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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all enjoying the beginning of autumn. We’ve had some dull and blustery weather lately. I’ve been watching the leaves tumbling to the ground. It’s a bit sad seeing the trees lose their leaves but I must admit that autumn is my favourite time of year. I’m already snuggling under patchwork quilts in the evening and as the days get cooler I’m starting to wear my cosy woollies. In the week or so, I’ll start wearing my boots. And the menu has changed to winter warming soups and stick to your ribs casseroles. Yahoo.

I attended a Burnopfield Belles meeting a couple of weeks ago. We started a new challenge for Quilts for Comfort. We have a small library of traditional block design instructions. We have all chosen a block design and we will all make a block including layering and quilting by the next meeting. You’ve probably already guessed that we’re using the Quilt as You Go method of joining the blocks together. I chose the Churn Dash block which is kind of my go to block when I don’t know what to choose. I scratched around and found some fabric that would be suitable for a boy’s quilt because we have decided that we’re going to make a boy’s quilt.


Once my fabric was chosen I was off. I love sitting quietly of an evening hand sewing. So, I pieced my block by hand.


Now I will layer it up and add some simple hand quilting, enough stitching to hold the block firmly together while going thru the wash. I love a nice simple challenge.

This morning while I was in my sewing room the blackbirds seem to be popping in regularly to use my bath. One after another they landed and had a good old splash around. This photo isn’t very clear as it was taken thru the window which has a film on it to protect against the bright sunshine.


Speaking of birds …..


I added some freemotion quilting to these old specimens. They need a wee bit of embellishing now. I think I’ll add some small beads for eyes.

Autumn is definitely here; the kids have gone back to school and we’re starting to make plans for Christmas. Sarah and I have discussed what we want to do for Christmas this year. Now that I’m a single parent, we can start new traditions. Making new memories is very important when you’re faced with rebuilding your life. Slowly but surely things are falling into place and life is starting to look pretty good again.

I spent some time in garden this afternoon pruning and clipping shrubs. A half hour tidy in the garden makes all the difference. I have purchased some plants for my funky planter that sits beside my front door. A few inexpensive pansies, some ivy plants and some bargain conifers will look splendid. That’s tomorrow’s job.

As we zoom along toward the end of the year, I have this hankering to learn a new technique. I’m not sure what I want to learn but I’m on the lookout for learning another skill. Perhaps I will take up dressmaking. I dabbled in dressmaking many years ago. Perhaps that would satisfy my longing to take up something new.

October got off to good start. The weather has been pretty good. We haven’t experienced any frost yet but there’s always tomorrow. As I understand it, the western provinces of Canada have had snow recently!!! That’s something I really miss living here in the UK. We don’t see much snow in my little corner of the northeast of England.

Speaking of Canada, I would like to wish all my Canadian readers a very very happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all get to share a meal with your loved ones in peace and with joy.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be hand finishing the binding on the Sweet Dresden Lollipop quilt project. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly love. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovely readers. I thought I’d pop in with a quick report this evening. My challenge isn’t finished yet though. I still have a long road ahead of me to complete what I need to complete.

The past week has been so very busy for this happy longarm quilter. I attended two volunteer events, I longarm quilted a large quilt and I taught two beginners classes as well as working on a rather large challenge. There were times when I didn’t know if I was coming or going. Looking at my diary for the coming week it looks like things will be a little quieter letting me catch up with the rest of the world.

Last week I longarm quilted Joan’s quilt which is a Turning Twenty. Joan pieced her Turning Twenty using a variety of Japanese prints. Joan chose a quilting design called Exquisite by Hermione Agee of Lorien Quilting and I stitched it out using a Sahara beige thread that blends in beautifully. Joan has made this quilt for her daughter. I’m sure this lovely quilt will be cherished for many years to come.



I spent Friday and Saturday teaching my beginner’s sampler quilt class. And as usual my ladies were in great spirits and very enthusiastic to get on with their work. I must show you a little gift I received from one of my ladies. Sue quite often gives me a beach hut related gift. It’s so lovely to be remembered. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love beach huts. This lovely tin is especially pretty. It looks like a soft water colour painting …..


So because I like this little tin so much I decided that I want to use it for something useful; something that I will be able to handle and use every day. So I made this little cushion …..


which I will insert inside the pretty little beach hut tin and this will enable me to use it as a pin keeper. I have boxes for different projects which include mini sewing kits so another pin keeper will be very useful. Thank you so much for the lovely tin, Sue.


I spent today doing mundane household chores but I did get to spend a little time in my sewing room working on one of my own projects. I went back to Mr. Chillingsworth …..


and worked on spacer blocks. Sarah asked for some star blocks so I chose this variable star …..


and for the smaller spacer blocks …..


I chose these smaller Churn Dash blocks. I didn’t realise until today but the Churn Dash block must be one of my favourites because I use it quite often. I’ll need at least four more spacer blocks and I have decided that an Uneven Nine Patch will be perfect. Have you noticed that I stuck to simple blocks? And although the blocks are simple I think it will still be an interesting quilt. I really don’t have a lot of time or energy at the moment so simple is good. As usual less is more.

I spent most of this afternoon composing pattern instructions for a collaboration project with my friend Carolyn. The actual sample is finished and looks fantastic. And trust me I can’t wait to reveal it but I have to be patient and wait until everything is ready to go.


So I can confirm that everything is fine in happy longarm quilter land. It’s been a veritable hive of activity. Sometimes life is just like that. I’m looking forward to quiet relaxing evening watching Downton Abbey and working on my armchair project.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some stitchery work. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something relaxing in readiness for a busy week ahead. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥


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