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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 ♥♥

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   

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 ♥ ♥

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 ♥ ♥

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 ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies. I hope you all had a very enjoyable week. It’s been a brilliant week in my little world. After being warned by the weather office that a horrible weather was coming our way we were not disappointed. I woke Friday morning to a lovely dusting of snow. I was so excited that I trip over a piece of furniture which mad an almighty noise waking up the whole household. So even my Sarah got to see the beautiful fresh lying snow. As soon as daylight arrived I got myself dressed and took my little Maisie out for her walk. I was walking along crunching snow underfoot enjoying the crisp cold morning whilst Maisie was walking along not revelling in beauty of the snow. She was cold and definitely wanted to go home where it was much warmer and a whole lot cosier. I enjoyed every minute of my morning walk. I’m wishing for another lovely fresh dusting of snow again soon.

I don’t feel like I’ve done much of anything this past week but in actual fact I got quite a lot done but not much sewing. I did a bit of spring cleaning which involved disposing of stuff that was surplus to requirement. I played a little with letters and I did quite a lot of hand quilting. I ran endless errands and did a little socialising. I’ve realised that socialising helps me top up on my levels of inspiration and recharges my batteries.

Do you know what? I can’t believe that it’s already mid-January. Two weeks of the new year have disappeared. Two weeks down and I haven’t made much progress on my 17 UFOs in 2017. I have concentrated on hand quilting my Sweethearts Dozen. I am currently stabilising the outer blocks by stitching in the ditch around all the blocks. I will then do a little diagonal stitching thru the blocks omitting the shapes. I have kept the quilting rather simple for this quilt. I like simple.

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I’ve also played with letters. I was set a challenge to produce a few self-adhesive letters earlier in the week. I was aiming to produce letters which were a little bigger than the templates I had. So, after a little thought I formulated a plan of action and produced these. Little challenges make life interesting.

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My quest to learn something new every day is coming along nicely. As a rule, I research loads of stuff on Google and learn loads about different things on a regular basis. Just recently, I have learned a couple of words that I had never heard before, one such word is prevaricate; which means to speak or act in an evasive way. Thanks to Google for supplying the meaning of this new word for me.

I would like to say that I learned a new technique this past week but I haven’t. I do have a few Craftsy classes stored up for watching which I know for sure I will learn something new. So, I had better set some time aside to watch said classes in order to learn something new.

I am aching to start a new project but I’m determined not to start anything new until I make considerable progress on my UFOs. I must admit that I have worked on my Tilda Bumblebee Blog Hop project which I will post on Tuesday next week. So, don’t forget to pop in on Tuesday to see what I’ve done. I’m quite excited to be able to tell you that I have met the challenge I set myself for the beginning of the new year.

My friends know me so well. They know what I like and what’s dear to me. Here’s a little something I received as a Christmas present …

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I have added all my appointments and special dates on my new calendar. I have hung said calendar in a prominent place so that I can glance at Mr. Poldark several times a day.

I recently came across a great quote which I want to share with you today ….. Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny ~ C. S. Lewis  Isn’t that a nice thought?

It’s been an interesting beginning of the year for me. Things sure have changed since this time last year. I have done a lot of soul searching over the last eleven months. One of my new year’s resolutions is to concentrate on the future. We can use the past as a learning tool but the future is really what’s important now. I have so many things to be grateful for and I look forward to enjoying all the magical things that 2017 has in store for me.

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 something you truly enjoy doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fabulous day. I filled my day with this and that; did a whole lot of useful tasks. I kicked off my day with a trip to my dentist who proceeded to sort out my silly smile. I no longer look silly. The procedure was pain free. Hooray. All this followed by a trip to the tip to dispose of Christmas rubbish and a few other surplus to requirement things.

I received an email from Viv today asking a question about Dresden Plate blocks. It occurred to me that not everyone knows how to turn a simple Dresden template into a Dresden Blade. So, here’s a little tutorial showing what I do ….

Quilting adds texture

I always start with freshly pressed fabric. I find that if you remove the creases you can trace and cut more accurately ….

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Take your fabric shape and fold in half on the length aligning the sides …..

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Now sew across the top using a 1/4” seam allowance …..

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I like to clip the corner because it helps remove some of the bulk and gives you a sharper point …..

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Now make sure your sides are aligned and finger press a guideline down the back (spine) of the blade …..

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Now turn your blade right side out and push the point out carefully with a dull pencil (I use a sharpened chopstick) …..

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Align the seam with the folded guideline and press …..

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Now repeat the process until you have enough blades to form a plate. Wasn’t that easy???  I love the Dresden Plate block. It’s so easy but very effective.

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I didn’t get any sewing done today. So, I have no progress to show you but I’ll make up for that over the weekend and post something next week.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be doing some more hand quilting. I hope to make some headway on my Sweethearts Dozen over the weekend. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching  ♥ ♥