It’s been pretty busy in my little corner of the world. We’ve had a lot of rainy, stormy weather which limited my time on the longarm, but gave me time to tackle other things that I needed to get done. Boring stuff, like laundry and bills and cleaning. I don’t know about you, but those things are NOT on my list of things I want to do. But I always feel better when they are finished, so that’s a bonus I guess! 🙂

I spent two days last week in a ProStitcher class. It was time well spent; I learned more about some of the features that will make using the robotics more efficient. Even better, I got to hang out with my friend Julie of Pink Doxies fame:

Julie of Pink Doxies and Beth of Cooking Up Quilts

The class was held at our local quilt shop, and of course I had to do a little shopping while I was there. And I found the cutest little wool pincushion kits.

The kits are from Local Farm Girl, and I adore the packaging. I mean, look at that little fruit basket full of wool goodness! Even better, the kit included everything needle to make the pincushion, right down to the needles and the crushed walnut shells. How cool is that? I brought 3 of these kits home with me.

I couldn’t wait to get started on one so I dropped everything and ripped one of those sweeet baskets open.

This is my finished pincushion:

I think it’s adorable! I’m not great with embroidery stitches, but I love hand work. In this case Google is a great friend. She tells me how to make any embroidery stitch I want. Thank goodness for Google!

I have two more kits and have already started on the second one. Sewing circles is a bit challenging for me, so I hope these next ones look better. Practice, practice, practice – right?

The pincushions were a squirrel project from what I currently have loaded on my frame:

Ruler work and FMQ by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

I am enjoying this quilt SO much! It belongs to Cindy, who I met when she took my beginning quilting class. Since then she has taken several classes at the shop and has been making beautiful quilts. This particular one uses Stonehenge fabric and it is stunning.

Right now I am doing all the background quilting and the stitch in the ditch. I am using Glide 60 thread in a color that blends with the background. It’s a fabulous thread. I’ve only had one thread break, and that was a bobbin problem, not a thread problem.

After I finish the background fill I will go back and quilt the borders (there are two) and the stars. I’ll be using a gold thread that shines to help highlight the stars and the border fabrics. I haven’t decided yet if there will be stitching in the little print boxes. I like that they poof, but it may be too much. I’ll make that decision once I start on the stars.

And just for fun, here’s another shot with the morning sun highlighting the texture. You know me, I’m all about texture!

Ruler work and FMQ by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

So that is what I’ll be working on this week. The plan is to get Cindy’s quilt finished; another custom quilt is waiting in the wings. And maybe I’ll find time to work on another pincushion – it’s so satisfying to have hand work when I need a break from standing in front of the longarm.

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