I've had a wonderful time this past weekend stitching out my Zentangle Dolphins. If you missed my last post, do check back to see what it's all about: Zentangle Dolphins
I had a lot of fun with the Sashiko embroidery last week and in the short practice I did, I learned a lot so this week I decided to use it to come up with a new pattern design. I grabbed some black for the background because I wanted to stitch white Sashiko and also a brightly colored fabric that has been sitting in my stash a long time - one I love but have never found a use for.
Ages ago, probably 20 or more years ago, I watched a demo of how to create Sashiko on a Bernina sewing machine. Sashiko is a form of Japanese embroidery using a basic running stitch originally done by hand so you can imagine it would be difficult to create by machine. In today's world, there are special Sashiko sewing machines. It would be lovely to have one I'm sure. Anyway, I was thinking about this demo I'd seen and figured I must be able to do this so did a little research online.
Sunday is often a time I spend with my daughter Emma quilting and today is no exception however instead of working on our challenge pieces which we have postponed for this week, together we are working on making heart blocks as the nation mourns the loss of 50 lives after the mass shooting in Christchurch last week. Such a sad sad time.
A good number of years ago, at least 15 I'd say and probably closer to 20, I joined a New Zealand online quilting group. While being a member of this group (and I still am) back then we started a secret angel program. For the program, each person was given another's name, address and a clue to some of the things they liked, but that person did not know who had their details. The secret angel would send a small package each month but they never revealed who they were until the very end. Some guessed beforehand, but most didn't from memory. It was a lot of fun.
I'm thinking spring despite these hot summer days we experiencing. Spring sounds much more cooling don't you think? Thinking about spring, I decided it was time to make a new flower block. A crocus comes to mind as I remember seeing these mostly popping up in early spring, although apparently, they are also a winter and autumn flower too.
Footstools come in many different shapes and sizes. I picked up a couple of round ones which I thought were ideal for my project - a quilted footstool. One of the most important things about making these is the measuring. As long as you have the correct measurements you can make to fit or adjust to fit.
After 25 years of using my faithful Bernina sewing machine, I finally splurged out and bought a new one. Being familiar with computers it wasn't too difficult to find my way around but I had my manual at the ready. There are a number of new features that I'm not familiar so some learning will be needed for sure.
It's getting close to Christmas and this year I've had a new addition to the family, little Sarah, which means I need to make a new Santa sack. So far I've made all the kids one each. Amanda (her mother) loved the look of my butterfly quilt (pictured below) and requested butterflies on the new sack with a present or two.
Framing is a really easy way to make a wonderful gift .....and looks great displayed in a set too if you have a little more time. This is one of the methods I describe in my "20 Methods to Finish Your Quilts" book.