Every Friday should be Time to Breathe Friday. I think I’m going to aim to slow down every Friday. Today was quite a relaxed day. I did do a few things but at a reduced pace. How lovely. The gentle pace gave me time to enjoy the sunshine.
I discovered that 8:30am is a great time to visit the supermarket. I had a short list of things that needed replenishing. There was hardly anyone there so I didn’t struggle to park and I didn’t have to wait for ever to pay for my goods. I even had a little chat with the check-out lady without anyone getting irate about it! I am a chatty longarm quilter!!!!!
Once I got the chores out of the way I sat down with a cup of coffee in front of my laptop and started to view Dot-to-Dot quilt with Angela Walters on Craftsy. For those of you who have not taken part in this type of online class, it’s brilliant. You purchase your class (some of them are actually free) and you can watch at your leisure and as many time as you wish. For me it’s a great way of learning new stuff or even reassuring myself that I’m on the right track. Today I watched the lovely Angela explain, demonstrate, share tips and new designs for machine quilting.
Once I had finished watching the class, and I can go back and watch it as many times as I wish or even just certain parts, I made myself a wee quilt sandwich and disappeared into my Freemotion Quilting room upstairs and had a little practice session…….
Now, don’t look too closely as my practice piece because of course it’s not perfect, but it does give you an idea of what you can do by using the Angela’s Dot-to-Dot method. It’s very simple and straight forward. It can be combined with Freemotion Quilting and it’s thoroughly enjoyable. Each class come with class materials such as diagram, templates written instructions, requirements list etc. It’s a great way of learning in the comfort of your own home.
Now Carol asked me last week what a thread net was. Well here’s a photo of one in action. The net simply keeps the thread from unravelling too fast creating knots and such. Thread that unravels faster than it should makes a lot of mess and waste. So the inexpensive thread net is perfect helper.
Sometime in the last month or so hubby and I stepped out one morning to run some errands and we had coffee in a local café.
Have you noticed how there are two spoons beside my coffee? It has been decided that I should never be given two spoons….. because I love to play the spoons. Well in fact I simply make lots of noise with them because I’m not really very musical. I suspect that if I practiced more I would probably play better…….
So shortly after my experience of playing those spoons which seemed really well balanced and the perfect size for my hand, I decided to purchase some new spoons as the supermarket……. I have been carrying them in my handbag for some weeks now. When my hubby or Sarah see the spoons come out they behave immediately. If I had realised that carrying some spoons in my handbag would fill my family with fear I would have started carrying them around a lot sooner!
I have something else to share with you this evening. Do you remember the Arrowhead block that I pieced a couple of weeks ago?
Anita Grossman Solomon supplied the instructions here. Well Anita has a book called Rotary Cutting Revolution which contains the instructions for the Arrowhead block as well as a few other interesting blocks. I purchased the Kindle version. I love this book. It’s got several interesting blocks that I plan on making. So if you’ve been wondering if this book is worth purchasing, the answer is yes. I have recommended to my friend Helen and she has recommended to several of her friends.
Well my friends. Another week has come to a close. I don’t count Saturday and Sunday as part of the week. My plans changed a little bit for the weekend. I find myself with a free Saturday and I still haven’t really decided what I’m going to do. I’m hoping to sleep in until 06:30 and have a leisurely start …… Perhaps I will load a quilt into my longarm quilting system ready for quilting on Monday. Or perhaps I will drag out a few scraps and piece some small quilt tops for practicing more Freemotion Quilting designs like I did today. I guess I could wait until tomorrow morning and see which way the wind is blowing….
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be putting pencil to sketchbook to design a few more 6” blocks for part three of my Mystery Whimsy project. Oh what fun. I hope whatever you decide to do this evening it brings you as much satisfaction as I’m going to get doing what I’m doing. Until your read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥