When I finish a major new project like "Oriental Whispers" for the last two weeks I have wandered around and tidied up a bit of my sewing stuff, I have gone through and tossed out some paperwork,
I have sewn a bit of applique on the border of a work in progress
and done some sashing on another UFO
and finished the embroidery on the Springtime Daisies blocks from an earlier post.
In other words I have achieved very little and usually managed to get in everyone's way and annoy them until "what if I put that bit of applique with those blocks and then I could" and suddenly I am focused on a new design and all is right in my world again.
I love it when the creative juices start to flow again.
Remember that saying "some things are worth waiting for."
I made a quilt at the end of last year called Oriental Whispers and since then I have been looking for a quilter that I felt comfortable handing my quilt over to. It came back yesterday and I just want to thank Sue for making my vision come true.
I usually just say to a machine quilter "do what you think it needs" but this time I wanted the feel of the Japanese taupe quilts and that is exactly what I got. I am over the moon.
We will be selling packs of fabric and the pattern at Patchwork Pumpkin from 1st July.
After several requests about hand quilting I am running some classes in Term 3 to teach the basics on preparing your quilt for hand quilting, deciding on a quilting pattern, marking the design and how to go about stitching it. I thought I should actually do a sample of what I plan to teach. I am not a high tech person and I like to use household things to mark my quilting lines like the glass in the photo. I do have several books of quilting patterns and there are some that I use over and over. I often use quarter inch tape for straight lines instead of pencil.
This is a really simple little design that will probably be made into a cushion when finished. I am really enjoying the process.
I just love the rhythm of hand quilting and can really "zone out" when I get going.
I have also quilted with Perle cotton and love the effect it gives. I am thinking I should include that in the class too.
Happy stitching til next time
P.S.We had a great day on Sunday at the market, chatting to people and selling some of our goodies. It is very easy to get attached to things that you have made and it can be a bit sad handing them over but it is comforting to know that they are going to a good home with a fellow craft lover.