Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a great day. It’s been a lovely spring like day in my little corner of the northeast of England. I hope today was a preview of the kind of spring we’re going to have.
My day started rather early. And I can’t even boast that I got a lot accomplished from coming out of the starting blocks early! My alarm rang at 3:15am and by 3:50am hubby and I were en route to the airport. Hubby has been called away to work on another continent. The journey to the airport was uneventful. There isn’t much traffic on the road at that time of the morning! Quelle surprise!
So what have I been up to today? Well I attended a volunteer day. And this is the project I worked on …..
I chose this project because I felt a wee bit tired after my early start so I decided that if I sat quietly hand quilting not only would I be pushing forward on a UFO but I would also be doing something useful. This hand quilting is not my normal fine hand quilting. No ….. for this whimsical quilt top I decided that some naïve quilting would look pretty good. So in this case instead of using hand quilting thread I am using two strands of embroidery thread and large stitches. It took me a while to get into the rhythm but after about 20 minutes I was stitching like I’ve been using embroidery thread for hand quilting all my life. I must admit I do like homespun look it produces. It’s perfect for this fab teddy bear quilt top. This is a charity quilt for Quilts for Comfort. I worry about learning new techniques on projects that aren’t my own but sometimes you just have to take a chance.
In the spirit of Finish it Up I received a little message from Ann who lives on the Isle of Skye. Here’s part of the message she sent ~ I thought I would just send you a pic of the cushion I made after seeing your Dresden snowflake pattern around Christmas. I had made Dresden blocks before so I experimented with sizes of the blades and I was quite pleased with the results. Mind you I know my free motion quilting needs LOTS of work.
Ann, I’m very impressed with your snowflake like Dresden Plate. And your Freemotion quilting is very good too. So keep up the great work.
As you will have read above Ann was worried that her Freemotion Quilting wasn’t good enough. Well you may or may not be surprised to hear that quite a lot of us think our work isn’t good enough or not quite up to scratch. You will be surprised to hear that I quite often feel like my work isn’t quite good enough too! However I am slowly learning to be more accepting of my work. There’s one thing for sure ….. the more I practice, the more I make things the better I get. I never expect my first trial run of any new technique to be perfect. There’s always something new to learn. I hope the day that there’s nothing more to learn and perfect never arrives. If I knew how to make everything to perfection life would be boring. Meeting challenges gives us something to do. So come on ladies and gents enjoy making and be proud of what you make.
I worked on loads of little bits and pieces over the weekend. Well I haven’t had time to take photos of everything but one little thing that I worked on was my long term hexie project.
I’ve been working on this one for at least five years. I pull it out now and again, do a little and move on to the next thing. My big plan is to get this finished this year. At the moment I am busy squaring off all the edges with the pale coloured fabric hexies. Then I will put a couple of rows of random red hexies. I will probably finished with red hexies. We’ll just have to see how I feel about the borders when I get to them. I really like the look of this hexie project. I love red so this one is a particular favourite of mine and perhaps that’s why I haven’t given up on it yet. That’s why it’s always better to make your quilts with fabrics you like otherwise you might just abandon it when you get sick of working on it.
It’s been a pretty good day in my little world today. Even getting up at the crack of sparrow fart wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Although I must admit I’m feeling pretty tired now but it’s a good tired. I spent the day in the company of like-minded ladies. We discussed quite a few current event topics. We put the world to rights. We drank coffee and ate cake. Very delicious cake it was too! Thank you Nicola. Tomorrow I have one errand to run and the rest of the day will be spent catching up on a wee bit on paper work, sending and replying to emails and loading the next quilt into my longarm quilting system. I will be able to do this and perhaps a little more after a good nights’ sleep in a clean bed. Aaaah Bliss. zzzzzzzz
So for his evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be working on hexies or doing some naïve hand quilting. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you thoroughly enjoy. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching my lovelies. ♥ ♥