It’s become overcast and rainy. A great opportunity to spend time at the sewing machine getting back to using the FMQ technique begun when Leah Day initiated several of us into the skill of “micro-stippling”. Her project took us through the various prep, quilting, and finishing stages of a 16″ whole cloth piece. Guess I can safely say that I’m “hooked”. The piece begun this afternoon is 50″ square and utilizes parts of the same quilting pattern we used in the smaller project. I am first stabilizing each square by stitching in the ditch next to the lattice strips, then stitching the outline of the motif itself. Next comes the fill with stippling. I am glad the skills learned a while back seemed to remain so I slipped right back into the rhythm! Fun! By the time I finish this quilt this technique should quite well ingrained!!! “Becoming one with my sewing machine” is a phrase that pops into my mind while sewing. For this I must thank Leah and her ability to bring me along in my learning.
The day has ended with a supper of a seafood pizza made on sourdough crust. It is a white sauced pizza with fresh portabello mushrooms, whole milk mozzarella and the crust edges stuffed with ‘string’ cheese. And, now, to sit back and totally relax! The temps continue to be below ‘normal’ and, consequently, the cycle remains in the garage! Maybe next week!?! After all, it still is only April~~~~~~