It’s been a very satisfying day in my little world. I spent much of the day in my sewing room longarm quilting. This quilt was pieced by Jean for her niece who will be setting off for university soon. I’m sure this quilt will be well loved. Jean chose Plush as a quilting design and a pearly grey thread. It’s a rather large quilt 82” x 106”. So I was longarm quilting for England today. I’m sure this quilt will be treasured for many years to come. It will bring warmth and comfort to a young lady who is studying away from home.
While I was longarm quilting in my sewing room there was a bit of this going on in my lounge …..
My Sarah decided to prep a new project to work on over the winter months. I found a whole lot of hand dyed fabrics in my stash from days gone by when I was taking a City & Guilds class on patchwork and quilting. So Sarah’s mission was to cut it all up into 2-1/2” squares. I think most of the cutting is done. Next will be the ¼” seam allowance marking. I quite fancy doing one myself to use up all my scraps. It’s a whole bunch of four patches joined together isn’t it. What could be simpler?
I seem to be spending a lot of time searching for things lately. That’s a sure sign that I really need to tidy things up. A couple of days ago I went looking for a box of pens, my favourite black Pilot fine liners. They’re my favourite pens for doodling. I searched in one of my sewing room cupboards where I was sure I kept them but couldn’t find them. In fact a whole lot of stuff came flying out of the cupboard while I was searching in it. So this afternoon, after psyching myself out, I took the plunge and emptied the cupboard and I did indeed find the pens. I re-organised and disposed of a few bits. During the big tidy I found this …..
And when I opened the tin I found this …..
At first I didn’t know what this was. Once I pulled the bits out of the tin I worked out that it was a mini iron. I tested this mini iron and it doesn’t get hot enough to do a good job on seams. So I have disposed of the mini iron.
I’m not heartbroken about disposing the mini iron because I found this other travel iron which heats up beautifully.
The only problem with these little irons is that they don’t feel well balanced. Mine feels like it’s going to topple over making it quite dangerous. Does anyone have and use one of these little irons when they go to classes? I can’t remember why I bought my two little irons; I can only imagine I did so because I was going to use them for workshop classes. It was quite an experience tidying my cupboard in order to find my favourite pens. And of course you know that I was distracted by several things I found that I forgot I had including the two little irons. Do you get distracted when you set out to do a job? Or do you just do the job without any side trips? Tidying my cupboard today was like walking down memory lane.
I found something else that might be quite useful. Several years ago I ordered some of these acrylic templates …….
It seems to me that using templates has become very fashionable again. We seem to be doing a lot more hand piecing for which these templates might be very useful. After finding these I realised that I have enough templates in my stash to keep me busy for a very long time. I might even be able to work out some new designs.
So it’s been a good productive day in happy longarm quilter land. I managed to longarm quilt Jean’s lovely quilt with great results. And I tidied a cupboard; a job that was long overdue. And I did all of that in the slow lane. My lovely creative friend reminded me yesterday that the slow lane is a good place to be sometimes because it gives you a chance to enjoy the scenery. Thanks for reminding me Sandra.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand piecing some Nine Patch Blocks, doodling and perhaps knitting a little. I hope you have a super cosy evening enjoying the scenery in the slow lane. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥