Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a great few days. I have a little bit to tell you about my latest wee adventure.
Well the last few days have been a bit of a whirlwind. Quite a few of you already know that my Sarah and I attended the Festival of Quilts last week. There was a time that I didn’t think I would be going but once I found someone to look after my Maisie I booked a hotel and ordered some entry tickets. The next hurdle was transport. Well not transport exactly because we’re a two car family. It was more a case of not having a confident driver. So I stepped up to the plate; I psyched myself up to drive the 500 mile return journey. And it was worth it. With Sarah leaving for University in a few weeks I thought it would be nice to take her to the festival. We saw some nice quilts and we visited what feels like hundreds of trade stands. Now, if you were expecting photos of the lovely quilts displayed at the festival you will be disappointed because I didn’t take one single photo. In fact I left the camera at home on purpose. I didn’t go as a blog author, I went as a happy quilt maker. We did plenty of shopping and still came home with a fair bit of money left in our wallets! I suppose some would say I didn’t try hard enough to spend my cash.
There is a moral to this story. I was rather worried about the journey to and from the festival. Once I started to think about the travel in a positive way, things just fell into place. If you set your mind to something, if you want it badly enough, you can do it. I have more confidence in myself today. And that’s because I did it, I made my way to Birmingham and back in one piece.
I didn’t get much sewing done over the weekend. Saturday was spent catching up from spending two days away. And ditto for Sunday. And today was spent making phone calls, answering emails and printing out info packs for this week’s Freemotion Quilting class.
I must admit that I’m having needle and thread withdrawals at the moment. So I’ll be sure to make up for this over the next few days.
Now and again I share some of my secrets. Well today my secret is about the safety pins I use for pin basting my quilts. I bought some new ones on Friday at the Festival of Quilts. My preference is brass safety pins but they can be difficult to come by. And the reason I prefer brass to white metal is that they don’t rust. I have oodles of silver coloured safety pins but I don’t use them unless I know for sure that I won’t be leaving them in a project for only a short time because I don’t want them rusting in a quilt.
It’s been a pretty good day in my little world. I started the day off thinking I would just put my feet up and relax but I couldn’t sit still for very long. So I kept busy with this and that and I’m quite pleased because I got some boring stuff done that I had been putting off. Tomorrow I’m going to do a bit of longarm quilting. And I must spend some time recording inspiration from the Festival of Quilts in my notebook.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some fine hand appliqué work. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥