Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super day. Have you bought your Easter Eggs yet? I haven’t bought any yet. I’m hoping to pop out tomorrow to get a few eggs as well as some nice fresh veg for a nice Sunday dinner.
I spent most of my day in my sewing room longarm quilting Anne’s no. 2 of 2 quilts today. This is what it looks like now …..
Anne used a variety of blues as well as a tone on tone white to piece this star quilt. I used a quilting design called Easy Street by Lisa Calle and a nice fine pearl grey thread to stitch it out. The grey thread blends in beautifully with all the blue and white fabrics. I think will be pleasantly surprised when she sees how nice her quilt is now.
After turning off the equipment in my sewing room I started to think about how to spend my Easter weekend. Well my long weekend has just been shortened a little bit because I will be teaching a class at Stitchin’ Heaven on Saturday so that’s one day sorted. And I have a couple of longarm quilting appointments tomorrow at home. So I think I will prep a scrappy project in between appointments in the morning. I’ve suddenly found a whole slew of scraps leftover from very recent projects. So I’m going to cut up all the scraps into uniform size squares and sew them together. I do have a bit of a plan forming as I have something specific in mind but you’ll have to check in next week to see if and how I managed with my scraps.
I’ve got a hankering to step outside the ¼” seam allowance box. I was taught to always stay true to the ¼” seam allowance rule. And I was taught to press all my seams properly. If I wasn’t always in a hurry I would like to go back to basics, to the time when we worked to the light of candles and oil lamps; and back to the days before the arrival of rotary cutting equipment. I have had a taste of tracing templates but I will draw the line at sewing to the light of an oil lamp! The minute we take away the rotary cutting equipment our blocks are not quite as accurate. I quite like vintage style projects. So I am hunting for an English Paper Piecing (EPP) project. One which will use hexagons and diamonds and such. And this project should be suitable for scraps. I have loads of scraps that need using up. Wouldn’t it be nice to make something for free! Will you be using up some of your scraps this weekend?
So it looks like I’m going to spend a good part of my Easter weekend hunting a new long range scrappy project all the while relaxing. I will most likely spend a little time sketching a new design for my newly found little pile of scraps. Perhaps I will be able to step outside the ¼” seam allowance box this weekend. We just have to see what happens. Like everything else, I imagine that I have all the time in the world to play but that time all too often runs out before I accomplish what I want to do. I shall be back sometime next week with news about all my plans and dreams.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be working on hexies or perhaps doing some hand quilting. I hope you have a cosy Easter weekend doing all the things that you enjoy the most. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥