Last week I went to the second part of class I had attended to make a “Scrappy” Quilt As You Go. The night before I caught up with my work only to find out that I had rushed myself and didn’t concentrate on what I was doing and made mistakes. I started to do some of the quilt and understanding how to put them together the right way. So after completing the class I looked at what I had done. I’m just about to make some more of the pieces I need to replace but what to do with the mistake squares. Well while I was looking at the quilt on the floor, my dog (Raphy) made himself comfortable on the wrong squares…solution to make a dog blanket with the mistakes. See even a dog must likes a home made quilt.
Close-up of stitchery
Do you take some quilting with you while you go somewhere. I always have some craft work in my car. I have just finished some stitchery for part of a pillow that I did at the Christmas in July with Gail Pan. This is the first time I have used Cottage Garden Threads. These are cottons that are variegated and are made in Australia. They were very nice to work with and I love how they work with this stitchery.
I’ve also been working on another project – Chateau Hexagon by Lynette Anderson. I have already received the third BOM and have to trace them on to the fabric. I don’t mind tracing but I don’t have a light box. Being creative I made one. I brought a A4 clipboard which had a plastic clear sleave on it and a reading light – thus a light box.
This week with trying to juggle work commitments, I went to two classes – one was a quilt as you go and the other was Christmas in July.
This quilt I started at Whatever Whereever, a local quilt shop. Helen was running a class to learn how to quilt as you go. I used French General Espirit de Noel. I was very happy with the start of my quilt. It looks very good if I say myself.
Later this week, I went to Christmas in July run by The Christmas Beetle where Gail Pan from Gail Pan Designs where I went to the trunk show and a stitchery workshop. As you can gather, the theme was Christmas. I’ve just stated mine and I hope to have them finished before Christmas. We had lovely cakes which had little birds on them made by Lana The Cake Lady, pumpkin soup and chicken and vegetable soup. I brought some patterns and more fabrics. I can’t wait for it to do another class – maybe attend a retreat. If you can recommend one let me know…..
Every time I have had to make bias I tend to burn my fingers. Well I brought a Bias Tape Maker which is just what I need to have when having to make bias. I’m currently also doing Berries and Bluebirds by Gail Pan and the first block uses 1/4 inch bias. Conclusion – I love my new toy as I have no burnt fingers and made my bias very simply.