Posts Tagged ‘beach huts’

Beach Hut Bag 1

Beach Hut Bag 2

Beach Hut Bag 3


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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fabulous day. Life in my little world is getting quite interesting. It’s been a summery day which makes everything work better. Let’s hope for more days like today.

As well as working on a secret project this morning, I worked on something that I can actually show you this afternoon. I’m working on one of my own designs. One that I designed a while back but this time I’ve tweaked it a bit to include a beach hut theme. I have other beach hut projects in the pipeline but this is the one I chose for today. After guiding a group of Burnopfield Belles thru the daunting task of Foundation Paper Piecing technique last week I decided that I would have a go too. I started with the most difficult part of starting a project ….. choosing fabrics. Once that was done I cut up the first foundation paper and started sewing. Because I had lost all track of time, in my mind I thought I would only have  enough time to piece one beach hut house …..

Beach Hut Project 1


but somehow I managed to piece four …..

Beach Hut Project 2


and then I went on to piece another four …..

Beach Hut Project 3


and I still had some time leftover before I had to disappear into the kitchen to make an evening meal. I needed a total of eight beach huts and I succeeded in piecing all eight in one session. I’m so pleased with my efforts today. I look forward to seeing this project finished and ready to use.

It’s been a great day in my little world. I’ve had a really good time playing in my sewing room. From my window I could see the birds feeding and flapping around in the bird bath. I enjoy watching the birds. And of course, the garden is at its best at the moment.  So I get quite a pleasant view from my sewing room window.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some hand quilting on my Sweethearts Dozen. 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 all enjoyed a sunshine filled day. I’ve had more energy today than I’ve had in quite some time. So I got everything on my To-Do List done and went on to do a few more things. My front garden has never looked tidier and my kitchen floor is downright sparkling clean. And my fridge is fully stocked with lovely healthy fresh food which will give me energy for the rest of the week.

In between jobs I sat and made a start on my mixed media background. I turned this white page …..

Blank white page

Into this …..

Adding colour to a blank white page

And once I finished adding colour and texture to the background I will add this journal page which will complete the first page of my scrapbook.

Mixed Media Art Journal Page

I’m not exceptionally good at this mixed media stuff but I am becoming more comfortable with it. I seem to accept my work as it turns out much more easily nowadays. This kind of artwork is fun and provides great therapy. I’m learning to use all those obscure art supplies I have purchased over the years that have been stored away to be used someday. I guess someday has arrived. Hopefully I’ll soon get around to using up all those fat quarters which I collected with the plan that I would use them someday.

I’ve had two projects bubbling up to the surface lately. Both involve beach huts and sunshine. The next step involves finding a few fat quarters in the right colours and pattern that would suit said projects. It always seems that no matter how much fabric you have in your stash you can never find the right print and shade. I’m going to do my best to use what I’ve got. Someday I will have used enough of my stash that I have room to store new collections.

Beach hut project inspiration

It’s been a really lovely day in little world. It feels like a long time since I’ve felt this good. At the moment everything is ticking over nicely. I hope the next few days go as well as today. I think I need a little trip to the beach for a little bit more inspiration for my new projects.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be joining some Quilts on the Grow Quiltlets. 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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Oh yes folks, you heard it here first. This very happy longarm quilter has had a fabulous Friday. I decided to have a day away from longarm quilting so my Sarah and I stepped for the morning. The sun was shining lifting our spirits and giving me more energy than any happy longarm quilter should be allowed to have or perhaps it was the caffeinated coffee that had an effect on me! We headed out to Tanfield to visit the lovely Bayberry Hollow. It’s a wonderful place to have a lovely coffee and a treat.

Treat at Bayberry Hollow

And they have a super gift shop. It was quite an adventure getting there as my satnav took us thru a wooded area, then thru the bush and all of a sudden we were amongst the cows. I was sure the satnav was sending us to the wrong place but it took us exactly to where we wanted to be. It was worth the scenic journey. And yes I am a cheater. I ate that tasty scone and drank that delicious coffee when I shouldn’t have. I purchased a gift for my hubby and my Sarah in the gift shop. We had a lovely morning out.

I picked up a couple of patterns yesterday while I spent the day with my whimsy ladies at Stitchin’ Heaven.

Beach Hut Projects

I love beach huts. And to be honest I cannot tell you where my love of beach huts comes from as I have never set foot inside one! And I’m not a water baby and I don’t worship the sun.

In celebration of the upcoming series of Downton Abbey, I have started working with my Downton Abbey fabrics. I purchased four different fabrics from the collection and I have decided to make a bag……

Downtown Abbey fabrics

well what else would this happy bag lady make? So I sat down and worked it out using my EQ7 software ……

Downton Project planned

I was only going to work it out and start cutting it out tomorrow afternoon but I got carried away …..

Lucie's Downton Bag

I’m still counting down the days until the first episode of the new series of Downton Abbey starts on Sunday ….

Downton Countdown

Now before I go, I pulled out this Scrappy Log Cabin which I started working on and finally joined up a few weeks ago. I have finally started working on a plan.

New whimsy project

I have decided that I’m going to do some whimsical applique on this quilt top. So I purchased a couple of new fat quarters which I think will stand out on this background.  I’m looking forward to getting started just to see what it will look like. I have really enjoyed my whimsical applique work lately. Sue asked me if my Mystery Whimsical Applique & Stitchery design is available for purchase. Well I was thinking I would like to release it as a quarterly pattern if there’s enough interest. So only time will tell.

So that’s my report for today. I have enjoyed every moment of my day. I wish everyday was like today. Tomorrow I have some finished quilts to deliver in the morning and in the afternoon I hope to play in my sewing room with my Downton Abbey fabrics again. Did you know that autumn starts on Sunday?

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some more planning. I hope you enjoy a peaceful evening doing something you enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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Time is just flying again. It seems that just five minutes ago I woke up from a long night’s sleep. I spent part of the day in my sewing room longarm quilting Mary’s lovely girly quilt. I love this quilt. It’s fresh and girly just the way I like my quilts. Mary left the choice of quilting designs to me. So today I decided to go with Cloud Nine which was designed by Patricia Ritter and a candy pink colour thread. I really pleased with my choices. Have a look at this sweetie ……

Mary's Girly Quilt 2


Mary's Girly Quilt 3


Mary's Girly Quilt 4


Mary's Girly Quilt 5


Mary's Girly Quilt

Mary, I love this quilt and before I could get the chance to envelope myself in its’ sweet loveliness, I decided I had better bag it ready to be delivered next week. I have put it away out sight out of mind. Now hopefully I won’t forget next Tuesday when I promised to deliver it.

Mary's Girly Quilt 6

Look what was on the front page of our local newspaper last Saturday.

Favourite Beach Huts

Those are my favourite local Beach Huts. It’s with these Beach Huts that my fondness of Beach Huts started. With this beautiful summer weather we’ve been experiencing I imagine these Beach Huts are being very well used. After the workmen disappeared shortly after lunch hubby and I stepped out to purchase some paint and on the way back we stopped off at the beach and had ice cream. Not just any old ice cream but Italian ice cream. It’s such a long time since I’ve had ice cream. When you’re on a slimming programme you don’t eat ice cream so today’s special treat was just that, a very special indeed.

It’s been a lovely day. And productive one too. Starting today my time is really my own for a few weeks. I have a few good things to look forward to such as The Festival of Quilts next month. I might get a little time with my Sarah although she’s got a social life of her own nowadays. And I can work on any of my UFOs or start new projects if that’s what I feel like doing. This feeling of freedom is great. It’s time to recharge my battery and find new inspiration along the way.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will probably do the same as last evening, which was work on some applique patches. Fun, fun, fun. Whatever you decide to do this evening, I hope you have fun too. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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I’m going to try to keep today’s post short. I got loads done today. The main that I got accomplished is longarm quilting my Double Monkey Wrench quilt. I started it quite late in the day but somehow I managed to get the job finished.

Double Monkey Wrench Quilted 1

Double Monkey Wrench Quilter 2

I decided on a quilting design called Plush designed by Hermione Agee and a cream colour thread. I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I machined the binding onto the front of the quilt and I plan on hand finishing this binding tomorrow morning while it’s cool. It’s simply too hot to have a quilt piled into my lap while I hand finish the binding at the moment.

You might remember that I earlier in the week hubby and I took ourselves off to Leven Crafts. Well here are two more purchases from my visit. The first is a little purple felt brooch and the other is a kit to make up a tote bag. Notice the Beach Huts?

Felt Brooch

Bag Kit

It’s been another really good day. We all stepped out this morning to run a few errands and then we all scattered to different areas of the house to get on with things. It’s been sunshine and warm temperatures all day. I wonder how long this seasonal weather will last. Let’s enjoy it while it lasts.

Well it’s time for me to work on my daily doodle. I will post a photo of said doodles soon. I think I forgot to post last weeks. You’re going to think I’m sleeping on the job! As well as doodling this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some whimsical applique and stitchery work. I can’t wait to reveal what I have been working on! What will you work on this fine summer evening? Whatever you decide to work on, I hope you enjoy it. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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I spent most of today out and about. Today was my hubby’s last day at home for a few weeks. Tomorrow he flies off to faraway lands to get some work done. So we had a nice day mooching about. We started the day off by collecting something at my local framing shop which I will show you later in this post. And then we popped into the post office to post a Mother’s Day present for my mother who lives in Montreal. Then it was off to Starbucks for a delicious coffee and onto Consett we went. I came home with a bag full of useful sewing notions. It was great fun picking out such things as straight pins, brass safety pins, an eyelet punch, magnifying tweezers, shoulder pads and a 4” embroidery hoop. Oh and somehow a couple of metres of fabric found its’ way into my bag as well. I’m pleased to have bagged a few bargains. It was a lovely ride to and from Consett. Miss Daisy was very well behaved.

Most of you will probably know that here in England it’s a bank holiday weekend. So Monday is  a holiday. No school for Sarah. With hubby flying off in the wee hours of Saturday morning, we will have to entertain ourselves. So Sarah has made plans and I have made a To-Do List. So here are a couple of things I plan to play with over the next three days……

I plan on testing this new gadget.

Gadget Ruler

And I plan on doing some magic on this letter “A”.

A for the weekend

And then I plan on turning this panel in something fun. I love this chicken panel. In fact I love whimsical chickens full stop. And this Red Rooster panel is beautifully whimsical. I’m planning to keep it simple but it will be fun to work on. I’m looking forward to this one.

Red Rooster Panel

Here’s a shot of the selvedge on the Red Rooster fabrics.

Red Rooster Panel Selvage

Every time I have written selvedge lately I wondered if I was spelling correctly. So this evening I went to Wikipedia to find out what the correct spelling is. So here is what it says; The selvage (US English) or selvedge (British English) is the term for the self-finished edges of fabric. The selvages keep the fabric from unravelling or fraying.[1][2] The selvages are a result of how the fabric is created. In woven fabric, selvages are the edges that run parallel to the warp (the longitudinal threads that run the entire length of the fabric), and are created by the weft thread looping back at the end of each row. In knitted fabrics, selvages are the unfinished yet structurally sound edges that were neither cast on nor bound off.[3][4] Historically, the term selvage applied only to loom woven fabric, though now can be applied to flat-knitted fabric. So it looks like I was right to question the spelling. You learn something new every day.

I have been checking the Design Seeds website recently for colour inspiration. Here’s the latest combination that I really liked. I find this website has wonderful inspiration.


I received a lovely thank you card last week from my adopted newbie, Carol. I was so touched by her handwritten words that I decided the little card, which was specifically chosen with me in mind, needed to be framed. The card is a piece of art in itself, with its’ colourful beach huts. You can almost feel the sea breezes and the warm sand between your toes when you look at it. So I took the card to my local framing shop last weekend and yesterday afternoon I got a phone call saying that the job was done. So we collected it today. As usual the people at Frameworks have done a superb job framing my artwork. So here is a sneak peek at my beautiful beach huts ready to hang on the wall. The written message part of the card is on the back of the picture where I can read it on days when I need to remember what the true meaning of life is. Thank you for boosting my confidence Carol. It’s so nice to know that someone thinks I’m special.

Carols Card

It’s been a lovely busy but quiet day. There was no rushing around like we usually do. We got lots done in a relaxed way. I’m really pleased to have a quiet weekend ahead of me. I want to get my house in order and then next week it’s back to the old grind.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some hand quilting. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope you’re taking time to smell the flowers. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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