies. Has anyone got snow on the ground at the moment? Well there’s absolutely no sign of snow here in my little corner of the northeast of England. In fact the temperature has been hovering around 12⁰C or 53⁰F today which is far too warm for snow!

It’s been a quiet day in my little world. I stepped out first thing this morning for some Sudafed; I seem to be suffering from sinus problems at the moment. Once that was done, I found it hard to decide what to do with myself. So I thought I should have a little playtime. So I started by making some templates. Cereal box cardboard is great for making templates …..

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I chose some fabric, as usual the most difficult part of any job is choosing fabric, and traced the templates …..

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I find that laying the templates rougher side down helps keep them from sliding around while tracing on the fabric. This helps make the shapes accurate giving a really good finish.

Once all the shapes were cut out I chain pieced them …..

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This project will be appliquéd to a background. I find that if I fold the background square from corner to corner and press guidelines it helps when it comes time to centre appliqué design.

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So now we come to what the different sized Dresden Blades have made …..

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Now I didn’t design this. My mother sent me a Pinterest link that showed Brenda Sutter’s beautiful Midnight Snowfall block. I Googled it and found that the pattern for the quilt is in the January/February 2015 issue of Quiltmaker. So when the digital version of the magazine became available last week I bought it because I wanted to have a go. As it turns out it’s a really simple block that looks fab.

It took me about two hours from cutting templates thru to tacking the Snowflake like Dresden Plate to the background. Here’s another view of it with the centre circle in place …..

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I plan on turning this into a cushion over the festive period. I really enjoyed working on this project this afternoon. I had no idea what I was going to do today so it was a nice treat to work on something pretty. I like pretty.

So have you been working on pretty things today? Or have you been partying? I’m saving my partying for tomorrow. I will be teaching my beginner’s sampler quilt class tomorrow and Saturday at Stitchin’ Heaven. I have no doubt my ladies will be in fine form and as usual they’ll be very entertaining.

Well it’s been another smooth running day in happy longarm quilter land. My Sarah has broken up from college today. So we’re all be off the clock starting Sunday. Time to breathe I think.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be fine hand stitching a snowflake like Dresden Plate to its’ background. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something festive. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies. Here we are again. What kind of day have you had? Well mine has been super productive which help turn my day into a super day. I stepped out this morning to run a few errands to most important was to post some Christmas presents. I thought the post office would be heaving with customers; well there was only me there! So that made me think that the bank would be very busy; once again I was the only one there! And so it went on….. All in all it’s been a great day in my little world. Now if the rest of my week unfolds like today I’ll be a very happy longarm quilter.

I took some time to be a little creative this afternoon. I was hoping that everything would go smoothly and it did. After everything going really well this morning I was waiting for something to go wrong. I did some rotary cutting; I measured twice and cut once …..

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I did some chain piecing after cleaning my machine …..

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And the result is that the contents on my project bin is growing nicely …..

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This current project has been fun because once again I am able to use up some of my stash. I just need a wee bit of fabric for sashing and borders to bring it all together.

I treated myself to something recently …..

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I ordered these labels a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been searching for such a thing for a long time when my friend Viv recommended a company that could do this for me. My little labels will be perfect for samples and such.

Well I did a few festive related tasks today. I wrapped a few gifts but I still have quite a few more to do. This year I decided not to send Christmas cards. Or at least very few; only to those who I don’t see from one year to the next but want to keep in touch with. Sometimes it’s cheaper to make a phone call than it is to post a card halfway around the world!

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be joining a few hand pieced blocks together. I hope you have a super cosy evening something that makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Have you been busy these last couple of days? Have you been busy celebrating or just getting ready for the festive period next week? I’m not even sure what I’ve been up to but I do know that I have accomplished quite a lot of the last couple of days.

Yesterday I was so wrapped up in what’s in this project bin that I totally forgot to post my Monday report!

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This bin is full of components and written info for a project for next year. I have been concentrating so hard and getting somewhere a lot faster than I thought I would. I have been enjoying the work which is always a good sign. It means that others will enjoy making it as well.

I got a rather sweet gift a couple of weeks ago. My lovely friend presented me with this very pretty little simple bell which now hangs on my twiggy tree. I love the ticket that reads hope. Without hope I believe there would be more duvet days!

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Did you realise that there are only nine more sleeps until Christmas? And there are only two weeks left of 2014 ….. I spent several hours in front of my laptop this morning composing a list for 2015. Nothing on the list can really be considered a personal goal but I’ve still got an awful lot to accomplish in 2015. If I can pull it off it will definitely be my personal best. But for now I think I will just enjoy the festive season ahead. I will dream of sugar plum fairies and of a white Christmas. I will watch a DVD box set or two and do plenty of hand stitching. In other words I will make the most of the last few days of 2014 and look back on all the good times and the few sad times.

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It’s been a great day in my little world. I did loads a little job that really needed to be done. I hope to do it all over again tomorrow. Are you getting anything done? Have you composed a To-Do List for 2015? I wasn’t going to but I decided that I had no choice if I wanted to get everything done.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some fine hand appliqué. I can’t to see how my current project turns out. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something that puts you in the festive mood. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

Well that’s another weekend almost done and dusted. It’s been a great weekend in my little world. I spent loads of time working out what I want to teach next year. I have come up with so many ideas for classes that I don’t think there will be enough days in the year to teach them all. So now I am in the process of choosing the best projects to dedicate myself to.

Speaking of notebooks, does anyone else record their ideas and thoughts, to-do lists and accomplishments in a notebook? I even doodle Freemotion Quilting designs in my notebook. My brain is working all the time and if I don’t write down my ideas I forget them. So I always have my book and a pen close to hand. I am slowly learning to take photos using my phone of things that inspire me. It’s taken me a long time but I’m finally learning to use the features of my simple technology. As the year is coming to an end so is my notebook. So I went searching for a new one to start the New Year off fresh. I found this notebook which I made a cover for ages ago and I’m going to use it. I think I must have been saving it for Sunday best. Well Sunday has arrived folks.

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Over the next couple of weeks, the festive weeks, I will be preparing samples. And that’s exactly what I have been doing today. I tend to do all the prep work in daylight and then I sit quietly in the evening and do the hand stitching. Yes my friends, I am like millions of other crafty women who cannot just sit doing nothing in the evening. To me there’s nothing better than watching mindless TV and hand stitching. Bedtime arrives all too soon when your hands and your mind are busy. Here are a few tools I have been using this weekend …..

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It amazes me how little equipment you really need to make a few dozen blocks. As for fabric, well I have plenty of that in my stash.

Do you know what this is? …..

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Well it’s a Magic Seam Guide. This wee brass wheel helps you add a 1/4” seam allowance. And I used mine yesterday while I was playing with curved pieces which I needed to add an accurate seam allowance to. It’s the old fashioned simple tools that are priceless. This simple tool costs less than £2.00 here in the UK.

I wrapped up all the longarm quilting last week. There’s just one quilt left to hand over. So I am free to come and go as I please this week. One thing is for sure; I won’t be hanging around the shops. I don’t think I can face the crowds, traffic jams or people coughing and snotting all over me. Perhaps I’ll do a bit of baking. And maybe I will watch my Breaking Bad box set while doing some stitching. It will be nice not to be on the clock in the morning.

So it’s been a pretty quiet weekend at happy longarm quilter manor. My little Maisie has kept me company while my Sarah stepped out for a spot of retail therapy but mostly we were all together doing our own thing under the same roof.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be joining some 2” quarter square triangle blocks to form bigger 6” blocks. I love seeing a project come together. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something festive. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

So my lovelies, what’s been happening in your world today? Have you been doing a spot of shopping? Have you been wrapping gifts? Or perhaps you’ve been putting the finishing touches on a Christmas project. Well I’ve done two of those three today. I’ve kept myself busy at a slow measured pace pretty much all day.

Has anyone been struggling with keeping warm today? It’s very cold in my little corner of the northeast of England. The wind is blowing a hooley which is pegging the temperature way down. Although it’s been quite wintry outside happy longarm quilter manor has been pretty comfortable. My Sarah and I kept ourselves busy with various crafty bits. Sarah worked with ice resin while I put the finishing touches to my Christmas stockings …..

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Ta-dah! I’m ready for Christmas now that I have added hanging loops and bells on my stockings.

I felt like playing with my sewing machine this afternoon but I didn’t want to work on a project. A little messing around with a few fancy built-in stitches was just the ticket to satisfy my need to play. So I dragged a scrap out of my scrap bin, pressed it and produced this little sample.

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Doing that little bit of stitching has inspired me to devise a project using the built-in embroidery stitches in our sewing machines. I truly believe that everything we do, including playtime, has some value. Sometimes it’s simply helps us to build our confidence and sometimes it fills us with inspiration. So give yourself permission to play as often as you can.

You would have to be living in a cave for the last few months if you didn’t know that there are only a few short weeks left of 2014. I can’t remember if I have started making a list of things I want to do this coming year. In fact I don’t even know if I have done the things that were on this year’s list! So perhaps I shouldn’t make a list at all. Perhaps I should just live each day to the fullest and do as many interesting things as I can as often as I can. What about you, have you got a list of things you would like to do in the New Year? Or perhaps you have a list of things you have decided NOT to do. One way or another I think 2015 is going to be jam packed full of great things for this very happy longarm quilter. So I had better make the most of it while I can.

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

Happy festive stitching. ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies. What’s going on in the quilting today? Have you done any stitching today? Well I kept myself busy all day in my sewing room. First I longarm quilted Ann’s second quilt …..

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Yes it does look like yesterday’s quilt but it isn’t. Ann used up some of her stash by making two simple Irish Chain quilts. And they both look fab. I reckon she will be very happy with her newly longarm quilted quilts.

Once I finished Ann’s quilt I went back to my Christmas stockings. I machine quilted the second stocking and then layered up both stockings and added the binding. I will hand finish the binding this evening. All that’s left to add is a hanging loop on each stocking. I can’t wait to hang my stockings to see how they look. It was a fun simple festive project to work on.

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While I worked in my sewing room today I had great company. My little Maisie joined me. Maisie sits in the chair that normally sits in the bay window in my sewing room. It’s only a director’s chair which has a quilt and a cushion on it which Maisie is quite partial to. She settles in and has a good sleep while I potter around the sewing room.

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I received a lovely gift from my friend Carolyn E. last week. Carolyn loves messing around with her sewing machines. She has more patience than anyone I know. She spends hours doing machine embroidery. I wish I had more patience to play with all the features on my different sewing machines. Someday I when I retire I will play with all my fab toys and produce some fab stuff too. Thank you Carolyn for the lovely pincushion.

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It’s been a lovely day in my little world. Once again I only stepped over the threshold to walk the dog. It’s been a cold and very breezy day. In fact when I put my Maisie out at lunchtime it felt like it was going to snow! I wouldn’t mind a bit of snow but not until Christmas Eve when everyone slows down for a few days.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand finishing the binding on two Christmas stockings and then perhaps do a little work on a hexie project. I hope you have a super cosy evening working on something festive. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

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