I have been trying to find time to put my machine in for a service and I decided that this week would be it, I will pick it up on Friday ready to sew again on the weekend.
I try not to machine stitch during the week anyway its easier to just do hand sewing but I thought it would be a good idea to use the forced layoff to give me the push I needed to try and finish the blocks for the sampler so I am a couple of months ahead again. I managed some major sewing on the weekend and polished off 4 of the final 5 blocks of the Choccy Sampler . I also think I have decided on the sashing I would use and have started cutting out the strips just to see how it will look. I'm loving the new blocks and can't wait to get them out into the world, I think the final product is going to look beautiful.
In other news I have been asked to contribute to Handmade Magazine and have designed a project for later next year which I will be starting on shortly. I received most of the fabric for the project on Friday and just have to shop for background fabric this week and I can get stitching... I will need the machine back for this one though. It's all very exciting.
I have started hand quilting the appliqué quilt I purchased a new hoop today, as I have been trying to use my floor stand hoop without the floor stand as I have been finding that it hurts my back to lean over it and sew, but the hoop is just too big for that purpose and everything was starting to ache. The smaller hoop will hopefully be easier to handle.