Well it’s Monday and somehow I made it thru the day without too many issues. The weather was reasonable for this time of year and my beginners were in tiptop shape this morning. I put some effort into preparing today’s beginners lesson and I’m glad I did. My ladies listened and asked intelligent questions which indicates that they’re interested in what we’re doing. Next month we aim to start working on a sampler quilt. I have made a few of these over the years and I think it’s a great way to Use up Your Scraps. I brought in one of my sampler quilts today so the ladies could see what they could be making and they all agreed that they definitely want to work on a sampler. So that’s the next project sorted!
Do you know that I’ve been surprisingly good this month? I have been using up my scraps on all the projects I’ve worked on since the beginning of the year. Unless I’m mistaken, I have bought only three red fat quarters to add to my stash for my New York Beauty and nothing else this month. So next week I’m going to treat myself to a few metres of loveliness. Can’t wait……..
It was an interesting morning and I feel like I have talked for England but it’s a great feeling knowing that my efforts were worthwhile. The next couple of days will be spent playing with my longarm quilting system but I’ll need a good night’s sleep to revive myself.
After coming home and having a well-deserved lunch I decided to flash up my HandiQuilter Sweet Sixteen to do a little Freemotion Quilting on one of my own projects. I had a little practice on a scrap quilt sandwich to sort the tension and to get limbered up. It’s always good to have a little practice run to give your brain a preview of what you want to stitch. Once I was happy with the effect I started Freemotion Quilting in earnest. And here is a peek at what I worked on.
I have another identical little quilt to Freemotion Quilt using the same all-over paisley design. I have made these two identical quilts for a specific project. And as simple as these two little quilts look I’m hoping that the finished result looks a little more complicated. Although I was quite tired after my morning out, I quite enjoyed my FMQ session using my Sweet Sixteen. Since I last used the Sweet Sixteen hubby has changed the foot for an open toed one making it a lot easier to see where I’ve been. I’m looking forward to FMQ the second little quilt real soon.
My beginners informed me this morning that Aldi Supermarkets had a couple of nice sewing/patchwork books on offer for about £3.00 each. So on my way home my friend Ann and I stopped in to have a look. Ann is a beginner and is very eager to learn. Well as you’ve probably guessed we both bought two books each. The books are full of great simple projects for all skill levels. As far as I’m concerned you can never have too many books………
Well it’s been a really great day. I feel fulfilled because I’ve done something worthwhile. I came home with some ideas that I will present to me beginners over the next few weeks but for this evening I think I will try to turn my brain off until tomorrow.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will most likely do some more work on Lilly Pilly. It’s starting to shape up nicely. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope it’s something fulfilling. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥