Hello my lovelies. Have you all had a lovely day? I hope you got the chance to do a wee bit of sewing. Unfortunately I didn’t get any sewing done apart from the longarm quilting I spent most of the day on. There’s always tomorrow …..
I spent several long hours in my sewing room today. I worked on Angie’s Irish Chain.
Angie chose a quilting design called Butterfly Walz by Apricot Moon and I stitched out the design using a very neutral quiet beige thread which blends beautifully with all the fabrics in the quilt top and matches the backing perfectly. I really enjoyed stitching the Butterfly Walz today. It’s a lovely flowing design that stitches out evenly.
So I didn’t get to do any other sewing today but I did work on making some flowers to embellish a project last evening …..
I used these gadgets to make the flowers.
It’s so easy when you get the hang of it. So now all I have to do is decide which one to use. The purpose of the flower is to embellish my Japanese Meshwork project. I think I will use one flower with a couple of leaves in the corner. I think the meshwork is intricate but it just needs a little something to break it up a little bit. The can use the other flowers to embellish another project later on.
After taking Angie’s quilt off of my longarm quilting system I decided it was time to Be Kind to my Sewing Machine time. It’s a task that I really dread but it needs to be done. So I started by removing the needle because it needed to be changed. Then I remove the needle plate and bobbin cup. I used a pipe cleaner to collect up as much lint as I possibly could. And then I switch to a 1” paint brush and the lint still keeps coming. I use the same paint brush to brush the sewing machine casing. It’s amazing how much dust accumulates on a sewing machine that stays out all the time. And the next step is to insert a fresh needle.
Then it’s time to put it all back together. And this is the part I hate the most because more often than not I don’t seat the bobbin cup properly and need to take the needle plate off to sort things out. Luckily today once I put everything back together it worked beautifully. My sewing machine is purring like a kitten this evening. And I can’t wait to do more sewing. While I was at it today, I changed the blade in my rotary cutter. So my rotary cutter is cutting like a hot knife thru butter now. Ooooooh how happy am I to have tools that work well. What a treat! It pays to take good care of your tools.
So it’s been another rather productive day for this very happy longarm quilter. I worked on and finished longarm quilting Angie’s rather large Irish Chain quilt. It looks fab. I also did a little daydreaming all the while planning projects. My notebook is filling up quickly.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some fine hand appliqué work and perhaps transferring some stitchery designs. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really love to do. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥