Well it’s been a blustery old day again in the Northeast of England! I keep my hair short so it doesn’t matter if the wind blows it around but I feel sorry for the ladies and gentlemen who put effort into getting their hair just right before they leave the house.
I got an email from my mum in Montreal over the weekend. She attached a photo of an idea for which I could use my die cutting machine. And here it is.
I pieced this cushion cover using 10 fusible heart die cut shapes and one die cut star shape. I fused and machine blanket stitched the shapes onto a 17” square background and added one ½” folded border and a 2” outer border. Once everything was layered I free motion quilted around the shapes and embellished with buttons and beads. I made an envelope type back and filled it with a 20” cushion inner. I quite like the finished item and will enjoy it over Christmas. Speaking of Christmas, I have decided to have a little giveaway; only because tis the season to be jolly. I have a couple of packs of pre-cut fusible shapes to make this Christmas tree. So if you are interested in winning one of these sets of pre-cut shapes, send me a comment and I will put your name in the draw. I will draw the winning names Monday December 5th. Good luck.
This morning I attended my weekly sewing session at Just Quilting. As usual we had a lovely time. I had a little look around at all the fabrics which have arrived in the past week or so. And of course as usual I would love to have some of everything but I have no idea what to make with some of everything. So I think I will restrain myself for the time being and work on a few more UFOs and perhaps I will find some inspiration to find ideas on how to use the new fabrics. I think I feel like working on small projects that can be given at gifts because I have plenty of large quilts which I use on beds. Perhaps small enough projects that I can use my free motion quilting skills on are the order of the day. I have some fantastic sewing machines that I can use for that purpose but I don’t often have the time to experiment. I think I will put that at the top of my To Do List for the Christmas holidays. I will soon be winding down the longarm quilting which will give me a few days to play in earnest.
My Sarah is off school due to the general strike taking place tomorrow. So I think we will take some time out in the morning and do a little Christmas shopping. I still have a few names on the list yet that I would like to cross off before the weekend. Some of my presents need to be posted to Canada which should be done sooner rather than later.
Although I didn’t purchase any of the new arrival fabrics at Just Quilting this morning I did purchase the pattern to make this. I love Natalie Bird’s designs. This one describes my home perfectly. So this is another thing going on the To Do List for the Christmas holidays.
So for this evening, this happy longarm quilter will be working on hexagons to make a change from working on Ruth’s Quilt stitcheries. Whatever you may be doing, I hope it’s something useful. Until you read me again,
PS: Don’t forget the little giveaway. Just send me a comment to be entered in the draw.