Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fab weekend. The festivities are over and now it’s back the mundane day-to-day stuff. I motivated myself enough to do some boring household chores. And then I thought I should step into my sewing room to start sorting last year’s class instructions and samples in readiness for storage. I went thru the binders and combined them. I made half a dozen trips to the loft to transport said binders and samples to their resting place. While I was up in the loft I shifted a few more bits of furniture and stuff making it a little friendlier for anyone manoeuvring around the room. It seems that every minute spent up there is a minute well spent, the space is looking much better than it did shortly after Jackie the Juki was installed late November.
I spent the rest of the day doing boring stuff like laundry, cataloguing another shelf of books and prepping my Kantha Quilting trial piece. Kantha Quilting is quite new to me. I have researched it on the internet but what info there is seems to describe it as a basic running stitch using a thicker than normal hand quilting thread thru a couple of layers of fabric. So basically the sky’s the limit. I found a little pile of leftover fabric from a baby quilt I made for my best friend’s brand new grandson recently and turned that into a small and very simple quilt top. All the photos I saw of Kantha Quilts were pieced higgledy piggledy so I did the same. And the descriptions I read omit wadding but I felt I needed some wadding so I chose the finest softest wadding I had in my stash. I layered the wadding, backing right side facing up and quilt top facing right side down
and pinned it all the way around the outer edges and sewed leaving an opening to pull the right side out.
Then I whip stitched the opening closed. I pressed it and left it while I had a little think and built up my courage to start stitching. As it’s my first piece I decided to add some guidelines to stitch on and around.
I picked some thread and found a needle. I popped the piece in a hoop to stitch the centre design.
And now I’m at the stage of working up my courage to start stitching again. I don’t know why I feel a little overwhelmed with this project. After all it’s just a trial. I can’t seem to focus on anything for very long. The festive season seems to have knocks my get up and go out of whack! I have plenty that needs to be done but I seem to be going from one thing to another without getting very far on anything. Is anyone else feeling a bit scatterbrain on this first Monday of 2016? Getting back into the groove is proving more difficult than I thought it would be.
The Christmas decks have all been taken down and put away. And my Sarah has gone back to university. The house feels quite spacious today. All in all, it’s been a pretty good day in my little world even though I couldn’t concentrate on anything very long. I’m sure I’ll see an improvement tomorrow. Most of my boring weekly chores were done today so I can spend more time playing the rest of the week.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will either be working on Kantha quilting or hexie work. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you really enjoy. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching ♥ ♥