Hello my lovelies. It’s been a few days since I posted. Life has been super busy in my little world but things are back to normal now. And I have a few things to share with you.
I haven’t mentioned Operation Taking Flight in a bit, so I thought I should probably give you an update. First of all, Sarah is doing very well although she does find her accommodation very noisy. Getting used to living in a building with dozens of noisy students can be very difficult when you come from a quiet household! Sarah will be handing in her first assignment and receiving her next brief this week. Although Sarah is rather homesick at times I think she’s enjoying the adventure. My Operation Taking Flight adventure is only just starting. Hubby has been called away to work for a few weeks and I am now home alone for the first time in 19 years! Goodness only knows what I will be getting up to. I’ll let you know how things work out for me soon.
Last week was a rather busy one. Between longarm quilting and getting hubby ready for going back to work took up quite a lot of my time. And today I spent all day in my sewing room longarm quilting the last quilt in a batch of quilts Claudia entrusted me with. So here is a sneak peek at my latest effort …..
Of the 5 quilts Claudia brought me there were 3 that needed a custom job. All 3 quilts are diamond EPP quilts. And although all 3 quilts are similar I tried to vary the design a little bit. I’m sure Claudia will be pleasantly surprised when she collects her finished quilts. I plan on doing a couple of all over quilting jobs this week just to give myself a break from custom work.
I love hand quilting. And when I hand quilting my projects I use a quilting hoop. Using a quilting hoop makes the work easier for me. I find it helps me keep my stitches evenly spaced and of a similar size. I can hear you all shouting I hate using a quilting hoop. Well I can tell you all today that getting used to using a quilting hoop is the same as getting used to wearing a thimble. You have to persevere and eventually you will get used to it. The results are well worth the effort. So here are a few of the hoops that I use …..
I do have a couple of nice wooden hoops as well but my favourites are my pvc ones. They are simple to use and much lighter than the wooden ones. They’re reasonably priced and they come in different sizes and can be used for embroidery or cross stitch as well. To use you simply pull the clips off place your chosen project over the frame and pop the clips in place and voila … you’re ready to start stitching. My favourite size is the 14” frame.
When I looked out my window first thing this morning there was thick pea soup fog. I thought I would not see the sun at all today but the fog disappeared and my sewing room brightened up a wee bit as the day progressed. Tomorrow I’ll be stepping out for a spot of volunteer work for a couple of hours but I hope to get the chance to load the next quilt into my longarm quilting system.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some knitting. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥