Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fabulous weekend. Mine was wonderful. I quietly enjoyed the sunshine while doing some stitchery work.
Before I go any further and before I forget ….. this is mainly aimed at the good folk of my little corner of the northeast of England, who may have known the lovely Sandra Bell of the Calico Barn, who sadly passed away a while back. The Bell Family are holding a clearance sale of patchwork and quilting supplies. There will be fabric, books, patterns and notions of all description just to name a few. The proceeds will be donated to St. Oswald’s Hospice. The sale will be held on Wednesday June 8th between 10-3 at the Calico Barn, Widdrington, NE61 5EQ.
It’s been a lovely and day in my little corner of the northeast of England. The sun has been shining which has spurred me on to get a few household chores on. I even spent a few minutes in the garden pretending to do a little pruning and weeding. The garden is almost at its best now so it’s rather nice hanging around watching everything grow.
I didn’t have a chance to do any sewing today. However, I do have a little progress from the weekend. My Sweethearts Dozen are coming along nicely …..
I really can’t wait to get to the next stage. I can’t imagine what it will look like once I have joined it all together but I think it will be a pleasure to hand quilt it over the summer. I’m thinking of using wool wadding because it makes it so much easier to hand quilt that cotton or even a blend of cotton/poly.
My tip with regards to embroidery work on appliqué blocks ….. I stabilise my blocks with my favourite iron on interfacing Vilene H410. I stabilise my blocks after I have done the appliqué work but only if I am adding embroidery. My reason for stabilising my blocks is that it gives the background a little more body, my stitches look nicer and also it acts as a lining which reduces any threads showing thru to the right side of the work. You can also stabilise with wadding however, you’ll end up with a double layer of wadding in places which makes it more difficult to quilt.
So I’ve had a good day in my little world. I didn’t go very far today but I will be making up for that later this week with a couple of interesting meetings. I seem to be appreciating the positive things that come along a lot more lately. A little sunshine makes me feel happy. A kind word or a smile makes all the difference. My creative juices seem to be flowing again now that summer is here. I’ve had quite a few new ideas for appliqué stitchery projects during the last few sunny days. I just can’t record them quickly enough in my sketchbook! I will have to work hard to bring these new ideas to fruition. I wish there were more hours in a day. 😉
Here’s one of my favourite quotes because it can apply to so many situations …
I have no idea who the author is. So if anyone knows please let me know!!!
So for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious longarm quilter will be doing a lot of stitchery work. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something seasonal. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching ♥ ♥