They say practice makes perfect – these little stars are far from perfect but I am very impressed with my first live effort into FMQ. I was planning on doing rows of stars – then after some Googling – reading and practicing – the loopy stars seemed to be the one that really caught my eye and came a little more naturally. For a first official effort I think they are ok – I used a variegated signature thread which complimented both sides. I love this train fabric. It is the 2nd quilt I have made with this fabric. So beautiful to sew also. It is called “Just Train crazy” and is from the RJR range. I still have a little over half the quilt to quilt – it is coming along nicely.
I can finally show a little project I recently worked on – not my best work – I do know what I have done wrong – so if I choose do a third one it should be much better. The dark pink one was my first – and ended up slightly uneven, and I also attached the strap inside out, but didn’t notice until it was stuffed and sewn down. I even added some tem-plastic to the bottom to stop the pins sticking into my wrist, and a little sachet of walnut grounds to help sharpen the pins. Anyway the better of the 2 was part of a Kris Kringle Christmas in July sway I went to last night. I added a Christmas fat quarter as the pin cushion was not very Christmassy – I did hand piece the hexagons – and machine them to the fabrics. I must say covering 1 inch elastic – or any elastic is an interesting thing – I have not tackled this since my early dressmaking days – decades ago. I have not been able to blog this until today so as not to let the cat out the bag.
My MOTH and the several of the girls MOTHS also attended. My MOTH also went incognito for a moment or 2 to do the gift swap. I was the lucky recipient of a gorgeous self grown succulent terrarium and hand stitched doves. We all enjoyed a fabulous dinner – which we all contributed to. We were on Turkey duty – and it was yummy, as were all the delicacies. Our hostess also had little gingham ornaments for everyone, at their place setting – so cute – love gingham it takes me back to my childhood.
Last but not least – my save the stitches is growing. One stitch at a time.
Happy Stitching – Debbierose