Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fab day. My day was better than fab. I stepped out this morning for a working coffee break. You’ve all heard of a working lunch? Well as I’m not one of those ladies who does lunch we decided to have a working coffee break. This meeting was about all things creative but especially a particular project I have been working on with the help of my creative friend Sandra. Well today her final touches have been added to my part of the project. I’m so very excited about this one. I’m very pleased to tell you that my 2015 Whimsical Appliqué & Stitchery quilt project is called the Four Season Whimsy. At the moment I’m not sure when the classes will start but I’ll let you know as soon as I have seen the Stitchin’ Heaven class list for this year. I’ll pass on more info soon.
So tell me has anyone had any problems with their iron recently? It’s so annoying when your iron decides to pack in isn’t it. On Sunday my steam generator iron decided it needed to be cleaned. Exactly how the iron knows when it needs a clean is beyond me! So I took the unit into the kitchen and emptied the tank and rinsed it out a couple of times according to the user manual. Once I plugged it in it wouldn’t steam. So I repeated the cleaning process again and again and just couldn’t get the iron to work. Well I felt really deflated. I took out my back up iron and did the job I wanted to get done. In the end I Googled the problem and came up with a solution. And now it works. The moral to this story ….. when in doubt Google it. I saved myself a whole lot of money by not having to replace a main piece of kit. I use my steam generator iron just about every single day. There aren’t many days that I don’t use my iron. I’m a very very happy longarm quilter.
Even though I stepped out this morning I still had a chance to hang out in my sewing room this afternoon. I pieced a few more pineapple log cabin blocks. A few of you are curious about how I’m putting the blocks together as you have noticed the gridded fabric that acts as the foundation for this project. Firstly this is a kit that my friend bought at The Festival of Quilts last summer. So the fabrics, as lovely as they are, were not chosen by me but they do blend nicely together making the project nice to work on. Something else I must tell you is that although I have made many foundation paper pieced projects over the decades I have never worked on a fabric foundation using this particular method. So it was an education for me. I plan on teaching a class which consists of foundation paper piecing later in the year. So I’ll tell you more about both methods later on. Or perhaps you might like to come along and take the class if you have never done foundation paper piecing before.
While I was sewing last night and today I got the chance to use my wallpaper seam roller for pressing my seams …..
I can report that it works very well. I have another tool for the purpose of finger pressing which I was found was not as efficient as I would have liked. So when I tried the roller and it work really well I was quite surprised. I think the difference is that the roller takes less strength. So those are my thoughts and findings about using the wallpaper seam roller as a finger pressing tool. All in all it gets a thumbs up from me.
I had a really good session in my sewing room this afternoon. I shifted things around in my sewing room a little making it a little bit more user friendly. Hooray! And I pieced a couple of pineapples. I would have worked a bit longer but I ran out of bobbin thread. I think my sewing machine was telling me to get out of the sewing room and start making supper. So I did. After tomorrow is another day. I wonder what tomorrow will bring.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be hand piecing a few more nine patch blocks. That means I get to use my roller again. Yippeeeee. I hope you have a super cosy evening, away from the wind and wintry showers, doing something you truly enjoy. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥