Posts Tagged ‘machine quilting’

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all enjoyed a happy sunny day. My day started out dark and dismal but by lunchtime the sun was shining brightly making life so much more interesting. I’m not a sun baby but I find when the sun is shining it spurs me on to get things done.

I have a short report for you today. It’s only a wee bit of progress I made on my Bargello style quilt. Somehow, I managed to longarm quilt and bind said quilt. I’m really pleased with the finished result. So here are some photos …..



And here’s the back …..


The quilting design is called Beautiful Butterfly by Hermione Agee of Lorien Quilting. And I used a soft fine beige thread which sits beautifully on the front as well as the back. All this quilt needs now is a label. In labelling a quilt, you give it provenance. In a few decades when I’m no longer around to tell the story of this particular quilt the label will list the name of the maker, the place where the quilt was pieced and the month and year it was completed. So, don’t forget to label your quilts because every time you piece a quilt you’re making history.

Butterfly Beauty

It’s been a lovely day in my little corner or the northeast of England. Sarah’s academic year is coming to an end. We have discussed loads of plans and projects for the summer. I’m hoping for a good weather so we can spend lots of time outside; especially now that the garden is starting to take off.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be doing some EPP. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something seasonal. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching ♥ ♥


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Hello my lovelies. What kind of day have you day? I hope you’ve all had a productive day full of fun. I spent the whole day in my sewing room doing this …..

Sandra's border

Sandra's block

Sandra's 3

Sandra's 4

Sandra's 5

I stepped into my sewing room at 8am and apart from two quick trips to the kitchen to make instant coffee and one trip to my front door to take delivery of some of my hubby’s parcels I stuck to the plan of action. At 3pm when my feet and legs could take no more I clicked everything off and took the weight off. I’m quite pleased with today’s effort. It took a quite a while to get the design established but once it was I could see that it was going to look nice. I think one more session should see this quilt complete. I’m looking forward to handing this special quilt back.

It’s been a busy productive and very satisfying day. Even after all the years that I have been longarm quilting I find custom quilting a little bit daunting but I think a good challenge now and again keeps things fresh and interesting. Tomorrow I will be spending the day with like-minded ladies at Stitchin’ Heaven. It doesn’t seem five minutes since my last monthly beginner’s sampler class. I wonder what challenges I will be presented tomorrow. I hope the evening relaxing so I can be at my best for tomorrow.

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 really enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥


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Have you been eating Easter eggs today? I must admit I’ve had my share of eggs today. It’s been another brilliant day. No stress, no mess. We had a little bit of sunshine, in fact more sunshine than I thought we would have. For the most part it’s been a quiet day. My Sarah spent the day at home with me. There were no chores done today. I spent a good part of the day doing a bit of Freemotion Quilting …..


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This is the result of my effort. I thoroughly enjoyed my machine quilting session. While Sarah was in her room, which just so happens to be right next to my Freemotion Quilting room, we chatted back and forth as we both worked on our projects. My aim was to make a small sampler type quilt top, one that includes a sampling of a few different quilting designs, which I could use for something once it was stitched. Now that I have finished my little quilt top, which was pieced entirely from scraps, I’m thinking that I could do this again and again and eventually join all the small quilt tops using a quilt as you go technique. I feel a challenge coming on. This method would be a great way of using up scraps and also a great way of honing and learning new Freemotion Quilting skills. Making time to do more Freemotion Quilting is on my list of gentle goals for 2014.

Now I know my little quilt top is far from being perfect, however I am learning to accept that not everything should and has to be perfect. I think we should all accept our work as it is. I think there is space in my life for imperfections. Not because I’m too lazy to fix the imperfections but because it shows that I am human. Perfect is boring. A little wonkiness makes a piece interesting.

While I was waiting for my supper to cook I played with this little egg cup which I purchased ages ago for the purpose of turning it into a pincushion. So I set to and made the simple cushion part and this is what it looks like now …..


I love turning bits of ceramic, china and glassware into sewing accessories. So I bought some more little egg cups last week when I spent the day in town with my Sarah. I just need to find a few scraps of fabrics that will tone in with the egg cups and they be splendid pincushions and make nice little gifts for my sewing pals.


Happy longarm quilter land has been a super place to be today. Tomorrow my Sarah and I are planning on stepping out for a bit. We’ll have another day together before we go back to the rat race on Tuesday. Sarah has plenty of college work to get on with and I’ve got plenty of longarm quilting work to do in between appointments.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be working on clamshells. I hope you have a super cosy evening working on something that makes you very happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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You’ll never guess what I did today! I guess I had better tell you rather than leave you hanging. I headed up to the loft at 08:30hrs. I flashed up the Lil Gracie shortarm quilting system and I machine quilted my Ruth’s Quilt. I finished the job shortly after lunch. I thoroughly enjoyed myself but it’s not until the job was done that I realised that I spent today’s playtime machine quilting which is what I usually spend most of my weekdays doing! Talk about a Busman’s holiday!!!! So now I have something else to cross off the To-Do List.  ; -)

I started quilting my Ruth’s Quilt several weeks ago but I’ve been so busy that I haven’t been able to go back to it until today. I stitched a very simple design on my Ruth’s Quilt using a neutral coloured thread which doesn’t draw the attention away from the stitcheries. I’m really pleased with the result. Now perhaps I can work on my Postcard Stitchery quilt with results as good as my Ruth’s Quilt.

When I came down at lunchtime I found these delicious looking cupcakes. While I was playing in the loft my Sarah had a little baking session. I had one two with my coffee. And I plan to have another later.

Well it’s Sunday evening, and as I look back on the lovely relaxing time I had over the last couple of days, I wish the weekend would never end. I plan on taking a couple of weeks off soon. Boy o Boy am I looking forward to my little break. I don’t plan on going very far but I do plan on enjoying myself.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be binding today’s finished quilt. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope you have a lovely pieceful time this week. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching.

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