My full time sewing vacation is sadly coming to an end, I’m back to the office on Tuesday.
Working on the Flower Garden Pillow Tutorial by Don’t Look Now yesterday was an absolute joy, I loved every step of the process from choosing the fabrics to cutting out the little shapes and arranging them on the pillow top. I need more practice free motion sewing the applique pieces, I don’t feel like I have enough control of where the needle lands. I like the fusible batting but it’s much stiffer than regular batting and doesn’t move as smoothly, especially when it’s scrunched up against the arm of the sewing machine. I’ll use up what I have but I think I’ll stick with adhesive quilting spray and plain cotton batting.
My free motion quilting is getting better I think, I really love the small swirly daisy design and dense quilting. I used a variety of Patricia Bravo fabrics for the flowers and a variety of green fabrics from my stash for the leaves.
My shoulders, neck and collar bones were killing me after quilting, I had the heating blanket around my neck and shoulders while watching tv last night. All the tutorials tell you to relax but its easier said than done for a beginner!
I’m going to create another applique design today using inspiration from the illustrations at Shutterstock. Judi of Green Fairy Quilts is amazingly talented and although I’m not a long arm quilter, I’d like to try out a lot of the patterns she uses including her dragonfly.