NOT LOOKING FOR PERFECTION

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super-duper day. My Sarah and I have been enjoying lovely lazy summer days. I hope our glorious summer days last thru the whole season.

I’ve been working hard on my latest quilt project, My Sweet Dresden Town. There are only a couple more blocks to draw and stitch. Well I thought I’d take a little break from that in order to work on a UFO that’s been in the pile for some time. In fact, it was so low in the pile that I had to dig around to find it.

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This project consists of a sandwiched piece of calico to which I added some colour blotches which I planned to add some freemotion quilting to in order to give it some definition. So, with my Sarah’s advice I chose a nice pale green thread, Aurifil 50wt. And then I prepped my sewing machine and got down to the nitty gritty.

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I outlined all the colour blotches in a medium grey thread …..

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And then switched to the green thread to fill in all the negative spaces. I kept the design simple …..

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While I was stitching I felt quite disappointed at the jaggy bits I was stitching out. I haven’t done any freemotion quilting on my domestic sewing machine in a long time but I persevered …..

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The more I filled in the negative spaces the better it looked. And once I was done I felt really good about what I accomplished. I no longer look for perfection. As long as it’s better than what I started with I’m happy. Well I’m definitely happy with what I did today.

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Now that I’ve had a little taste of freemotion quilting on my domestic sewing machine again, I feel like doing more. I have a little idea of what I’d like to do next time but that won’t be for a while. I have a To-Do List as long as my arm to finish up before I start another project.

I just realised today that there are only three days left of June!!!!! Next week is Sarah’s graduation ceremony. I can’t believe it. I look forward to whatever life has in store for us both.

So, I guess that’s my report for today. I had some well deserved fun freemotion quilting a long time UFO. Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be great. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

15 thoughts on “NOT LOOKING FOR PERFECTION

  1. Hi,
    That!…would make a super center for a simple white stitched quilt with same type patterns going just around the bottom, or just four corners. Just saying….
    I really like it, Lucie. So simple yet the quilting of roses elevates it so high…beautiful, a wedding quilt or something, a baby christening quilt. What ever happened to the proposed baby quilt that you started?
    Have a great day, and yes, it does not need to be perfect to be wonderful.
    Hugs to Maisie girlxxx
    Need photos of Sarah when she graduates…
    and take time to sit and breath.
    Joanna xxx

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    1. Hi Joanna, I haven’t started my baby quilt, it’s on my To-Do List for the near future. Your suggestion for today’s freemotion quilting effort has given me inspiration . I’m thinking I could make a series of panels which would be quilted separately and later joined together using the Quilt as You Go method!!! The panel I quilted today will be used as a table centre. I think the oval design is perfect for a table.
      Thanks for the inspiration. And thank you for popping in today x

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    1. Hi Sandra, Caran Dache watercolour bars worked well to make blotches of colour. It was fun adding the colour and it was fun adding texture by stitching swirls. Thanks for popping in x

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  2. It’s beautiful Lucie & all I can see is pretty swirls & pops of colour in the flowers. We don’t need perfection in what we do, just be happy ‘doing’ & end up with a finished item. Look forward to seeing what you have in store for the future. Take care.

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    1. Hi Mary, I’m hoping that heat setting by using the iron will set it. I pressed it once the watercolour was properly dry and before sandwiching it. I will definitely give it another, it was simple and fun to work on. Thanks for popping in x

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    1. Thank you Lori. I should practice what I preach : it’s not one or two jaggy bits that will stand out, it’s the over all effect that counts. After playing yesterday, I’ve got the taste to play some more. The sky is the limit. I must make a little plan of action and have another go soon. Thanks for popping in today x

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