Well you’d almost think there was only ten days left before Christmas…….. Only a few more Christmas cards to write and I’m done. I still have presents to wrap but anything that needed to be posted is gone now. I will wrap the rest of the presents after my Sarah goes to school early this week.
There’s definitely something in the air in happy longarm quilter land. And it’s not only Christmas….. Hubby has spent a few hours dismantling my Lil Gracie over the last couple of days. The Lil Gracie will be shipped off to a new home this week and will be replaced by a bigger mid-arm quilting system soon. The new system has been ordered and will hopefully land on my doorstep before Christmas. I’m not quite sure when it will be up and running though. So it looks like there will be some interesting times ahead for this happy longarm quilter. It’s rather nice having something to look forward to. My big longarm quilting system is staying as is.
I didn’t play in the sewing for very long today. I managed about an hour. I hope to be able to spend more time in there tomorrow to finish up a few bits and pieces. I feel like I’m juggling too many things at once at the moment. I also want to work on a stitchery that I found in the latest issue of Simply Vintage by Gail Pan. I have transferred the design to fabric, it’s loaded in an embroidery frame ready but I just haven’t had a chance to start stitching.
So far it’s been a pretty busy weekend. I have no doubt that the coming week is going to be full of busy as well. Doesn’t time just fly? You wake up first thing in the morning and next thing you know it is bedtime again!
For anyone interested in learning how to do Japanese Folded Patchwork click here. I finally managed to post a little simple tutorial on how it works.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will probably work on the Gail Pan Christmas stitchery. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope it’s something that brings you joy. Until you read me again,
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Today’s date is December 12, 2012. All the twelves……. Do you think that it’s a lucky day? Well I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I am one very happy longarm quilter this evening. I believe I was telling you that I had some challenges to meet this week. Well I have met my challenges. I stuck to the programme and I managed to longarm quilt all the quilt tops that were needed for Christmas. Whatever quilts are left on the list are not needed until the New Year. So once the latest finishes have been collected I can knock off until the kids go back to school in January. Yippeeeeeee
I should really have a good think about what I want to do over the next couple of weeks. Once I finish wrapping presents and get the last bit of shopping in, I can play with all my toys. I have one or two small quilts that I would like to Freemotion Quilt. I have one or three bins of scraps that I would like to start using up and then Freemotion Quilt whatever comes from the scraps. I would like to post a couple of simple tutorials to show you how I used my scraps. I think best of all I want to let rip and generally have a good play in the sewing room. So watch out for small new projects.
Last evening I had planned to attach handles to my Japanese Folded Patchwork bag. I wasn’t sure how fiddly it was going to be to attach the red leather handles. Well you know what? It was easy peasy. I doubled up my thread, waxed it and got on with the task. I love my handles and I won’t hesitate to use this type again. Now I would like to add a little embellishment; just something simple but colourful.
I spent most of the day longarm quilting Elaine’s sampler quilt. Elaine is a newbie to patchwork and quilting. She signed up for the beginner’s class at Stitchin’ Heaven and pieced a lovely sampler. When Elaine started she didn’t even own a basic sewing kit. Elaine enjoyed making her first quilt so much that she’s asked Santa for a sewing machine for Christmas. Click here to see Elaine’s sampler.
It’s been an interesting day for this happy longarm quilter. Now that I have finally blasted my way thru the Christmas longarm quilting rush I feel like a weight has been lifted. I can breathe; not only that I can start to enjoy this festive season. The kids break up from school at the end of next week in our area. That will give me plenty of time to get things sorted before my Sarah comes home for the holidays. I do look forward to not working to the clock in the morning.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand finishing the binding on a today’s effort. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope you can see fairy lights at the end of tunnel just like I can. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥
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Well once again it’s been an interestingly fun packed day. Unlike yesterday I didn’t have to run out this morning to teach my beginners so things ran a lot smoother. And as it happens I got everything done that was recorded on my To-Do List. Yesterday I finished all my jobs at 7 o’clock in the evening. I’m very happy to say that I got everything done before supper today.
I’ll start my daily report with a progress report on my Poinsettia Plant. T’s now Day 5 and it still hasn’t lost any leaves. How good is that!!!!! Here’s the proof.
And secondly, you know that I have been working on Japanese Folded Patchwork project. Well here is the bag fully assembled. It just needs handles and I have chosen eye popping red leather handles which I bought at the Knitting and Stitching show which Sarah and I attended a couple of weeks ago. I suppose for some the red handles would be over the top but for me, well I think it’s time for a little colour in my life. I have never used this type of handle before so attaching them is going to be a learning curve. I thoroughly enjoyed working on this project. Japanese Folded Patchwork is relatively easy compared to some techniques.
And now we come to today’s longarm quilting report. I worked on Judith’s second quilt today. If you regularly read my other blog which covers my longarm quilting adventures you already know that Judith pieced two quilts using Kaffe Fassett type fabrics. I happen to know that these little quilts are for two wee girls; the reason I know that these quilts are for little girls is that in my role as longarm quilter it’s sometimes important to know who the quilts are for so I can advise whether a quilting design and thread colour is appropriate. In this case the bright & cheerful fabrics used and the Stars & Loops quilting design is perfect for the job. If you would like to see the second of two quilts that I worked on today click here.
Today has been a very productive day. As well as everything I managed to do I also loaded tomorrow’s longarm quilting work which is a first time sampler hand pieced by Elaine who has been taking lessons at Stitchin’ Heaven. After a good day’s work I feel like I really am blasting thru the Christmas list. I’ll soon be able to breathe. I may just make it to Christmas at the same time as everyone else after all!
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will try to attach the red handles to the Japanese Folded Bag. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope you find the time to breathe. Until to read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥
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I was up and at it rather early this morning. It takes such a long time for daylight to arrive. I hit the ground running and didn’t stop until lunchtime. I wanted to get things caught up as my weekend plans don’t include many chores. So I headed off to the supermarket before the clock struck 9:00hrs. To my surprise, as I was minding my own business on the road to the shop I came across the figure of a person I recognised walking in the direction of her home. So I went around the roundabout, backtracked and pulled up beside her. The lovely Margaret had dropped her car off for servicing. So she got in the car and we had a little chat until I dropped her off at home. I haven’t see Margaret very much lately apart from the odd wave when she has driven past my house on a few occasions. The surprises keep on coming. I wonder what tomorrow will bring.
Over the last few days I have been working on a lesson plan for my beginners next Monday. Well I’m ready to reveal that we will be working on some Japanese Folded Patchwork blocks. Once the lesson is over, I’m hoping to post a simple tutorial so you can all see how simple it is. Here are a couple of examples of Japanese Folded Patchwork in my possession.
Last evening I got out my sketchbook to record some ideas from my brainstorming session with my creative friend. Once the ideas were sketched out I decided to doodle a little while I was watching telly. And this is what evolved. I bought a book a couple of weeks ago called Zen Quilting by Pat Ferguson. And I poured over it when I first got it and I couldn’t imagine that I could Zenquilt. Well after producing this rather rough pen doodle, I think I can produce some Zenquilting. I think if we all just give our work a chance we can learn to enjoy and even appreciate it. For a long time I was my own worst critic. Nowadays I realise that if I don’t doodle or I don’t practice Free Motion Quilting I will never come up with fresh ideas to add to my repertoire. We all need to grow and evolve and that’s just what I’m doing. And you know what? I’m thoroughly enjoying myself……
I’ve done some interesting things this autumn and it looks like life is just getting better with each passing day. Every day is a new adventure. I seem to learn and discover new things on a regular basis. The latest thing I’ve learned is that we all need to believe in ourselves. It’s taken me awhile and I’ve certainly gone around the houses before coming to the conclusion that if I practice and research all the things I want to learn and do and if I stick to it, my work improves day after day. Determination is the word of the day…….
So for this evening, this very determined happy longarm quilter will be Zendoodling to be turned into Zenquilting. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope you have the determination to learn something new and interesting as often as you can. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥
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It’s been a brilliant day in Happy Quilter Land. I didn’t wake up at stupid o’clock. And although I did do a few chores I spent lots of time Free Motion Quilting as I had planned. It’s quite rare that anything comes off as planned in Happy Quilter Land.
So the moment you’ve been waiting for, here is the iPad cover I made for Sarah with a bit of Free Motion Quilting on it. I’m so pleased with the finish.
It’s a very simple make. It’s something useful and best of all it was fun to make! And I must add Sarah is really pleased with the finished result. I’m so pleased with the result that I am planning on making placemats/table runner using the same technique and quilting design.
Now I have something else to steer you towards today. I get emails from Accuquilt quite regularly and the last email had a tutorial on how to make Mock Cathedral Windows blocks although I think it reminds me more of Japanese Folded blocks. It’s so easy and looks really good. I think it’s a good one for stash busting and using up scraps of wadding. Have a look here.
So that’s my happy report for today. Sarah and I have had a lazy Jubilee Sunday. I’m hoping for another lazy day tomorrow only I have no idea what I will be working on. I’m sure I can find something to work on. I feel like doing some more Free Motion Quilting.
So for this evening, this happy longarm quilter will be watching Vera and playing with hexagons again. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope you enjoy yourself. Until you read me again,
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The Royal Wedding festivities are over but we’re still left with a bank holiday weekend. I’m taking advantage of these next few days to have a good tidy and perhaps a good play in the sewing room. I haven’t done much tidying so far but look at what I produced while playing.
When Sarah saw this little patriotic project finished she claimed it for her own. I have found some fabric to back it and I will do some stitch in the ditch and presto Sarah will have a lovely little flag to do what she wants with. Not sure whether we’re going to hang it or perhaps turn it into a cushion. I plan on making another in a smaller size which I would like to embellish with buttons, rickrack, yo-yos and such things. I think it’s time to have a little fun.
As well as working on that flag, I managed to finish my Japanese Folded Patchwork Bag. I really enjoyed making up this bag. I have decided to use it to hold my knitting for the moment.
The weather has been glorious today. Although the temperature isn’t anything to write home about the bright sunshine has spurred me on to do some good work! I’m hoping for some more reasonable weather over the next few weeks. I need the sun to give me some energy.
Is anyone having problems with their Sky+ box at the moment? Mine keeps changing channels all by itself! All these new technical things are driving me over the edge. I’ve also been having problems posting stuff on this blog. I was just saying to someone on Thursday that I think I would like to retire in a log cabin in the bush some place where I wouldn’t be bothered. I would probably need the internet and the telly twice as much as I do now because I would be so secluded!
So for this evening, this happy quilter will be knitting. It will give me a chance to play with my new bag. I hope you’re all working on some interesting projects this evening. I wish you all a very happy long weekend. Until you read me again,
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Today was far from being an ordinary day. I got up at my normal 06:00hrs and of course I turned the telly on to see if I missed anything overnight. I saw no news at all only coverage of the Royal Wedding. I have gone thru a ton of tissues because I’ve had lots of tears.
It’s only just last weekend that I realised that this wedding is very special for a few reasons. The first and possibly most important reason being that Prince William, the bridegroom, is second in line to be King. And next reason being that this country so needed some to pick up the moral of the nation. There has been so much doom and gloom in the news recently that this happy occasion will jolly things up.
My Sarah and I were glued to the telly pretty much all day. I think the thing that’s really exciting about it all is that this wedding was beamed into millions or perhaps billions of homes around the world. And although my mother lives in Montreal (which is five hours behind us here in England) we were both watching the same thing unfold at the same time. How neat is that!
Here are a few of my favourite bits. I became very emotional when Prince William made his journey to Westminster Abbey. My first thought was that the baby Princess Diana brought home from the hospital all those years ago is all grown up now. We watched William grow up before our very eyes and now he’s a married man. And of course I got well weepy when Kate made her journey to Westminster Abbey with her dad Michael. When Kate joined William after walking down what seems like an endless aisle, William leaned in and said something to Kate. I imagined that he told her she looked beautiful. And my last best bit was of course is the kiss on the balcony. Congratulations Kate, you’ve bagged yourself a Prince!
All in all it was a very good day. I haven’t done any stitching whatsoever this morning so I will have to correct that sometime this afternoon or evening. So I reckon it’s time to put the flags away and get back to some kind of normal routine. The kids go back to school and the hubby will be back from working away on Tuesday. So I’m hoping to get caught up with a backlog of longarm quilting before I set off on my adventure at quilt university. But in the meantime for this evening, this happy quilter will be working on making handles for the Japanese Folded Patchwork bag which I managed to finish piecing last evening. Photos to come when the whole bag is complete. Until you read me again,
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