Sunday, January 4, 2015

Back to Normal

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but oh so wonderful for staying inside and enjoying some slow stitching.  I have been busy this last week entertaining guest that arrived on our doorstep.  So good to see family as we live so far away, but I have been really looking forward to getting back to normal.
I have been able to get some stitching in here and there.  So thankful to have my Barnett Hoop and plenty of room to keep it up in the great room.  So between loads of laundry and visits I could slip into my chair and put in a few stitches.   I do find sometimes it is hard to relax and take the time to put in a few stitches.    So I took the advice of Hilda of Every Stitch and downloaded an audio book from the library.  Oh my, what a wonderful way to stitch.  With my earphones on, I am in my own little world.  Thanks Hilda for the inspiration to try this.  If you have never been to Hilda's blog, you are really missing out.  She has made some very inspirational quilts.  I should warn you however that you could easily spend several hours going back reading and enjoying her wonderful photos.  Today, I will be continuing on block three of Simple but Not.  Two blocks completely done is really giving me an idea of how this quilt will look when it is complete. I am leaning towards adding the trapunto, but time will tell.  I wish we had some sunshine so that the quilting design would show a bit better.  It is so hard to get great pics when the weather is so gloomy.
Four block quilt

Completed block

Partially completed block

 Last night when I finished up block two I noticed that my hands seemed  tired, that is always a sign that I need to start with a new package of needles this am.  It makes such a difference.   I will be linking to Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday and  enjoying what others are slow stitching today!   I am so thankful that Kathy is continuing the linky party we have every Sunday.  Hope you can join us!


42 comments:

  1. Glad you got a few stitches in... I enjoy music when I quilt... I am glad you found something you enjoy too! You are making great progress on Simple but Not :) Kathi

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    1. It is getting there. Listening seems to work much better than trying to watch TV. Home your clamshell border is working out. You are making great progress on your wall hanging.

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  2. Your quilt is coming along nicely! It never occurred to me that my sore hands could be caused by dull needles--that for the tip. I've been following Hilda for quite a while--she is such an inspiration and does wonderful work.

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    1. Thanks Karen! With this colder weather and the holidays past, hopefully it will move along a bit faster.

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  3. Lovely quilting--thanks for the link to Hilda's blog...very inspiring! hugs, Julierose

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    1. Yes Hilda's blog is so inspirational. Another great blog is Jane's Threads and Treasures. I feel like I have been on a mini vacation when i visit.

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  4. Wow, every time I see that quilt, I believe I love it even more. Yum!

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    1. I sure hope to get it done soon so I can move on to the next hand stitched project. But until than I will just enjoy stitching!

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  5. This is such a beautiful quilt / I enjoy seeing your progress :)

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    1. The problem with slow stitching it is hard to have a zillion finishes and new projects to photograph.But in the end I wouldn't trade my hand quilted quilts for ten machine quilted quilts.

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  6. Good tip - I just use the same one over and over.. maybe time to change it out for a new needle? Enjoy your stitching.

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    1. With spoon quilting they get dull quite fast. But iven when I needleturn I find a fresh needle makes such a difference. I prefer to let the needle do the work, rather than my hands. As we get older we get wiser, anyway we hope so.

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  7. Your quilting is absolutely stunning!! I love the cross hatching and the feathers. Some things can only be done by hand.

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    1. Yes, I started out wanting to learn to machine quilt. It was a disaster, so I learned to hand quilt. Although I see some gorgeous machine quilted quilts, you just can't get the same look with a machine. But I do admire the work done by some long armers!

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  8. So delighted to have you at the linky party :)
    Love how the quilting gives this project such amazing texture.
    What a good tip you shared - when your hands get tired, your needles need replacing... thanks!

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    1. I so enjoy Slow Stitching Sundays. So many diverse projects! My hands enjoy the break as I visit each blog to see what everyone is doing.

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  9. Love the quilting on this one. I know what you mean about sunshine. After a lot of rain yesterday, the sun came out very bright here this a.m. Two hours later, we are back to gray and gloom. My best friend turned me on to listening to books while I work. Makes the time go by very quickly.

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    1. Yes such a gloomy time of year. But we do need the rain as our summers are hot and it can get so dry so quickly. I am so glad to see you again on line. I know you will always miss your mom but I hope each day gets a bit easier. Yes the audio books really help me forget about all the other things I should be doing.

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  10. Your quilting is beautiful! Good tip about the needles; I'd never thought of it, but it makes sense.

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    1. It makes such a difference. Those little needles do so much work.

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  11. Seems you and I are having similar SUndays! You hand quilting is beautiful and accents the quilt perfectly!

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    1. Thanks Val! So nice to be stitching under a quilt as the weather gets colder outside

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  12. Goodness! - thanks for the kind words. I find your hand quilting work so inspiring - just so beautiful photographed in any light! Will be interesting to see if you feel you need to add trapunto but it is lovely just as it is :)

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    1. The hand stitching really is so much more enjoyable for me, I am going to do some straight line machine quilting this month, should be interesting.

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  13. ...forgot to add..Am so glad you are enjoying the audio books. It does take you to another place doesn't it?

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    1. I so am! It really helps me forget about everything else going around me. Thanks again!

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  14. You quilting is amazing. I love the feathers! I am really loving that cheddar background, too! Absolutely stunning quilt!

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    1. Thanks so much, I love the cheddar too! The original was done with a white background, what a difference

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  15. What a gorgeous quilt. It must be a pleasure to quilt it because you can admire it with every stitch!

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    1. Yes it is! The warm cheddar makes it quite enjoyable also.

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  16. I really wouldn't have minded some frightful weather over the Christmas break . . . but do we really have to go to below-freezing temps just when I've got to go back to work?!? LOL! Your quilt is stunning!!! :)

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  17. Beautiful stitches Carla. Enjoy your slow stitching day

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    1. Thanks Love being under a quilt this time of year. Winter has set in here.

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  18. I always put off getting a new needle, but it really does make a difference! Hope you're enjoying your quieter days.:)

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    1. I do too! I really need to quit waiting so long. I guess quilter's are naturally frugal!

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  19. Wow Carla, your quilt is amazing. I love the design and the fabrics are beautiful. I do not hand quilt but I am so envious of those who do. That takes a lot of talent and patience! Great work :)

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  20. What a fantastic quilt! I love the background color. Your quilting is beautiful!

    (I googled the Barnett hoop. They've lovely and a new temptation. How many days till Christmas?!)

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  21. Your quilt is stunning, Nancy. I so love that orange background! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  22. Wonderful quilting! I have checked out the Barnett Hoop and I would love to have one. Maybe...one day..

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