Posted in "A" is for Applique, Current Projects, Quilting, Use up Your Scraps, tagged "A" is for Applique, applique, Longarm Quilter, Lucie the happy quilter, patchwork and quilting, Patchwork Design Wall, quilting, Scrappy Log Cabin Blocks, Use up Your Scraps, Wonky Log Cabin Blocks on May 31, 2013 |
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What a difference a day makes. It’s been a fabulous day here in the northeast of England. The sun was shining and it actually felt quite warm. How lovely to feel the sun on my shoulders. The birds were very busy in my garden. I have two nests that I know of; the first one in a nesting box which happens to be housing wrens. And the other nest is in my rose arch and that one is for blackbirds. And both nests are within a metre of each other. One of the little wrens has been singing his/her heart out most of the afternoon. I spent most of the day in my sewing room playing with scrappy log cabins and therefore I got a really good look at the bird antics. It’s nice to be able to witness nature at its best.
I started working on some scrappy log cabin blocks a couple of days ago. So once I had finished running my errands this morning I disappeared into the sewing room and just carried on the job until it was finished. And here are the blocks on my design wall…..
I purchased my design wall a couple of months and I have used it several times now. It’s really nice to be able to lay my blocks out to see what they will look like; especially when it’s something scrappy. I really enjoyed my play today.
I’m hoping to step out tomorrow for a little more sewing time. I have chosen a project to work on. It’s another Use up Your Scraps project using diamond paper template for English piecing. The diamonds will form stars eventually. I love being creative and there’s no better way of being creative than using up scraps.
Almost all the “A” is for Applique, Happiness is blocks are in. There’s just a few more to come but there’s no rush. This evening I have the pleasure of posting the latest reveal. Feast your eyes on this block and you can click of the photo to find out the background. Just when you think things can’t get any better something like this comes up. Thank you Meredithe for letting me borrow your photo.
It’s been a brilliant day. I got a lot more done than I thought I would. I’m really pleased with my scrappy blocks. Now I have to decide how I’m going to take this project forward. I think a little more wonky applique would do this background justice. I had a great visit with Helen and Eleanor regarding a superb hexagon quilt, which I will post about when the time comes. And I even started the preliminary work to finish quilting a UFO. I plan on tying the little quilt and I hope to post How-To photos eventually.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be working on sketching a design for the wonky applique which I will add to my scrappy log cabin quilt. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope it’s something to help you relax after a busy week. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥
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Posted in "A" is for Applique, Current Projects, Finish it Up, Freemotion Quilting, Longarm Quilting, Quilting, tagged "A" is for Applique, applique, Freemotion Quilting, Longarm Quilter, Lucie the happy quilter, patchwork and quilting, quilting, UFOs, Wonky Log Cabin Blocks on May 28, 2013 |
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Hello my friends. How has your day been? Well it’s been brilliant in happy longarm quilter land. I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary but everything just seemed to fall into place today. I had a super meeting with Jay. I loaded the next quilt into my longarm quilting system to start stitching tomorrow. And I hand finished the binding, added eyes to the birds and a label to my Lilly Pilly. The quilt is now ready to hang in pride of place. However I will take it with me everywhere I go for the next week or so just to show it off. I realise that it won’t be to everyone’s taste but I’m sure they can appreciate all the work that went into it.
So now that I can cross off another project from my UFO list I think I should start planning what to work on next. In the meantime I decided to have a little play while I was waiting for Jay to arrive. So I pulled one scrap bin out and dug around to find some neutral sort of colours/prints. Pressed them all and cut them into 2-1/2” strips and started to sew them back together. I’m hoping to turn these strips into wonky log cabin blocks to piece another background for a simple applique design. I’ve proven that this works well for me so why not plan another such project.
I seem to be getting thru my UFOs quite efficiently lately. I’m hoping to pick another one and get it finished over the weekend. I really feel like tying a quilt. It’s a long time since I used that technique to quilt a quilt top. I think I have a nice little red and white quilt top that might just be right for tying. I will just need to purchase some DMC Perle Cotton to complete the job.
Now last for today, I have a couple of photos of “A” is for Applique challenge blocks. I hope to receive more photos as the participants finish up their blocks.
I have started planning the June challenge block for which the theme happens to be The Bird and the Bees…… I have chosen all the elements of my block, now I just have to get it all down on paper so I can make templates. I have enjoyed planning my blocks. And for the most part I plan on keeping it simple so that I can achieve my monthly goal. I plan on using my blocks to make a quilt but I can’t visualise what that quilt will look like yet. I know I would like it to be pretty. So fingers crossed for that.
So that brings me to what I might be working on this evening, well I think this very happy longarm quilter will be putting in a couple of hours into crocheting some more granny squares. It’s a while since I picked up a crochet hook. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope you’re succeeding at reducing your UFOs too. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥
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Posted in Current Projects, Freemotion Quilting, Longarm Quilting, Quilting, Use up Your Scraps, tagged applique, Freemotion Quilting, Longarm Quilter, longarm quilting, Lucie the happy quilter, patchwork and quilting, quilting, UFOs, Use up Your Scraps, Wonky Log Cabin Blocks on May 25, 2013 |
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It’s been a good hair day in happy longarm quilter land. My Sarah and I kicked off the day with an appointment with our favourite hairdresser. Now we both look like we’re ready for the warm weather to arrive. And right on cue the sun decided to join us for the day. It’s been bright and cheerful all day long.
Last evening I decided to go back into the sewing to load my Lilly Pilly into my longarm quilting system so I could start working on it today. So after getting home from the hairdresser and after having a coffee to hydrate myself I clicked go and started longarm quilting. Here’s what I did with the borders…….
And here’s what I did with the rest…..
Until yesterday my plan for the bank holiday weekend was to have 15 minutes of play several times.
Ever since I started reading my new book I can hear my scraps calling me. I spent five hours longarm quilting today. So by the time I shut down my quilting system I didn’t have the strength to have 15 minutes of play.
It has really been a fab day. The sunshine puts me in the mood to get things done. I was only going to do two hours of longarm quilting but that time stretched into five hours. It’s amazing how time flies when things are working nicely. I’m hoping things will work as well tomorrow and perhaps I can get the job finished. And that will be another UFO finished. Finishing this project is really important to me because for the most part I used my scraps to piece it. The only fabric I purchased was for the borders. I pieced all the background wonky log cabin blocks using scraps. And the log cabin blocks have worked out so well for appliqueing the leaves onto that I wouldn’t hesitate to use this technique again and again. I can’t wait to see my Lilly Pilly finished and hanging in pride of place.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be reading new books and magazines, sketching new ideas or perhaps do a little hand quilting. I’m spoiled for choice. Whatever you may be doing this weekend, I hope you’re enjoying yourself. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥
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If you haven’t heard already, I love all things wonky. I’m busy sketching loads of wonky stuff at the moment and thoroughly enjoying myself. Back in September I posted Let’s Have Fun With Our Work…….. Well that’s exactly what I’m doing at the moment. I’m having fun with everything I’m playing with. My first job this morning was to bag some things up for the charity shop. I was brutal. I thought if I got rid of enough stuff I could actually call myself a minimalist…… Well it’s not working. I’m a hoarder by nature but I will try to do better. While I was sorting and bagging I came across this little angel which I made a few years back.
I always thought there was something missing. Well I have come to the conclusion that she needs hair of some sort. So instead I’m going to give her buttons around her head and pretend in my own wonky mind that it is hair. I will sew the buttons on using embroidery thread and leaving a quarter inch tail on the thread adding a little more wonkiness. And when I’m done she will be hung in my sewing room and look totally splendid. I’ll post a photo when I’m done so you can see how wonky she looks.
In case you haven’t noticed, my wonky primitive angel was appliquéd onto scrappy wonky log cabin blocks. I think the wonky blocks make a brilliant background for her to fly around on. And this lovely angel comes from a book called Gathering of Angels. Now I get to play with the buttons in my stash.
So for this evening, this very happy and relaxed longarm quilter will be sketching and sorting out buttons. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope you having fun with your work. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥♥
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Posted in Current Projects, Longarm Quilting, Quilting, Random Thoughts, tagged Hand Stitching, Longarm Quilter, Lucie the happy quilter, Oragnising Scrap fabrics, quilting, Wonderfil, Wonky Log Cabin Blocks on May 21, 2012 |
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I think it’s time for another wonky log cabin quilt. In fact, perhaps it’s time to down scale my projects. I have enough large quilts to keep a small country warm. And as I do plenty of longarm quilting from day to day it might be time to make smaller projects and concentrate on Free Motion quilting them using one of my smaller machines as opposed to the longarm quilting system. I will soon be slowing down for the summer months. And while I’m going slow I would like to use up as many scraps as I possibly can. I was recently given a challenge by my creative friend to find a way of organising scraps and showing others how to go about it. So over the next while I will be trying to devise a friendlier system. At the moment my scraps are just thrown into clear plastic bins with neither rhyme nor reason which makes using up my scraps more trouble than it’s worth! So I think it’s time to start colour coding! So keep an eye open because I will come back with my observations.
I didn’t really want to get up this morning. As it so happens it was quite a productive morning. Along with a few daily chores I managed to turn my April Showers stitchery into a cushion cover. Don’t get too excited because I kept it really simple but I have to admit that I really like it. I used fabrics from my stash to border it up.
Then I sandwiched it and quilted it. I used Invisifil which is made by Wonderfil with quite good results. Invisifil is 100w which is very fine so it just melts away. To my surprise I didn’t have one thread breakage and absolutely no tension problems. So I will definitely be using that thread again for quilting.
Now once the quilting was done I trimmed it to size and added the envelope back. Here is the finished item. How simple was that.
It’s been a brilliant day. I loaded the next quilt into the longarm quilting system ready for stitching. It will be a butterflies and loops quilting design for this one. I’m not sure what tomorrow will bring but if it’s half as good as today I will be a very happy longarm quilter. So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will carry on hand stitching her way thru the little pile of jobs by my seat. I’m getting there slowly but surely. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope you’ve had as good as day as I have. Until you read me again,
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Posted in Current Projects, Longarm Quilting, Quilting, tagged Creative Friends Companion Project, free motion quilting, Longarm Quilter, longarm quilting, Lucie the happy quilter, Rug Hooking, To-Do List, UFOs, Wonky Log Cabin Blocks on May 14, 2012 |
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My lovely hubby went back to work today. It was very quiet in happy quilter land this morning. And although I made a To-Do List I didn’t get to cross off many things from the list. All the five minute jobs took much longer than five minutes because no sooner that I got started on a job I got distracted and started on something else that wasn’t even on the list! No doubt all the jobs will get done but not all in the same day.
And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting and better a little late than never, we can announce the winners of the Creative Friends companion projects GIVEAWAY. The winners are: Jackie, Patricia & Terri
I will need your snail mail address, so please email me with the info. The parcels containing the Owl Kit and the Owl Block Keeper pattern will be posted as soon as possible.
I came across some orphan wonky log cabin blocks over the weekend. So I pieced four of them together, added a little border and voila! I have a wee scrappy quilt top to practice Free Motion quilting on my Sweet Sixteen. I played a little with threading the machine and setting the tension and I was off. I Free Motion quilted this little quilt including the borders in about 30 minutes. I was comfortable sitting in my adjustable padded office chair. I had plenty of room to place my hands in a comfortable position to guide the quilt top around the sewing surface. And the control panel is big enough to be able to read. I’m going to go on a fishing expedition and find all the little UFO appliqué quilts I set aside for Free Motion quilting. I think I will enjoy using my new Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen.
My tip for this week is; when sending your quilt to be longarm quilted, be sure to supply wadding and backing that is at least 6 inches larger than your quilt top on all sides. Quite often your wadding and/or backing fabric hasn’t been cut from the bolt straight which can have consequences. I came across a similar scenario last week. It doesn’t happen very often but it can be disappointing when your longarm quilter cannot carry out the work that you’re looking forward to getting done.
It’s been an interesting day. I didn’t get as much done and I thought I would but after all tomorrow is another day. I’ve decided that doing chores doesn’t have to be a race. I had a phone conversation with my lovely creative friend Sandra and the crafty Loretta popped in to collect her Japanese Print quilt. I’ve had a lovely quiet day. What more can a happy longarm quilter ask for?
So for this evening, this happy longarm quilter will be putting in a little effort on rug hooking. I’m almost finished the current hooky project. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope it cheers you up. Until you read me again,
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Is anyone else taking A Journey into…Art Journals…..1 workshop this weekend with Sandra at the Crafts House in Marley Hill? Well my Sarah and I are having a bash at it. I’m going to learn to let go and create in an artistic way. Although I’ve got the hang of making wonky log cabin blocks it’s rather difficult for me to let go and move colour, be it paint or ink or any other medium in a haphazard way creating some interesting looks. I’m hoping that Sandra will whip me into shape so that eventually I can bring some of these artistic techniques into quilt making. I love blank journals because they are pristine clean but what a waste purchasing a book and leaving it empty when this same book could be recording interesting times and events. I have no idea where we will start but if I bring home anything worth hanging on the fridge I will post pics.
I spent today longarm quilting another Ruth’s quilt. This quilt is absolutely gorgeous. The quilt was made by Carol of Just Quilting. Carol is an experienced quilt maker who has a knack with choosing colours and prints that blend together beautifully. This particular quilt is just another example of how talented Carol is. So if you’re ready to kick off your next project and you need help with choosing fabrics Carol is the right person to visit. This quilt was longarm quilted using a design called Butterfly Beauty and a pale coral coloured 100% cotton thread.
At lunchtime I went out to the supermarket in order to fill a very sparse fridge. It was very cold indeed and I can say that when I came out of the supermarket with my purchases I could smell snow. This year I’m equipped with snow shovel and salt to clear a slippery path. So let’s meet again here tomorrow and compare notes to see who got snow and who didn’t.😉
For this evening, this happy longarm quilter will continue to work on red hexagons. Whatever you may be doing, I hope you keep warm. Until you read me again,
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