While running some errands midweek and while park outside my local Homebase store I came across this….
I know it’s a shed but doesn’t it remind you of a beach hut?????? It’s a tiny little shed painted up to look like a beach hut. I would love to have one of these in my garden but I don’t need a shed at the moment.
I spent most of the day working on Helen’s sampler quilt. I clicked go as soon as my Sarah left for college and worked until the job was done. Helen decided on the Feathered Curls quilting design by Irene Steele of Timeless Quilting Designs and the thread is a creamy natural colour which blends beautifully into the background. This is Helen’s very first quilt. I have no doubt she will be making many more. Here’s a sneak peek.
Once I shut down the longarm quilting system I decided to go to the supermarket top up the fridge and pantry for the weekend. Once the groceries were put away I decided to have a little play with an applique heart which I started a few days ago. So I’ll take this opportunity to describe the process of securing the heart to the background fabric.
So firstly, as you can see in the photo I have already done the Freezer Paper trick which you can see here and here. Now it’s time to secure the heart to the background with fine stitches. I must stress that this is the way I approach the task, it’s what give me good results. I like to use very fine thread; YLI Silk thread 100wt gives me very good results. Also I recently started using applique needles (no. 12). The needle itself is very fine to match the thread I use. Because I do a lot of machine quilting I feel that it’s quite important to make sure that my applique patches are well secured to the background. Even if you’re going hand quilting, your patches should be well secured. So my description of the action of sewing is; first you take a small bit of the background fabric and then a small bit of the patch keeping both stitches close and you carry on in that fashion until you have secured the whole patch down. As in all quilting, whether by hand or machine you need to bury your knot at the start/end. And it’s as easy as that. If you look at the photo you’ll see just how small my stitches are. If you make your stitches too big they will show and there’s a chance that they will become loose making your patches lumpy. Who needs that extra lumpage on their hand applique project?
Hand applique is really rather simple to do; especially if you approach it step-by-step. The important thing to remember is that eventually you will find a comfortable way of doing it giving you good results. It’s a lovely quiet pursuit which gives you great satisfaction when you stand back and see what you’ve made. So now you know there’s no excuse for joining in the “A” is for Applique challenge.
On the subject of hand applique, next Thursday, I will be resuming my role as Quilter on the Hill. We’re going to be doing some blanket stitch hand applique. This time we’re going to be using Bondaweb and embroidery thread. It’s great fun revisiting techniques I haven’t done in a while. So if you’re up for learning how it works or simply up for a refresher course come along and join in the fun. For more info or a requirements list, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Well the week is over and I’m already in weekend mode. My Sarah starts her study today and will be sitting exams over the next few weeks. It’s a very tense time in happy longarm quilter land. I’m hoping to get my Home to Roost panel Freemotion Quilted this weekend. I was supposed to FMQ using my new Bernina but I am considering longarm quilting it just for ease. I really would like to get it finished as soon as possible.
After studying my diary for the next ten days or so, it looks like I’m booked up every single day with various things. The next few weeks are going to whizz by. I’m looking forward to the little road trip I’ve got planned for tomorrow morning.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will either be doing some work on the Happiness is …. or perhaps doing some hand quilting. It’s lovely to have a choice. Whatever you may be doing this evening, I hope it’s enjoyable. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥