Posts Tagged ‘“A” is for Applique’

Well it was back to the old grind for this happy longarm quilter today. The run up to Christmas has officially started for me. I loaded June’s quilt into my longarm quilting system last week. So first thing this morning I clicked go and I set off on another adventure longarm quilting June’s elongated hexagon quilt. June left the choice of quilting designs up to me. So I chose Flirtacious designed by Irene Steele of Timeless Quilting Designs and a lovely fine natural colour thread. Flirtacious just sits quietly in the background so you can pay attention to the piecing and fabrics. After working on this quilt all day I feel the need to work on some elongated hexagons! I hope to get the binding done tomorrow.

June's Quilt


The first “A” is for Applique August block photo arrived in my inbox this afternoon. The theme for August is Welcome. As usual Donna has done fab job with her block……

Donnas August Block

I have to put my hand up and admit that mine is not done yet. I have had that much going on lately that all I have is ideas on paper for which I have not connected the dots yet. So you can guess what I’m going to be working on this evening…..

August The Welcome Block

Apart from a dentist appointment and a flying visit to the post office to collect three parcels which we missed on Saturday, I spent all day in my sewing room longarm quilting. Over the last few days I have been listening to a Bernard Cornwell story called Sharpe’s Fury. Longarm quilting can be a solitary occupation so audio books are super for alleviating the loneliness.

The next quilt to be given the happy quilter treatment is pieced using Liberty Tana Lawn fabric and consists of hundreds of 1” squares. It’s another rather large quilt which will take a couple of days to work thru. I hope to bring you a progress report about that in a few days.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be putting her feet up and doing a bit of whimsical applique work and finalising a Welcome Block for “A” is for Applique. I hope you spend your evening doing something splendid. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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While I was keeping busy this afternoon many thoughts ran thru my mind. One of which was that although it’s late Sunday afternoon the weekend isn’t over yet. I have another day to play to my hearts’ content. Yes folks, this happy longarm quilter gets to play again tomorrow.

I spent a couple of hours in the company of my Sarah. We didn’t just sit around. We stepped out to top up supplies in the kitchen. I figured if I went out for groceries today I wouldn’t have to do it again during the week. That way I would have lots of time to do some longarm quilting. I have purposely kept my appointments to a minimum this week so I could spend plenty of time catching up. I have a few deadlines over the next few weeks which I am determined to meet. So it is very important for me to have this quiet time to focus on my work.

To offset the busy quiet I will be spending this coming week I decided to do something that I enjoy which I don’t get a chance to do often enough. I took my Friendship Star Table Runner up to my freemotion quilting room and started the task of quilting it. I used Angela Walters Dot-to-Dot method. It’s such a simple way of machine quilting but very effective. I would normally prefer to stitch curvaceous designs but the Dot-to-Dot patterns are growing on me. I find the straightish stitching lines are quite funky and suite the lively fabrics that I used in the construction of this particular quilt top.

I didn’t complete the job this afternoon. I did finish quilting the blocks but the border will have to wait until tomorrow. I will be sewing in the thread ends this evening. I look forward to seeing this job finished and the table runner sitting on the surface it was intended for. Here are a few photos …….

Dot2Dot 1


Dot2Dot 2


Dot2Dot 3


Dot2Dot 4

I have been collecting funky fabrics in order to piece a lively quilt top for a while now. And so far I have set aside sixteen fat quarters. When I have acquired 24 I will start to piece a project. I have no idea what I will make yet but I’m going to enjoy the process.

Funky Fabrics

Once again, I’ve had a really good day. I did a few chores, stocked the fridge and larder, cook another nice meal and did something creative. Have you had a little time for creative pursuits today?

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be sewing in thread ends and hopefully designing an “A” is for Applique block for August. I hope you all have a super evening doing what you like best. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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Well I think I’m back on track now. I went AWOL yesterday because I needed a little break but I think I’m getting back into the groove now. I’ve done a whole load of little jobs this weekend. I played with a particular selection of fabrics yesterday.

Selection of Fabric

I have been using this little selection in my Mystery Whimsical Applique & Stitchery project. I made some applique patches …..

Applique patches from selection of fabric

And tacked said applique patches to the background fabric …..

Applique patches tacked to background

I’m now working on part 3 and it’s coming along nicely. I can’t wait to see the whole project joined up together. I really like the selection of fabric I used. It was originally intended for a Bargello project but when the opportunity of teaching my mystery quilt came up I decided that it would be a lovely selection of fabrics for this project. So the heart shaped Bargello has been put on the back burner for the time being.

Something else I worked on over the weekend ……

Wonky Log Cabin2

I pieced some Scrappy Log Cabin blocks back in May but had to set them aside to work on other stuff. Well I decided to join them up yesterday. I was thinking about using this for a background for some more whimsical applique. One way or another I will be adding a couple of borders to finish it off nicely.

Scrappy Log Cabin Blocks Joined

My Sarah and I stepped out this morning in search of an ice cube tray. My ice tray was old and it wasn’t easy to remove the ice cubes from it. And although we only went out to purchase an ice cube tray we came home with a few other things of course. I bought these vintage looking buttons

Vintage look buttons

and my Sarah treated me to this birdhouses rubber stamp. I love this little rubber stamp

Birdhouses rubber stamp

And possibly the most important task of the weekend was to load Joan’s fab quilt into my longarm quilting system. It wasn’t easy to choose the thread colour for this quilt. Blues can sometimes be difficult to match. I have narrowed it down to midnight blue and white. And Joan has selected two different quilting designs. Both of which would look really good on this particular quilt. I’ll make the final decisions when I flash up the system.


The “A” is for Applique July blocks, Looking out my Window are arriving in my inbox in dribs and drabs. Here’s Anne’s block. If you would like to view all the blocks so far click here.

Anne's Block Looking out my Window - Copy

Well tomorrow is Monday, the first day of the week. Looking at my weekly diary, it looks like it’s going to be a pretty busy one yet again. I don’t think there will be much time for playing in the sewing room. We’ll just have to wait and see how things play out.

So what have you been doing this weekend? I hope you’ve had some time to play with fabrics and sewing machines. If you’re just coming home from your summer holiday, I hope you’ve had a wonderful relaxing time. I’ve had a really good time working on this and that. I’ve even taken the time to do a little tidying up but as usual got distracted. Tomorrow is another day……

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will probably be working on some hexagons or tumbling blocks. I fancy a little play with EPP this evening just to make a change from applique work. I hope whatever you decide to do this evening, it’s something enjoyable. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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Today I was given the opportunity of helping out a few newbies. Yes I went up to Stitchin’ Heaven today to help out with a few beginners. Anne is under the weather a wee bit so Mick asked me to help out today. So I made my way up north and sat with the beginners on the off chance that they might have questions. The Dresden block is one I could do with my eyes shut. It’s such an easy block to make but looks more complicated than it is. I learned something today. One thing is that people pull together when things go wrong. And secondly we all work differently but quite often the result is very similar. I enjoyed spending time with like-minded people today. I look forward to catching up with the Wednesday ladies next week.

I have a little progress report on the “A” is for Applique July blocks. Here are a few that I received photos for recently….

Suzanne's Looking out my window block copy






The theme for the July challenge was Looking out my Window. Isn’t it amazing how different all the blocks are? The last photo is of Sandra’s Block which is done on canvas using mixed media techniques. So even if you don’t partake in quilt making you can join the “A” is for Applique challenge.

Well it’s been a lovely day for this very happy longarm quilter. Tomorrow we’re collecting my Sarah’s A level results and then going off for a crafty painting session at The Crafts House. I have no idea what I shall work on but I have no doubt I will enjoy my session. Friday I hope to do a wee bit of Freemotion Quilting using my Bernina 750. It’s a long time since I last did any machine quilting using one of my domestic machines so I’m setting some time aside just for that. I will soon be going back to my normal routine and I haven’t even done half of the things I wanted to do during my down time. More than ever, I think we should fit as many things as we can into every day. However I do think it’s important to stop and smell the flowers now again. All too often we don’t have time to enjoy what we happen to be doing because there are so many things that need doing!

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be putting her feet up and reading the latest issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects. I hope you have a lovely evening whatever you decide to do. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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And what do we do at the end of the month? Well we announce the next theme for “A” is for Applique. The theme for August is a ……..


I have to admit that I’m running behind on my “A” is for Applique blocks. I still have embroidery to do on my July block but I have some ideas for August’s Welcome Block. It’s not a theme that I have ever tackled before but I think it will look nice with the blocks I have made so far. Remember that these blocks can be whatever you want them to be. I look forward to seeing the different interpretations.

Just when I thought all my indoor work was done …… it looks like my tumble dryer needs to be replaced. So that means a trip out to choose and collect a dryer tomorrow. And then we need to dispose of the old one and fit the new one. Hopefully it will be a straight swap.

Now on to what’s been happening in happy longarm quilter land today. I mentioned yesterday that today was going to be pretty busy with window work. Well the glaziers came back this morning to finish off the work on my bay window. They did a great job with my ginormous window. We needed some extra plaster work around the window and so the glaziers had to come back to finish sealing and removing the plastic covering that protects the frames from damage in transit and during the installation. My new windows are gleaming now. The best part of the day was having my new verticals blinds installed. I felt like I was living in a goldfish bowl for the past week. This evening I can get away from the madding crowd by closing the blinds. Tomorrow is another day. The next step is to make a valance/pelmet. It will just be a simple valance. In this case I prefer simple to formal.

A few weeks ago I was reading Natalie Lymer’s blog and she was talking about her favourite notions. One of Natalie’s favourites is Vilene H410 interfacing which gives her fabric stability when she does hand stitching. I’m always happy to try new supplies, especially if I think it might work better than what I have been using. So I found a supplier here in the UK and ordered some. It arrived today and this evening I will be testing it for the first time. So far I have to agree that the Vilene H410 interfacing irons on beautifully. It didn’t lift or bubble. So I will come back to you and let you know how it stitches. Does anyone out there in blog land use H410 and have you had good results? I would love to hear about your experience.

Vilene H410

Vilene H410 a

I had a busy day. I laid out two more Mystery Whimsy blocks and thoroughly enjoyed myself. It’s really nice to work quietly and at a reasonable speed. All too often I have to run from one task to the next and don’t get to enjoy it. I have been able to put my creative ideas into practice. And just lately I have been able to take the time to enjoy the process. Fantastic. This is how life should be.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some stitchery work which I’m really looking forward to. Whatever you decide to do this evening, I hope you’re as pleased with your efforts as I am of mine. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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Well it’s been a quiet day in happy longarm quilter land. We were waiting for a delivery ……. I treated myself to a cone thread stand for my Bernina 750. As most of you know I am a longarm quilter. And as such I buy miles of thread every year and most of it comes on cones. Well most domestic sewing machines cannot accommodate thread on cones. So I need a special contraption to hold cones …… I have such contraptions for my other sewing machines but this time hubby went internet shopping and found a free standing thread stand which I can use with any of my sewing machines. Here’s a little peek at the top of the thread stand……

Cone Thread Stand

I spent loads of time working in my sewing room and listening to my mp3 story this afternoon. I mainly worked on my Mystery Whimsy project. I ended the day by tracing hearts on cereal box card for templates which I will supply my students with. Isn’t cereal box card the best? So useful and the ultimate way of upcycling is by making quilt making templates from it.

Cereal card templates

After my special delivery arrived this morning, we all stepped out. We took my little Maisie to Pets at Home to buy her a new collar. Here she is resting after her very exciting outing. And yes she is wearing her new collar.

Maisie's new collar

Maisie marched thru the pet supply shop with her little legs going in all directions not knowing where to go next. Everybody was talking to her and rubbing her. She’s an adorable little King Charles spaniel who is so friendly that it makes her quite simply lovable. She’s a cheeky little dog who keeps us on our toes.

Well I guess that’s my report for today. It doesn’t sound like I did much today but what I did do took time and effort. I used freezer paper, straight pins, scissors, an iron, needle and thread, marking pencils and stitch ripper. And that’s just to name a few tools which I touched in the course of my time in the sewing room this afternoon. I hope to do it all over again tomorrow although I’m not sure if I will be able to because I have workmen coming in to finish off the bay window in the morning and the vertical blinds will be installed in the afternoon. It will be great to get the living room totally finished. There will be more work done later this week but it will be outdoor work only. It’s been another brilliant day. We had a sprinkling of rain but mostly sunshine. The temperatures are much more comfortable at the moment.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be cutting out templates and doing some stitchery work on my “A” is for Applique July block. Whatever you decide to do this evening, I hope you’re enjoying the summer weather while you can. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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It’s been another interesting day in the life of this happy longarm quilter. My hubby and I stepped out to run a few errands this morning. We delivered the Bear Quilt to the ever smiling Amy who was in very good spirits and offered us a cuppa. The lovely Eileen joined us in delivering two more absolutely gorgeous quilts. So the Quilts for Comfort inventory increased by at least three today.

I have been pretty busy this month and I’m afraid to report that my July “A” is for Applique block is not finished. In fact I am cheating by using a block which I made a couple of months ago while guiding Jackie thru the steps I use for successful hand applique. The theme for July is Looking out my Window….. and the block is exactly what I would I see looking out both my front and back windows. So I thought rather than declare this an orphan block I would use it wisely instead. I plan to add some stitchery work to it to jazz it up a little. The fabrics I used are from the same collection I made the three first blocks for “A” is for Applique. So it’s a win win situation for this happy longarm quilter. I guess it’s almost time to reveal the theme for August so I promise I’ll announce that later in the week.

Looking out my Window

I started working on my little heart shaped pebble yesterday……..

Courage Heart Stone

I plan to add some doodling and/or colour to this pebble but in the meantime here’s something to think about; Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

Here’s another sneaky wee peek …..

Whimsy Sneaky Peek

at my Mystery Whimsical Applique & Stitchery Project. Every day I put a little more work into this project. It’s all pretty exciting now because it is laid out on my design wall and looking great. Eeeeeee….. how exciting. I feel like doing cartwheels on the front lawn; and I haven’t even been drinking real coffee today. Imagine if I was! I can’t wait to start teaching this project next month.

So I guess that’s my little report for today. I’m still enjoying my summer. I have so much to look forward to next month. My life is full of great things at the moment. I wish things were always as interesting as they are right now.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will possibly be doing some stitchery work on Looking out my Window block or do a bit of daily doodling. Whatever you decide to do, I hope good things are coming your way. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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