Officially summer is here. And I must admit today feels like one of those hazy lazy days of summer. I’ve been waiting a long time for that feeling. It hasn’t been scorching hot but we can step out without warm clothes on. It hasn’t rained in quite a long time. I’m so pleased to be able to say that summer is here.
I did quite a lot at a slow measured pace today. It’s really great not rushing from one thing to another. All my washing is up-to-date and I’ve loaded a quilt into my longarm quilting system ready to start stitching tomorrow morning if all goes to plan.
I did a bit of drawing last night. I will be teaching my Tablet Cover/Pouch class in a couple of weeks so I decided that now is as good a time as any to get the paper hand outs sorted. I composed the instructions so all that’s left to do is print everything out and make welcome bags. There are still one or two places available on this particular class so if you’re interested please phone Stitchin’ Heaven to register at this number 01665 570 833. It’s a super little project that can be finished in one day. We can easily resize it to fit your tablet or anything you wish to store in it. The most difficult part of this project is choosing the fabrics! So come along and join in the fun.
A few days ago I was asked about stitch rippers. Well I do have a few stitch rippers and I gathered as many as I could find …..
I don’t consider myself to be an expert on stitch rippers and I do not have any affiliations with any of the companies who manufacture rippers however as I have been making quilts for some twenty years I suppose I have a little experience in using them. So here are the stitch rippers I own. I’m sure I have a few more but I just couldn’t put my hand on them this afternoon.
So in my opinion all stitch rippers get the job done but there are some that are more comfortable to use. If you look at the photo below you will probably guess that I use G more often than any other. It’s got tape around the cover to keep it from falling apart and it happens to sit in my sewing room. Stitch Ripper G is the one I use to remove the leaders from the quilts that I put thru my longarm quilting system. However stitch ripper C is the one that sits in the basic sewing kit that resides next to my evening armchair. It was hand carved and it fits my hand perfectly. I purchased stitch ripper C from Wedding Dress Blue. I really appreciate nice tools so it was worth every penny. I would say my next favourite stitch ripper would be D and E. D is made by Clover and is nice and compact and works very well. Stitch ripper E is a total mystery as to who makes it but it’s rather nice to use because it has a soft grip. To be honest with you I can use any of my stitch rippers to get the job done quite happily. However I do prefer one that is a little chunkier making it easier to grip. I’m not sure that my little review is of any help to Carol who asked my opinion. However I have done my best to give an honest opinion on a tool type that I use rather often.
So it’s been a great weekend in my world. After checking my diary I have determined that the coming week will be pretty busy. I’m always happiest when I’m busy but I have to admit I’m looking forward to slowing down for a few weeks starting sometime in July. I have a few projects on my list, projects that break all the rules. I look forward to showing you I’ll work on. After playing according to the rules for some twenty years I’m quite excited about breaking all those rules …..
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some hand quilting. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you enjoy. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥