Hello my lovelies. I’m back! Yes I had a few days off and I’ve accomplished a few things that I can tell you about so I thought I would pop in and show you a little progress.
The last few days have been glorious in my little corner of the northeast of England. The sun has been shining and the temperature has been rising. The trees are in bud and even the grass has started growing. I’m very lucky that I have no grass anymore so there will be no lawn mowing for me!
As well as enjoying some glorious sunshine I was cheered up by a couple of other things today. One thing that made me happy was that when I stepped out with my Sarah this morning to run a couple of errands we stopped for coffee and my coffee was free. So that was my bargain of the day! And the second that made me happy is that I was hunting for some fabric to finish off my hexagon quilt. So I got in touch with Jan of The Cotton Tree where I originally bought the fabric ages ago and she just happen to have the exact fabric and in the quantity I asked for. I was so surprised when Jan said that she had some of my fabric in stock. My hexie quilt has been on the go for quite some time and it does look nice so I thought I ought to make the effort to match the fabric properly to get the job finished. I will collect the fabric next week.
I haven’t done much longarm quilting this week. I have moved into the slow lane and enjoyed the scenery. I think I needed a bit of time to breathe. However that doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping busy. While my little Maisie has been keeping me company …..
I worked on adding borders to my appliqué block …..
I added these squares …..
And now it looks like this …..
I will be adding some appliqué to the large outer border. So I made this bias strip to turn into vines …..
I’m looking forward to getting stuck into this project again. It’s quite a simple quilt which I will be hand quilting as sample for a hand quilting class which I will be teaching this summer. I will be designing the quilting designs myself and while I’m doing working out the designs and marking I will be taking notes regarding how I did it. I would really like to see more ladies hand quilting their quilt tops. So watch this space.
Last week I decided that I wanted to step outside the ¼” seam allowance box. I wanted to play with scraps and throw caution to the wind and produce something unusual. Well I didn’t get very far yet. Here is the simple progress I have made …..
I pulled a few scraps out and anchored them to a layer of wadding and backing fabric. I decided to make a small sample to start with. I do have one or two ideas about how I will proceed from here on but I’m not going to reveal those ideas until I’m sure what I’m doing.
On Easter Monday I did an emergency longarm quilting job. This is Heather’s quilt and with the help of her friends the quilt top was finished and handed over to me and I quilted. It’s a lovely cheerful quilt. I decided on a quilting design called Tropical Deco by Patricia Ritter and a purple thread which blends in perfectly with the fabrics. I love the quilting design and I love the finished quilt.
So now we come to the last thing I will report on until next week. I worked on a sample of Foundation Paper Piecing. I used to use this method regularly back in the day. It gives such good accurate results. And I think everyone should learn how to do this. Even if it’s only used for one project. So this is my sample …..
I chose a simple block which my ladies will be able to produce four of in one session and turn into something useful. This one is called the double Tulip. I will be adding a couple of borders on my sample and it will be used as a table topper. As you can see from this photo the sun was definitely shining thru my sewing room window this afternoon. Oh what a beautiful day. I’m hoping this is a preview of the weather we will have this summer.
So although I was on a break I still managed to get quite a lot of sewing done at a slow and measured pace. And I can’t tell you how much paper work I have done over the past week. Writing instructions and printing info packs always takes longer than I imagine it will. I have changed the format of my info packs for my larger projects making them more eco-friendly. Trying to work all that out has been a bit of a chore but I’m getting there. Tomorrow I will be spending the day in the company of like-minded ladies who want to learn how the Cathedral Window technique works. So it will be a busy day that I’m sure will zoom by.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be working on hexies or hand quilting. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something that makes you happy. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥