Saturday 17 September 2016

Indian Summer

I have been meaning to share this really simple tip for ages - in my role as Aurifil sales person I have been asked many times this seemingly simple question - how to find the start of the thread!

Ladies who cope with vast computerized sewing machines become stumped, and feel a wee bit silly because they can't find the start of the thread on the spools. So if this might be you, and no need to admit to it - here is the answer.

All you need to do is gently twist the base of the spool off - the thread end will be obvious to you now. Replace base carefully and proceed. Simples.

In the last month since I posted, I have done a little sewing but the surprise Indian Summer has kept productivity fairly low.
I decided it was about time my Kindle got a cover - I don't take it out of the house much but recently scratched the protective film when it was in my handbag, so heeded the warning! I had just enough of this interesting linen in my stash and teamed it with an acidic Kona cotton. it's a real no frills cover, just a sleeve with a flap to close but all I need.

I also did a little catch up on the BOM from Today's Quilter that has been more of a slog than I anticipated. The current issue reveals the final layout and has given me a necessary jolt to get back with the programme. I am currently making three more blocks to join month one's block - these will form the centre of a medallion quilt. In this photo I am playing with a loose layout and think I'll have to take out the very dark green star segments, they are not doing it for me at all.

And my other major project is the wedding quilt for my son & his fiancee. No rush as the wedding isn't until next July - I have kept my piecing very, very simple and am planning to QAYG in three large sections - this will be a super king. I have made a start on the quilting after prevaricating as always. Once I actually start quilting it isn't so bad but i do loathe scrambling about on all fours to do the pinning stage! Photos will feature later. (not of me on scrambling on the floor!)

For those of you who live within travelling distance of Ayr you might be interested in this exhibition of work by Ayrshire Quilters. I am just in from the preview and it's a super exhibition. Rozelle has a lovely tea room, parklands to stroll in (don't miss the WW1 Trail) and is a 5 minute walk from Alloway Village and Burns Cottage - you could make a day of it!!

I am going to end today's post as I started, on the subject of Aurifil. I have added a few more colours to the shop and these are just a few of the lovely greens and blues.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.


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