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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all been enjoying a fabulous summer. We, here in my little corner of the northeast of England, have had loads of yuck weather during the month of July. It’s been a soggy dull mess. I’m hoping that things will perk up a bit before the kids go back to school next month. No matter what, I’m going to try to make the most of this holiday season.

I started off the year full of good intentions. I was going to work on UFOs and try my best to make progress on said projects but life has a way of happening and derailing my best efforts. I have not been lazy, I have simply committed to resolving family matters. Yes, if you’re reading between the lines your assumptions are correct. However, we have started moving forward after seventeen months of uphill struggle.

I generally plan my days via a To-Do List. I recently read somewhere that in addition to a To-Do List you can also have a To-Be List. So here is my list which I presume will grow over time …..

 

TO-BE LIST

Happy

Useful

Kind

Healthy

Calm

Organised

Settled

Creative

Authentic

I’ve done quite a lot of sorting in the garden. Here’s a little peek at the planter we planted up a while ago. It’s done very well …..

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I recently tried needle felting at my Burnopfield Belles group. Annette lead the session and did an excellent job sorting out kits and guiding us thru the process of making a ladybird (in UK lingo) or ladybug (in North American lingo). The whole process was thoroughly therapeutic. Learning something new as a group is always more fun than on your own. The action of stabbing something with a very sharp needle is the perfect outlet for all those pent-up emotions. Voodoo dolls come to mind. I purchased a few key needle felting supplies a few years ago and only barely touched them. Now I have more confidence and will be sure to have a go in order to incorporate the woolly pieces in my projects.

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In between the chores and the mundane everyday stuff I did some sewing …..

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Yesterday, I started gathering more ideas to build a vision board  representing my goals, hopes and dreams for the future.

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Life has turned into a learning curve for me. The past years have taught me quite a lot. Not least that when your gut speaks listen to it.

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

Happy stitching ♥ ♥

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I realise that for many people Sunday is a day of rest. Well for me every day is pretty much the same. I try to make the most of everyday. Today I was jamming……  By 9:00hrs I was putting my third load of washing into the washing machine and I had done oodles of chores. For weeks I have wanted to sort thru some quilts to be shifted up to the loft; well that’s done now! And later I sandwiched two quilts, one lil one and one not so lil one. Both are Dresden Plate variations.

My Sarah and I did some needle felting this afternoon. What a hoot we had! It’s certainly a good workout. And even now I’m not sure if we did a reasonable job of it or not. I’m definitely going to look for needle felting at Knitting & Stitching in Harrogate next week. I want to learn more about it. Karen B. told me that I would enjoy it and she was right. I plan on using my two felt pieces as appliques. Perhaps I will turn one into a needle case or something simple and useful like that. It really was fun to do needle felting. And compared to other crafts it didn’t cost very much to purchase the basics.

As well as needle felting I watched a couple of Kimmy Brunner’s Machine Quilting with Templates Craftsy lessons. There’s nothing like watching someone else do a demo to put you on the right track. I have done a little ruler work before but thought it was boring but now that I have watched Kimmy do it and how she uses different ruler shapes, I’m full on inspiration.

Tomorrow I’m hoping to start Free Motion Quilting one of the Dresden Plate variation quilts I sandwiched this morning. The smaller of the two is a Dresden Sewing Tidy bag. I have learned that we always need two samples of anything I publish as a pattern. The sewing tidy is fun to make because you can let rip when it comes to Free Motion Quilting it. As for the larger Dresden Plate quilt, well that will probably be used as a table topper but I want to quilt it densely making the Dresden patches pop. It’s the perfect quilt for practicing all the different designs I have learned over the last few months. As well as good practice it will make a very good sample to teach my beginner ladies.

So it’s been a weekend full of changes. Yesterday I put my feet up and relaxed, today I got lots of stuff done. I wonder what tomorrow will bring…….

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will probably do some stitchery work and perhaps setup a new knitting project. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope you’ve had a productive weekend as well. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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