Sunday, November 23, 2014

Calm before the Storm

This week I have pulled out Simple but Not.  With Thanksgiving around the corner, there will be the added stress of a road trip, so I decided to hold off on starting the last border on Baltimore Garden.   I realized that although I love applique, hand quilting is still my favorite part of making a quilt. So relaxing just taking stitch after stitch pulling the thread thru the fabric.  I love when I get into the zone and my mind drifts off to other things and takes me where I want to go.   It's raining outside, so today I will sit and stitch to my hearts content.  I will be joining  Kathy and the others that link up today over at Kathy's blog.  Kathy also reminds us today, that Bonnie Hunter will be hosting Quilt Cam this afternoon at 2pm.  Sounds like a lot of wonderful stitching will be taking place.  As is often said, enjoy the calm before the storm. Monday, brings laundry and preparing for our trip to visit family for Thanksgiving.   I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.  But first, let's enjoy some wonderful slow stitching today!
Looks like this a great place to start!  Adding more crosshatching and feathers!

36 comments:

  1. your quilting looks amazing! happy sunday

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  2. Sounds like the perfect way to spend the day!

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  3. I love how you added those feathers! What a treat to look at!!
    Kerry

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    1. I love how they take a simple string quilt and make it a bit more sophisticated. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. It is raining here too! Enjoy your stitching! Love your quilt!

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    1. Yes, we have started the rainy season here. Dark gray days will be abundant, but hand quilting will get me thru it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. It's gorgeous Carla! Enjoy the calm stitching today!

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    1. Thanks Kathy! Many more stitches to make, so happy days ahead!

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  6. Your stitching is incredible and very dense. I also love the feathers.

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I really love to hand quilt and think the quilting should have as much impact as the piecing.

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  7. Perfect colors to be stitching on at this time of year too! :)

    I am back and forth...a bit of stitching, did a babysitting stint so the DIL could run some errands...back home, then later one of the grands birthday party. TWO of them have birthdays within a month of Christmas. Budget-busters ! :)

    Enjoy your trip and time with your family over Thanksgiving ! :)

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    1. Thanks Deb! The original quilt was done with a white background. The cheddar really warms it up! Love it so much more! So glad to have something warm and colorful to stitch as we head into our wet gloomy grays days of winter.

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  8. Slow stitching is my fave too! Excited Bonnie is doing a day one.. I might catch her live! lol Have a happy Sunday and a safe journey on your holiday travels! Kathi

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    1. I agree she doesn't do daytime quilt cams very much! I can understand that with her schedule, not sure how she does everything she does.

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  9. Beautiful stitching and I agree...I love getting into the stitching zone...very relaxing!

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    1. Thanks Suzanne! I can't believe how much I have missed that zoning out! I do enjoy my applique, and I am getting more relaxed with that, but it isn't the same as hand quilting!

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  10. Beautiful stitching! Safe travels and happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Happy Thanksgiving to you to Kathy! Look forward to seeing more of those pineapple blocks. You have me considering doing a red and white pineapple. Our taste must be very similar!

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    1. The feathers are more work and really slow the process down, but I think they are worth the effort! I am pleased so far with the overall look! Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. Enjoy your stitching. That quilt is very pretty. The hand quilting looks beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Cathie! I love to try and find a good balance of piecing and quilting, as they both do so much for quilt. Thanks for your kind words

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  13. I so love this quilt. I'm happy to see it again. Beautiful! I too love to hand quilt when the raining or snowing and my mind wanders off to better places. Enjoy the tranquility of hand quilting.

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    1. I am so happy to be working on it again! Nothing like being under a quilt and stitching when the weather gets gloomy and gray.

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  14. Lovely stitching - and an afternoon of peaceful quilting sounds just perfect.

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  15. Beautiful! Love the feathers and the grids. Enjoy your quilting.

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    1. Happy Thanksgiving Deb! Thanks for your kind words! Still a long way to go, but so glad to be working on this one again!

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  16. Love that stitching! It's the most relaxing for me too, hands down.:)

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    1. Happy Thanksgiving Audrey! So much to be thankful for, most all being able to create and make things of beauty!

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  17. Your quilt is beautiful. I love hand quilting, the look, the feel and the doing but my joints just get too sore for hand quilting!

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    1. I am lucky so far! But I spoon quilt so there is not a lot of repetitive motion. I have problems when I EPP. The pinching of the two pieces together when I am joining the pieces makes my hand hurt.

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