Well, its been a couple of weeks since my last post, so there has been some stitching happening here! :)
Each summer Somerset holds a Summer School with various classes held over about 2 weeks. This year I attended the hand quilting class. I have, unsuccessfully, tried to hand quilt by rocking before. This time, just one little change to my technique and it works!!! I know I need to keep practicing, but I am happy with how my stitches are progressing.
I tried both the Thimblelady thimble and the Roxanne thimble. At the moment I am most comfortable using the Thimblelady thimble.
Here in Melbourne the week before last we had a 4 day heatwave that saw temperatures well over 40 C. I hid inside and distracted myself with some sewing.
The week before I had been in the city and visited my favourite shop and purchased this pattern.
L'ucello collaborated with French General to produce this sewing accessory pattern using a French General line of fabric that will be released later this year.
I made 2 needlebooks for friends having birthdays.
I used French General fabrics I had on hand. The flowers on the covers are appliqued with hand broderie perse.
The inside is finished with mother of pearl buttons. I did a machine buttonhole stitch around each leaf of the book.
Last week was the annual Fabric Frolic here in Melbourne. I was lucky enough to win a voucher from Ringwood Sewing Centre! :)
This is what I came home with.
The Clover pen was one recommended during the hand quilting class. The Swatch Buddies will mean I won't have a purse full of little scraps of fabric! Lol. Now I will be able to use those clips instead of pins when I am stitching down bindings. The Japanese fabrics just had to come home also...can't resist half price!
A little bit of hand applique has also been happening.
Block 2 of Noah and Matilda is complete.
Block 4 is underway.
I'm still not sure whether to continue with the print fabric for the 8 outer flowers. I am wondering if a plain red might look better. What do you think??
I have started to prepare block 3. All the templates have been cut, fabrics chosen and cut and an overlay made. Its a doozey!!!!
We are experiencing another heatwave here in Melbourne! Luckily we get a reprieve tomorrow, then its a few more hot days with an even hotter weekend!
I rescued these roses from my garden this morning.