Hope all of you enjoyed the holiday and survived the cooking and cleaning up. We did. I even had time to do some online shopping. (If you think I went out to shop on Black Friday - you really don't know me very well.) I shopped online earlier in the week too and this arrived yesterday. Several spools of Aurifil 28 wt. cotton thread.
Let me preface this by saying that at one time - long before we could shop and compare online - I used a quilting weight cotton thread to hand piece (the brand shall remain nameless). I liked the heft of it and it did a great job joining the patches, but it twisted and knotted and did it's best job to slow me down. When I discovered better made threads I used DMC Embroider cotton thread (on the spool for machine embroidery) and 50 wt Aurifil for my appliqué and hand piecing. Wonderful stuff - both of them. Perfect for appliqué and quite serviceable for hand piecing - but it was a bit thin for hand piecing and I made teeny tiny stitches with it to fill up the seam. 50 wt. Aurifil is still my hands down favorite for appliqué, but I was persuaded by a friend to try the 28 wt for hand piecing. This is also the weight I use for hand quilting. It's fabulous for that…..but now I can tell you it's also WONDERFUL for hand piecing. No twisting, no knots, and it fills up the seam beautifully. Yes, I can still learn stuff.
What else did I buy online? Well, I did some Christmas shopping and I am proud to tell you that I have whittled my list down to 3 more gifts to buy. I hope to be done shopping by next week and I might not even set foot inside a store. In honor of Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday - I even bought myself a gift. It was NOT something I needed. It was something I wanted. I saw this on Pinterest this week and I had to have it.
I found the pattern, the linen, and the floss for this fabulous stocking here.
Yes, I really needed to get something to stitch. I am in danger of finishing projects //laughs hysterically and wipes tears from eyes//
Besides designing patterns and fabrics for Minick and Simpson and then making those quilts that I design ….. I have the following projects in progress.
I have 2 more blocks to make in my Love Letters quilt (designed by the brilliant Blackbird Designs) Don't even ask me how I will put the blocks together. I haven't gotten there yet.
There is also the Hawaiian quilt I am making. It is in the homestretch and about 75% hand quilted. It will be a gift. It's supposed to be a surprise gift, but they may or may not read this blog.
There is also Mrs. Billings. She got another border added on this week. 12 borders done and 3 to go. I tell myself that I am almost done - but as you can see - the borders do get bigger as you go along.
As it is, I needed to get on a ladder to photograph it. (It's not pressed yet - hence the ugly masking tape to keep the edges from curling)
So, I really didn't need to get the stocking pattern. I do have enough to do, but I tell myself that anything I can do to make Small Business Saturday a success is worth it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Oh, and about that milestone! To thank you all for being there, for reading this prose on a regular basis, and supporting our small business - we would like to send out a gift to someone who comments on this post.
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