Hello my lovelies and happy first of June. The weatherman tells me that summer starts today. I’m sure the weather will catch up with the season later this week but in the meantime it’s still quite cool in happy longarm quilter land.
Before I start to tell you about my day, I want to thank everyone who commented, emailed and phoned me regarding what they keep in their go to class/workshop basic sewing kit. I’m overwhelmed with all the fantastic things that quilt makers include in their sewing kits. I’m going to sit down and compose a list that includes as many useful tools as possible and I will post a printable version. My very favourite idea was from Barbara, who said that she likes to take home baked goods to share with other students to classes and workshops. Barbara is a very good baker and I have tasted her lovely cakes at classes. So expect a list sometime soon but there’s still time to let me know if you have a very useful tool that needs to be included on my list.
I like to kick off the week getting ready for the week! I’m not sure this makes any sense. For instance I visited the bank, department store and supermarket this morning. My cupboards are suitably full, I have a new ironing board cover from the department store and I have done my banking for this week. So now I can concentrate on doing lots of longarm quilting this week. But not today.
I spent quite a lot of time yesterday working on making a Japanese Folded Patchwork sample in order to compose instructions including action photos. It’s funny how all my five minute jobs turn out to take quite a lot longer than I expect. Yesterday’s job definitely took a little longer than I expected. However I did finish the small sample …..
I thought it would be easier to compose instructions with step by step photos. So I made this little clutch bag to refresh my memory how it all works. All it needs is a loop and button to hold the top closed. The original sample which is a bag …..
was completed over Christmas I believe. I really enjoy Japanese Folded Patchwork so it was really enjoyable to make the bag but you can turn this technique into any useful thing you’d like. And of course the blocks can be resized accordingly. I will be teaching this technique at Stitchin’ Heaven in July. So now I need to concentrate long enough to compose the instructions. It should be a breeze now that I have step by step photos. If you would like to see what I will be teaching over the next few weeks just go to the Upcoming Events & Workshops tab at the top of the page.
It seems to have turned into a paperwork day somehow. I needed to do an important printing job which I will need for the weekend. Saturday is the second Four Season Button Club Whimsy class. So I gathered everything together and got started. I made up a few templates, finished the printing and now I think I’m ready for the weekend class.
I don’t feel like I got much of anything done today. Although now that I look back I have run some important errands and that’s the kind of stuff that takes time. Just putting groceries away after a big shop is a job in itself! I’m sure I will do better tomorrow.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will finish composing some instructions. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥