Welcome to Main Crush Monday! I hope you had a great weekend and are ready for everything this new week may bring.

Over the weekend I took a few hours and tried something I’ve wanted to do for a while. I attended a class to learn to do wool applique and I enjoyed it so much!

As you know, it’s been pretty crazy in the Cooking Up Quilts world and I almost felt a little guilty taking time off to attend a class. Especially one that has nothing to do with machine quilting, longarm quilting, pattern design, or basically anything else I spend my time on these days.

Taking the class was like a breath of fresh air. It was so refreshing to sit with friends and do some hand stitching and simply enjoy the morning. Let me show you what we made:

Wool Applique bag

A simple little pouch that didn’t take much time at all to make. It’s not perfect — there’s mistakes all over the place — but I’m simply not worried about it. Doesn’t sound like me at all, does it? I’m just so chill about the whole thing. I really liked the process of tracing the pattern onto fusible, pressing to fabric, cutting the shapes, and finally whip-stitching the shapes into place. It was so very relaxing. I’m pretty sure there’s going to be more of these types of projects in my very near future!

Wool bag applique - inside

The inside of the bag has a little stuffed heart for holding needles or pins. I’m going to use this bag for my binding supplies. It’s the perfect size to hold a pair of scissors, some needles, and a few wonder clips.

Working with the wool was easier than I thought it would be. I don’t know why I thought it would be more difficult. Hmm…. Anyway, it was easy. The quilt shop has recently added wool and threads by Sue Spargo to their offerings. I’ve not taken the time to look through the patterns available, but I hope to do so this week. Because I *need* to give myself another project to work on!

As far as long arming goes, the project I’m currently working on is an all over design on a solid piece of fabric for a client. The ProStitcher has been busy stitching this one out.

Edge to Edge design ProStitcher

Lucille wanted an all over design to make a comforter type quilt. We are using Quilter’s Dream Wool batting, and it is giving the quilting so much great texture! I like the QD wool batt so much – it’s wonderful to work with. Best of all, Freddie likes quilting through it and that’s always a plus!

In other news, I’ve made a major decision and acted on it last week. One of my struggles is finding balance between my longarm business and all the other commitments I have. Business has picked up considerably in the last few months and I’ve found myself falling further and further behind. Having more customers to quilt for is a definite plus, but the lack of time is a real stress bomb.

So after a LOT of thought and many discussions with my (so very supportive) husband and a very trusted friend I have decided to leave my job at the quilt shop. I love working there, so it wasn’t an easy decision to make. But I want to put longarming first – after all, it is my business — and leaving the shop will give me more time and energy to focus on what I love to do.

Fabric Stash fabrics
Adding this pic because I think this post is getting too wordy and you probably want to see a pretty picture of fabric! 🙂

I’ll still be teaching classes and helping out when they need an extra set of hands. But now the majority of my time can be spent focusing on Cooking Up Quilts. Longarming and pattern writing. I’m excited for this change and am looking forward to seeing the growth that I anticipate this year. And I’m really excited that you’re coming along on this journey. I love having you along – this trip wouldn’t be any fun by myself!

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