In my defence I had a busy week at work, we had a weekend event on for which I had to do the catering myself. Why didn't I just get a caterer? There are four vegans, people who don't eat any animal products at all, including milk, cheese, eggs, even honey. If we were in London there are vegan caterers but in the Northeast? So I have to cook, and as there is no oven or hob at the venue it has to be cold, even harder. So the end of the tale is I spent two days shopping and cooking, and two days preparing, serving, and clearing up. No way did I have any energy to get into the sewing room, and on top of my other work days very little chance or energy either.
I did get in
and practiced my FMQ. This is the back as you cant see much from the front. I did pebbles again which seem to be getting rounder but I still can't stitch them in a cluster very well, they are fine if I go in a straight line two deep but it's when I try to do my cluster and have to stitch over previous stitching it gets a bit messy. I varied a few of them by stitching inside the bigger circles too.
Next I had a go at meandering, I read in one of my quilting books (I think) that it's easier to make a shape, so I did gingerbread men, well I did arms and legs, some had heads but only one arm and a leg, some were just a bit of a squiggle, but it did help to do that, it's the best meander I've ever done. I need to be consistent with my gingerbread men size though.
You can see this one much better. See the little gingerbread men shapes on the left? I am so proud of those.
As I told you last week I'm using up old fabric which I doubt I will ever use, and odds and ends of thread too which is why the thread colour changes, although it does mean I have to fill the bobbin more often.
I used packaging tape to stick the wadding onto the back of the insulation boards for the design wall, only it didn't stick AT ALL! I'm going to have one more try and if it doesn't work try the stapler. If that doesn't work I will put it in the bin and buy a ready made one and hang it with command hooks. I'd do that now but I'm not so keen on wasting what I already bought, although I am tempted............. I need to have a think............
I'll let you know next week what I decide.
Well, it's now next week, I didn't get to finish and post, but I'm not going to worry about that now. If I worry about it I will get stressed and upset, and why worry about something that has happened that, in the grand scheme of things isn't important, and that will end up with me feeling bad about myself and getting all upset, yes, I do, and it is so stupid.
So, moving on, I hope you had had a great two weeks and got lots of sewing done. What did I do this week? MORE FMQ practice and you know what? I had a lightbulb moment.
I was doing another practice
Sorry about the poor pics, my card reader stopped working so I had to use the iPad. Now I know this one looks rubbish, as if I went backwards, but that is partly because I was having my lightbulb moment and I got carried away and instead of stopping to make another sandwich I just kept going over it. Anyway, I had put on one of my Craftsy classes, Angela Walters, Small Changes Big Variety, excellent by the way, and she said if we were having problems with the circles and were using a stitch regulator try turning it off. So I did, and WOW!!! It was so much easier, the fabric moved easier and my movements were so much smoother. The problem is my stitches are now uneven in size, but then I got to thinking, that's what a stitch regulator does, it makes all your stitches an even size, nothing else, no magic fairy dust to make you a much better quilter. So, new tack, I am stopping using the stitch regulator, even though the stitches will be uneven, for now, but I'm thinking with lots of practice they should improve, and with smoother movements my quilting generally will improve anyhow. What do you think? Do you use a stitch regulator and how do you like it? I know Janice from Colour Creating and Quilting just finished a quilt with the most beautiful quilting, look at her quilt, Janice hasn't been machine quilting long and she does feathers and all sorts using a stitch regulator. I would love to hear how you all do it and how you get on.
Would you believe I haven't any quilt pics to show you this week? ALL my sewing has been secret, two for swaps, both almost finished, and one is a pattern test for a lovely little mini quilt which is going to be featured in a blog hop soon. Obviously I can't reveal it, but it is cuteness itself, and when it is launched I will make sure you are among the first to hear about it.
So, sorry for the lack of pics and just a very few boring ones, I'll order a new card reader and try to have some better ones next week.
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