I've stepped onto my new road and progressed a little way - I'm teaching patchwork and general sewing (with 2 new classes starting next term in our local community house), I've hung out my shingle for long-arm quilting services, I'm starting a Diploma in Textiles next year on a part time basis and I'm still planning what items I want to make and sell on Etsy, or the markets, or wherever.
Today, as I sat outside, in the sunshine, and pinned and sewed, I thought to myself - this is SO right. I'm smiling right now - and truly hoping you get to follow your bliss too.
I have been very industrious in the glorious Melbourne sunshine today - I have TWO finishes:
Do.Good Stitches 'Cherish' quilt:
|The Hills Hoist shot!|
Today I completed the binding (all machine stitched) and made and attached the label. I've spoken with the director of the Charity it's to go to, to arrange delivery and can't help smiling about how beautifully it's all come together - thanks so much to the wonderful ladies of the Cherish Circle - an inaugural quilt to be proud of and one which should bring comfort to the recipient.
Goo Goo Socks Quilt:
I have lots of gorgeous nieces - and one of them is having her first baby soon. She's also having a baby shower on Saturday and my sister, another niece and I are travelling up to country Victoria to attend - we'll probably stay the night so we can all properly catch up - so a baby quilt was definately in order for the mum-to-be.
I wasn't really sure what I wanted to make - until I went to amitie back in June and found some gorgeous fabric called 'Goo goo socks' by Alexander Henry. I played around with the layout in my journal but once I started putting it together, I realised my original ideas wouldn't work 'in the flesh' so to speak. So I faffed around a bit more, added some more prints, discarded a solid or 2 and came up with a layout I liked. I pieced the backing and yesterday I quilted it on the long-arm - again using 'Deb's Swirls' (it's fast becoming a favourite). I also did some hand-quilting on selected blocks, in different colours, using Perle no. 12 thread. Today, I put the binding together (one of the original discarded solids) and machine stitched it all on (loving this - it's soooo much quicker than hand stitching the binding down as well as more robust). Then the label and ..............voila
|Another Hills Hoist shot - it was beautifully sunny when I took the photo and the Hoist just shines on through!|
aaaaah, Bliss indeed..............