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What a splendid day I’ve had. I woke up at my normal stupid o’clock and rolled over and went back to sleep. There was no need to get up and get started until 6:30am. It was a treat to get up with a clear head. Every morning I wake up and think about what’s on my To-Do List and then make a plan of action. I did have a To-Do List for today but it’s full of Gentle Goals.

My Sarah and I stepped out this morning. We had a leisurely ride north. The first stop was the Heighley Gate Garden Centre where we stopped for a delicious coffee and cake. Yummy. I really enjoyed it. We had a little look around the shop. Already there are signs that they are getting ready for Christmas. The area where the Christmas goods are usually displayed is very sparse with garden furniture. The summer annual plants are on special offer and the pansies are out.

Tomorrow is August 1. Once August is here I start thinking about autumn and winter. I’m looking forward to buying a few new warm clothes. And I feel like knitting. I saw some beautiful wool at Stitchin’ Heaven this morning. And now I’m thinking about what I could knit with the fab wool. Don’t forget that Stitchin’ Heaven is having a summer clearance sale this week. So after our visit to the garden centre we headed up to Stitchin’ Heaven and of course I bought a few bits of fabric in the sale. I made a list and purchased only fabrics to go with on going projects. Sarah has started collecting fat quarters to make another quilt so we purchased a few fat quarters. It’s so nice to see Sarah taking an interest in quilt making.

Yesterday I promised to post some photos of Anne’s quilt which I finished quilting yesterday.

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There’s a little story to this quilt. Gail spent many hours piecing this quilt top as a thank you for her friend Anne. Gail suggested that Anne bring the quilt top to me to have it longarm quilted. And that’s how I ended up doing a custom job on this particular quilt.

Now I have a question for you. What’s in your sewing kit? What do you consider essential in a basic sewing kit? My Sarah and I were having a conversation about sewing in the car earlier today. And I started thinking about what’s in my sewing kit and what do I consider essential. So I had a look at what’s in mine …..

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After closer examination I found that I didn’t have a stitch ripper in my sewing kit. I have rectified that now. Something that I bring that you don’t see is a needle threader. My needle threader is possibly the most useful tool I own now that I can’t see as well as I used to. My sewing kit has a lot of non-essential things in it. However I take this sewing kit to the classes I teach so I put a few extra bits and pieces that I think I might need. I try to be prepared. So is there anything you have in your sewing kit that I should add to mine?

I think I’m ready for Sunday’s Quilts for Comfort event. I have made a dozen kits to teach a dozen ladies, ladies who don’t know much about quilt making, how to hand piece a simple Nine Patch block. Hand piecing patchwork blocks is so much more sociable than machining. For one thing you can’t chat to anyone while they’re machining. My dozen participants vary in age; the youngest participant being thirteen years young and the oldest being in her sixties. I feel privileged to have been asked to guide these willing ladies thru piecing their first blocks. Sunday’s event is a super way of bringing young and old together while learning the quiet art of quilt making. I have learned a lot from others over the years so Sunday is just my way of paying it forward.

QFC Beginners Kits

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be working on adding outer borders to my Festive Whimsy. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

I worked and I worked and I finished longarm quilting a quilt today. I’ll soon be partying. Only one more quilt to go and I can consider myself on my summer break. I flashed up my longarm quilting system at 8:30am after walking my dog and spending an hour watering plant and tidying my garden. When I do custom job I try to limit my sessions in my sewing room to five hours. And that’s simply because it is pretty tiring. Well when I reached my five hours today I was here …..

Custom Progress

So as I was so near to crossing the finish line I thought I would carry on for a while longer. It turns out that I carried on for a further three hours and finished the job. I didn’t get any photos of the finished quilt as I had an appointment. So I’ll try to get some photos tomorrow. I’m quite pleased with the final result. I’m sure Anne will cherish this quilt for many years to come.

Well I spent a long day in my sewing room today which means I can play a little bit tomorrow. I have an outing planned for tomorrow morning and I hope to experiment with a new technique tomorrow afternoon. After today’s effort I feel a great weight has been lifted. I’m looking forward to catching up on some of the different projects I have designed recently.

Do you remember the block I started to work on yesterday? The block consists of 49 patches. I couldn’t believe that a 12” block could possibly have 49 patches! The block is called Tile Works and here is how far I got last evening. I’m hoping to get it finished this evening.

Tile Works Progress

Do you hand piece blocks or are you a machine girl? I never did much hand piecing until earlier this year when I started to teach my beginner’s sampler quilt class. And as I offered to teach both hand and machine I decided that I had better so willing and do some hand piecing myself. I know a few ladies who prefer hand piecing to machine piecing. And I must admit that I really enjoy the quiet of hand piecing. The only thing that makes a noise is the scissors when I’m cutting the patches and the iron when I press the seams. I think another positive thing about hand piecing is that a hand pieced project is very portable.

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

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

It’s been another dreamy day in my little corner of the UK. I had a really good night’s sleep. So when I woke at 5am I felt ready to face the world. I tripped my way down the stairs and started doing some of the jobs on my To-Do List. By 7am half the list was crossed off. Yippeeeee

We took Maisie for the second part of her booster injection this morning. The vet listened to Maisie’s heart and confirmed that everything sounds good. Older King Charles Spaniels are particularly prone to having heart problems. Because we recently lost our Tippy to heart problems I will probably always hold my breath during Maisie’s check-ups.

As soon as I got home from the vet I stepped into my sewing room to get started on today’s longarm quilting job. This current quilt is rather large 90 x 102 and it is getting a custom treatment. Anne chose two different quilting motifs and a jade colour thread. So I did a little of this …..

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and a whole lot of this ….

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The first session is always rather draining because it’s when you set the design but now that the design is established things should go more smoothly tomorrow. I spent five hours working today and will probably spend the same amount of time working tomorrow.

When I finally knocked off for the day I moved onto another task which I did sitting down. And I really enjoyed my little big job because it was quiet. I turned the TV on and watched/listened to the Darling Buds of May while preparing a beginner’s sampler quilt block for my next class. This particular block called Tile Works has 49 patches to it. Somehow that doesn’t seem possible. I counted three times and came up with three different answers! So of course I counted again and came up with 49. I’m going to enjoy hand sewing this block.

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So what’s going on around the world? Is anyone working on something new and exciting? Is anyone getting ready for a holiday away? Well I’m staying home and enjoying the good weather. I must admit I’m ready for a good day out and about. It will soon be time to get ready for going back-to-school. I always look forward to this time of year. I look forward to buying a few new bits of clothes for the cooler weather. And of course I start thinking about knitting sweaters and mittens. I wonder what kind of winter we’ll have????? Did you realise that there are only 148 days until Christmas?

Well it’s been a good productive day in my world. And after another good night’s sleep I’ll be ready to face the world again. I look forward to finishing this current quilt off but because it’s quite a large one I know it will take another couple of days to get it done. I don’t have many appointments this week so I can concentrate on it properly.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand sewing a Tile Works block or at least as many of the 49 patches as I can in one evening. I hope you have a super cosy evening dong something you truly enjoy doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Is everyone enjoying our summer so far? It’s been another superb summer day here in my little corner of the northeast of England. My Sarah and I set out quite early this morning to run a few errands before coming home and getting on with some of the jobs on my To-Do List.

Apart from the sewing required to load a quilt into my longarm quilting system I didn’t get any sewing done today. Well I’m going to have to make up for that this evening by hand sewing the last of four Nine Patch sample blocks for the Prosecco Club. On the subject of the Prosecco Club Sewing Class, I have gathered all the components that form a Nine Patch Kit. The ladies attending the class are newbies. Most of them have never pieced a block before. I expect each lady to hand piece a simple Nine Patch block and I will take all the blocks and join them together. I’m looking forward to seeing just what can be done in one afternoon. And I hope to show you the results soon.

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Tomorrow I will be concentrating on longarm quilting this quilt …..

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It’s a custom job and therefore will take a few days. And with the hot afternoons and while the sun is around the back of my house I can’t work in my sewing room for very long after lunch. And of course I can find plenty of work that I can do in cooler parts of my house in the afternoons.

It’s been another lovely day in paradise. It’s days like today that help happy longarm quilters unwind. We slowdown our pace and we even make time to smell the flowers. Even now as I sit in front of my laptop composing this post the sun is shining and still has some warmth in it. I not a sun worshipper but I am enjoying the bright warm days. ;-)

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand piecing a block and perhaps making some templates for the next beginner’s sampler quilt workshop. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

If you’re a regular reader of my daily ramblings you will know that I set myself a challenge for the weekend. The challenge was to longarm quilt as many quilts as I could. Well here is a little clue …..

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Yes folks, I managed to longarm quilt three quilts. Not only that but I bound them as well. I already posted a photo of the one I worked on Friday …..

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Friday’s effort was pretty much straight forward. So now let’s move onto Saturday’s effort. Once again this one was pretty straight forward. Both Friday’s and Saturday’s quilt were pieced by Sylvia using her own stash.

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Now we move onto today’s effort.

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Today’s effort was not quite as straight forward. Before doing any longarm quilting I decided to make the quilt a little bigger by adding a couple of borders. So I searched my stash until I found something that might do the trick. Once the borders were added I loaded the quilt top into my longarm quilting system to start stitching this morning.

While all this longarm quilting was going on in my sewing room my Sarah was piecing a quilt top upstairs in her room using one of my little sewing machines. She finished piecing it yesterday and immediately layered the quilt up in order to start tying it. This is he sight that greeted me this morning …..

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All the tying is done now and my Sarah is currently sitting quietly hand finishing the binding. All the quilt labels have been attached and by tomorrow morning we will have four quilts to hand over to Quilts for Comfort. So all in all I think I met my self-imposed weekend longarm quilt-a-thon.

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I’ve learned one or two things about myself this weekend. The first is that I am quite a determined person. Once or twice I wished I could sit down to do some quiet hand sewing instead of baking in my sewing room with my longarm quilting system. And the second discovery about myself is that when I set myself a challenge it’s important to keep thinking about the end result which in this case was the comfort I will bring to a few deserving young people. And that’s what kept me going strong all weekend. I still have a little stack of charity quilt tops that need longarm quilting so I have decided to do one a week until the pile has disappeared.

I was asked by Marion yesterday for a list of fabric requirements for finishing up my Beginner’s Sampler Quilt. Marion wants to take advantage of the sale at Stitchin’ Heaven this coming week. So for any of my beginners please click here to see the list of requirements.

Before I go I must tell you again that I did not piece any of the quilt tops I longarm quilted this weekend. They were blocks and quilt tops that were donated to Quilts for Comfort which I took home to finish off.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be helping Sarah with hand finishing the binding on her charity quilt and perhaps playing with hexagons again. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something that makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

Well Friday has finally arrived. I normally look forward to Friday because in school term time it means that my Sarah is home for the weekend and we’re off the clock. As it is summer now it’s almost as though it’s Friday every day. Most days are spent not taking much notice of the clock. It’s a great feeling.

So part of my day was spent longarm quilting a charity quilt. I set myself a challenge yesterday. If you follow my daily ramblings you know that I’m spending the weekend having a longarm quilt-a-thon working on charity quilts. Here’s the quilt I worked on today …..

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This is a nice girly quilt pieced by Sylvia which I quilted using a newly purchased quilting design called Dragon Wings by Apricot Moon and a bright pink thread. I’m quite pleased with the result. I managed to attach the binding by machine this afternoon and the hand finishing will be done over the weekend.

So that’s Number 1 done and almost dusted. I have loaded Number 2 quilt.

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This one was also pieced by Sylvia. She’s a very good worker. I’m hoping to match a nice grey thread to these black and white prints. And I’m aiming to use a funky quilting design. I hope to get this one quilted tomorrow.

I was recently contacted by Kathryn asking if I had a favourite scone recipe. Well as a matter of fact I do. I’m not a great baker but I did find this recipe many years ago that gave me good results. So if anyone out there is looking for a simple scone recipe here it is.

In recent evenings, when I can stay awake that is, I have been working on 1” hexagons for the borders of my Festive Whimsy. I’m getting there slowly but surely. I’ve had so many little “five” minute jobs to do in the evening that quite a lot of my jobs are taking a bit longer than I thought they would. Once this coming week is over I will have more free time, I think.

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Do you remember my Freemotion Quilting Sampler Quilt class? Well I’m very pleased to tell you that we have squeezed another class in October/November. The first part which is when you will learn to do Freemotion Quilting will be on October 10th and the second part which is where you will learn how to put it all together using a Quilt as You Go method will be on November 7th. I believe there are two places left. So if you are interesting in taking part in this class please contact Stitchin’ Heaven on 01665 570 833. It’s a really good class that I’m sure you will enjoy.

Freemotion Quilting Sampler

Freemotion Quilting Sampler Back

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand finishing the binding on today’s effort. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something that makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

We’ve had a spot of sunshine today but luckily the temperature didn’t rise to a stifling heat. I spent a good part of the day longarm quilting Claudia’s quilt. Claudia pieced this quilt using a variety of character fabric prints. These large hexagons are all pieced by hand. Claudia chose a quilting design called Feathered Garland by Patricia Ritter and a turquoise colour thread. Here’s how the quilt looks now …..

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I have decided to have a charity quilt–a-thon of sorts this weekend. I have a little stack of charity quilt tops that desperately need quilting. So instead of putting my feet up this weekend I have decided to blast thru as many as I can in order to get them delivered on Monday. I’m going to dig around to find some fabric for the bindings and between us, Sarah and I will get them bound by Monday morning. Here’s the quilt that will kick of my self-imposed challenge …..

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I didn’t piece this quilt top. I believe it was pieced by Sylvia. And the quilts I will be working on this weekend are for Quilts for Comfort. I try to help bring comfort as often as I can.

So it’s been a pretty good day in my world. I took my Sarah to the optician this morning to have her eyes tested and to choose a new pair of specs. Sarah picked a pair of funky specs again this time. As her specs are pretty straight forward to make they will be ready early next week. Sarah will be able to see properly when she goes back to college in September.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be working on hexagons again. After quilting hexagons part of the day I will be working on my own hexagons this evening. I hope you have a super cosy evening working on something that makes you super happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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