Yesterday was a very busy day. I'm sorry I didn't make it on to blog with you. I had planned on it but spent the entired day sewing. I started off by bringing my sewing machine down to the kitchen table, a cutting mat, rotary cuter, scissors, pins, thread, rulers, measuring tapes and who knows what else down to the kitchen. I did this for a few of reasons. I need to free motion stitch my quilt and the only table large enough is the kitchen table. I also wanted to work on some dresses for my girls for the 4th of July and most of their toys are downstairs. The last reason is that I had a couple girls coming over to learn to sew and my sewing room doesn't have enough room for 2 sewers.
I got the idea for this dress at church one Sunday. I saw a little girl walking around in a dress that was layered like this. Her top was the top of a pair of overalls and the material was obviously different. I don't know if they bought it or made it but it was so cute. I decided that I would use a shirt instead so I didn't have to put another one under it. I like the idea and I think I'll use it for other holiday's as well. Sarah loves twirling in her dress.
That was yesterday's project. After the girls went to bed I started free motion quiltingin on my quilt and forgot how much of a workout it is for my shoulders. I use my sewing machine. I don't have a long arm so I have to strategically roll and maneauver the quilts under the arm of my machine. I explained my process to my husband last night and he just said "was this your idea or someone elses?" It was all mine. My first 3 quilts look relaly nice on top but there are a few bunches on the backs of them. They each were better than the one before and then I found the perfect way to do this no matter the size of the quilt to get the best results (so long as I don't rush through it).
My secret trick is that I sew straight down the center of the quilt. It isn't very wide. Just enough to split the quilt in half. Then I turn it and start in the middle on one side of that line and work in quarters. It seems to really work for me.
Well I'm getting really excited to see this quilt finished. I promise to show pictures once I've given the quilt to who it belongs to. Like I said before it is a gift.