After a few weeks of spending time, including six hours of instruction, on my new Husqvarna Sapphire I’m really starting to get the hang of it. I made this 20”x 20” flimsy so I could try appliqué for the first time.
I used the Best Buddies cat and dog patterns from the free patterns page at This n That Fabrics. There are many fun patterns there so be sure to check them out.
Next I’ll try some machine quilting and bind my little quilt in the red fabric of the heart.
I just bought this book. These quilt patterns were inspired by the diary kept by a young woman during the Civil War. There are family photographs and interesting daily life diary entries to read as well as fourteen patterns. Kathleen Tracy, the author, has a wonderful blog A Sentimental Quilter. I really admire her miniature quilts and can’t wait to try out some of her patterns.
This week I go to the last two hours of instructional classes that were included with the purchase of my sewing machine. We will be covering heirloom sewing and appliqué techniques. These classes have been a great introduction to the ‘ins and outs’ of my machine and have given me a wonderful starting off point. I have thoroughly enjoyed them, the first I have ever attended at a quilt shop. They have inspired me to take advantage of the many great classes these shops provide.
I hope you are also able to spend some creative time with your sewing machine the week.