Posts Tagged ‘Churn Dash Blocks’

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all been enjoying the bright and breezy sunshine. It’s been brilliant day in happy quilt maker land. I spent some productive time in my sewing room.

I decided to make a banner for the upcoming Quilts for Comfort event for a display table that the Burnopfield Belles will be adorning with some of their fine handy work. I kicked off the process by producing the required letters yesterday. I applied them to the background fabric and added a simple border. And I decided to longarm quilt it, so I loaded it into my system. I couldn’t wait to flash up this morning to get started. I quite enjoyed my little bit of freemotion quilting this morning. I sat quietly this afternoon and hand finished the binding. All that’s left to do is add the label and it will be ready in good time for the big event.


My sewing machine has been well used this week. I’ve done quite a lot of hand sewing lately but my sewing machine has been ignored for a while. I decided to make a start on making a craft bag …..


I wanted a simple sewing fix so as you can see there’s not a lot of piecing being done but I did use a couple of the fancy stitches on my machine. I’m looking forward to turning this fabric in a bag. Watch this space.

I recently embarked on an adventure of hand piecing a few dozen 6” blocks. Here’s one of four Churn Dash blocks I produced. I absolutely love hand piecing these small simple blocks ….


I can’t believe we’re already into March. We’ve had a few sunny days; they haven’t been warm but they have been good and bright. I’m itching to get out into the garden to tidy up but I think I should wait a couple of weeks until the danger of frost has passed. I have a few shrubs that need pruning which need protection from frost. I can already see some of the shrubs coming into bud. Spring must be just around the corner.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I’m meeting a friend for coffee and I’m attending an art exhibition. New artists produce such interesting work. I hope to come away inspired. I have taken to leaving a notebook by my bed just in case I find a little inspiration in my bedtime reading. I have been drawing new blocks from which I am producing blocks for my latest projects. It’s magic seeing a project go from paper to coming to life.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be prepping appliqué blocks. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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I’m so pleased it’s Friday. It’s been a pretty busy day in happy longarm quilter land. I have lots to be getting on with over the weekend but I can do it quietly at my own speed.

My Sarah and I stepped out this morning for a hair appointment, a visit to the garden centre for seeds, Stitchin’ Heaven to drop off a little taster sample of my Mystery Festive Whimsical Appliqué & Stitchery Quilt project. So if you want a little clue as to what to expect during my Whimsy classes pop into Stitchin’ Heaven and have a little preview of my taster up close and in person. It’s a fun appliqué project which is embellished with embroidery and anything you wish to add in order to stamp your own personality to it.


I did get to spend a little time in my sewing room today. I decided today was the day that I was going to piece some little spacer blocks. I chose the blocks a few days ago. I started with one of my favourite blocks which is the Churn Dash block…..


I cut up enough patches to make four blocks which will definitely be too many for the project I will be using them in but I’ve got a plan for the extras.


Then I moved onto the Broken Dishes block …..


And finished the day off with the Uneven Nine Patch block …..


I really enjoyed my session because I chose very simple blocks that will look super in the layout. The best part is that these blocks are only 6” blocks; they look so twee sitting on my design wall. I’m so used to working with full size 12” blocks that when I started piecing these tiddlers I couldn’t help but smile. Have you worked with little blocks lately? It’s so much fun. I hope to make a few more over the weekend.

Well it’s been an interesting week in happy longarm quilter land. There have been some happy moments and some sad moments. I reckon that’s what life is all about. We have to take the good with the bad and make the most of every situation. I plan to make the most of my quiet weekend. I have one appointment tomorrow around lunchtime and the rest of the weekend is my own. I hope to do some sewing and perhaps watch of DVD movie. I need to tidy my sewing room because I can’t find anything. I hope to use a little of my fabric stash making something interesting. It seems like I want to do an awful lot in such a short space of time. I guess we’ll have to see how things work out.

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 that makes you really happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥


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Oh dearie me! It has been a busy day in happy longarm quilter land. My day kicked off at 04:00am with a trip to the airport. It’s very dark at 4:00am! I’m glad I don’t have to do that very often. The rest of the day was spent meeting various quilt makers who need quilts longarm quilted for Christmas. Marion, who is an old timer like me, dropped off her Pink Lemonade quilt. And Margaret and Freda, relative newbies to quilt making, popped in with their masterpieces. I’m really looking forward to showing you their quilts as and when I complete the longarm quilting. Longarm quilting is a solitary pastime but I do see some extraordinary quilts!

In between meetings I slipped out to collect my new specs. I’ve been wearing my new specs since I collected them this morning and so far I’m able to see quite well. I’ll know better when I do some fine hand stitching later this evening.

I do a bit of sewing this afternoon. I worked on these wee blocks ……

Spacer Blocks

What fun it was to work on little blocks. I mainly work on 12” blocks so working on these little 6” spacer blocks was quite a treat. I have decided that I would love to work on a dolls quilt sometime soon. The Churn Dash/Double Monkey Wrench block happens to be one of my favourite. So perhaps I should make a dolls quilt/small table topper with Churn Dash blocks. I think it would be a manageable project. In fact I might even use some seasonal fabrics and make it jolly. I really enjoyed my little session today. It’s really satisfying to start and finish something all in one session.

I played with acrylic paint again today.  And the finishing touch was this raffia …….

Playing with raffia

And now the Thread Keepers are finished and they look like this……

Thread Keepers

These Thread Keepers are quite easy to make; especially if you’re doing a few at a time. Mind you, everything takes time. And this project is the type of thing that’s worth making as they make great gifts.

It’s been a superb day in happy longarm quilter land. I got more done than I expected I would. And the icing on the cake is that I got to meet a couple of new quilt makers for the very first time. There are so many enthusiastic crafters out there. And I would love to meet them all. I wonder what would happen if I gathered up every crafter that I have met over the last five years in one room. That would be one great party!

I have chosen a nice project to work on this evening……

Drawn applique block

Do you remember this block which I drew last week for my “A” is for Applique challenge? Well tonight I’m going to start fine hand stitching the patches to the pieced background. It’s the perfect project to test my new specs. I’ll let you know how I get on soon.

A is for applique progress

So you already know what I’m going to be working on this evening, so all that’s left is to wish you a splendid evening working on something as interesting as I will be working on. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥


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