Last week I turned 38… which did not feel any different from turning 27. I am glad it did not, as approaching 40 is still a bit too scary!
In my first few days as a 38 year old this is what I learned: Love and have fun!
Love: many kisses and big hugs from and to my two little nephews, having my family and friends close, receiving gifts from the heart, seeing my parents 3 times in one week, seeing my friends laughing faces, being sung to by my class of 17 year olds
Fun: playing hide and seek in the house, 6 straight hours of baking… and eating the apple pie, inside jokes, putting up birthday decorations for myself, and going on a small spending spree in the quilt shop.
Here are the new additions to the thread collection. I forgot to buy some red and green…. so I do need to go back to the shop. (Horrible , right?)
The big pile behind the thread is the circa 300 pieces for my newest W.I.P. Underneath you the picture from my last post. The quilt will be a big lap quilt or maybe a bed quilt. Do not know yet.
I am glad I have pieced the halfs of the hexies. Slowly but surely I hope to work on piecing them into squares.
For my birthday I was given two charm packs of Amy Butler fabric! (Thank you very much, Rita!)
I cut into them with my Tri-rec ruler creating equalateral triangles as big as possible.
The piecing went pretty fine too!
Cool matching points, he?!
The mint fabric was turned into a border.
At the beginning of this month I finally, FINALLY, received my order for the special ruler toe that fits on my Janome Horizon 7700. This foot will allow you to use most longarm rulers on the domestic sewing machine. (Read more about it at this wonderful blog)
The ruler toe foot was ordered from the UK but it took almost 2 months to arrive from the USA. Next time I will directly order from the US… Lesson learned!My first time really using my , also new, rulers with the special foot. It went OK, not perfect, but also not horrible.It will take some practice to get the feel for the centre of that ruler toe foot. The lines do not come together… YET!I did discover that using the rulers means having to go at a different speed than with regular FMQ. I have to play around with the rulers more to find the right speed.In the mint border I tried some FMQ with swirls and pebbles. It was not suprising that the swirls are not as good as the ones I did in July. I have not done much FMQ because of an shoulder injury and not enough free time. Anyway, I still love the final result!A view at the back:
Now I will have to convert a square IKEA pillow form to fit into this hexagon pillow. I already figured out how to do it!
Wish me luck!