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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 ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve had had a great day. My day has been busy flitting around doing this and that. I woke up at 6:07am and jumped out of bed thinking I should get up to get as much stuff done today as I possibly could. And I didn’t stop running until I decided to have my lunch at 1pm.

Although the weather wasn’t great today, the sun has disappeared, I didn’t stop me from getting out to run some important errands. I needed some supplies for patching a wall that has needed attention and I was missing one vital ingredient. I have become quite resourceful lately when it comes to putting things right. By lunch time the job was finished. And while I waited for that job to dry I switched to something else. Do you remember the project I have chosen for next UFO?

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Well this is what it looks like now …..

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I thought the most difficult part was going to be finding some fabric for the envelope back …..

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Well I found something suitable within the first 3 minutes of starting my hunt. I am really pleased with this finish. I can’t remember how long ago I worked on this little hand quilted project but I think it’s more than two years ago. Now it’s no longer an unfinished object but a lovely cushion cover. Seeing this finished makes we want to design another mini wholecloth quilt to work on but I think I’ll stick to the plan of action for the moment. So that’s my second finished UFO in 2017.

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I sit here in front of my laptop composing today’s post realising that I have done every task on my To-Do List for today. Last week I was still finding it difficult to get back into the groove after the Christmas break! Things are moving along at quite a pace this week. And I feel quite a sense of accomplishment on this second day of the work week.

I’m still trying to learn something new everything day. Well I heard a new word today. It’s anticipointment. The definition that Urban Dictionary lists is: a gut-wrenching emotion felt deep in the belly of a person unrealistically looking forward to an upcoming event immediately after the reality of extreme disappointment has replaced the anticipated happiness. Yep. That sounds about right. This sounds like something I have felt many times during my grown-up years. Nowadays, I try not to think about something I’m really looking forward to as I hate being disappointed when it doesn’t happen.

It’s been a pretty good day in my little world. I do my very best to make the most of every day. Sometimes things don’t work out as well as we would have hoped but I think we need to remember that tomorrow is another day which gives us a chance to have another go.

I would like to remind Helen Hollybush who is one of my giveaway winners to send me her address please. I have sent you email Helen but I’m not sure if you got it.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quit maker will be doing some hand quilting. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super day. I enjoyed a glorious day of sunshine while putting my house in order for the week ahead.

I’m pretty excited about announcing the winners of my latest giveaway draw to welcome 2017. As usual, it’s been interesting seeing where in the world my readers are. I can see in my blog stats how many hits I get from the different countries of the world. So, without further ado, the winners are …..

Jane Budd – Redcar

Martina – Switzerland

Helen Hollybush – Derby

I will be contacting you in order to get your postal addresses and I will be posting as soon as I can get to the post office. Congratulations to you all. I hope you enjoy your prizes.

As you may remember, one of my new year’s resolutions is to learn something new every day. Learning something new every single day isn’t always easy but I’m doing a pretty job of it so far. The most recent thing I have learned is something internet related. Did you know that there are search engines that do not track you? This means that you can travel the internet leaving no trace of yourself. I don’t know how it works. Or even why anyone would need to do that. I suppose some people have something to hide and do not want to leave any tracks. Some people like to sneak around and I suppose it would be a very good tool for a stalker. Goodness only knows. So, that’s my most recent discovery. Interesting, isn’t it?

Now let’s go on to some sewing news. There isn’t much UFO progress to report after finishing my winter block on the weekend. However, I have chosen which small UFO project to work on next. I’m going to turn this little hand quilted quilt into a cushion cover. It matches the décor in my bedroom and I think it will look fab once I have turned it into a cushion cover. So, watch this space for news of its completion.

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I’m still making progress on hand quilting my Sweethearts Dozen, albeit slow progress. I am now quilting the outer border of appliqué blocks. I’m keeping it really simple by hand quilting diagonal lines. As it is quite simple and not overly dense it is progressing nicely.

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So, it’s been a pretty good Monday in my little world. My weekend guest headed off to work this morning. And I spent a little time putting the house back in order. The washing machine was whirring and the vacuum cleaner has collected any dirt from the floors. I’ve gone out and collected any rubbish that has blown into the garden. And in between all that I even had a chance to sit down to write this post. And all that happened while the sun was shining. Glorious sunshine.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be doing some more hand quilting. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing some 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-duper weekend. My weekend has been absolutely wonderful. Having company is the best way to spend a winter’s weekend. Even better is celebrating the Chinese New Year by having Chinese food!!! Letting someone else prepare food and clean up afterward is fantastic. It’s something that should happen more often.

Today, I have some lovely UFO progress to report. In fact, I have a finish to show you ….

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I have really enjoyed hand quilting this little whimsical winter block. I love all things wonky. I find wonky is very forgiving because it doesn’t have to be spot on perfect. Wonky is a very good description of me.

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This after we enjoyed some lovely sunshine. The sunshine spurs me on to get loads done. I spent the past week going to appointments and doing a little strategizing. However, in between all the coming and going I did have a chance to do a little painting, furniture painting. Before I started the job, I wasn’t sure it was going to work but I went ahead anyway. I would rather try than wonder what if? I started off with this old chest of drawers ….

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The idea came from a pin that someone forwarded to me from Pinterest. And I quite liked the idea so I had a go. This is what my chest of drawers looks like now ….

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I am so pleased with how this little decorating job turned out. I have a whole lot of old fashioned pine furniture to which I could be working magic tricks with to breathe new life into it. The furniture is outdated however, still sturdy and serves to store various household and personal items. So, watch this space for the next piece of furniture I decide to decorate.

It’s been such a lovely day in my little world. I ran a couple of errands this morning and then settled in to relax and enjoy an afternoon filled with chit chat, cups of tea and cake and making plans for the weeks ahead. Spring seems like a long way off but it’s only just around the corner really.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be doing some quilt marking in order to finish hand quilting my Sweethearts Dozen quilt. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching   

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super day. It’s been a lovely day in my little corner of the northeast of England. It’s not warm but we’re getting good bright mornings. I kept very busy with painting furniture and working on curtains. It’s been a good productive day in my quiet little world today.

Well I can finally show you a little proper progress on one of my 17 UFOs!!! I started hand quilting my little Button Club winter block. It’s not finished but I am making some progress. The whole centre of the block has been quilted and I have marked and made a start hand quilting the border. I even found the special hand painted buttons that will adorn this wintery whimsical scene!!! Just finding the buttons was quite an accomplishment. I use small quilts as door banners. This one will be hung on my living door. Soon.

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I’ll take this opportunity to remind you that I am hosting a wee giveaway to celebrate the arrival of 2017. The names will be drawn on Monday January 31. To enter please click here and follow the instructions regarding how to enter.

So far 2017 has been pretty good. I spent a lot time considering life in general in 2016 and now that I have made a few new choices and decisions, my future is looking much brighter. Life is what you make of it. I have simplified a lot of my day-to-day routines lifting a great weight off my shoulders. There comes a time in a woman’s life when she must dispose of what doesn’t bring joy or happiness. I’m not a special person. I don’t have special super powers but I do know that anything is possible if you work at it hard enough. Is it not Cinderella who sang A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes. Well 2017 is the year that some of my wishes will come true. I’ve already started working on it.

I’m quite excited today because I’m having company for the weekend. We have a couple of simple outings planned and a few jobs to be done around the house. But best of all it will be a relaxing weekend. No hustle and bustle for me. I might even make more progress on another UFO!

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will hopefully be finishing the hand quilting on the winter block. I would like to post a photo of it hanging on the door next week. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all enjoying a super fine weekend. Like in happy quilt maker land has been good this weekend. I spent some time with like-minded ladies. We all had our very own current sewing projects (in quilt making speak that means one of our many UFOs!!!). By the end of the day we had all made quite a lot of progress but in between arriving and leaving we put the world to rights. I hadn’t seen anyone since before Christmas so it was really nice catching up with everyone.

Today, Sunday, has been a busy one. I got up early and started the chores on my list. And did I ever have a lot of stuff to do but somehow, I managed to get everything done by noon which gave me the whole afternoon to sit quietly and indulge in some catch-up TV and some enjoyable sewing. While I put my feet up Sarah stepped out to meet some friends. Our house is generally very quiet but it was especially quiet this afternoon. It was just what I needed as I have a rather busy week ahead of me. I have some important legal meetings booked and some enjoyable socialising to participate in as well. Life sure has changed over the past year. I must say that I do not miss the chaos.

In my quest to sort and tidy I have made more mess than I had hoped for. I recently had a bookshelf malfunction which I put right by replacing said bookshelf. My sewing room looks like a tip and there isn’t much chance of being able to get in there to do any sewing whatsoever until the mess has been cleared up. Every time I go in there to get started with the task of tidying I get distracted because I find things for which I have been searching for quite some time or I find something I forgot I had!!! So, I am making no progress whatsoever in the sewing room department for the moment. I wonder if anyone else recognises this problem?

I have been so busy with sorting and tidying this week that again I have hardly done any work on my UFOs. This afternoon I decided to switch over to a different project. I’m still doing hand quilting but on something other than my Sweethearts Dozen. I switched over to a winter scene block from my Button Club Whimsy. I marked the little quilt a couple of weeks ago, so it was ready to stitch. It’s quite nice working on a small project because you know it won’t go on forever. I will be adding some hand painted buttons, beads and a hand knit scarf and some kind of hatband. Whimsical projects are great fun to work on because you can add anything you like. I’m hoping to be able to report that this UFO is finished soon. The other three seasons are finished and I use them as door banners.

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The next few months are going to be interesting for me. Not only do I have personal goals to achieve but I have some family stuff that need to be resolved. Over the last year, I have often wished I had a guardian angel. Well I’m very pleased to show you one that I acquired before Christmas …..

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This little beauty has been watching over me for a while. Along with my wonderful family all my friends, my guardian angel has been making sure that life runs as smoothly as it possibly can. Today has been such a good productive day. I got so many chores done. My home is tidy and slowly but surely the clutter is disappearing. Life is so much better without chaos.

Today, I’m going to reveal what I did for Christmas. I am actually the luckiest Canadian girl in the whole of the UK because I got to spend Christmas with my family which I hadn’t seen in ten years. We had a lovely family Christmas together. We ate and rested and talked about the old days before I moved to the UK. We had lots of laughs. My Sarah enjoyed spending time with her grandmother and uncle. Ten years is a very long time. It was the best Christmas I’ve had since 1995. It’s such a shame that Sarah and I lived such an isolated life but we’re coming out of that phase now, God willing. Our brand new shiny life is waiting for us to get started.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be doing some hand quilting. I’m looking forward to switching to another project next weekend. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super day. Mine has been a wee bit busy flitting around here, there and everywhere. Tuesday is generally my socialising day which is exactly what I did.

So, the day has finally arrived for me to publish a blog post about Tilda’s new fabric collection called Bumblebee. As usual I wondered if I could do it justice but once I received my selection of 5 fat quarters I knew exactly what I could do to showcase these lovely fabrics. For me these colourful prints would be perfect for Easter and springtime projects. Oooooh and a girly baby quilt would be fabulous pieced in these prints. So, let’s get started.

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I decided to piece a couple of simple drawstring bags using 2 of the 5 fat quarters I received along with something from my stash as the lining. I kept it simple in order to showcase the fabrics. I felt if I cut up these lovely fabrics into small patches I would lose the pretty print. So, here are my drawstring bags …..

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My bags measure approximately 9” x 10-1/2” but can be easily resized to suit the intended purpose. I added a little cotton lace and buttons as an embellishment and satin ribbon for the drawstrings. If you would like to make this drawstring bag, click here for the pattern.

Despite worrying whether my effort would be good enough, I did enjoy meeting this challenge. And it was a great way to start the New Year. So, I’ll take this a little further by hosting a giveaway just to celebrate the arrival of 2017 and all the magical things it holds for us all. So here are the rules to the giveaway ….. please leave a simple comment which includes where you live. I love knowing where in the world you are. It’s fantastic how so many like-minded people connect thru the love of craft so don’t forget to mention where you are. I must add that I am willing to post anywhere in the world. There will be 3 prizes which include the 2 drawstring bags and the 3 Fat Quarters that are left from the selection of 5 that I was sent in order to be able to join the Blog Hop. The winners will be drawn on Monday January 30th. Good luck everyone x

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Can you see the Bumblebee???

Remember my dear readers, if you are interested in pre-ordering a selection of Tilda’s Bumblebee fabric collection, SewandSo will be pleased to take your order. And now comes the disclaimer; I have not been paid to publish this review/post and I have no affiliation with Tilda.

Don’t forget to pop over and see what the other Blog Hoppers are doing:

Monday 9th January – SewandSo

Tuesday 10th January – Helen Philipps

Wednesday 11th January – Charlotte Newland

Thursday 12th January –

Friday 13th January – SewandSo – Free Pattern!

Monday 16th January –

Tuesday 17th January – Lucie the Happy Quilter

Wednesday 18th January – Little Black Duck

Thursday 19th January – Very Berry handmade

Friday 20th January – Sew Sweet Violet

It’s been a pretty good week so far. In fact, the start of the new year has been pretty magical. I’ve resumed putting my life in order and choosing the path less travelled. I’ve managed to stick to working on UFOs rather than starting new projects while I record new ideas for projects I dream about starting later in the year. So, watch this space.

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

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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