Hello and a good morning to all I wish all of you and nice Sunday ,I have not posted in a while ,first I would like to show you my new hand made leather thumb thimble ,there is a leather shop near me ,they make leather goods and they through out there scraps,I happen to be walking past the trash bin one day years ago and noticed a big bag of leather scraps and of coursed I took them thinking I could used them for something one day .
So I cut out the pieces into a shape that I thought it would work used a thick black polyester thread and stiched it up and it works wonderfully it really helps me push the needle through the fabric and then it is much easier to grasp the needle and pull it on the other side now I will make another for my finger that helps quide the needle underneath ,I am really pleased that I thought of it .
I am quilting this quilt that I have been commissioned to make ,it is large 80 x 99 in. I hope I finish it by Christmas .
Here is the whole quilt on my sofa I chose a light blue border for it I think it goes well on it.
I even found some letters with her initials on it that makes it a bit personalized for her ,
After deciding that I wasn't up to fmq the large quilt I thought I better work at fmq . I tried various methods in controlling the quilt better practicing on a panel I found that wearing my white fleece gloves that my dear friend Michelle sent me, they not only keep my hands warm when it is cold out , they really help me grasp the panel and I am able to make smoother stiches I also use some hand cream ,I even thought of putting glue stick on my fingers ,but I haven't tried that yet ,for now I am doing ok.
I really didn't have a specific pattern in mind you really don't have time to think when the needle is moving .
I plan on making some templates for fmq and I will be posting them of course ,but I think I am progressing.
I tried different designs as you can see, I really am trying to get the motion of meandering, I am more of a structured person so it is a bit difficult for me.
I will be working to become better at it ,I got a helpful tip from a blog friend whom is great at it her name is Kheli she advised me that it really helps to starch the top first I will do that and believe it will help thank you Kheli.http://khelikarma.blogspot.com/ . Another thing I have been having some issues with is thread tension and am working on that . I thank you all for stopping by and leaving suggestions and comments ,wish you all many hours of quilting a crafting and try to make a leather thimble for yourself.