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ENJOYING ANOTHER UFO

Hello my lovelies. I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. My Sarah and I have had a great couple of days mooching around. I stepped out on Saturday to have a sewing session with some of my friends in Shilbottle. Goodness me it does a soul good to get out and about and socialise. I’ll show you soon which UFO I was working on during my sewing visit on Saturday.

I’ve been working pretty steady on UFOs over the last six months. And in my quest to keep the number of UFOs down, I worked on a small project today and saw it to thru to the end. That doesn’t happen very often. One of my lovely friends set a small challenge for me to test a new tool she just purchased. So in order to make the job easier I chose a Charm Pack to use instead of cutting a variety of 5” squares. Note to self: purchase a couple of packs of 5” Charm Squares because they are very useful. I do have plenty of fabric I could have cut up but it would take forever to choose the colours and prints. So I followed the suggestions on the packaging of the ruler I was testing and joined 24 squares together and added a 3” border on all four sides …..

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Here’s a little peek at the ruler and the leftover scraps after I cut up the quilt top using the Lil Twister tool. I must admit that using this ruler is quite a good method of making this twister type windmill block.

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Within two hours of ripping the band off the charm pack I was layering up the Lil Twister quilt top in readiness for machine quilting …..DSCN8172 (4)

 

I did some simple in the ditch quilting and a wee bit of wavy stitch quilting in the borders …..

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I added the binding which I plan to hand finish this evening …..

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This is a great little project when you want a short sharp fix of quilt making with a twist. The instructions are clear and so you can’t go wrong. The ruler has cushioned grippy dots that help keep it in place while you’re rotary cutting around it. And the alignment markings in the centre of the ruler are very clear making it easy to centre your ruler over the correct part of the quilt top. All in all it was a great adventure.

I had a little trip to my loft yesterday. I was searching for my needle felting kit. Luckily I found it without any struggle whatsoever. I have a special little trial project in mind. I’ve heard say that needle felting by hand is very therapeutic. So if you’re going thru a stressful time, you should take up needle felting by hand. I’ll let you know if it works for me. I’m really looking forward to having a play. I’ve had my needle felting tools for quite some time but never did much of anything with them. So I’m going to combine supplies that I have been collecting from Oliver Twist for the last few years along with roving from my needle felting kit and see what I can produce.

It’s been a rather good and productive day in my little world. I’m really pleased that I managed to piece a little quilt from start to finish in one day. It was a real treat to flash up my sewing machine and have a good old sewing session. While I was busy in my sewing room I enjoyed the sunshine and the little birds outside the window bathing and feeding. I definitely enjoy the simple things life has to offer.

So for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be hand finishing the binding on today quilt making effort and planning a new needle felting project. 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 seem to be missing in action quite a lot of the time this summer. Well I’m just busy having a good time. The summer will soon be over and I don’t want to miss out on any summery activity I could possibly be taking part in. I have noticed that a lot of the back to school merchandise is disappearing off the shelves in the shops which reminds that the kids will soon be back to school. I can remember getting my Sarah ready for back to school all those years ago. Nowadays she purchases her own supplies but I must admit I still love looking at all the new stuff. And although I don’t buy pencil cases for myself I still have a good look at them at this time of year. I can’t believe how time is flying.

I’ve done so much over the last few weeks that I can’t remember half of what I did. I can tell you that I have been living a very fulfilling life. Probably because I have stayed away from watching the Olympics. My Sarah and I have had a few road trips exploring the north of my little corner of the northeast of England. We’ve made new friends and had one or two catch up sessions with old friends. Life is much easier in happy quilter land of late.

Now let’s move onto a little sewing news. Well to be honest there isn’t a lot because I have been keeping busy by doing other things. I’ve been playing with woolly bits …..

Woolly Rolls

I’ve been re-acquainting myself with hand quilting tools …..

PVC Quilting Hoop

Quilt marking pens.pencils

I’ve revamped old designs …..

A Pocketful of Gingerbreads

By adding a new twist …..

A pocketful of Gingerbreads take 2

And in my quest to stamp my own personality to my space, I’ve added a lick of paint to old furniture …..

Painting furniture

And now and again I observed nature do what it does quite naturally …..

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So far it’s been a pretty good summer. My Sarah and I have recharged our batteries in readiness for any opportunity that might come our way this autumn. There’s so much to look forward to. I look forward to the warm colours of autumn. And this year, Christmas will be very different, something else to really look forward to.

Something that always amazes, and I have mentioned this many times before but I’m going to say this again. I am amazed about how many people read my simple daily ramblings. Readers from so many different countries around the world. When I got up at 6am this morning these were the countries I got hits from, US, UK, France, Russia, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Algeria, Singapore, Ireland, Canada, Netherlands, Belgium, South Korea, Italy and India, just to name a few. It’s amazing! I think it must be time to organise another giveaway just to say thank you for popping in. So keep reading and I will announce something soon. In the meantime, I will find some nice prizes to award to the winners.

So for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be making circles to appliqué onto a 25 UFO blocks. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something that you truly enjoy doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

Simple Machine Quilting

HAVING FUN DOING SIMPLE MACHINE QUILTING

4 Season Autumn finished

FOUR SEASON BUTTON CLUB WHIMSY – AUTUMN BLOCK

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fab day. Sarah and I have had a super day. The last few days have been perfect summery days.

Sarah and I have been busy sewing up a storm. Sarah has been working on hexagons and I have been hand quilting. However, I spent a little bit of time in my sewing room playing with some sweet shapes …..

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I’m revamping an existing project to make it more useful. Here’s a little sneak peek at what I have been doing. It’s very satisfying to disappear into my sewing room and come out with a definite plan of how to proceed on a new project. The most difficult part of any project is choosing fabric!

It’s been a lovely day in my little world. Once again Sarah and I have enjoyed a relaxed summery day. I have one or two appointments this week but for the most part I can play in my sewing room to my heart’s content. Slowly but surely my sewing space is being whipped into shape. I have been weeding and disposing of anything that is surplus to requirement. I have found so many interesting things that I plan on using over the next year or so. Some of the tools that I thought had disappeared have been unearthed and I’m so grateful.

So for this evening, this very happy and ambitious quilt maker will be doing some hand quilting. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something seasonal that makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching

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