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Hello my lovelies. What’s up in your part of the world today? Have you had a chance to do a little sewing? So far I’ve done very little sewing today but I’m going to make up for that this evening and tomorrow.

Here’s the little bit of sewing I did first thing this morning before heading out for my hunting and gathering trip. I simply secured the leaves to my Seasonal Wreath …..

Seasonal Wreath (2)

I love my little wreath. I know exactly where I’m going to hang it once I have taught my class at Stitchin’ Heaven. It’s not too late to book yourself in for the class on Friday September 25th. It’s a fun project which you can adapt for any season or occasion once you learn the basic techniques.

I often post about the projects I work on and sometimes my efforts aren’t perfect. I must admit that there was a time when I worried about not being perfect but nowadays I realise that every time we create something we learn. With every project we improve our skills and we take our ideas even further. We are our own worse critics when it comes to handcrafted goodness. Accepting our work, warts and all, is the best and possibly the most important skill we can learn while keeping in mind that we improve with age and experience! So my friends, show us what you’ve been working on without fear. You never know, you might just inspire someone else to have a go.

After having said all that, Fran attended my Japanese Folded Patchwork class in July and here’s a photo of her completed bag …..

Frans JFP Bag

Fran quite often shares her progress with me. And it makes me so happy to see what other quilt makers are working on. It spurs me on to finish UFOs and move onto other interesting projects. Well done Fran. Keep up the great work.

I’m in need of your help today. I would like to know what we call a group of quilt makers; what is the collective noun for a group of quilt makers. As an example of what I’m talking about; a murder of crows or a parliament of owls, a pod of dolphins and so on. Does anyone have any idea or do you have a suggestion. I Googled it and came up with nothing. Here’s a list of collective nouns, which I found on the internet, that you might be interested in. I’m hoping someone will have a really good suggestion for a collective noun for a group of quilt makers which will then bring inspiration.

During and in-between everything I try to accomplish from week to week I squeeze in other projects. These projects are usually just to give me a sense of satisfaction for myself. And sometimes a challenge comes about that I feel the need to meet. So I have been approached to work on another special project. And so my creative friend Sandra and I kicked off the process yesterday by purchasing fabric. This afternoon I starched and pressed a few fat quarters. Tomorrow I hope to start the rotary cutting. It’s not a super complicated quilt block design but I’m sure the recipient will be very happy with whatever quilt I produce. Here’s my selection of fabric …..

Another special project

I would like to thank my friend Sandra and Hilary and Jane of High Street Quilting for their help in choosing fabrics for this special quilt. I will be back with a progress report sometime in the near future. And perhaps I’ll post about how I choose my colour palette when I start working on a new project.

I saw an advert on the TV yesterday advertising that the first episode of Downton Abbey Series 6 will air on Sunday September 20th here in the UK. I’m looking forward to seeing what this last series has in store for us. I promise that I won’t spoil it for those of you who will not be seeing it until next year.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some hand quilting. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you thoroughly enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies and happy first of June. The weatherman tells me that summer starts today. I’m sure the weather will catch up with the season later this week but in the meantime it’s still quite cool in happy longarm quilter land.

Before I start to tell you about my day, I want to thank everyone who commented, emailed and phoned me regarding what they keep in their go to class/workshop basic sewing kit. I’m overwhelmed with all the fantastic things that quilt makers include in their sewing kits. I’m going to sit down and compose a list that includes as many useful tools as possible and I will post a printable version. My very favourite idea was from Barbara, who said that she likes to take home baked goods to share with other students to classes and workshops. Barbara is a very good baker and I have tasted her lovely cakes at classes. So expect a list sometime soon but there’s still time to let me know if you have a very useful tool that needs to be included on my list.

I like to kick off the week getting ready for the week! I’m not sure this makes any sense. For instance I visited the bank, department store and supermarket this morning. My cupboards are suitably full, I have a new ironing board cover from the department store and I have done my banking for this week. So now I can concentrate on doing lots of longarm quilting this week. But not today.

I spent quite a lot of time yesterday working on making a Japanese Folded Patchwork sample in order to compose instructions including action photos. It’s funny how all my five minute jobs turn out to take quite a lot longer than I expect. Yesterday’s job definitely took a little longer than I expected. However I did finish the small sample …..

Small clutch

Small clutch open

I thought it would be easier to compose instructions with step by step photos. So I made this little clutch bag to refresh my memory how it all works.  All it needs is a loop and button to hold the top closed. The original sample which is a bag …..

Japanese Folded Patchwork Bag 2

Japanese Folded Patchwork Bag 1

was completed over Christmas I believe. I really enjoy Japanese Folded Patchwork so it was really enjoyable to make the bag but you can turn this technique into any useful thing you’d like. And of course the blocks can be resized accordingly. I will be teaching this technique at Stitchin’ Heaven in July. So now I need to concentrate long enough to compose the instructions. It should be a breeze now that I have step by step photos. If you would like to see what I will be teaching over the next few weeks just go to the Upcoming Events & Workshops tab at the top of the page.

It seems to have turned into a paperwork day somehow. I needed to do an important printing job which I will need for the weekend. Saturday is the second Four Season Button Club Whimsy class. So I gathered everything together and got started. I made up a few templates, finished the printing and now I think I’m ready for the weekend class.

I don’t feel like I got much of anything done today. Although now that I look back I have run some important errands and that’s the kind of stuff that takes time. Just putting groceries away after a big shop is a job in itself! I’m sure I will do better tomorrow.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will finish composing some instructions. 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 day. It’s Friday which means the work week is over for now. I’m going to enjoy the next two days. I have promised that I won’t set foot outside the house tomorrow. I seem to have spent every morning this past week running errands. Just when I thought I was safe something cropped up that I needed to hit the shops for extra storage or hardware of some sort. Well my nesting syndrome is hopefully coming to an end now. Although I must admit that my bathroom needs a swift tidy up but for the next couple of days I’m going to play in my sewing room.

My day consisted of a trip to the supermarket for some provisions to see us thru the next few days. So now we’re good to go for a while. The kitchen is full of healthy options. After all the over indulgence of Christmas I feel the need to eat myself slim.

Once the groceries were put away I sat down to do bit of hand finishing …..

Japanese Folded Patchwork Bag 1

Japanese Folded Patchwork Bag 2

This is my new example of Japanese Folded Patchwork. I love this technique because it’s done by hand and once the prep is done it’s perfect as an armchair project. This technique will be offered as a class later this year at Stitchin’ Heaven. I’ll be posting more info about this class over the next few months.

I spent ages doing some printing related to samples I’m making for classes over the next few months. Eventually I got fed up of printing so I disappeared into my sewing room and did some prep work for mini nine patch blocks.

Nine Patch Prep

It’s been a great day in my world. I carried on in a slow and measured pace. I seem to enjoy the process much better when I can take my time about doing things. When the daily To-Do List is so long that you have to rush thru everything to get things done it makes it difficult to enjoy what you’re doing. I hope to carry on as I have done thru the weekend.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will carry on the prep work for 12 mini nine patch blocks. I hope you have a super cosy weekend doing only things you enjoy doing and your own relaxing pace. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥


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Hello my lovelies. It’s back into the groove Monday. Have you had a good day? It’s been a pretty busy day in my little world but I didn’t get any sewing done whatsoever! I kicked off the day with a trip to the supermarket to stock up on healthy food. Pretty boring I know but it’s a must. The pounds have been creeping up and I’m going to do something about it.

I went on to planning meals, tidying up, sending emails and various other mundane things. Now that all that is out of the way I can start fresh tomorrow morning. I have a few bits and pieces that need to finish before I start longarm quilting next week.

Although it’s been a No-Sew Monday so far however I do have some progress to show you. Do you remember the Japanese Folded blocks that I started working on over the Christmas holidays? Well the blocks are now finished and joined together. This is now a bag but it still needs its’ handles. I’m still considering what kind of handles to add. I have some nice leather handles put by but I thought perhaps it would be better to make fabric handles as I still have load of fabric leftover. So that’s my dilemma at the moment.

Japanese Folded Bag

Another bit of progress is this …..

Connect the Dots Table Runner

This very simple project will be a table runner eventually. It still needs a border but once I finish piecing it I will layer it up and machine quilt it using my domestic sewing machine. This is a class sample for a class I will be teaching soon. I love the girly fabrics I used for this project.

And my last bit of progress is this simple hand quilting which I started a couple of days ago. The quilting design is very simple because I have decided to promote hand quilting this year. If this sample was for me I would have added a lot more quilting but I would like everyone to see that hand quilting doesn’t have to be complicated to be nice. The message today is keep it simple and have a little go at hand quilting. Hand quilting is lovely quiet relaxing occupation. It’s right up there with working on hexies.

Cathedral Window Simple Hand Quilting

So that’s what I’ve been up to these last few days. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to complete anything but I’m definitely getting somewhere and having fun while I’m doing it. My friend Katrina was so hoping to get some sewing done over the Christmas holidays but she didn’t get the chance until nearer the New Year. So here are a few photos of the progress Katrina has made on her Christmas quilt …..

Katrinas Christmas Project 2

Katrinas Christmas Project 4

Katrinas Christmas Project 3

Katrinas Christmas Project 1

Well Katrina I think your fabrics are gorgeous. This quilt is going to make a lot of people feel festive next Christmas. Well done girl. Your effort will inspire others to get on with some of their Christmas projects. Thanks for sharing with us Katrina.

So far it’s been a pretty good day in happy longarm quilter land. I’m looking forward to hopefully finishing something tomorrow. Will it be adding handles to a bag or adding borders to a table runner. Who knows? I’ll just have to see which way the wind is blowing in the morning and make a decision then.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be working on some hexies and perhaps doing a wee bit of planning. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something relaxing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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Well you’d almost think there was only ten days left before Christmas…….. Only a few more Christmas cards to write and I’m done. I still have presents to wrap but anything that needed to be posted is gone now. I will wrap the rest of the presents after my Sarah goes to school early this week.

There’s definitely something in the air in happy longarm quilter land. And it’s not only Christmas….. Hubby has spent a few hours dismantling my Lil Gracie over the last couple of days. The Lil Gracie will be shipped off to a new home this week and will be replaced by a bigger mid-arm quilting system soon. The new system has been ordered and will hopefully land on my doorstep before Christmas. I’m not quite sure when it will be up and running though. So it looks like there will be some interesting times ahead for this happy longarm quilter. It’s rather nice having something to look forward to. My big longarm quilting system is staying as is.

I didn’t play in the sewing for very long today. I managed about an hour. I hope to be able to spend more time in there tomorrow to finish up a few bits and pieces. I feel like I’m juggling too many things at once at the moment. I also want to work on a stitchery that I found in the latest issue of Simply Vintage by Gail Pan. I have transferred the design to fabric, it’s loaded in an embroidery frame ready but I just haven’t had a chance to start stitching.

Simply Vintage Gail Pan

So far it’s been a pretty busy weekend. I have no doubt that the coming week is going to be full of busy as well. Doesn’t time just fly? You wake up first thing in the morning and next thing you know it is bedtime again!

For anyone interested in learning how to do Japanese Folded Patchwork click here. I finally managed to post a little simple tutorial on how it works.

JF Bag

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will probably work on the Gail Pan Christmas stitchery. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope it’s something that brings you joy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching.

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Today’s date is December 12, 2012. All the twelves……. Do you think that it’s a lucky day? Well I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I am one very happy longarm quilter this evening. I believe I was telling you that I had some challenges to meet this week. Well I have met my challenges. I stuck to the programme and I managed to longarm quilt all the quilt tops that were needed for Christmas. Whatever quilts are left on the list are not needed until the New Year. So once the latest finishes have been collected I can knock off until the kids go back to school in January. Yippeeeeeee

I should really have a good think about what I want to do over the next couple of weeks. Once I finish wrapping presents and get the last bit of shopping in, I can play with all my toys.  I have one or two small quilts that I would like to Freemotion Quilt. I have one or three bins of scraps that I would like to start using up and then Freemotion Quilt whatever comes from the scraps. I would like to post a couple of simple tutorials to show you how I used my scraps. I think best of all I want to let rip and generally have a good play in the sewing room. So watch out for small new projects.

Last evening I had planned to attach handles to my Japanese Folded Patchwork bag. I wasn’t sure how fiddly it was going to be to attach the red leather handles. Well you know what? It was easy peasy. I doubled up my thread, waxed it and got on with the task. I love my handles and I won’t hesitate to use this type again. Now I would like to add a little embellishment; just something simple but colourful.

Japanese Folded Patchwork with Handles attached

I spent most of the day longarm quilting Elaine’s sampler quilt. Elaine is a newbie to patchwork and quilting. She signed up for the beginner’s class at Stitchin’ Heaven and pieced a lovely sampler. When Elaine started she didn’t even own a basic sewing kit. Elaine enjoyed making her first quilt so much that she’s asked Santa for a sewing machine for Christmas. Click here to see Elaine’s sampler.

It’s been an interesting day for this happy longarm quilter. Now that I have finally blasted my way thru the Christmas longarm quilting rush I feel like a weight has been lifted. I can breathe; not only that I can start to enjoy this festive season. The kids break up from school at the end of next week in our area. That will give me plenty of time to get things sorted before my Sarah comes home for the holidays. I do look forward to not working to the clock in the morning.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand finishing the binding on a today’s effort. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope you can see fairy lights at the end of tunnel just like I can. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥




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Well once again it’s been an interestingly fun packed day. Unlike yesterday I didn’t have to run out this morning to teach my beginners so things ran a lot smoother. And as it happens I got everything done that was recorded on my To-Do List. Yesterday I finished all my jobs at 7 o’clock in the evening. I’m very happy to say that I got everything done before supper today.

I’ll start my daily report with a progress report on my Poinsettia Plant. T’s now Day 5 and it still hasn’t lost any leaves. How good is that!!!!! Here’s the proof.

Poinsettia Plant Day 5

And secondly, you know that I have been working on Japanese Folded Patchwork project. Well here is the bag fully assembled. It just needs handles and I have chosen eye popping red leather handles which I bought at the Knitting and Stitching show which Sarah and I attended a couple of weeks ago. I suppose for some the red handles would be over the top but for me, well I think it’s time for a little colour in my life. I have never used this type of handle before so attaching them is going to be a learning curve. I thoroughly enjoyed working on this project. Japanese Folded Patchwork is relatively easy compared to some techniques.

Japanese Folded Patchwork

And now we come to today’s longarm quilting report. I worked on Judith’s second quilt today. If you regularly read my other blog which covers my longarm quilting adventures you already know that Judith pieced two quilts using Kaffe Fassett type fabrics. I happen to know that these little quilts are for two wee girls; the reason I know that these quilts are for little girls is that in my role as longarm quilter it’s sometimes important to know who the quilts are for so I can advise whether a quilting design and thread colour is appropriate. In this case the bright & cheerful fabrics used and the Stars & Loops quilting design is perfect for the job. If you would like to see the second of two quilts that I worked on today click here.

Today has been a very productive day. As well as everything I managed to do I also loaded tomorrow’s longarm quilting work which is a first time sampler hand pieced by Elaine who has been taking lessons at Stitchin’ Heaven. After a good day’s work I feel like I really am blasting thru the Christmas list. I’ll soon be able to breathe. I may just make it to Christmas at the same time as everyone else after all!

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will try to attach the red handles to the Japanese Folded Bag. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope you find the time to breathe. Until to read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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