Wednesday, 26 February 2014

A Day Off

Yesterday I gave myself a day off from the tidying and attended a workshop in order to gain some confidence in free motion quilting.  This is one of those things where I know the idea and the basics but have never actually used it on a quilt because I always 'chicken out' at the last minute in case I mess it up.  It was a really enjoyable day and we came away with lots of ideas which we tried out on a 'quilt sandwich' of a reasonable size to get us used to handling the bulk in the sewing machine.  I have a few blocks left over from a large quilt made some time ago and I'm going to bite the bullet and use free motion quilting to turn them into a lap quilt. One important point I gained from this day was that any minor imperfections don't matter because they show that the work was done by a human being - if you want 'perfect' you would send the quilt away to be quilted by a computer-controlled machine!!  This reminded me so much of what Tim Holtz says about embracing imperfections - I never have 'hang-ups' about sloshing ink, random stamping and torn paper so I must translate that freedom into my quilting as well.

In the meantime I have a card to share which was made almost entirely from oddments 'found' when I was tidying my work space - backing paper cut to size for a card and then not used because the colour wasn't quite right; a piece of embossed background; a stamped and layered image cut away from a 'clean and simple' card where the final stamping of the sentiment had somehow turned out crooked (it happens).  I simply added a couple of die cut shapes from kraft card scraps and a sentiment.


  1. This is gorgeous Val, I love the background colour and the die cut frame too.

    Sue xx

  2. Its quite tree about the quilting it always looks beautiful but I dont think anyone stands there to check it all done the same your card made from your 'scraps'...


  3. It sounds like you had a smashing day yesterday Val ;D. Hope we get to see the lap quilt when it's finished, imperfections and all I know it will be a delight!

    Love your card from 'found' pieces............I have a ton of those, lol!. The frame especially is lovely.

    Lesley Xx

  4. Gorgeous colours & excellent use of those odd bits. Thanks for the reminder about being human - it's so true but it's hard to get it into the brain whilst working isn't it? Glad you had a super day.
    Paula (PEP)

  5. A great card and a fab use of your left overs
    Jackie x

  6. good luck with the quilting - am sure no-one else would notice any imperfections, they will all look at the blocks instead! Nice card, so satisfying to use the odd bits up

  7. Great scrap card, look forward to seeing your quilting. Have fun. Hugs x ChrisB