Hello everyone, hope that you are all well and happy.
I have just finished reading the book Ellie bought me last week and at the end Cassandra talks about, ‘kaizen’, the Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement while being happy with what you are doing now and that just about sums up my machine quilting course at Simply Solids yesterday.
In fact I would go further and say that I am very happy with what I achieved. Last summer I did a course with Gillian Travis and though it was mainly about applique she was encouraging us to use machine quilting and embroidery to finish our work and she talked about ‘drawing with the machine’ but I was too scared to try.
This was partly why I booked onto this course taught by Charlotte Jeffrey who blogs under the name Quiltification. She also has a Pinterest board here.
She started by showing us some of her work and it is gorgeous. I love the contrast of the simplicity of this piecing on the quilt made with ombre squares in contrast with the amazing quilting including her, ‘mandala’, design.
She also brought this beautiful one that I didn’t get chance to get a picture of at the course so this is from her website. I love these heart shaped leaves.
She was very encouraging and in no time at all I had moved from wonky lines and writing my name to curves and then freestyle daisies. It was really brilliant and has given me so much confidence.
We started practising on calico and then I decided to do a little test on some silk and I love it so much I brought it home, bound it and will be using it as a coaster, I have created a little piece of art and I am very pleased 🙂
Helen from knitting group was there as well, she is very good with a machine and created these beautiful samples, love her writing practise!
I also bought a little bit more stash, it would have been very rude not to and almost impossible to resist the temptation when you are sitting surrounded by gorgeous fabric all day.
This is the latest Bonnie and Camille design from Moda, ‘Vintage Picnic’, there are some beautiful prints here in five different colourways.
Can’t decide which is my favourite print but I do love this cross stitch inspired one.
I bought a charm pack as I like having all of the colours in a range to choose from.
There are some gorgeous quilt patterns for the design, these are two of my favourites, Nantucket and Summertime.
Had a fab day and am looking forward to doing some more quilting courses with Simply Solids in the summer. I always really enjoy going on courses and it is such a beautiful shop. I also always come away with something lovely 🙂
Their new schedule will be posted on Monday so I will be booking myself a little something, maybe as a birthday treat!
Have a very packed week ahead, sadly not practising machine quilting 😦 but then am off to Spain for two weeks so shall be doing lots of hand stitching, reading and knitting in the sun.
I am also going to celebrate a late Mother’s Day and an early birthday with my wonderful Mum so am very much looking forward to that.
We are having a little trip to Madrid as well so will be no doubt posting some pictures of beautiful buildings when I get back.
Until then take care and thanks for visiting.