Like Riding a Bicycle
I had fun making this little (75 x 15) piece. I think I made it in four days, that has to be some kind of record for me. The free-motion quilting is stars and holly, with ribbons. The ribbons are no-brainers and allow me the breathing room to look ahead and maneuver into position for the next motifs. I don’t draw on the fabric (my pens all dried up in the desert anyway), I just sew and go. However, I do practice on paper until the design is committed to memory. If I get lost I just sew over to the side to stop and plan my next move.
I chose a honey-colored rayon instead of a metallic because I didn’t want the hassle of sewing with metallic thread, which can be so temperamental. It has a nice sheen. Sorry, we’re a bit out of focus here. Happens.
Here’s a shot of the underside because my sister Mike likes to see the back. I used white rayon thread in the bobbin. The Janome performed perfectly despite being in dry dock for almost a year.
Finally, I glued sequin stars in clusters…well, I started to. But my glue dried up like my pens, so I need to go to Michael’s before I wreck the whole thing. I almost finished it without mishap…sigh.
On the home front, our landscape plans have been approved and groundbreaking should commence next week. Yippee!
It was first recommended to me by Judy of Stitch Along With Me. There was a long wait at the digital library, but I finally got to the front of the line and I have been nose-in ever since. Thank you, Judy! I have been a Perlmutter fan ever since, and now I get to read the book for free! I have a bunch of other books I should be reading, like the book club selection for example, but I can’t put this one down. I have been reading everything I can get my hands on since I learned about this wheat stuff. I’m positively rabid. And, for the record, we are five months wheat free. Jim has lost 27 pounds. Only 21 for me, but I still drink wine. I’m not in any hurry.