Happy sunny Sunday to everyone. We’ve had a brilliant day. I got everything on my To-Do List done and more. Yippy. I’m almost ready for the week ahead. During the scholastic year, which starts on Tuesday for us, I spend part of Sunday getting ready for whatever life has lined up for us. Today was a bit more relaxed. I’m still riding in the slow lane for a few more days.
So let’s start the roundup with something pretty …..
On my way to the recycling bin I passed this lovely rose. I wish this was smelly vision. It’s such a fragrant bloom that I wish you could partake in its wonderful fragrance. The colour is soft and bright at the same time.
I did a little sewing related work today. First job on the list was to load a quilt into my longarm quilting system …..
This is a charity quilt and I can’t tell you who pieced the blocks but I can tell you that the blocks were joined together by Elaine who is a relative newbie to quilt making. So well done Elaine, you’ve done a really good job. I auditioned thread colours and found the perfect one. So now all that’s left for me to do is choose a quilting design and get it stitched out. I’m thinking something girly because there’s a little bit of pink in the blocks. So when in doubt stitch something soft and girly. Besides I don’t very often get to stitch girly designs. So why not!
I spent some time prepping some beginner’s block patches. In some cases it takes longer to choose the fabrics than it does to trace the templates and so on. However I sat quietly last evening, while watching a new episode of Dr Who, choosing fabrics for both blocks. So it was a question of tracing the templates, cutting, and marking the 1/4” seam allowance. The hand piecing will start this evening.
There’s nothing more relaxing than piecing blocks by hand while watching some mindless TV shows. So once these two blocks are done all sixteen blocks will be pieced. I have been hand piecing a couple of blocks along but ahead of my beginner’s sampler quilt students. And originally I was going to join them all together and make another quilt but I have changed my mind about that. I will quilt each one individually in a different way. So I’ll do a variety of hand and machine quilting. This will give my students examples of the different types of quilting all the while being able to view each block separately while they’re learning. I must admit that I have enjoyed hand piecing these blocks. And perhaps it’s time to make another quilt sampler choosing different blocks.
I have a little something else to show you today. All of you who follow my daily rambles will have read about my Sarah the lovely art student. Well while I was out teaching my Festive Whimsy at Stitchin’ Heaven on Friday, Sarah was home doing some fabric dyeing. Have a look at these beauties …..
Sarah was moaning that these were too dark for what she had planned. So guess who has inherited these beauties????? Moi! I can’t wait to cut them up and sew them back together in a different order. I’m planning on doing oodles of Freemotion Quilting on these using a selection on interesting threads. Eeeeeee I can’t wait to get started. I still have a few days before I move back into the fast lane; so I hope I get around to working with these fab fabrics before the weekend.
It’s been a great weekend in my little quiet world. Things will start speeding up on Friday but in the meantime I plan on enjoying myself. How about you? Has life started speeding up again now that autumn is here and the kids are back in school? Are you planning for Christmas yet? Well I did a little Festive planning today. I can’t show you what I’ve been doing just yet though but I think you’ll like hat I’ve been doing.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will start hand piecing a couple of patchwork blocks. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something interesting. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥