I’ve written so many blog posts in my mind over the last several weeks. Sadly, none of them have made the (sometimes torturous) journey from my head to my fingertips and onto the keyboard.
So while I’m sorting it all out, and just to let you know that I’m still here, I’ll post a little update from the sewing room.
I finally finished The Friendship Garden quilt!
All that’s left is sewing on the label.
Goodness, I didn’t know if I would ever finish this quilt! It just kept demanding more and more. It was ridiculous! I’m only going to give you a brief glimpse here. This quilt has an interesting story but it hasn’t had it’s photo shoot yet. And you know me…a quilt isn’t truly finished until it’s had its picture properly taken, lol! So sorry…you’ll just have to wait for it.
Last September I started taking a class at my local quilt shop (Threads & Paper in Salmon Arm). The class is called A Quilter’s Garden. It is a beginners machine applique class. Let me stress beginners! It’s perfect for me. Exactly what I need, considering that I am still learning how to use my new sewing machine with all its various stitches and features.
Each block introduces a different skill, such as couching, and sewing on buttons with the button foot. Sadly, I cannot seem to master the button foot. Consequently, I’ve been sewing on all the buttons by hand. sigh.
And the couching. Well okay. I admit that my first try at couching was a complete and absolute bust. In fact, I was so nervous to try it that I didn’t even try! that’s how much of a bust it was! Instead, I decided to totally redesign the block. Completely. This block (below) isn’t even close to the pattern that we were given. But I love it!
Did you notice the sweet little diamond buttons eyes? They make me so happy!
Of course, I like to do things my own way, so haven’t exactly been following the patterns. I’ve kind of carried on doing my own thing..
For instance, there aren’t any birds in any of the original patterns. None! Now, I don’t know why, but I really wanted some birds in there! This quilt just begs for birds, don’t you think?
And yes, I finally did attempt the couching (above). 🙂