Posted in Current Projects, Finish it Up, Quilting, tagged Cathedral Windows, Let's Finish it Up 2015, Longarm Quilter, Lucie the happy quilter, patchwork and quilting, Pre-printed Quilt Labels, quilt labels, quilting on January 7, 2015 |
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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a brilliant day. It’s been a pretty productive one for me. I did a bit more tidying up which I have to admit has interfered with my sewing time. However a few of my projects have progressed a little further. In fact I have a finish to show you today.
Let’s start with my Cathedral Window cushion. I joined up all the components of the envelope back and this is how the cushion looks now that the job is done …..
I’m really pleased with this simple project. It’s a long time since I originally learned to make Cathedral Window blocks so I was pleasantly surprised when I set to and the centre blocks, which I approached step-by-step, were complete much quicker than I thought they would. So that’s another one that I can add to my Let’s Finish it Up 2015 list.
Have you got a favourite sewing tool? You know, one that isn’t really a tool but works really well for something it wasn’t meant for. Well I have used a quilt marking pencil which never worked very well for marking but once the lead snapped off I started using it to push corners out after pulling cushion covers and such thru to the right side. Well today my trusty pencil broke in half. It will still be useful only now the handle isn’t as long for getting into tight spaces. Do you have a tool that isn’t really a tool? If you do, let me in on the secret.
Once the cushion cover was finished on went on to prepare another project. I completed the piecing part of my Connect the Dots quilting sample. Today I studied the quilt top and decided exactly where and how to put the quilting by recording it on a blank outline on paper. My goal is to show how simple machine quilting can look really good.
And last but not least, I prepped a label to add to my latest quilt. I keep the process simple because although I think it’s rather important to label our quilts I don’t have time to make complicated ones.
So there, that’s what I’ve been up to today. Apart from running one quick errand this morning I haven’t set foot across the threshold today. At the moment it’s blowing a hooley outside. And it doesn’t look like there will be any improvement any time soon. I guess we had better batten down the hatches and settle in for the duration.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be securing a label to the back of a quilt and perhaps doing some hexie work. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something relaxing. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥
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I think you know what I’m going to say but I guess I’m going to say it anyway ….. It’s been a brilliant day in happy longarm quilter land. I made my way north to Longframlington this morning. The road was very quiet the sky was blue, not a cloud to be seem. I arrived at Stitchin’ Heaven at around 9:50am and the place was packed with students ready for a day of learning how to piece Beginner’s Sampler Quilt blocks. Today I had some brand new beginners as well as ladies who have attended previous classes. All but one of my ladies appears in this photo, I think. I promise I didn’t pay any of my ladies to smile.
I didn’t have much time to take photos today. I was kept on my toes mostly all day. I’ve had a brilliant day and I’d like to thank my ladies for keeping me company today. I look forward to seeing how much progress they make on their homework over the next few weeks.
I spotted a new bolt of fabric in the corner of the room this afternoon. Here’s what the selvedge looks like …..
It just happens to be something that I’m asked about quite often. Pre-printed quilt labels are very rare in the UK. I used to order mine directly from America. These funky labels are different from any I have in my inventory. And I can’t wait to start using them. I feel compelled to finish a project just so I can use one of my funky labels.
Well it’s been a bright lively day. I find that sunshine gives us all plenty of energy to get on with things. I spent most of the day on my feet. I must admit that I’m really happy to sit quietly this evening. I plan on spending the rest of this Easter weekend working on things that have no set deadline. I’m going to put my feet up, watch some rubbish TV shows and hand stitch to my heart’s content. What will you be doing on Easter Sunday?
Well whatever you may be doing this weekend, I wish you all a very happy Easter. Eat many chocolate eggs. Spend time with your kids and grandkids. Take time to breathe and generally enjoy life before the rat race starts again on Tuesday. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥
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Posted in Current Projects, Longarm Quilting, Quilting, Random Thoughts, tagged Dresden Plate, Longarm Quilter, Lucie the happy quilter, patchwork and quilting, Pre-printed Quilt Labels, quilt labels, quilting, Storing Templates on March 13, 2013 |
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I feel like I’ve arrived by sliding in on the seat of my pants this evening. It’s been another rather busy day. I started the day by loading this quilt into the longarm quilting system. I haven’t decided how to quilt it yet. I’m hoping it will come to me before I plan on hitting the go button in the morning. I can see simple feathers on this one. Perhaps I will have a progress report for you tomorrow …….
I had a couple of meetings this morning. Ann collected her hedgehog quilt and Kathryn popped up from Middlesborough to drop off her Bali Pop quilt. I meet some really interesting and loads of like-minded people in the course of my longarm quilting. I’m a real Chatty Cathy when it comes down to it. And when people step into my sewing room and see my longarm quilting system most often the word that comes out of their mouth is wow. My system is a major piece of kit. And once you see past it you will find quilts on just about every wall and fabrics and related tools on every surface. In general the room looks like a mad professor has taken over and made it his own! Well today after my meetings I set to and tidied one little surface but as usual I got distracted……. While I tidy I find things that I have been looking for or start looking at a book that I managed to unearth from a pile of stuff that needs putting away! Never mind tomorrow is another day. However I did manage to make a little corner look a little tidier before I decided to work on chain piecing my Dresden blades…….
Now little by little I will be clipping the points, turning them right side out and pressing them ready for joining them to form the actual Dresden Plate which I will eventually applique onto black fabric. Making Dresden Plates must be one of the easiest techniques to learn but it looks a lot more complicated than it is. And it does look great when it’s well quilted. I’m quite looking forward to getting a little further ahead on this project.
Something else I wanted to do since last week was to label my Blueberry Brick quilt. My lovely quilt will survive long after I’ve gone and now that it has a label whoever the next caretaker might be there is a record of who pieced and quilted it and where and what year. And now I feel free to enjoy it……
While tidying I came across a few sets of templates, one for the Dresden Plate that I am currently working, the next set was for the Hanging Lanterns for which I pieced a sample a couple of weeks ago and the last set was for my Japanese Folded Patchwork bag. The Dresden Plate and the Japanese Folded Patchwork are templates that I use over and over again so I really want to preserve them. I’ve also been asked over and over again for templates by interested parties so they’re worth filing away neatly. Well I found the perfect way of filing them away. I purchased a couple of A5 binders and zip pockets for the smaller templates and for the larger templates like the Japanese Folded Patchwork I purchased inexpensive plastic snap button pouches which I punched holes into and popped into a larger binder long with my instructions. It’s a great way of keeping everything well organised. Now if I could just find a place to store the binders this theory would work really well……
Well it’s been yet another busy day for this happy longarm quilter. It looks like the rest of the week might be a little calmer although I do have quite a lot to get thru before the weekend.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing a little more hand quilting and perhaps a little quilt marking of the next stage. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope you’re working on something you enjoy. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥
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The Happy Quilter Clan don’t often travel any great distances. In fact it’s hard to pin us all down in order to have many outings but today we all headed out at 08:00hrs on a trip to Bradford to Texere Yarns for rug yarn. The trip south was quite straight forward and luckily the Sat Nav didn’t send us around the twist. We weren’t so lucky moving on to the next stop which was Embsay Mills in Skipton. Well, really we should have known there would be lots of traffic. The jam was caused by a major accident. We did eventually make it to Skipton and enjoyed our little look around and even managed to buy some art supplies for my Sarah. Going home we drove across the very scenic Yorkshire Dales. Some of the roads weren’t more than dirt tracks, proper hubby roads….. All in all we had a very good day but I must say I was really glad to get home. Tomorrow I will play with my new wool and I will finally have a go using my new rug making equipment. Watch this space for more news about my new adventure in punch needle rug making.
Yesterday I finished longarm quilting and binding my flag quilt. I just need to make a quilt label and sew it on. I didn’t get home until after dark so I couldn’t take a photo to post this evening but I will tomorrow in daylight. I’m really rather pleased with the results. I just gave it a good all over meandering treatment avoiding the appliqué patches. The backing isn’t anything special. I just used four different one yard lengths which has been tucked away in my stash for years. I think the Happy Quilter Clan will enjoy the flag quilt over the Christmas holidays.
On the subject of quilt labels, I finally received some labels that were ordered a week or so ago. The label collection is called Name that Quilt by Sandy Gervais for Moda. I happen to think that it’s quite important to label a quilt. It doesn’t have to be a fancy label but it’s so nice to be able to see who made the quilt, where the quilt maker lived and the date the quilt was finished and if you’re so inclined the name of the quilt. Don’t forget the quilts we make will most likely survive long after we’re gone so when you label your quilts you’re making history.
I’m sure you don’t need reminding but there are only 3 sleeps left until Christmas. I’ve still got the Christmas spirit but some of us aren’t so lucky. For the most part everything is pretty much ready here and I am using my break wisely.
For this evening, this happy longarm quilter will be messing around doing nothing. I have to rest up for the rug making I’m going to be doing tomorrow. Whatever you may be doing, I hope it’s something cheerful. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a new blade for your rotary cutter and clean out the bobbin area of your sewing machine. It will make all your little jobs easier to deal with. Until you read me again,
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Posted in Current Projects, Longarm Quilting, Quilting, Random Thoughts, tagged Jelly Roll Quilts, longarm quilting, Lucie the happy quilter, Maple Leaf Quilters, Northeast England, patchwork and quilting, Pre-printed Quilt Labels, Scrap Quilt Backs, To-Do List, Wadding Scissors on July 4, 2011 |
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Quite often Mondays are very busy. Today I have been working at a steady speed getting plenty of chores done and not feeling stressed. I managed to get the Jelly Roll quilt top finished. Now the magic trick will be to find something suitable and in my price range to back it. Of course if I was really clever I would piece the backing from scraps in my scrap bins! Only time will tell which path I choose. Here’s a little sneak peek.
The quilt labels I ordered last week arrived on Saturday. They’re really rather nice. I will probably be using one of these on the Jelly Roll quilt. Have a look. I’m a stickler for labelling quilts. I feel that it’s important that future generations know by who, where and when a quilt was made. The quilts we make today will most likely outlive us and they will be part of the next generation’s history. So let’s help them along.
I found a smashing tool. Does anyone have trouble cutting up wadding? As a longarm quilter I face the challenge of trimming wadding all the time. I found these fab scissors which I tested this afternoon when I was loading a quilt in the longarm quilting frame. They work brilliantly.
I started putting my diary in order and composing my To-Do List this morning. The diary is looking good for the next few weeks but the To-Do List is getting longer by the minute. I’m hoping for a good productive summer.
For this evening, this frugal happy quilter is planning a good old rummage around the scrap bins to find suitable scraps for a quilt back. I’ll keep you posted on the progress of that and if I really do go ahead with it. Whatever you may be doing, I hope you have a good time of it. Until you read me again,
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