Monday, January 20, 2014

Pay off!

 It has been a long winter, although down here we don't get very hard winters, but we have had our share of lower than normal temps.  I am really getting sick of looking a that bermuda grass that stays brown till we get much warmer temps. Hopefully there will be some signs of spring  soon.  I have kept busy stitching on a few projects, mostly hand work, which is slow going.  So slow, that sometimes, I wonder if these projects will ever get finished, but then I remind myself that I do enjoy the process it is nice to reflect on what those stitches produce. So this morning, after a few last applique stitches, I have the four blocks for my pumpkin seed done! Mind you, I don't have it assembled into a flimsie yet, but sewing four blocks together shouldn't take too long.

 Also after spending a couple of months of basting hexies, I drew out my design.  I wanted to make a frame for a center medallion block, which turned out to be harder than I thought it would be.  I finally got it worked out and started sewing the flowers together adding the background filler.  I  really have enjoyed stitching them together. This is my progress, 181 hexies stitched together!



After another cup of coffee this morning and once the sun comes out I will go back to marking my Quilt of Valor quilt.  I am excited to get it into my new hoop.  Again I will be using perle cotton #16, to big stitch this quilt.  So even though sometimes it doesn't feel like I am making progress, it is good to look back and see how far these projects have come.





20 comments:

  1. sometimes I feel the same on my hand work - progress is measured in inches LOL -- but like you I enjoy it so continue - we are to get another extra cold spell this week I heard last night on the Little Rock news - :( wish it was done but this is just January - I think because December was so cold it makes the winter seem longer for us spoiled people in the south

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    1. Yes we are spoiled, but I have never liked winter. My husband said another cold front is coming thru, you were right. February is not far a way, just a couple of more weeks. Max my dog usually gets his winter trim the beginning of February. I also saw the Tru-green truck today spraying yards a true sign of spring!

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  2. Carla, a couple weeks ago you said you were marking a dark border with a Hera marker. I do have a Hera marker, but could you explain this technique? I am not sure I understand how that works. I am so inspired by your hand-quilting. Thanks.

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    1. 6:25:00 PM

      Donna, When using the hera you sandwich the quilt first. It works on straight lines or large templates, nothing to intiricate. I use my 6 x 24 inch quilting ruler to do grids. Your just press down quite firmly and slide it along the ruler. It will burnish the fabric for a lack of a better word. Anyway you should be able to see the mark with good lighting. Today I learned when I make a mistake I give the fabric a squirt of water and wipe with a soft cloth and it removes the marks. Then I let it dry. I find it works best on solids to see the lines. Hope that helps.

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  3. Thanks, Carla. I was sort of thinking that was how you did it. Appreciate the response.

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    1. Your welcome! This is the first time I marked the whole quilt with the hera. No problem can still the marks after hooping and rehooping.

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  4. Love your pumpkin seed blocks. I'm working on an never ending hexie project myself. But I enjoy it as well.

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    1. Thanks BillieBee! I never realized the stitching involved but it is addictive. I stitched all Sunday afternoon, I just couldn't stop!

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  5. You certainly do get a lot done! I love your pumpkin seed blocks.

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    1. Thanks Ellen, RSC2014 really did something to my mojo! My pumpkin seed will come out of the closet, if I can wait, in September as my fall hand quilting project.

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  6. The pumpkin seed blocks look wonderful! I can't wait to see what you have planned for quilting them :0)

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    1. Oh I have ideas, as I say I make quilt tops just to hand quilt. Pretty sure some feathers will be involved. That will happen this fall!

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  7. You have a lot of progress as far as I'm concerned, Carla. When I stress about my speed I think of the Tortoise and the Hare fable and relax about it. Love the hexie project and the pumpkin seeds. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Looking back always reminds me why I do all this slow stitching. I am not very good with the machine, and really prefer that softness that hand stitching brings to a project. I don't do things entirely by hand, but I do love applique and hand quilting. Thanks

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  8. Cold here today too! It is going UP to seven degrees today but we do have sunshine! :) You are coming along quickly on those hexies ! : )

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  9. I was very proud I got four more flowers added. But I did spend the whole afternoon stitching.

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  10. I like the background color on your seeds quilt. Looks like it would be a lot of stitching both in piecing those arcs and then to applique them down.

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  11. Great progress Carla!!! Those pumpkin seed blocks are very eye-catching!

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    1. Yeah I love the centennial cheddar. Need to get the blocks sewn together so I can start marking it! I may get to hand quitling sooner than I thought.

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