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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all enjoying the arrival of spring. My little corner of the northeast of England received a generous dollop of sunshine recently. The sunshine has brought the Daffodils and Crocuses. The grass is finally growing and everyone seems to be in a relaxed state of mind. Spring really is here.

I have been busy working on UFOs and Quilts for Comfort projects. I’ve spent time making a plan to simplify life and slowly but surely implementing the changes. There are lots of ongoing lists. One of my lists is planning our summer holiday. I can see our brand new shiny life peeking out a little bit and starting to take shape.

I machine quilted a few quilt tops for Quilts for Comfort. These tops are donated by wonderful volunteers. And as I have the equipment I volunteer to finish them off by quilting and binding them. So far, I have finished five quilts which is exactly what I was hoping for.

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I did a little more work on my Patchwork of the Crosses as well …..

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It’s a project that I don’t work on too often but it’s the one I turn to when I can’t decide what else to work on. English Paper Piecing is the perfect armchair project. I do the prep cutting during the day and sit quietly in the evening wrapping the fabric patches around the card templates. The repetitive process is very soothing. And accompanied by a good old English murder mystery on TV, I can’t think of anything I would rather do of an evening.

I have spent some more time sorting and tidying and came across this little collection of felt. I have been thinking about what I can do with this little pile of felt which I have collected over the last few years. Every time I went to a craft show, I bought a little bundle of something soft and inviting. Now I am on track to make something different using a little of this collection. This is my chance to have a little play with a different medium. I have been wanting to learn a few new techniques. So, watch this space.

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I have received a few messages of concern recently because I haven’t posted in a while. Rest assured that Sarah and I are perfectly fine. Life’s little challenges have sort of taken over life. We have been busy quietly coping with the challenges presented as they come along. The garden needs a little attention and I have been planning the work to be done inside my home as well. There’s a collection of paint charts and different colour paint has been applied to small patches of wall just to audition different colours. It’s definitely time for a change as we move on from our old life. If I’m honest, it’s quite an exciting time.

Now that spring is here, I’m finding inspiration everywhere. The fresh spring greens are luscious and the deep yellow of the daffodils are so appealing. We’ll soon see the Bluebells blooming. I think I should head over to the beach for a relaxing walk on the sand while the waves roll in. Spring is a brilliant time of year. It’s been another challenging but interesting winter but we seem to have survived once again. I received this little gift last week …..

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So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be work on my Patchwork of the Crosses project. I hope you all have super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all enjoyed a fabulous weekend. Happy quilt maker land has enjoyed some splendid spring like weather. The sun was so welcome. Winter is well and truly on its way out. I witnessed a flock of Canada Geese earlier in the week going back to their summer habitat. And best of all, the grass is actually starting to grow and my shrubs are in bud. It’s all good positive stuff.

The past week has been quite interesting. I have been busy doing something and nothing. I designed a few blocks for my new project and I finished piecing the bag I started last week …..

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It’s only a simple bag but like most bags it will be useful. This style of bag, I consider to be my signature bag. I don’t even need a pattern because I designed this one myself a few years ago. Sometimes, simple is good because it’s very achievable. Who doesn’t love making something they know they can achieve.

This coming week is going to be a busy one for me. I have a couple of meetings and if I’m lucky I might even be able to squeeze in a little socialising! I’m hoping to be able to do a little sewing. I have a few drawn blocks I would like to piece. My new project is going great guns. I really enjoy watching a project come to life.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be enjoying a little EPP work on my Patchwork of the Crosses. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly love. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

 

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all been enjoying the bright and breezy sunshine. It’s been brilliant day in happy quilt maker land. I spent some productive time in my sewing room.

I decided to make a banner for the upcoming Quilts for Comfort event for a display table that the Burnopfield Belles will be adorning with some of their fine handy work. I kicked off the process by producing the required letters yesterday. I applied them to the background fabric and added a simple border. And I decided to longarm quilt it, so I loaded it into my system. I couldn’t wait to flash up this morning to get started. I quite enjoyed my little bit of freemotion quilting this morning. I sat quietly this afternoon and hand finished the binding. All that’s left to do is add the label and it will be ready in good time for the big event.

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My sewing machine has been well used this week. I’ve done quite a lot of hand sewing lately but my sewing machine has been ignored for a while. I decided to make a start on making a craft bag …..

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I wanted a simple sewing fix so as you can see there’s not a lot of piecing being done but I did use a couple of the fancy stitches on my machine. I’m looking forward to turning this fabric in a bag. Watch this space.

I recently embarked on an adventure of hand piecing a few dozen 6” blocks. Here’s one of four Churn Dash blocks I produced. I absolutely love hand piecing these small simple blocks ….

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I can’t believe we’re already into March. We’ve had a few sunny days; they haven’t been warm but they have been good and bright. I’m itching to get out into the garden to tidy up but I think I should wait a couple of weeks until the danger of frost has passed. I have a few shrubs that need pruning which need protection from frost. I can already see some of the shrubs coming into bud. Spring must be just around the corner.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I’m meeting a friend for coffee and I’m attending an art exhibition. New artists produce such interesting work. I hope to come away inspired. I have taken to leaving a notebook by my bed just in case I find a little inspiration in my bedtime reading. I have been drawing new blocks from which I am producing blocks for my latest projects. It’s magic seeing a project go from paper to coming to life.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be prepping appliqué blocks. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

HOMEWORK DONE

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable weekend. I’ve had a glorious day flitting around doing this and that. My Sarah was out hunting and gathering art supplies for her final assignments. The best part of my day was finishing the homework I got from my latest Quilts for Comfort volunteer day with the Burnopfield Belles.

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In between tidying, put on loads of washing and picking up litter from my front garden I stepped into my sewing room and started the homework. The Belles have decided to piece a quilt using the Foundation Paper Piecing technique as a group. FPP is a brilliant way to piece a quilt as a group because it’s so accurate. The Anne wrote instructions and demonstrated how it works. I’ve done FPP but it was really good to have a refresher course.

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I’m so pleased to have been able to help. I love joining in and working on something as a group. I have no doubt this quilt will be gorgeous when it’s done. And I have come away with a real sense of accomplishment having pieced 27 blocks all in one sitting!!!

In my last report, I posted about working on some spool blocks …..

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Well last evening I finished piecing the last block making a total of 4 spool blocks. I pieced the blocks by hand and thoroughly enjoyed the process. In fact, I enjoyed the hand sewing so much that I decided that I will hand piece 4 Churn Dash blocks. The project for which these latest blocks are being pieced is a work in progress but also on my UFO list because I started drawing it last year. So, watch this space on further progress reports about this project.

It’s been a great day in my little corner of the northeast of England. We had some sunshine and some blustery wind but all in all it’s been a nice day. I’m pleased with my accomplishments for today and seeing my Sarah progress nicely with her work is always rewarding.

I came across a good quote recently on Pinterest ….. A mistake repeated more than once is a decision ~ Paulo Coelho. This quote is definitely food for thought.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be doing some prep work in order to produce 4 Churn Dash Blocks. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a great day. It’s been a lovely bright day in my little corner of the northeast of England. I enjoyed the sunshine which has given me a chance to get out after Storm Doris to sweep up and collect all the rubbish that was blown into my front garden over the last twenty-four hours. Storm Doris huffed and puffed and blew lots of water in but I survived to tell the tale. I will definitely have to have some building work done when spring arrives.

Once my outdoor chores were done I decided to do a little rotary cutting …..

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I decided to hand piece these patches …..

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To make four spool blocks for a project I have been designing.

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I’m quite excited about working on this little project that I started drawing last autumn. Now that the blocks are coming to life the project feels more real.

I stepped out this morning to buy some milk. The sun was shining so brightly that it was blinding me. While I was in the supermarket I found this …..

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This bright cheerful plant is a sign of what’s to come. Spring really is around the corner. Even the sweet song of the birds is giving me hope that spring is well and truly on the way.

It’s been a good week in my little world. The best part was attending my Quits for Comfort volunteer day on Wednesday. I always feel better knowing that I’m doing something useful. And I consider helping others very useful.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be hand piecing a few spool blocks. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a great day. Mine has been rather busy flitting around here and there. I’m making great progress with UFOs of all description which definitely spurs me on to make more progress. I’ve added a few other projects to my list including furniture painting and stitchery work. In connection to accomplishing things, I found this quote by chance – Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant ~ Robert Louis Stevenson. I thought this was such an appropriate quote for UFO year.

I have made some headway with my newest UFO. It’s one I started drawing last autumn …

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but now I have actually started piecing the blocks …..

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You’ll notice that I have added my favourite hexagons and hearts to the mix. Whenever I don’t know what to work on I pull out some hexagons. You can always work some hexagons into any project.

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A few weeks ago, I had a bookcase malfunction. Well I sorted the mess out by purchasing a new bookcase but while I was putting the books back in order I noticed so many books that I had forgotten I had. So, I decided that every week I would select a few books and peruse them for inspiration. So, this is this weeks’ selection. I’m hoping to  find inspiration regarding shapes and perhaps colour schemes in these books. So watch this space.

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I must tell you that we had a bit of a water shortage here in happy quilt maker land yesterday. One of the water mains in the road a few houses away burst. The road was suddenly flooded and of course the emergency services were called out to sort things out. They dug a great big hole in the road which of course caused major traffic jams. We had no water all day. The water company did a temporary fix to give us water and they’re supposed to come back to do a more permanent job soon. What a pain in the neck not having water. It caused a lot of excitement around here. It’s over and done with for the time being. Thank goodness for that.

The last few days in my little corner of the northeast of England have been rather nice. It almost feels like spring is just around the corner. However, Carol the weather lady did mention that the temperature is going to drop and we might be getting some snow on Thursday!!! I long for a little snow.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be working on EPP elongated hexagons or perhaps some fine hand appliqué. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super day. I woke up this morning not knowing what planet I was on or even what day it was. I would say that’s a sign of a very good rest. I had to look at my tablet to work out what day it was and my diary and To-Do List to work out what I was supposed to be doing.

I have something to celebrate today. Yippeeeee

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It’s with great pleasure that I can tell you that I have finished hand quilting my Sweethearts Dozen. And I have done the binding as well. I’m sorry for the quality of the photo. Today was not the best day to be taking photos. I will post some more photos at a later date to show you the embellishments.

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The next step is to add the embellishments. I will be adding loads of buttons for the flower centres. And probably quite a few Yo-Yos as well. And of course, I will be adding a label. I’m a serious advocate for labelling quilts. I think it’s very important to add labels to our quilts for the simple reason that our quilts will outlive us. In 50 or 60 years from now when someone unearths my Sweethearts Dozen, I would like them to know that my quilt was finished in 2017 and by whom and in what county of England. I add a very simple label which lists all of the information mentioned but you can add anything you want to a label.

Now that my current hand quilting project is finished I miss it. I do enjoy a bit of hand sewing while watching TV in the evening. Luckily, I have plenty of other hand sewing to turn to. I think I’ll do a little work on my Patchwork of the Crosses for a few evenings until I decide exactly which of my other UFOs to turn to next.

It’s been a really good day in my little world. I was able to run a few errands this morning in the pouring rain. I concentrated the rest of the day on some chores. My bathroom is spotless. I was hoping to clean some windows but as it’s such a grey dull day, I thought it would be a better job for a sunny day when you can see what you’re doing. Saved by the weather.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be doing some EPP work on my Patchwork of the Crosses quilt. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥