You really do need to excuse the photo. Not only is this piece normally impossible to photograph, but this week the afternoon sun was shining in on my design board. Great for sewing - not so great for getting the colors right in a photo. But the sunshine did feel good!
As you can see its coming along quite nicely - welllll - almost nicely. Looking at it now - I really have to do something with that third lily. I mean, there is no way I can leave it smack dab in the center of this quilt. Sighhhhhh. I do have some ideas though, but it just got too late to try them. That's the nice thing about making these free standing appliques - you can move them around and try new compositions as much as you want.
Oh and you know what?
I got to try out a new gadget this week. With Mother's Day, approaching I finally took the plunge and bought a SewSlip. Now for a long while I've been thinking about getting a Queen Supreme Slider but its royal price tag put me off. I mean could it really be worth $50+?? With a little research I found the SewSlip and I thought for the $30 investment I would give it a try. It arrived within a week and was easy to install. It fits perfectly on my sewing table and I didn't have to trim it.
At first I didn't think it made that much difference. That is until I took it off and try to threadpaint again. OMG - you could notice the difference big time. So it was definitely worth the 30 bucks. I got the one with a bigger hole just in case I want to do some fancy stitches with it on. The only thing I didn't like about it, is that you have to take it off to change the bobbin since my machine has a drop in bobbin case. I can't wait to try it out with some bigger free-motion quilting.