I went to the Local Grammar School. A very academic place where lessons were fast paced. I thought it full of educators as dry as Cream Crackers. My eldest brother was very academic and following in his footsteps was precarious and tricky.
Whenever I find myself in such tricky situations I tend to either bury my head in dreams or switch off. I think I did both. How I hated P.E. I was very,very little. So cross country running was the worst of all the lessons for me. We set off at a gallop for what seemed like hours. The teacher, a Miss Foxhall just wanted to get rid of us I think. And I was generally last back to school. I told the "cold as a fish" Miss Foxhall that a man had approached me in the woods when I was lagging behind. She was so shocked we were never sent so far again. What a massive fib!!! It still makes me smile today.
I,did,however love Cookery and Needlework lessons. The teachers were very strict but I loved these double periods so much. Just to walk into the practical areas in the classrooms was the highlight of my week. I have never forgotten what I learnt during those lessons and those skills have served me so well.
Today I have been working on Block Number 2 for my Monster Quilt. I found the softest piece of hypo-allergenic stuffing and tucked it inside the body of the monster. It made the sewing a little bit harder but I love the 3D effect it has created.
I can be really slapdash but I remembered the importance of pinning and tacking. I am using blanket stitch to attach the pieces onto the backing material. And all of a sudden a voice came back to me across the years. Miss Vicary was teaching us embroidery stitches to decorate a gingham apron. Probably in 1964. These were her tips.
- Do not thread your needle with too great a length of cotton or embroidery silk as it will knot.
- Keep 2 identical size needles threaded when you are working embroidery stitches and then you will not lose your rhythm .
- Always start a new length and the first stitch in the most inconspicuous place on your piece of work so that your joins do not show.
- When using blanket stitch make the gap between the stitches the same size as the height of the stitches. My goodness once I remembered that tip my stitches got neater.
Here is a picture of my second square. I am wondering whether to join as I go,or work all the squares first.
I will have to think about that.
I have been reading about batting. Luckily that step is a long way off yet. I do know I want batting that is squishy and soft. Gentle and downy. Luckily there is a specialist Patchwork Shop in Bovey Tracey which is a Moorland Town about eight miles from me so I will seek advice when the time is right. It is called the Serendipity Patchwork and Quilting Shop. I bet they know all about batting there and will hold my hand as I choose.
There is also the most wonderful wool shop there too so maybe my feet will wander through that door too!
Can I please finish with a very big " Thank You" to all my lovely followers who are encouraging me with this new venture. Also I would love to say a very special welcome to my new followers. I love your comments so much.