Yesterday I was telling you that I got carried away and finished a job that I had scheduled to work over two days giving me some free time today. Well I have decided that variety really is the spice of life. I drafted a shortlist of things I could do today. I can now report that of the four things that were shortlisted I managed to do three. I could have spent the day working on only one large project but I decided to work on a few things rather than get bored with one. It was a good decision.
First I stepped out and hit the shops. With having lost quite a lot of weight lately I always seem to need new clothes to see me thru to the next stage. I was quite happy to see that the shops are now stocking spring fashioned and there are plenty of sizes to choose from. So that was a successful trip out. It was very windy making it rather cold but I wrapped up warm.
As soon as I got home I escaped into the sewing room to make one last scrappy project for Use up Your Scraps month. I used lots of pins to do this…….
And once I had sewn the seam and repeated the process again this is what came of it……..
I woke up in the middle of the night and started planning this little BlueBird Thread Catcher. I got up and slithered downstairs sketched it, took notes about how I would approach the job and went back to bed. I slept like a baby after that. Since finishing this simple little scrappy project I have come up with a few other BlueBird project ideas.
The little BlueBird idea came from my creative friend Sandra. Sandra made a painted fabric sample for our Mixed Media Quilting workshop and I loved the little bird so much that I have run with it ever since. It’s such an easy subject to replicate, that I have used it over and over again. I’m going to carry on using up scraps and most likely that little Bluebird will be used in more scrappy projects to come.
Today I have two little snippets of advice for all the beginners out there. The first thing is; always be true to your ¼” seam allowance. And the second is; take your time and press all your seams properly as you go along. If you rush thru your projects and you’re not careful about your ¼” seam and pressing those seams properly, the finished result of your quilt will definitely be affected.
One of the last things I did before my Sarah came home from school is some more Freemotion Quilting using my HandiQuilter Sweet Sixteen. I had a second little quilt identical to the one I did a couple of days ago. So now I’m on the home stretch of that project. All will be revealed soon enough.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be preparing for tomorrow’s adventure on the Hill and perhaps doing some more work on my Lilly Pilly Applique project while watching Midsomer Murders. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope you’re well sheltered from the very cold wind. Brrrrrr…… Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥