Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all enjoyed a wee bit of sunshine. I didn’t hang around outside but the bright was shining thru my windows while I was preparing for tomorrow’s hand quilting class at Stitchin’ Heaven.
I spent most of the day getting ready for the classes I will be teaching over the next couple of days. Tomorrow is hand quilting and Saturday is the Four Season Button Club Whimsy. I’ve put quite a lot of effort into the hand quilting class prep because I really want my ladies to take to it. I don’t know many ladies who hand quilt these days. So I’m going to do my best to get as many ladies hand quilting/stitching as I can. Hand quilting makes an excellent armchair project. It’s a lovely quiet pastime; relaxing and the perfect occupation while you’re watching some mindless TV. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow. My car will be laden with all the related goodies for hand quilting. I hope to post an in-progress photo of the hand quilting sample which I set-up for tomorrows demo soon.
Once I finished hunting, gathering and packing I decided to have a little creative time for myself. I treated myself to a box of water soluble crayons a couple of weeks ago.
I bought said crayons to use on fabric. My creative friend Sandra inspired me to have a go at this technique.
And of course I had no idea where to start. So this is how I approached the task of adding colour and shapes to my fabric. First I cut and pressed a piece of calico. Then added some fusible wadding to the calico in order to stabilise it. Then I was faced with the dreaded blank page syndrome! Don’t you just hate that? So I cleared the random thoughts from my brain; thoughts like ….. what if it all goes wrong, what if it looks ugly, and I don’t want to waste my fabric and so on. Once all those negative thoughts were gone I started adding colour in patches one colour at a time. And this is what I ended up with …..
Now this in itself doesn’t look like anything but once I add a few thousand stitches I think it might be something worth looking at. I’m going to add some outlines by Freemotion Quilting this piece. Once the outlines are in I will fill the background with a filler stitch in a neutral thread colour.
Adding colour to plain fabric in this way is all quite new to me. So it could still all go wrong however I’m going to give it a good crack just to see what I can do. What if it all goes wrong? Who cares, it’s only a bit of calico and crayon and I had a good time adding colour to it. Who knows it might turn out to be a work of art! If nothing else I will be able to say that I had an adventure of a different kind. In the meantime while I wait for my piece to dry thoroughly I can formulate a plan for my Freemotion Quilting session.
Speaking of Freemotion Quilting, we have added an extra Freemotion Quilting class on August 11th for which there are two places left. So if you’re interested in taking a Freemotion Quilting class with me please contact Stitchin’ Heaven on 01665 570 833. It’s a fun class and it gives you a chance to be creative in your own way. Learning a new technique is a great way to spend a day. 😉
So it’s been a pretty good day in my little world. I gathered everything I will need for tomorrow and got myself in the zone for hand quilting. And I even had a little me creative time which I really enjoyed.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some stitchery and fine hand appliqué work. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥