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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all enjoying a super sunny Sunday. I happen to know that it’s Mother’s Day in North America today. Here in the UK, Mother’s Day is in March. In my search to celebrate all things good I have decided to celebrate Mother’s Day again! Once my few meagre daily chores were done I treated myself a quiet afternoon of catching up on recorded shows while doing some hand sewing.

The past week has been pretty busy. I spent a few hours in the garden cutting trees down and preparing to take the offcuts to the tip. What a difference a couple of hours makes. I find that every minute I spend making things better makes me feel better. Rebuilding after a breakup takes a lot of effort but it’s very rewarding.

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Although autumn is my favourite time of year, spring is a wonderful time of renewal. My shrubs and climbing plants are reaching for the sky …..

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This clematis is growing really well again this year. I love climbers.

My Sarah and I have been breathing new life into old planters. This planter used to be a triple decker …..

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I came up with the bright idea to chop off one tier. Well somehow with the help of an electric circular saw I managed to chop off the top tier. Now that Sarah has painted it this interesting shade of purple using proper garden furniture paint it looks fresh and ready for another year of showcasing annual plants. Said planter will be moved into its final resting position tomorrow once the paint is good and dry, and planted up with a variety of annual plants. So much can be done using what we already have. Repurposing furniture indoors has been rather interesting too.  I’ve always wanted to paint my existing pine stuff making it look a little shabby chic. I never realised I had the patience to revive old bits of boring stuff making it more interesting and full of character. You can do anything if you try hard enough.

Life is one absolutely wonderful adventure. Every day brings new challenges. Some of my challenges seem insurmountable at times but somehow, I always seem to work things out. Today, my challenge was trying to add someone to my Skype contacts in order to chat. Well given the fact that neither one of us is very tech savvy it did take a little time and effort to synchronise our efforts but we got there in the end. We didn’t give up. This just proves that if you work hard you can do anything.

Today I have no sewing progress. I have plenty of ideas that I am dying to get started but I’m doing my best to make progress on my ongoing projects. It’s taking all my willpower though.

To all my North American readers and any others who are celebrating Mother’s Day today, I wish you a very good one. I celebrate every good thing that happens in my life nowadays. Every little bit of progress I make is well worth celebrating.

Now I have a little bit of gossip to tell you today. I hope you’re sitting down ….. It seems that season 3 of Poldark will be airing here in the UK next month!!! I couldn’t believe my ears when Sarah told me. I guess I had better get the wine in ready for my evening treat of Mr. Poldark with a glass of wine.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be doing some EPP work. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly love. Remember, you can do anything if you try hard enough. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all enjoyed a superb weekend. I’ve attended a sewing event and done some Christmas shopping. I’m just adding the finishing touches. I’m looking forward to the big day arriving.

Now let’s get down to business. Most of you will have read that I have been contacted by a gentleman trying to work out what to get his quilt maker wife for Christmas. They have been married for forty-four years!!! And this year Mr. X doesn’t know what to get Mrs. X for Christmas. So here, in no specific order, are some of the suggestions that have come in over the last couple of days.

I, of course, suggested a long weekend quilt retreat. Sandy suggested a voucher/gift certificate for food to be delivered ready to eat so Mrs. X wouldn’t have to cook while she’s busy sewing.

Monica suggested new smart storage to keep Mrs. X fabric stash and tools neat and tidy or perhaps topping up her stash of backing fabric and/or batting. All very useful.

Sandra suggested starting or adding to Mrs. X pincushion collection. I particularly like that one but only because I like small collections of sewing tools and I hoard.

Jackie suggested a nice book but also was wondering if this man has a couple of thoughtful brothers for us to befriend!

Karen suggested a subscription to a crafty magazine. Excellent idea.

Susan suggested a full body massage to get Mrs. X ready to start the new year refreshed. A day at the Spa sounds an excellent idea to me.

Claire agreed with my idea of a weekend quilt retreat. A girl after my own heart!!!

Helen suggested a roll of batting, thread set or magazine subscription.  And Mary suggested that Mr. X do something to make Mrs. X sewing room more attractive and user friendly.

I would be very happy with any of these suggestions as my Christmas gift. I send out a big thank you to all the ladies who took the time to comment in order to send their suggestion.

I can’t believe how the days have just been melting one into the next. It seems not that long ago we were celebrating the arrival of 2016. Now we’re about to celebrate the arrival of the next!!!

Are you ready for Christmas? Are you still schlepping around the shops looking for gifts and have no idea where to start? I was like that last week. This year my shopping list is much shorter than in other years but no less a dilemma. Note to self; start working on Christmas in June. We put so much pressure on ourselves to make everything perfect. I for one know that perfect doesn’t exist. All we can do is our best and hope that our best is good enough for everyone. As far as I’m concerned, it’s not about the presents we give each other, it’s more about the way we treat each other all year round.

I usually pick a project to work on during the holidays but this year I haven’t even considered it. I don’t want to start a new project so I think I’ll concentrate on my Patchwork of the Crosses. For today my goals were to wrap a few presents, tidy up the tinsel strewn all over the floor in my living room, make a nice evening meal and perhaps step out to run an errand. I did all that and managed to finish a UFO. Way back in the spring I used up a few scraps from my apple core quilt. Back them I made quick work of piecing a few strips together to form this little quilt top.

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This afternoon I added some extremely simple embellishment consisting of sewing some lace onto the already quilted top. And then went on to turning the little quilt top in a notebook cover. So now my first 6-month notebook for 2017 is ready to be used. I certainly did not expect to be finishing that today. It wasn’t even on my To-Do List!

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So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be choosing a new hand sewing project and finishing off the toe part of a sock. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something Christmassy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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WINTER IS COMING SO THE VIOLAS WERE PLANTED TODAY

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fab day. It’s been sunny all day in my little corner of the northeast of England. I stepped out first things this morning to walk my Maisie in the sunshine. Now that she’s older she doesn’t enjoy the rain but makes the most of the sunny dry days.

My Sarah and I had a wonderful long weekend. There was a real buzz in the air in my little town as the Tall Ships Regatta was in our little port. The committee who put the event together did a wonderful job. I think the biggest hurdle to overcome was working out the parking situation. The council put out thousands of signs directing traffic to the designated park and ride areas. Sarah and I took a leisurely stroll to the port yesterday in the sunshine to see what all the fuss was about. It was the first time in the 23 years that I have lived in the UK that I have ventured out on a bank holiday!!! You know what??? I had a wonderful time. It’s been drummed into my head for so many years that we don’t go out on a bank holiday because of the crowds. Well we thru caution to the wind and headed out anyway. There were plenty of other attractions apart from the Tall Ships to see. There were street acts, food stalls, fairground rides and the main stage had a wonderful band performing songs that I actually recognised! The band consisted of 4 old dudes, my age, who played what I consider classic songs from the Eagles, The Beatles and local folk type bands but the song I enjoyed the most was Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. It’s ages since I went to a gig to listen to live music. What a sheltered life I have lived since coming to the UK.

With the coming of Brexit, the British economy has suffered a little in recent times. As I understand it, house sales have taken a nose dive but the rental property market seems to be booming. I couldn’t imagine renting my house in 24 hours …..

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Well now that the bank holiday weekend is over I guess it’s back to school time. I’m sure there are plenty of parents furiously trying to get their kids kitted out for school. I can remember the first day of school with fond memories. I wish I could turn back time. I would certainly have done things very differently given the chance.

So for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be doing a bit of hand quilting on the Sweethearts Dozen quilt. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing some that makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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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 …..

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Quilt marking pens.pencils

I’ve revamped old designs …..

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By adding a new twist …..

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

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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 ♥ ♥

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NEVER EVER STOP DREAMING

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a good productive day. Mine has been filled with paperwork, phone calls and emails. I love being busy. It keeps me out of trouble.

Yesterday I posted a photo of some funny looking nets. Well first I’m going to reveal what their original use was. Do you remember that I received some lovely flowers for my birthday? The flowers arrived in this smart slim box that fits thru the mail slot in my door …..

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Bday flowers from Sarah

The nets were placed over the delicate blooms so that they wouldn’t get damaged in transit. When I pulled the nets off the blooms it reminded me of some purpose bought nets which I use to tame thread.

I place the net over a spool of thread in order to keep the thread from tangling and unravelling all over the place. The purpose bought net, which I cannot find at the moment, came in one length which I can trim to size to fit spools and cones of thread. The bloom nets will be trimmed to fit whichever spool or cone I decide to use. At the moment I am using a net on spool of YLI hand quilting thread and it works a treat.

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Yesterday Christine commented that the nets could be used as peanut feeders for the birds. That’s a splendid idea Christine.  And Linda suggested that the nets could be placed over glass bottles to keep them from banging together in transit; another great idea. Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts with us. As always I love hearing from you. It’s what makes writing my blogposts worthwhile.

It’s been a great day in my little world. Slowly but surely I’m finding my new and improved role in life. My favourite part of each day is being creative. I didn’t do any sewing today but I did do some designing. Either one makes me very happy.

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 thoroughly enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥ 

 

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