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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all enjoyed a super sunny day. My day started off foggy but the sun burnt the fog off and by morning coffee time we were enjoying beautiful sunshine for the fourth day running.

Helen posted a comment yesterday asking how I make my labels. So, I decided to share with you how I make my simple labels. Of course, we all know that we can purchase pre-printed quilt labels but I simply use scraps of fabric which I write on. I tend to stick to light colour fabric with a quiet print. And as I do not consider my writing to be very neat and also because I’m afraid to spell something wrong, I compose the words for my label, centre them on a page and print them out using laptop and printer …..

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Then using a light box or sunny window I trace the words onto fabric. Using light fabric helps in the whole process. I use a Micron pen which I heat set once the tracing is done.

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Once the heat setting is done I press a little hem all the way around the label …..

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I pin the label to the back of the quilt …..

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And using matching thread I attach the label using a small running stitch making sure that I do not sew thru all the layers thru to the front making sure that the label is secure.

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There are many ways to make quilt labels. I keep my labels simple. If you own and operate an embroidery machine you can use it to make your labels. In fact, you can make your labels as simple as mine or as ornate as you wish but do, please do label your quilts.

I’ve read about the dreadful weather in Québec which of course is in Canada. To my Canadian readers who are experiencing life in the flood waters, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. I hope things have started improving.

The lovely sunshine is making my heart sing. The top of my latest To-Do List is: learn to dance like no one is watching; learn to sing like no one is listening. I think it’s time to start living with all my heart. The past year has been a very quiet one in my little world. Now that spring is here I’m going to start partying. After all, we only get one life, so let’s spend it living well.

So, for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be doing some more EPP. 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 had a superb week. I can’t believe how quickly the week has flown by. Every day this week has been rather busy in my little world. I’ve crossed the end of week finish line with a great sense of accomplishment.

I spent today in my sewing room. I longarm quilted my charity quilt and this is what it looks like now …..

charity quilt

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I chose a quilting design called Simple Texture by Celine Spader and lovely fine slate grey thread. It’s amazing how a few thousand stitches can transform a quilt top. The wadding/batting I used is an 80/20 blend which gives the quilt enough texture to make it interesting. I went on to machine the binding on. And I added a label.

Quilt Label

I’m quite pleased with the result of this quilt. I will be hunting and gathering supplies for the next charity quilt suitable for a boy. My quest to bring comfort continues.

The sun was shining and while I worked on the next project I watched a couple of episodes of Scandal Season 2. I rotary cut and joined a few 2-1/2” squares for a border.

Checkerboard borders again

I carried on adding borders until my little Foundation Paper Pieced table topper looks like this.

FPP quilt including borders

I really like this little quilt. I mainly used fabrics from the Padstow Range by Cabbages & Roses for Moda to piece this quilt top. I bought the whole Padstow Range collection in Fat Quarter bundle form. I found it made choosing fabrics for projects quite easy because all the fabrics go together.

So I guess that’s another week over and done with. Tomorrow I will be spending the day at Stitchin’ Heaven with some like-minded ladies who want to learn how to make a few of my projects. I plan on doing something relaxing this evening and I’m going to have a good rest tonight in order to be at my best all day tomorrow.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand finishing the binding on today’s longarm quilting effort. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching.  ♥ ♥

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Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a brilliant day. It’s been a pretty productive one for me. I did a bit more tidying up which I have to admit has interfered with my sewing time. However a few of my projects have progressed a little further. In fact I have a finish to show you today.

Let’s start with my Cathedral Window cushion. I joined up all the components of the envelope back and this is how the cushion looks now that the job is done …..

Cathedral Window cushion

Cathedral Window Cushion Back

I’m really pleased with this simple project. It’s a long time since I originally learned to make Cathedral Window blocks so I was pleasantly surprised when I set to and the centre blocks, which I approached step-by-step, were complete much quicker than I thought they would. So that’s another one that I can add to my Let’s Finish it Up 2015 list.

Have you got a favourite sewing tool? You know, one that isn’t really a tool but works really well for something it wasn’t meant for. Well I have used a quilt marking pencil which never worked very well for marking but once the lead snapped off I started using it to push corners out after pulling cushion covers and such thru to the right side. Well today my trusty pencil broke in half. It will still be useful only now the handle isn’t as long for getting into tight spaces. Do you have a tool that isn’t really a tool? If you do, let me in on the secret.

Favourite Pushing out tool broken

Once the cushion cover was finished on went on to prepare another project. I completed the piecing part of my Connect the Dots quilting sample. Today I studied the quilt top and decided exactly where and how to put the quilting by recording it on a blank outline on paper. My goal is to show how simple machine quilting can look really good.

Connect the Dots Prep

And last but not least, I prepped a label to add to my latest quilt. I keep the process simple because although I think it’s rather important to label our quilts I don’t have time to make complicated ones.

Adding a label to a quilt

So there, that’s what I’ve been up to today. Apart from running one quick errand this morning I haven’t set foot across the threshold today. At the moment it’s blowing a hooley outside. And it doesn’t look like there will be any improvement any time soon. I guess we had better batten down the hatches and settle in for the duration.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be securing a label to the back of a quilt and perhaps doing some hexie work. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something relaxing. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

 

 

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It’s Friday and that means we’re another week closer to Christmas! Oh let’s not think about Christmas just yet. I just want to enjoy the summer. Time is flying by so quickly. My Sarah has started receiving paperwork for starting college in September. Goodness me before we know it 2015 will be with us.

I had a lunch engagement today but I did manage to get a few things done before and after our meal out. This morning I finished attaching the borders to my Festive Whimsy. Yippeeeeee. And I carried on and loaded the quilt top into my longarm quilting system. I plan on quilting it over the next week. Being on the final stage of this project has helped me finish the week on a high note.

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I used a tool that I don’t use very often …..

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My rotating cutting mat is such a useful tool when it comes to squaring off 12” blocks. It’s easy to use and makes the task simple. I needed to square off a few charity blocks …..

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I’m going to use these blocks as a teaching aid next week. I will be giving a talk about sashing. So what better way to demonstrate than while working on something useful. I found some fabric for the sashing and corners and did all the cutting ready to start stitching different sections tomorrow and Sunday.

I am quite often asked where I get my quilt labels. The answer is anywhere I can. The quilt shops in and around the northeast of England have started stocking labels recently. However my latest batch of quilt labels was ordered from Amazon …..

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I think these are lovely. They are called Rosie’s Garden by Stof. If any quilt shops in my corner of the world carries quilt labels please speak up so I know where to send people who ask about them.

Well it’s been a pretty interesting week in my world. Tomorrow I’m really going to slow down. I have a couple of errands to run in the morning and then I can settle down to do some hand stitching. I’m really looking forward to a quiet weekend. There will be no major cooking going on. And I won’t be rushing in the morning until Tuesday.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some fine hand appliqué work. I hope you have a super cosy weekend doing whatever makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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Four plus one is five and there’s five days in the work week and then we have the weekend. Altogether that makes seven days in the week. Tomorrow is I will be saying TGIF. I’m the first one to moan that the days just melt one into the next but this week I’m glad the end of the week is in sight. For the past two days I have been suffering with dizziness and nausea and I just can’t wait for this feeling to pass.

I’m afraid not much of anything got done this morning. I managed to make two labels for two quilts with I finished quilting this week…..

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I plan on hand sewing these labels to the back of my quilts this evening.

It’s a really fast life nowadays. While I was running some errands on Tuesday morning I noticed that people do everything on the go. People eat their meals walking from place to place. Every place I went mobile phones were ringing. It seems we cannot be away from our phones for more than a few minutes at a time. I rarely go out without my phone and I quite often eat while doing other things in the house. It seems to me that we have become robots. How and when did life become so fast?

I’m doing my best not to start any new projects. I have so many on the go and I don’t feel like I’m been finishing anything lately. Well after I finish adding labels to two quilts later, I guess I will be able to cross off two UFOs from my list. I always need some arm chair hand stitching of some description for the evenings. As you know I finished a little hand quilting project a few days ago so I decided that I would start hand quilting my little wholecloth quilt. I hooped it earlier so I’m ready to get started this evening if need be. Over the years I have done quite a bit of hand quilting but I have never finished a wholecloth. If I enjoy this one and if it looks good I plan on designing my own. I used a pattern from Sandie Lush for this current wholecloth but I have one or two books and I have plenty of templates I can use for designing my own. So there’s no excuse not to try.

Wholecloth go

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing plenty of hand stitching. Whatever you might be doing this evening, I hope it’s something that makes you happy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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I feel like I’ve arrived by sliding in on the seat of my pants this evening. It’s been another rather busy day. I started the day by loading this quilt into the longarm quilting system. I haven’t decided how to quilt it yet. I’m hoping it will come to me before I plan on hitting the go button in the morning. I can see simple feathers on this one. Perhaps I will have a progress report for you tomorrow …….

Basket Quilt

I had a couple of meetings this morning. Ann collected her hedgehog quilt and Kathryn popped up from Middlesborough to drop off her Bali Pop quilt. I meet some really interesting and loads of like-minded people in the course of my longarm quilting. I’m a real Chatty Cathy when it comes down to it. And when people step into my sewing room and see my longarm quilting system most often the word that comes out of their mouth is wow. My system is a major piece of kit. And once you see past it you will find quilts on just about every wall and fabrics and related tools on every surface. In general the room looks like a mad professor has taken over and made it his own! Well today after my meetings I set to and tidied one little surface but as usual I got distracted……. While I tidy I find things that I have been looking for or start looking at a book that I managed to unearth from a pile of stuff that needs putting away! Never mind tomorrow is another day. However I did manage to make a little corner look a little tidier before I decided to work on chain piecing my Dresden blades…….

Chain piecing dresden blades

Now little by little I will be clipping the points, turning them right side out and pressing them ready for joining them to form the actual Dresden Plate which I will eventually applique onto black fabric. Making Dresden Plates must be one of the easiest techniques to learn but it looks a lot more complicated than it is. And it does look great when it’s well quilted. I’m quite looking forward to getting a little further ahead on this project.

Something else I wanted to do since last week was to label my Blueberry Brick quilt. My lovely quilt will survive long after I’ve gone and now that it has a label whoever the next caretaker might be there is a record of who pieced and quilted it and where and what year. And now I feel free to enjoy it……

Blueberry Brick Label

While tidying I came across a few sets of templates, one for the Dresden Plate that I am currently working, the next set was for the Hanging Lanterns for which I pieced a sample a couple of weeks ago and the last set was for my Japanese Folded Patchwork bag. The Dresden Plate and the Japanese Folded Patchwork are templates that I use over and over again so I really want to preserve them. I’ve also been asked over and over again for templates by interested parties so they’re worth filing away neatly. Well I found the perfect way of filing them away. I purchased a couple of A5 binders and zip pockets for the smaller templates and for the larger templates like the Japanese Folded Patchwork I purchased inexpensive plastic snap button pouches which I punched holes into and popped into a larger binder long with my instructions. It’s a great way of keeping everything well organised. Now if I could just find a place to store the binders this theory would work really well……

Template Storage

Template and Instruction Storage

Well it’s been yet another busy day for this happy longarm quilter. It looks like the rest of the week might be a little calmer although I do have quite a lot to get thru before the weekend.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing a little more hand quilting and perhaps a little quilt marking of the next stage. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope you’re working on something you enjoy. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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It’s been a great day for this very happy longarm quilter. I actually took time to breathe today. The morning routine is just a little more relaxed than usual this week. What a great way to start the day.

I ran some errands this morning and on my return I stepped into the sewing room and pieced a few more rows of my Blueberry Brick quilt. It’s coming on nicely. Just ten more rows and I’ll be done piecing the brickwork centre.

Blueberry Crumb Cake Brick

My main goal in the sewing room today was to make a few labels for quilts that I finished over the last couple of months. Well after choosing five pre-printed labels from my stash and using a permanent pen, I wrote out the five labels and pressed them to set the ink. So now the labels are pinned in place on the five quilts and I will hand sew them securely to each of the five quilts. I usually label my quilts as I finish them but I have been lax lately. As you can see I don’t turn the task into something over complicated. I use pre-printed labels. For the most part mine are Moda. Unfortunately they’re quite difficult to find here in the UK so mine are usually bought from eBay. For some unknown reason the quilt supply shops here don’t seem to rate quilt labels. I quite often get asked where I get my quilt labels so now you know my secret…….

Label work

Over the last few evenings I have been hand quilting a UFO with the goal of finishing off the project during Finish it Up February. I chose this UFO from the pile of UFOs I set aside specifically for this month. It’s only a small project, one that I made from a Gail Pan design which was published in the winter issue of Simply Vintage. It’s been a very enjoyable project. I reckon a couple more sessions should see the project hand quilted, bound and ready to hang. Well actually it won’t be hung up until Christmas. Once this project is finished I will go back to my Lilly Pilly applique.

Christmas Stitchery

It’s been a lovely day. I took time to breathe. Tomorrow I will be loading the next quilt top into the longarm quilting system. I decided a little while ago that I would work on smaller projects ending with interesting quilting; be it hand or machine quilting. Well that’s working out nicely for me. I have made hundreds of quilts since I started quilt making in 1994. I must admit that now I’m really enjoying the quiet gentle art of quilt making because I can pick and choose what to make.

So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing the last of the hand quilting on the earlier mentioned Christmas stitchery project. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope it’s something that reduces your UFOs. Until you read me again,

Happy stitching. ♥ ♥

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