First of all I would like to start this post by thanking all my followers for following me. My regular readers know about all my ups and downs. The last few months have been pretty busy and certainly full of those dreaded ups and downs. I’m hoping that the road that leads to 2015 is paved with more ups than downs.
Unfortunately I didn’t spend more than five minutes in my sewing room today. I guess I will have to make up for that over the weekend. Tomorrow I will be taking a run up to Ingliston for the quilt show. I’m quite looking forward to it. It’s a small more intimate quilt show. It does get rather busy but it’s still quite easy to navigate your way around and see what there is to see. I’m still hunting and gathering tweed. So that’s top of my list. And I would like some unusual embroidery thread as well if I can find some. And of course I have an enormous short list of books I would like to look for. Books are my weakness. Oh well I could think of worse things to be addicted to.
Now yesterday I posted a piece of my Freemotion Quilting which I did on my longarm system. I’m very lucky that I have such a system to work on but all the Freemotion Quilting practice pieces you have seem me produce on my longarm can be done on a domestic sewing machine.
I do lots of digital longarm quilting but I also love to use my domestic sewing machine to do Freemotion Quilting. In fact there’s nothing I enjoy more, especially when I have time to spare, cleaning my one of my sewing machines in readiness for quilting and having a good old session. I load my media player with a story, insert my earbuds and away I go. I usually have no plan of action; I just choose a thread colour, do a test to adjust the tension and quilt to my hearts’ content. I will make one confession though; I will not quilt a large quilt using my domestic sewing machine but of course that’s because I have other options. So anything you’ve seen me Freemotion Quilt using my longarm system can be done with a domestic sewing machine. There are some really good Freemotion Quilting classes you can take on the internet. I must admit that there’s nothing like taking a class in person where you can ask questions and be sure you’re on the right track. I am self-taught but I sure wish that there was a class I could have taken to be sure I was on the right track. Tension issues alone can have you pulling your hair out at times! I’ll remind you of what I recently quilted using my domestic sewing machine from a simple doodle …..
If I can do this on my domestic machine so can you. Have a go and let me know how that works out for you. When it comes to Freemotion Quilting, practice is your best friend. And by the way stitching to music really helps. One of my favourite songs to listen to while quilting is New York by Paloma Faith; it’s got a great beat for stitching to.
It’s been a pretty good day in my little world. We spent the morning food shopping and running a few errands. And we spent a bit of time re-organising our lounge a little. A re-vamp was long overdue. The job isn’t finished but we have to live with it a little while in order to decide if it works for us.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will perhaps hand piece some Nine Patch blocks or make a shopping list for tomorrow’s adventure. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really enjoy. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥