It was time to expand my horizons! Linda entrusted me with the use of the beautiful Eva Bernina. I wanted to use the last of the special pieces of my dad’s old clothes to make a few early Christmas present pillows. To complete the pillow top, I wanted to do my first stipple. For a girl who is often too uptight and worried about doing things the “right way”, this was a great experience. To stipple, you really have to loosen up and let it flow. Linda helped me to use her stipple stencil to chalk out my path, we did a little stipple practice on some scraps and then I was on my way.
So much fun! To be honest, I ended up not following my stenciled path which is obvious to anyone who looks too closely at the pillow but I found my groove after a bit and I love the way it looks. In the middle of my stipple, I did hit a bit of a snag…ok, a big snag, when I broke the needle on Eva Bernina. Yikes! Linda, being the wise, patient teacher that she is, didn’t blink an eye, she changed out the needle in no time flat, and I finished!
I so enjoy quilting because it makes me push myself to learn new techniques every day. What a great model for our children in the pusuit of being life long learners. I’m off to create some Christmas gifts now…