Posts Tagged ‘Foundation Paper Piecing’

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable weekend. I’ve had a glorious day flitting around doing this and that. My Sarah was out hunting and gathering art supplies for her final assignments. The best part of my day was finishing the homework I got from my latest Quilts for Comfort volunteer day with the Burnopfield Belles.


In between tidying, put on loads of washing and picking up litter from my front garden I stepped into my sewing room and started the homework. The Belles have decided to piece a quilt using the Foundation Paper Piecing technique as a group. FPP is a brilliant way to piece a quilt as a group because it’s so accurate. The Anne wrote instructions and demonstrated how it works. I’ve done FPP but it was really good to have a refresher course.


I’m so pleased to have been able to help. I love joining in and working on something as a group. I have no doubt this quilt will be gorgeous when it’s done. And I have come away with a real sense of accomplishment having pieced 27 blocks all in one sitting!!!

In my last report, I posted about working on some spool blocks …..


Well last evening I finished piecing the last block making a total of 4 spool blocks. I pieced the blocks by hand and thoroughly enjoyed the process. In fact, I enjoyed the hand sewing so much that I decided that I will hand piece 4 Churn Dash blocks. The project for which these latest blocks are being pieced is a work in progress but also on my UFO list because I started drawing it last year. So, watch this space on further progress reports about this project.

It’s been a great day in my little corner of the northeast of England. We had some sunshine and some blustery wind but all in all it’s been a nice day. I’m pleased with my accomplishments for today and seeing my Sarah progress nicely with her work is always rewarding.

I came across a good quote recently on Pinterest ….. A mistake repeated more than once is a decision ~ Paulo Coelho. This quote is definitely food for thought.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be doing some prep work in order to produce 4 Churn Dash Blocks. 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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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 glorious summers day. It’s been absolutely sultry here; warm and breezy just the way I like it. Roll on summer …..

The day has finally arrived to choose the three winners of my Summer Giveaway competition. As you know the prizes have grown from two to three and I have added a few extra bits to each prize bundle. Without further ado here are the winners: 

Judy Messenger, Rhode Island

Julie Fowkes, Nottingham

Sandy, Doncaster

Congratulations ladies. I have emailed you all in order to get your mailing addresses so I can post your prize bundles off as soon as I can.

It was very interesting seeing that I have so many readers living all over the world. It’s fantastic that patchwork and quilting and crafts of all description brings us all together. Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the competition. I have plans to run another competition soon, so keep dropping in so you don’t miss out on the opportunity of entering.

It’s been a fantastic day in my little world. Once again I got the opportunity to do exactly as I please. While I was busy doing as I pleased my Sarah stepped out to meet her beau in town for a spot of retail therapy. I had a lovely time in my sewing room again today. The birds were popping into the garden to eat a little something at the feeding station and then have a quick refreshing bath before flying off. They were lined up on the fence waiting their turn. It’s quite lovely watching them. When I wasn’t looking out the window I did a wee bit of sewing. I turned my two beach hut strips into a small quilt top …..

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And then went on to layer up the quilt top and move on to a little machine quilting with some degree of success …..

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You will notice that I have kept this project really simple. I needed a little more than a short sharp sewing fix but I didn’t want to struggle along the way. So after two sessions I have finished the quilt top which will be turned into something useful. You will have to wait a little longer before you see what I will turn this project into. I hope to get it finished over the weekend and post the finished result on Sunday. So pop in again soon.

It was lovely doing exactly as I pleased today. I seem to be able to do that more often lately. My To-Do List has all been crossed off. And I have started making a list for tomorrow. I ‘m hoping to be as productive tomorrow as I have been today. I might even step out into the garden with my pruning scissors and start shaping shrubs. Any reason to be outside in good summery weather will do to get me out these days.

So for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious longarm quilter will be doing some hand quilting on my Sweethearts Dozen quilt. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly love doing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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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 had a super fine day. My day has been full of surprises making it a very pleasant day indeed.

I think I’ll start by posting a few photos from yesterday’s Burnopfield Belles group meeting. We all came together to learn how the Foundation Paper Piecing techniques works. Everyone was successful and just to prove it here are a few photos of the blocks produced. Please note that I did not get a photo of everyone’s blocks …..

FPP Log Cabin 3

FPP Log Cabin Block 1

FPP Log Cabin Block 2

FPP Log Cabin Block 4

FPP Log Cabin Block 5

It was a really good meeting. We had fun while learning something new and useful. I love it when a plan comes together. Here’s a shot of most of the ladies concentrating on prepping fabric …..

Burnopfield Belles

I was working on some secret projects today. You will have to wait a while before I can post about said project but I can show you what I did at the end of the day when I had a little bit of time left before having to disappear into the kitchen to make an evening meal …..

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I felt I needed a little fix of using my sewing machine. So I sewed a few leftover strips from my apple core quilt. I think I will probably be turning this into a notebook cover. I will layer this little quilt top and add some top stitching. And before I know it, I will have another notebook cover. I would like to add a pocket for my pen on the front of the cover. I hope to bring you the finished project soon.

So it’s been a pretty good day in my little world. I got plenty of everything done at my favourite slow and measured pace. I’ve had an interesting time playing with scraps. And I received two bouquets of flowers today! I’m a very lucky happy quilter girl.

So for this evening, this very happy and ambitious longarm quilter will be doing some EPP work on my Quilts on the Grow project. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly love. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fab day. As usual have I have kept but I didn’t do anything of any great consequence. I spent the day tying up loose ends. I caught up on some chores from my To-Do List. Now I can have a good play.

So let’s get caught up on what I have been working on. First I can show you four more Quilts on the Grow block which I pieced over the last couple of days …..

Quilts on the Grow July Blocks

These blocks need to be secured onto the background and then quilted lightly. I’m a little over halfway to making the 52 blocks needed to complete this project. I’m tickled pink that I managed to carry on working on this project. And I’m pretty much on track time scale wise. I should be making four blocks a month, so as it’s June now I should have 24 blocks done but I have 29 blocks done which means I’m one month ahead!!! This Quilt as You Go method is a great way of working because once all the blocks are done the quilt is done too.

Something that was on my To-Do List for today was to prepare for my Burnopfield Belles sewing meeting tomorrow. I’ll be guiding the Belles thru the daunting technique of Foundation Paper Piecing. This is a technique which I learned many years. And to me it’s a breeze but for some it’s a difficult technique to learn. So I made copies of the foundation papers and prepped some fabric in readiness to show them how it all works. Seeing is believing. I am a visual person and I feel that there’s nothing like a good demo as well as a written description to which you can refer to just to remind you how it works. I’m looking forward to catching up with the Belles tomorrow. Just in case you didn’t know the Burnopfield Belles are a group of ladies who come together monthly who are interested in helping Quilts for Comfort.

FPP demo

Today is Tuesday, the second day of the work week. I’m caught up on everything on my To-Do List for the moment. I’m grateful to have had a chance to spend some time in my sewing room preparing for tomorrow’s meeting with the Burnopfield Belles. I’m grateful for the sun that graced us this morning. I’m grateful for the fact that I’m in reasonably good health at the moment. Most of all I’m grateful for my loving family and friends. Without their encouragement I wouldn’t be the person I am today. What are you grateful for today?

It’s been a really good day in my little world. I have accomplished more than I expected to accomplish in one day. Some days things just run smoothly when other days nothing works as you would like it to. It would be nice if every day was like that.

So for this evening, this very happy and ambitious longarm quilter will be working on prepping a few more blocks for my Quilts on the Grow project. 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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Hello my lovelies. I hope you all had a fabulous day. I’ve already started to slowdown. I’m working at my slow and measured pace recharging my batteries.

So apart from an appointment with my hairdresser and another appointment with Lynn who collected her finished quilt, I didn’t spend much time in my sewing room. I pieced a few Quarter Square Triangles for Mr. Chillingsworth …..


I shopped for a quilting design for Mr. Chillingsworth last evening …..

LQPANTO243 Gossamer

I think this quilting design called Gossamer by Hermione Agee will look great on this Mr. Chillingsworth quilt. It almost looks like a spider web but not too spooky.

I still have a couple of beginner’s mixed classes this week before we break up for Christmas. And of course I would like to present my lovely ladies with a bit of a Christmas challenge they can take away and work on over the holiday if they wish. So I did a wee bit of printing …..


And chose some suitable fabric scraps and started machine sewing this Foundation Paper Pieced project. Mine will be used as a mug rug but they can be turned into anything you fancy. I think they might make great bunting.


Once I finished piecing the centre I added a little border …..

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And some simple in-the-ditch quilting …..

 FPP quilted

I cut some binding ….

 FPP 4

And I will hand finish the binding this evening. I hope to post a photo of the finished mug rug tomorrow.

And speaking of tomorrow ….. my Sarah and I will be stepping out tomorrow to do a bit of Christmas crafting. We don’t get to do that very often. I’m hoping to be able to post about our Christmas crafty session so you see what else this very happy quilter likes to do now and again.

I can’t believe how quickly the days are disappearing. Did you realise that there’s only 9 sleeps to go before the big day? Starting Monday, I will be in proper holiday mode. My Christmas shopping is done and apart from writing a few cards everything else is sorted. I’ll do a bit of tidying up and I can concentrate on a bit of sewing, watch some rubbish TV and simply give my tired brain a rest.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will hand finish the binding on a Christmas mug rug and perhaps work on clamshells. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something festive. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥


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