Today started off like any other Monday. In fact this morning was quite an experience for me. I took both my dogs to the vet for a six month check-up. If you have met my dogs you know that they are very lively. They’re not big dogs but walking them is like flying two large kits on a very blustery day. I managed to get them into the car without any issues and the journey was very noisy. I’m glad the vet’s surgery is not very far! Anyway we got a clean bill of health for both dogs this time. I thought I would have to lie down in the dark room for the rest of the day after that adventure…….
Well I didn’t get the chance to lie down in a dark room, instead I decided to get on and Finish it Up. I don’t know if you remember the Dresden Project that I started working on ages ago…..
Well this morning after doing a few chores I decided that I would do some walking foot work to anchor the centre block so that nothing moves when I start quilting it. So I stitched all around the Dresden Plate and in between the blades and around the outer edge of the centre square with thread that blends in quite well. I used Wonderfil Konfetti. I really like this thread as it stitches beautifully with no issues. Once the centre was all secured in place I did some ruler work. Now ruler work is rather new to me. So this little job is not perfect but I suppose I have to start somewhere. I believe that the more ruler work I do the better it will get. At first I found it quite difficult to hold the ruler down while moving the quilt around the sewing bed but I soon got the hang of it. I won’t hesitate to use my rulers again. In fact I will plan my quilt tops so that I can quilt using rulers.
As I was working with my rulers this afternoon I realised that I could also use them for marking quilt tops for hand quilting. I have more tools than one person knows what to do with. I’m going to be sure to make time to use these tools this year. It’s time for this happy longarm quilter to have fun with quilting tools. I’m glad you could join me on my discovery journey today.
Something else I wanted to work on today is yesterday’s painting job. I did a wee bit more work last night but once I shut down the quilting machine this afternoon I filled my brush tub with water and started shading around the paper shapes I added last night. And this is what it looks like now. I may add a little more to this Wishes, Hopes and Dreams bucket. I plan on making up art journal pages and storing them in the bucket eventually. I really enjoyed playing with this project today.
It’s been another fun productive day. Sometimes I wonder how other people spend their days. I’m sure they don’t jump around from chores to crafty things all day long like I do. Sometime before Friday I have to load a quilt into the longarm quilting system in order to start quilting it. It’s a lovely quilt and should be interesting to work on.
Today I would like to dedicate this humble little post to the memory of Mrs. Annabella Poots MBE.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be either hand quilting or working on Lilly Pilly appliqueing leaves. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope you’ve had as good a day as I have. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥