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TIME TO CATCH UP IN SEPTEMBER

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all enjoyed a sun filled summer. If I’m honest up until the first day of September I was still waiting for summer to arrive! Now I am looking forward to autumn arriving. I can’t wait to wear cosy pullovers, warm scarves and comfy boots. I feel like knitting and taking on as many woolly pursuits as I can find. The reality is that I have plenty of projects on the go which need my attention first.

I would like to file a “what I did over the summer holidays” type of report but I’m not sure I have enough to fill in the blanks. It’s been a quiet summer waiting for legal stuff to happen. Well you can all rest assured that things are progressing and life has finally started moving forward. While we wait for the courts to do their thing Sarah and I are definitely moving forward by forming our plan of action and setting out our goals for the future. Sarah has her whole life ahead of her. I, on the other hand, am looking forward to a quiet life free of chaos and drama.

The house is finally getting a simple makeover. We bought a few tester paint pots and painted a few patches to see how they would look.

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I have chosen two of the colours, one for the hallway and one for my sewing room. I wasn’t planning on painting the sewing room just yet but I had a bit of a shelving disaster which needed to be sorted quickly. So, I thought while the disaster corner was empty I should clean it before sourcing a new storage unit. Thank goodness for Billy bookcases!!! And of course, it snowballed into a paint job giving the room a proper facelift. Here’s a sneaky peek at the new paint colour and replacement shelf unit …..

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I have been working on my Patchwork of the Crosses pretty steady every evening over the summer.  I have now joined 25 blocks, 5 across by 5 down. I am planning on making it 8X8 for which I am not even halfway yet! I’m not quite sure where the patience is coming from but I am planning on sticking to it until it’s finished. This is my evening armchair project.

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In my quest to brighten up the colours I use in my quilts, I have designed another project which I am in the process of piecing during the day. I am using a white background which makes it much brighter and cheerful. For years, I have used various shades of beige as background. I must admit I really love the freshness of this piece …..

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Life has been full of adventures lately. My little car, Miss Daisy, developed a fault and needed to go back to the dealer to be put right.

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As the dealer needed to keep the car over the weekend they supplied me with a courtesy car. The car is much bigger than what I am used to …..

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I never ever thought I would ever get to drive a Mercedes A Class! It’s a lovely car with a whole load of bells and whistles which I didn’t even know how to use. What a smooth drive compared to my little Daisy the Smart car! As nice as the Mercedes is I really looked forward to getting Miss Daisy back. It’s a relief to see her sitting in my driveway again.

Before we collected Miss Daisy and while the Mercedes car was sitting in my driveway these barriers appeared blocking us in …..

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And this inflatable archway appeared just after lunch a few houses over …..

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Stage 2 of the Tour of Britain came thru my hometown again. We hosted them two years ago with great success. Someone once said that no one comes to my hometown a few years ago. Well they were very wrong. Blyth, which is my hometown, is located in the county of Northumberland, has now hosted a number of events over the years, one of which was the Tall Ships last summer and the Olympic Torch in 2012 for the London Olympics. There has been quite a lot of money invested in the regeneration of the area making it more suitable for such events as the Tall Ships, Tour of Britain and such. I got really carried away with watching all the lycra clad men riding their bicycles past my front door, so there aren’t any photos of the bikes whooshing past. It was over in no time flat. I wonder what event my little town will be hosting next summer.

Well it’s September now and the garden is coming to the end of its bloominess. Here is what I found during my latest tour of my little garden this morning …..

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My findings are that I will be spending a few hours pruning back and making everything tidy for winter. I’m quite looking forward to cutting back some of the growth making it looked loved again. I quite like it sparse look in autumn and winter.

All in all, it’s been a pretty good summer. I had quiet moments which gave me time to reflect upon the past year or so. The leaves are starting to fall and some of the kids have gone back to school now. And I know you don’t want to hear this but I am actually looking forward to Christmas now. It’s not so much Christmas day that I long for but the holidays leading up to Christmas and between Christmas and New Years that I look forward to. That break gives everyone a chance to recharge their batteries for the new year to come.

My Sarah will soon be resuming her studies. This is her last year of university. She has already made a start on her dissertation …..

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And for those of you who have missed Maisie. Well she’s still supervising my every move. Maisie makes sure that I’m doing the right thing at the right time.

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So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be doing some EPP moving forward on my POTC project. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you thoroughly enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all been enjoying a fabulous summer. We, here in my little corner of the northeast of England, have had loads of yuck weather during the month of July. It’s been a soggy dull mess. I’m hoping that things will perk up a bit before the kids go back to school next month. No matter what, I’m going to try to make the most of this holiday season.

I started off the year full of good intentions. I was going to work on UFOs and try my best to make progress on said projects but life has a way of happening and derailing my best efforts. I have not been lazy, I have simply committed to resolving family matters. Yes, if you’re reading between the lines your assumptions are correct. However, we have started moving forward after seventeen months of uphill struggle.

I generally plan my days via a To-Do List. I recently read somewhere that in addition to a To-Do List you can also have a To-Be List. So here is my list which I presume will grow over time …..

 

TO-BE LIST

Happy

Useful

Kind

Healthy

Calm

Organised

Settled

Creative

Authentic

I’ve done quite a lot of sorting in the garden. Here’s a little peek at the planter we planted up a while ago. It’s done very well …..

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I recently tried needle felting at my Burnopfield Belles group. Annette lead the session and did an excellent job sorting out kits and guiding us thru the process of making a ladybird (in UK lingo) or ladybug (in North American lingo). The whole process was thoroughly therapeutic. Learning something new as a group is always more fun than on your own. The action of stabbing something with a very sharp needle is the perfect outlet for all those pent-up emotions. Voodoo dolls come to mind. I purchased a few key needle felting supplies a few years ago and only barely touched them. Now I have more confidence and will be sure to have a go in order to incorporate the woolly pieces in my projects.

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In between the chores and the mundane everyday stuff I did some sewing …..

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Yesterday, I started gathering more ideas to build a vision board  representing my goals, hopes and dreams for the future.

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Life has turned into a learning curve for me. The past years have taught me quite a lot. Not least that when your gut speaks listen to it.

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

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all having an enjoyable summer. We’ve been having the best summer ever. The weather has been rather kind to us. We’ve been able to spend some time outside in the garden; mostly sorting the things and making the garden more manageable. Everything takes time but we’re getting there.

I’ve spent quite a lot of time sorting some legal aspects of my family life. I’m juggling three different kinds of lawyers all at once. I can understand why it takes so long and so much effort to qualify as a lawyer. I think I’ll stick to what I do best.

On the creative side of life ….. I have been designing now blocks for a project. At the moment, I’m doing the prep work to bring those blocks to life. The best part of designing is seeing your drawings come to together. The most difficult part is choosing the fabric. Here’s a little sneaky peek at one of my blocks …..

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It’s the perfect day for flashing up the Barbeque. We’re going to enjoy a few sausages cooked on the barbie. We’re thoroughly enjoying doing all the things everyday people do. Somehow, I’ve managed to simplify life back to the basics. Simple is really good.

It’s a while since I posted here but only because I’ve had quite a lot on my plate lately but I’m surviving. I make up a To-Do List every week and try to get thru all the tasks on it. Somehow, I get thru each week having completed my tasks but wondering how the heck I did it. I guess I must be a strong determined woman. I hope to bring you more project progress soon.

So, for this evening, this very happy a super ambitious quilt maker will be doing some English Paper Piecing. I hope you all have 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 enjoyed a fabulous weekend. As most of my regular readers know, I am now a single parent. And as I fit into the category of a parent who plays both the mother and father roles, what better way of acknowledging the day than by receiving these beautiful, which just happen to be my favourite flower, Peony blooms. Thank you, Sarah.

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To all the great fathers out there, the ones who put their families first, I wish you a very, very happy Father’s Day 😊

It’s been a brilliant weekend for me. I spent some time with a few like-minded ladies sewing and putting the world to rights. It’s amazing how a bit of laughter can make the world seem a great place to be.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be working on an EPP project and enjoying the latest episode of Poldark and his lovely dark curly hair. Swoon ~ 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 some gorgeous summer weather. It’s been lovely in my little corner of the northeast of England. It’s a super time to get things done in and outdoors.

I have been progressing on different projects as well as trying to keep up with chores and other important issues. Everyday life throws up challenges which need to be dealt with.

First, I would like to reply to a comment from Bryan regarding my Quilts on the Grow which up until just this morning, was in my UFO pile. The main progress for the moment, is that I was actually able to find it quickly!!! Hooray 😊 I have quite a lot of these quilt as you go quilt blocks done right up to the hand quilting part.

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I’m tempted to switch from my Patchwork of the Crosses project to my Quilts on the Grow project for a few weeks in order to make a little head way on it. All of my hand sewing projects make great evening armchair projects, especially once the prep work is done. So, watch this space Bryan, hopefully you will see my Quilts on the Grow grow and grow.

I have a little longarm quilting progress to show you today. My Burnopfield Belles colleague Lynn was struggling to quilt this quilt using her domestic sewing machine. So I took the quilt top, wadding and backing fabric away and loaded it into my longarm and did this to it …..

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This is an example of what working together produces. Lynn pieced the quilt beautifully, I took it away and machine quilted and I will be returning the quilt to Lynn for binding. We both come away from this collaboration feeling like we’ve done something worthwhile. This quilt, once it’s finished, will be handed over to Quilts for Comfort. Being part of the Quilts for Comfort crew that works on these quilts gives me a sense of accomplishment. I know that every single stitch will produce something good. Belonging to the Burnopfield Belles is brilliant as well. We meet once a month to learn something. Everyone has something to offer. We have several ladies who lead sessions in teaching us new techniques and revisiting old ones. Not only do we learn from each other but we support each other as well. It’s amazing how a bunch of ladies with life experience can put the world to rights. I’m thankful for being part of something that brings comfort.

My Sarah and I stepped out today. I rarely go into Newcastle but today I had some specific business that needed taking care of. Once my appointment was over, we headed off to have a sandwich before heading home. We sat quietly people watching while eating. Lunchtime on Northumberland Street is rather busy so there were quite a lot of interesting people to look at. One thing that I looked for is men wearing nice shoes. As I understand it, you can tell quite a lot about a man by the shoes he wears. To my surprise there are a lot less men who wear socks and sandals these days; I’m not a fashion expert but I think socks and sandals do not look good at all. It was the perfect day weather wise for people watching. I’ll be heading back to Newcastle again soon to finish today’s business, and I’m going to make a point of taking the time to do some people watching again.

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All in all, it’s been quite an enjoyable day in what is usually my quiet little world. I’m always up for an adventure. My next trip out to Newcastle will be nearer my birthday so perhaps we can have a better lunch than a quick sandwich but I hope to do some more people watching.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be choosing between the Patchwork of the Crosses and a Quilts on the Grow project. 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 very enjoyable weekend. It’s been lovely in my little corner of the northeast of England. Except for the latest terror attack in London I could say that it’s been a perfect weekend. I managed to reach the perfect balance between work and leisure. I have been pretty busy with spring garden stuff of late. Just a couple more sessions outside and it will be exactly the way I want it.

The weather has been perfect for barbequing recently. So, I have decided to indulge myself this evening. It never ceases to amaze me just how much I can do by myself. Nowadays I manage to put a meal together using the barbeque contraption with great success. Somehow, I manage to cook the meat without burning it to cinders. Who says barbequing is a man’s job!

As you all know, I have been concentrating on making progress on my UFOs this year. Well I must confess that I needed a little change this weekend. So I dragged out these few fabrics from my stash …..

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Guess what I’m working on?????? Christmas!!!!! After drawing my blocks, I made a start. Here’s a little peak at the first two.

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I rarely use white as a background fabric. I find that the contrast is too stark but this time I decided to go with white. You probably can’t see the print on my background but it looks rather festive making it perfect for a Christmas project. I have prepped six blocks now. I will be securing the patches to the background fabric over the next few days. I hope to bring you a progress report next weekend.

So, all in all it’s been a rather productive weekend. I made a couple of trips to the tip. I baked some scones this morning and they were lovely. I prepped Christmas blocks. And I must say that I’m rather excited about this new project. Something Christmas themed will make a nice change from the regular stuff I have been working on.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will hand appliqueing patches in place. I hope you 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 been enjoying the spring weather. We had a lovely week with plenty of sunshine. It’s been great to spend some time in the garden. I must say that my garden is starting to shape up nicely.

Today is quite a special day for me. It’s the 24th anniversary of the day that I landed in the UK. From this day forward, I will call it Lucie Landing Day. I posted my little story last year here. The last 24 years have been full of ups and downs. I have experienced quite a lot of loneliness but I’ve also had quite a lot of satisfaction in my role of mother to my one wonderful daughter, Sarah. I have experienced a sense of worth because my lovely friends have treated me with respect and kindness. And thru all the ups and downs my family back in Canada supported me especially during the hard times. I found a quote that struck me last week …

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I think I promised that I would post a photo of my funky purple planter when it was planted up and in its’ resting place …..

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When I first moved it and the sun was shining brightly, I thought perhaps the colour was over the top. However, now that it’s planted up and the plants are growing, I really like it. It’s cheerful. And I’m really pleased to have been able to breathe new life into something old.

My main hand sewing project over the past month or so has been my Patchwork of the Crosses. I have so far joined 9 blocks together giving me a real sense of what it will look like when it’s finished. I’m so pleased with the look which definitely makes it worth working on. All in all, it’s not difficult work. And I feel the repetitiveness is soothing and brings comfort. Familiar things always bring security.

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So, my friends, please tell me what you have been working on. I haven’t been out and about much lately. I crave seeing other projects in progress which may bring me inspiration. I thrive on inspiration.

The last few weeks have been full of something and nothing. I’ve been working hard rebuilding my life. Slowly but surely things are falling into place. The house is feeling great and the garden even better. The university deadlines have been met. What a relief!!! Now it’s time to get out and about and enjoy the upcoming summer.

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

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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