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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all enjoying the beginning of autumn. We’ve had some dull and blustery weather lately. I’ve been watching the leaves tumbling to the ground. It’s a bit sad seeing the trees lose their leaves but I must admit that autumn is my favourite time of year. I’m already snuggling under patchwork quilts in the evening and as the days get cooler I’m starting to wear my cosy woollies. In the week or so, I’ll start wearing my boots. And the menu has changed to winter warming soups and stick to your ribs casseroles. Yahoo.

I attended a Burnopfield Belles meeting a couple of weeks ago. We started a new challenge for Quilts for Comfort. We have a small library of traditional block design instructions. We have all chosen a block design and we will all make a block including layering and quilting by the next meeting. You’ve probably already guessed that we’re using the Quilt as You Go method of joining the blocks together. I chose the Churn Dash block which is kind of my go to block when I don’t know what to choose. I scratched around and found some fabric that would be suitable for a boy’s quilt because we have decided that we’re going to make a boy’s quilt.

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Once my fabric was chosen I was off. I love sitting quietly of an evening hand sewing. So, I pieced my block by hand.

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Now I will layer it up and add some simple hand quilting, enough stitching to hold the block firmly together while going thru the wash. I love a nice simple challenge.

This morning while I was in my sewing room the blackbirds seem to be popping in regularly to use my bath. One after another they landed and had a good old splash around. This photo isn’t very clear as it was taken thru the window which has a film on it to protect against the bright sunshine.

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Speaking of birds …..

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I added some freemotion quilting to these old specimens. They need a wee bit of embellishing now. I think I’ll add some small beads for eyes.

Autumn is definitely here; the kids have gone back to school and we’re starting to make plans for Christmas. Sarah and I have discussed what we want to do for Christmas this year. Now that I’m a single parent, we can start new traditions. Making new memories is very important when you’re faced with rebuilding your life. Slowly but surely things are falling into place and life is starting to look pretty good again.

I spent some time in garden this afternoon pruning and clipping shrubs. A half hour tidy in the garden makes all the difference. I have purchased some plants for my funky planter that sits beside my front door. A few inexpensive pansies, some ivy plants and some bargain conifers will look splendid. That’s tomorrow’s job.

As we zoom along toward the end of the year, I have this hankering to learn a new technique. I’m not sure what I want to learn but I’m on the lookout for learning another skill. Perhaps I will take up dressmaking. I dabbled in dressmaking many years ago. Perhaps that would satisfy my longing to take up something new.

October got off to good start. The weather has been pretty good. We haven’t experienced any frost yet but there’s always tomorrow. As I understand it, the western provinces of Canada have had snow recently!!! That’s something I really miss living here in the UK. We don’t see much snow in my little corner of the northeast of England.

Speaking of Canada, I would like to wish all my Canadian readers a very very happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all get to share a meal with your loved ones in peace and with joy.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be hand finishing the binding on the Sweet Dresden Lollipop quilt project. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly love. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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I finished piecing this UFO quilt top, custom longarm quilted it, bound it and labelled it. I don’t usually name quilts but I named this quilt Moving Forward One Stitch at a Time. It’s now on my bed and I will appreciate the warmth and comfort it brings me all winter. I can’t believe I finished it.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed a fab weekend. We certainly have. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. It’s Friday!!!! I hope you’ve all had a super week. I decided to end the week on a high note. Quite some time I started a quilt which ended up in the UFO pile. I worked on it periodically now and again when I attended the odd sewing session since the turn of the year. Wednesday I came across it and decided it was time to add the borders because I really wanted to longarm quilt it soon.

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What a treat it was to load the quilt into my longarm yesterday after adding all the borders. This morning I slipped out really early to run a couple of essential errands but on my return at 8:30am I turned my quilting system on and got started. I managed to get all the different designs established and I’m really pleased with the way it looks. Here are a few shots of my progress …..

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As may already be able to tell I have treated this quilt top to a custom job. All in all, I’m keeping the quilting simple and I’m loving the texture that I’m creating along the way. This quilt is a little special because it’s my design, my custom quilting and one that I will use on my bed. The quilt itself is nothing super special but it’s mine. The fabrics may not be to everyone’s taste but this project has been great for using up quite a lot of my stash. I’m already thinking about my next big hand pieced project that will use up some of my stash.

It’s been a lovely day in happy quilt maker land. The sun was shining and the breeze was blowing making it feel like a typical autumn day. I watch the leaves float off the trees. I will soon be out there raking up the evidence. I’ve got a good stout pair of work boots, a suitable jacket and my trusty work gloves to help with the job. I’m looking forward to meeting the challenge head on. I’m counting the days until Christmas. Have I told you how much I’m looking forward to Christmas this year?

I spent part of the day getting ready for my weekend guest. I made some lovely hearty soup and I planned the menus for all the meals for the next couple of days. In between the weekend meals, I have planned a couple of outings. I hope for reasonable weather in order to take some memorable photos. I have a few interesting photo frames that need filling. This weekend is as good a time to start filling those frames with good memories.

So for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be working on hexagons. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly love doing, perhaps you’ll be working on Christmas projects. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I’m sure most of you think I’ve disappeared off the edge of the earth. Well I assure you that haven’t; I have been enjoying the last little bit of summer in private.

While the kids were going back to school this past week I have been getting myself ready for some new learning of my own. I decided that I needed to learn a few new skills. So I’ll be hitting the back-to-school supplies section of a different kind pretty soon in readiness for my learning sessions. I’ll tell you more about it when the new learning starts.

I spent most of the summer working on UFOs …..

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I also spent some time contemplating what was important in my life. It seems top of the list is minimising the drama. I’m learning to take each day as it comes while getting rid of all the toxic stuff that piled up over the years. I suppose this could be considered my “What I did this Summer” report. It’s been a summer like no other I can remember in all of my 57 years on earth. This is going to sound really goofy but I spent the summer trying to find myself. Over the years I have been a daughter, a sister, a friend, a wife, a mother and now I have suddenly turned into a single parent! It’s not something I ever contemplated until earlier this year. Both Sarah and I are building new traditions and finding our way to a new life all the while making some fantastic new memories. Our friends and family have been and will be with us every step of the way no matter what life throws at us. If I haven’t thanked all those who have shown support along the way for your kind words, thoughts, actions and gifts I do it now. Thank you x

I have been Lucie the Happy Quilter for many years. I am just simply a happy person who tries to make the best of any and all situations. This time next year I will still be Lucie the Happy Quilter only new and hopefully improved with a lot less baggage. I will still be the creative soul that I have always been but hopefully brimming with even more inspiration to share with you. I’m so looking forward to Christmas and the turn of the year.

I’ll be back next week with my Autumn Giveaway news. So don’t forget to pop in again soon.

So for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be working on Sarah’s UFO hexagons. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. And remember don’t ever let anyone suck the joy out of your life. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fab day. Mine has been full of this and that. I had a very important meeting first thing this morning but after that Sarah and I disposed of a whole lot of things that have been deemed surplus to requirement. So we visited our favourite place in all the world, the tip. And after that we went onto a much more interesting place and purchased milk and a few essentials. We’ve got the fixins for a couple of healthy tasty meals now. Eating healthy makes me feel good. Not to mention that healthy eating has helped me lose little weight over the last couple of weeks which has made me feel even better.

Once the chores were done, I decided I needed a sewing fix of a different kind. I have been working on my Sweethearts Dozen nonstop for a couple of weeks and I thought I needed a little change. I didn’t want to start a new project so I stuck my hand into a pile of UFOs and dragged out a Freemotion Quilting sample which I stitched out quite some time ago. It’s not super pretty but it will be useful. So my little sewing project for this afternoon was turning one sample into two separate smallish table toppers. I rotary cut the sample in two separate pieces, squared them off and added some binding. Here’s a little peek …..

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Now this may not seem very exciting but that FMQ sample has been sitting in the pile for some time and I just couldn’t work up the courage to dispose of it because the stitching is pretty good. The larger table topper will go under my printer to absorb some of the noise and vibration. So it doesn’t matter if it isn’t super pretty because it will be covered up. I haven’t decided what to do with the little table topper yet.

It’s been a good day in my little world. The sun decided to come out to shine brightly late afternoon, and very welcome it was too. And the best part of the day was getting a sewing fix of a different kind. My Sweethearts Dozen is coming along nicely. I need to finish the stitchery work on one last block and then I can proceed to the next step. It’s looking good.

So for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious longarm quilter will be doing some stitchery work. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. It’s been a super day in my little world. I spent the day doing this and that. I managed to tick everything off my To-Do List and a few other bits and pieces as well. Today I’m not going to report about any of my sewing progress but I will show you a quilt that my Sarah longarm quilted to be handed over to Quilts for Comfort.

Sarah has spent many months focusing on university work. So I think it’s quite a treat for her to be able to work on something she chooses to work on rather than university work. Today she chose to work on a charity quilt. The quilt she longarm quilted was pieced and donated by Christine. It’s a lovely scrappy quilt. I know that a young person will take great comfort from this quilt. Feast your peepers on this …..

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We chose some fabric from my stash for the binding. And Sarah will be machining the binding on this evening. And because I believe in giving credit to those who have made a contribution to any given quilt, I have made a label naming the contributors, to add to the back of the quilt once the binding has been finished.

All in all, it’s been a great day in my little world. The sun was shining and everything is well with the world at the moment. I plan on spending tomorrow longarm quilting. I’m hoping the sun will be cheering me on.

So for this evening, this very happy and ambitious longarm quilter will be doing some EPP in order to progress on my Quilts on the Grow project. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly love doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super day. My day was spent doing this and that. I kicked off the day by delivering the three quilts I challenged myself to longarm quilted over the weekend for Quilts for Comfort. It’s a great feeling knowing that I played a small part in bringing three different young people a bit of comfort when they can really use it.

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On my way home I popped into Ikea to purchase a couple of clear plastic storage bins. I have learned the hard way that it’s much better to pack and store stuff in clear bins than in cardboard boxes or opaque plastic bins simply because it makes it easier to find things when you’re looking for something. I seem to spend a lot of time searching for stuff so if I can make it simpler all the better.

The last task of the day was to prepare for the next meeting of the Burnopfield Belles. I spent a couple of hours planning our next lesson plan. We will be trying freemotion machine quilting. I know this technique can be daunting for some, so I’m hoping to put the Belles on the road to success. We have been learning how to use the quilt as you go method of making quilts so freemotion quilting will come in very handy. The Burnopfield Belles meet on the last Wednesday of the month and also on other Wednesdays in between at the Burnopfield Community Centre. Their main goal is to help make quilts for Quilts for Comfort all the while learning something new and making quilts as a group. And best of all we have a good time while doing it. It’s a great way to meet new like-minded people while doing something useful. 

So far today, I haven’t done any sewing but I plan on putting that right this evening by working on my Quilts on the Grow blocks. Hand piecing is always the best part of my day. So it’s not a bad thing to save it for last.

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So for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious longarm quilter will be doing some EPP. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really enjoy doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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