This little ole longarm quilter has had quite an interesting day. Things have not worked out as I had planned today. I took a bit of a nose dive when I slipped on black ice this morning while walking the dogs. So needless to say pushing a 24” throat sewing head around the longarm quilting frame was not on the cards. I haven’t broken anything but I am very sore. I’m hoping to bounce back quickly, no pun intended.
I sat and planned out how to quilt the current quilt loaded in my system and was ready to get started this morning but that didn’t happen. And although I have been taking it easy and healing I didn’t sit doing nothing. I took a Freemotion Quilting class online with Angela Walters called Freemotion Quilting with Feathers. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and learned loads. After sitting for such a long time I decided I needed to move around a little bit and do something useful. So after a little thought I decided to clean some sewing machines. I cleaned, oiled and inserted fresh needles on three different machines. Well that took all of 30 minutes ….. Now what do I do? I never sit doing nothing. So I decided to work on my Dresden blades. I took my little bin of bits to my chair in the living room and turned the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy on and worked quietly turning 135 blades right sides out ready for pressing. The pressing will have to wait for another day. Making these Dresden Plates is a super way to Use up Your Scraps. So all in all, considering that I’m on downtime for at least today, it was quite a productive day.
Now last evening I did a little hand quilting. Here’s where I’m at now…..
The next step is to mark a design on the borders. What I have stitched so far is all my own design; I made it up as I went along using shape templates and straight rulers. I think the inner border will have a makeshift leaf design. And I haven’t decided what to put on the outer border yet.
I’ve got an interesting book to tell you about this evening. If you’re partial to blocks that contain curve piecing but have avoided them at all cost, well this might just be the book for you. The author, Elaine Waldschmidtt, included detailed instructions on how to piece a few different curvy blocks in this book called Appli-Curves. Included with this book is a DVD which contains the templates which you can print off for yourself. After having a little look in the book I have decided that it’s possibly a good easy way to approach the task of curved piecing.
Have you ever wondered what wadding to use to what? Well while I was reading posts from one of my Yahoo Users groups the Ultimate Batting Chart was mentioned. So if you’re at all curious about wadding click here; you never know you might find out something useful.
So as I said earlier, it’s been an interesting day. Although things didn’t quite work out as I had planned I still made the most of it. Tomorrow I’m hoping to be back on my feet doing what I had planned to do today.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter is hoping to do a little bit of stitching on a Double Wedding Ring or perhaps I might just look at some books. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope you’re safely tucked up indoors. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥