‘And breathe…’ No! I haven’t taken up Yoga. Yes! I have had another go at free motion quilting (fmq) – I know, that’s the second time in one month! I just had to laugh at myself while I was in the process of fmq-ing. Unlike some people I don’t stick my tongue out when I’m concentrating hard (well, at least I don’t think I do) but I do hold my breath. This can be very counterproductive: when I was learning to swim I’d be concentrating so hard on not sinking that I wouldn’t breath across the width of the little pool!
Anyway, the stitching is over so I’ve recovered my breath, O² and CO² levels have returned to normal and I can share what I was making 🙂 Inspired by teaching the patchwork tote bag to the three lovely students at Purple Stitches I decided it was about time I had a new bag myself.
The very useful padded tote bag I’ve been using for the past couple of years was won in a raffle and, lovely as it is, I’m getting a little embarrassed having to explain every time someone compliments me on the bag that it is not my own handiwork.
I finished the bag on Thursday and we had our first outing together on Friday: a trip to the annual National Quilt Championships held at Sandown Racecourse, on the western fringes of London. By the end of the day my bag was filled to the brim with fabric and notions – I’m glad to report all the seams held up under the strain!
I’d love to post some photos of the beautiful and inspiring quilts that were on show but unfortunately that is not allowed so here is a link to one of the exhibitors if you’d like to go investigate: Gail Lawther exhibited a series of her stained glass quilt panels including ‘Birds of the World’ and her new series called ‘Enchanted Garden’.
Among the treasures I came home with is a ruler designed to draw circles. With evenly spaced holes along the length of the ruler and a zero point at one end you can draw circles with a radius from 1″ up to 30″. I’m hoping this will be particularly useful for marking out Baptist Fan quilting lines… This ruler along with many others is designed and made by Jo and Andy of Crafty-UK.
While I’m on the subject of useful gadgets… Quilt Direct are promoting a universal spool designed by Lee Fletcher that reduces the problems of metallic and speciality threads splitting and breaking. Find out more here.
I’ve been up with the
lark blackbird this morning and witnessed a very subtle dawn breaking across an unusually clear sky. It is a real treat to start the day with the promise of sunshine after a week of leaden skies. In the book of Revelation (21:23) John says of the new heaven and new earth that God’s city ‘does not need the the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp’.