Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a drier day than I have. The rain doesn’t seem to be letting up here in my little corner of the northeast of England. I suppose I should be thankful that it’s not snow. Either way we don’t seem to be able to cope with it very well.
I was planning on stepping out to restock my fridge and cupboards but after getting soaked to the bone while walking the dog I decided that I couldn’t face the elements a second time. So I stayed in and played. I started my crafty day off in the loft. I only headed up there to put something into storage but once I was up there I couldn’t resist flashing up Jackie the Juki longarm and finishing off the practice piece my Sarah and I started last week. I stitched different kinds of all over designs to the end of the fabric …..
And pulled it off the frame in order to square it off and then went on to binding it. Although it wasn’t a planned project and it’s by no means perfect I decided it would make a great throw. This one is a bit special to me because both of us worked on it. So it should keep someone extra cosy this winter.
I spent a good part of the afternoon hand finishing the binding on our practice piece while catching up on some TV shows. While it rained on and on I was sitting comfortably in the dry and the warmth. While I stitched I planned my next project. Although I am trying to finish off some UFOs I still find the time to dream and plan out other projects. There’s nothing wrong with keeping our mind active is there???
Last evening, after psyching myself out I finally started stitching my Kantha Quilting project. I’ve kept it rather simple, mainly straight stitching with a few ovals thrown in for good measure. For the ovals I used 2 strands DMC variegated embroidery thread and for the straight horizontal lines I’m using Wonderfil Spagetti 12wt. I can honestly report that I am enjoying the stitching. And there is a lot of it. Up close and in person you can see that the stitching is not perfectly even but I think if the thread was the same colour as the background the uneven stitches wouldn’t be noticeable. So far I’m quite happy. Who knows I may even dabble a little more with this technique once I get going. Chris from UK City Crafter suggested a book which I think I will purchase just to see if I’m on the right track and if I can pick up any good tips.
Although I feel that I’m suffering from cabin fever, it’s been a pretty good day in my little world. I’m recharging my batteries before I start longarm quilting in a few weeks. And I’m working at my favourite slow and measured pace. Yesterday I couldn’t concentrate on anything very well but today I seem to be getting back into the normal everyday groove. Well maybe ….. it doesn’t do to be too organised.
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some more Kantha Style Quilting. I hope you have a super cosy and dry evening doing something that you really enjoy doing. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥