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Hello my lovelies. I hope you all had a good peaceful day. I’m afraid I didn’t get any quilty stuff done today. But that’s ok. I told you all yesterday that I was stepping out this morning in order to have a break from my sewing room. And that’s exactly what I did.

We kicked off the day pretty early. Hubby headed out at 7 this morning with my Maisie pooch. My beautiful Maisie had an appointment with a doggy cardio vet. Our little pooch left the house with an empty tummy which of course was more than a little cruel for a dog who loves her food. The doctor’s orders were no food after 9 the night before an ultrasound. So my brave Maisie was put under to have this ultrasound to find out just how bad her heart murmur is. Well I’m very happy to report that my Maisie has a Grade 2 heart murmur and needs no medication for the time being. We all know that eventually the heart disease will progress but for the meantime we will just carry enjoying each other’s company and living a normal life. I am so relieved. When we were summoned to meet with the cardio vet I immediately thought that the news would be bad. I felt like doing cartwheels on the lawn when I came out the vet hospital because the outcome was so much better than I expected.

It’s been a rollercoaster day for this very happy longarm quilter. One positive part of my day is that I visited my LQS for a little retail therapy and also to drop off a few class samples. The best part of my day was fondling fabrics. Because I knew there was a sale on I planned ahead of time what I needed wanted to buy. It’s quite a while since I  made a quilt for my own bed. And I must admit that I don’t really need a new quilt but I do want a new quilt. So these are the fabrics that I have chosen for my quilt …..

King Size Quilt in the planning

Now you would be forgiven for thinking ooooh how dull is that selection of fabric. All greys. Well my plan is to treat this as a scrappy quilt. I will add a few bits from my existing stash to lift it a wee bit. The greys are for piecing the background to which I plan to add some colour in the form of whimsical appliqué work. Once again I’m going to do my best to step out of that ¼” seam allowance box and do something funky. I’m not sure how I’m going to fit this into my already busy schedule but I’m going to give it a good try. Perhaps I will have to get up one hour earlier to meet the challenge. So watch this space.

So my head has stopped spinning now that I have stepped off the rollercoaster. I’m hoping to settle into a productive day tomorrow. I have some important work to get on with. Some of which I might even be able to post about soon.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be making a plan of action and perhaps do some hexie work. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something that makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

It’s been another rather busy day spent in my sewing room doing a custom longarm quilting job on Karen’s festive quilt. I’m afraid my photos don’t do the quilt justice but I decided to post them anyway.

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DSCN3935 I quilted Karen’s quilt avoiding the appliqué patches. I did a combination of Freemotion and digital quilting. I stitched out all the designs in a lovely fine cream colour thread. I clicked go at just after 8am and thru my sewing room window I could see the skies growing dark and suddenly we had some snow showers. And then all of a sudden the sun was shining but mostly it was overcast today making my photos a bit dull.

Apart from answering another flurry of email enquiries about longarm quilting I didn’t get anything else done today. In fact I have a pile of tasks to perform this evening to catch up a little bit. I’m planning on stepping out in the morning. I need to get out of the sewing room for a few hours which means heading out otherwise I will gravitate to the sewing room. In order to have a little break I have to make myself leave the house! It’s sad isn’t it?

So today’s report is short and sweet. I promise to make up for it over the next few days.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be sewing labels to class projects. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really enjoy. I’m still waiting for the weather to arrive. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

 

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all been having a good productive day. I’m afraid I didn’t get as much done as I would have hoped. Well I guess tomorrow is another day.

After taking inventory of longarm supplies I realised that it was time to order needles. I go thru hundreds of needles every year. That’s not surprising as I do change the needle in my longarm sewing head with every quilt that I work on. So I made my list and made a phone call. To my surprise the manufacturers no longer make the needles I use for my longarm. It’s not the end of the world but it means doing things a little differently. For the time being I just need to find a company that still has stock on the shelf. I must admit that I panicked when I was told the news but then I put things into perspective. There’s always a way to get things sorted.

My Maisie had an appointment for her six month vet check up this morning. The vet told us today that our Maisie has developed a heart murmur. We recently lost our Tippy to the same type of heart condition last summer. So I‘m pretty sad about this latest news. Those of you who don’t have pets will think me silly for being upset over such a thing. My Maisie has been part of our family for almost nine years. And she’s been a wonderful companion to me throughout those nine years. She’s only a small dog but she’s a larger than life character in our house.

Well I must say that I found it quite difficult to concentrate on things today. I answered what seems like hundreds of inquiries regarding longarm quilting. I also loaded Karen’s lovely festive quilt …..

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I started planning the quilting on Karen’s quilt. I think my plan of action has been sorted and I’m ready to get started.

I did little bits of sewing related things today but nothing of any great consequence. I played with these …..

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And this …..

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These blocks belong to my Four Season Whimsical Appliqué & Stitchery project for this year. I will start teaching this project at Stitchin’ Heaven in May. I started joining all the components of this quilt today. How excited am I to see the whole project come together. It’s even better than I thought it would be. I can’t wait to reveal it.

So it’s been a different kind of day in my little world. Don’t get me wrong I’m still the happy longarm quilter only today life’s rich tapestry has been marred by a little sad news. I’m sure tomorrow will be a better day. And speaking of tomorrow I’m not sure that it will be a better day as the weatherman has been threatening to send bad weather our way again. I didn’t watch the lunchtime news today so I have no idea if the blizzard conditions hit the northeast of America and Canada as forecasted over the last couple of days. I’m ready and waiting for the weather to arrive now.

Before I go this little birdie reminded me that the Stitchin’ Heaven’s winter sale started today.

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So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some stitchery work and 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. What’s been going on in your little world? It’s been a rather productive day in happy longarm quilter land. I spent the day working on Angie’s Pontiac Star quilt.

My day started pretty early. I set off for the supermarket at 8:30. Yesterday I was looking forward to stepping out this morning but when this morning came and it was so cold I didn’t want to go out! Because I headed out early my cupboards and fridge are full of healthy options. I have lots of lovely fresh produce to cook up.

Once my longarm quilting system is clean I’m ready to start the stitching. My longarm sewing head gets cleaned with every quilt I quilt. The bobbin area gets a good sweep removing all the lint and then I add a drop of oil every time I insert a new bobbin. And I use a fresh needle with every quilt I do as well. Which reminds that I need to order some needles this week. Something else I do every time I switch my system on is wipe the tracks of the frame. After doing everything on my check list, in other words being kind to my longarm quilting system, I started the actual quilting. Angie chose a design called Starlets by Lisa Calle and I stitched it out with a soft beige thread which blends beautifully with her fabrics. Angie pieced the whole quilt including the borders by hand. And she did a beautiful job. I’m sure the recipient of this quilt will cherish it for many years to come.

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It’s been a lovely day in my little world. I enjoyed my longarm quilting session. I have planned my next session. I will be quilting this lovely festive quilt next …..

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This quilt was appliquéd and piece by Karen. And Karen has chosen a simple custom quilting job. So tomorrow I will be loading and making a plan of action for Karen’s quilt.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing a wee bit of design drawing and perhaps some hexie work. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super weekend. It’s been lovely for me. My feet did not cross the threshold. And I’m not going stir crazy …… yet. I must admit that I am looking forward to stepping out in the morning. Don’t get too excited, I’m only going to the supermarket.

So let’s see, what have I been up to these last two days? Let’s start with what I was working on Friday afternoon shall we …. Do you remember this circle I made?

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Well I turned the circle into this …..

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I plan on using this little receptacle as a thread catcher. Yes yes, I can hear you shouting you already have a variety of thread catchers! Well a girl can never have too many thread catchers. And besides I needed a quick sewing fix on Friday afternoon!

I have been asked what the name of this tool is …..

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Well it’s made by Clover and it’s called a Hera Marker. It worked really well for pushing the seams out as far as they can go on this circular project.

So what else did I do? Well apart from mundane chores I spent lots of time in my sewing room. I made a few more foundation paper pieced hearts …..

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I went on to finish my Japanese Meshwork project. That’s one to add to my Let’s Finish it Up club progress report. The meshwork has been finished for a while but I needed to turn it into something. So I made some flowers last week and spent some time layering up, laying out, tacking and securing said flowers in place yesterday…..

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And I also added some hand quilting on the borders …..

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And then I added and envelope style back which brings me to the finished article. This Japanese Meshwork project is a class I will be teaching at the beginning of March.

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I then went on to taking photos of other class project samples. There’s the Semi-Circle Bag which I will be teaching in February …..

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And the Connect the Dots Freemotion Quilting project which is in February as well …..

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I know I’ve told you before but for those who don’t know, if you live in my corner of the world, which is the northeast of England, and would like to attend any of my classes you will need to contact the lovely folks at Stitchin’ Heaven at 01665 570 833.

I’ve had a brilliant weekend. I sit here this evening composing my post feeling pretty tired and wondering why. I suppose it could be because I have been really concentrating on getting on with things. I feel like my To-Do List is getting shorter every day. It’s a great sense of accomplishment when you see the list reducing. I may even be able to treat myself to a day off soon!

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some stitchery work. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something relaxing in readiness for the busy week ahead. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super Friday. I love Fridays. I don’t know why because every day is the same for me. I pretty much do the same thing from day to day. The only difference between the weekend and weekdays is that I don’t have to rely on my alarm to get up in the morning. It’s much more relaxed.

It’s been an interesting day for me. I stepped out this morning as I belong to a small choice group of ladies who do coffee now and again. So we met up around 10 this morning and proceeded to drink coffee while discussing our dreams and schemes for 2015. It’s quite interesting how so many of us are the same but come from very different backgrounds not to mention different parts of the world. We ladies who do coffee work together in bringing comfort to young people who need it. By the end of our meeting we had decided on a plan of action for the coming year.

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On the way home I made a couple of stops. The first was Ikea as I needed some trouser hangers to hold my current projects. Miss Daisy was my transport today. And I made sure I parked really far from the entrance to the store so I could get a little extra exercise. Well I certainly got some exercise walking thru the whole Ikea store to get to the department I wanted! Doesn’t my Miss Daisy look lonely in that big car park?

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I got home after 2pm so there wasn’t much time left to get stuck into one of my ongoing projects. I was really determined to get my sewing fix in no matter what. So I got a little pile of fat quarters out …..

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And chose two …..

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I pressed the two fat quarters and added some fusible wadding to the corner of the light one. Then using a dinner plate I traced the shape onto the wadding and trimmed away some of the excess fabric.

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I put loads of pins around the outer edge to keep everything lined up.

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Then I sewed on the line. It was easier to sew in a circle than I thought it would be and I think that’s because it was a large circle.

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Then I pulled the sewn circle right side out thru the opening I left.

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And I used this tool to push the seam out as far as it would go giving me quite a good circular shape.

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And that’s where I end my report for today. You will have to wait until next time to see what I made with my circle. Suffice to say that I really enjoyed my quick fix of sewing and I made something useful. Using a clean sewing machine is so nice.

So it’s been a pretty busy week for this very happy longarm quilter. The year ahead holds lots of fun and interesting things for me. And I look forward to everything that comes my way, even the challenges. So far I have no plans for this weekend. I’m hoping to be able to spend a bit of time in my sewing room to get on with a few projects. Hopefully we’ll all get a chance to be crafty. ;-)

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some stitchery work. I can’t wait to show you this current project. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really love. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies. Have you all had a lovely day? I hope you got the chance to do a wee bit of sewing. Unfortunately I didn’t get any sewing done apart from the longarm quilting I spent most of the day on. There’s always tomorrow …..

I spent several long hours in my sewing room today. I worked on Angie’s Irish Chain.

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Angie chose a quilting design called Butterfly Walz by Apricot Moon and I stitched out the design using a very neutral quiet beige thread which blends beautifully with all the fabrics in the quilt top and matches the backing perfectly. I really enjoyed stitching the Butterfly Walz today. It’s a lovely flowing design that stitches out evenly.

So I didn’t get to do any other sewing today but I did work on making some flowers to embellish a project last evening …..

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I used these gadgets to make the flowers.

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It’s so easy when you get the hang of it. So now all I have to do is decide which one to use. The purpose of the flower is to embellish my Japanese Meshwork project. I think I will use one flower with a couple of leaves in the corner. I think the meshwork is intricate but it just needs a little something to break it up a little bit. The can use the other flowers to embellish another project later on.

After taking Angie’s quilt off of my longarm quilting system I decided it was time to Be Kind to my Sewing Machine time. It’s a task that I really dread but it needs to be done. So I started by removing the needle because it needed to be changed. Then I remove the needle plate and bobbin cup. I used a pipe cleaner to collect up as much lint as I possibly could. And then I switch to a 1” paint brush and the lint still keeps coming. I use the same paint brush to brush the sewing machine casing. It’s amazing how much dust accumulates on a sewing machine that stays out all the time. And the next step is to insert a fresh needle.

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Then it’s time to put it all back together. And this is the part I hate the most because more often than not I don’t seat the bobbin cup properly and need to take the needle plate off to sort things out. Luckily today once I put everything back together it worked beautifully. My sewing machine is purring like a kitten this evening. And I can’t wait to do more sewing. While I was at it today, I changed the blade in my rotary cutter. So my rotary cutter is cutting like a hot knife thru butter now. Ooooooh how happy am I to have tools that work well. What a treat! It pays to take good care of your tools.

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So it’s been another rather productive day for this very happy longarm quilter. I worked on and finished longarm quilting Angie’s rather large Irish Chain quilt. It looks fab. I also did a little daydreaming all the while planning projects. My notebook is filling up quickly.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some fine hand appliqué work and perhaps transferring some stitchery designs. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really love to do. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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