Sunday, January 28, 2018

Moving a long!

I have had another great week stitching on my ocean waves quilt!  There's really no exciting photos I can take as I am simply outlining the triangles with my stitches! Boy does this quilt have a lot of triangles. I have all the triangle units completed except the outer row.  It shouldn't be much longer before I can start quilting the large white squares.

I started this quilt with a new package of needles. I am using  Richard Hemming size 9's I love using a longer needle and loading 4-5 stitches on before pulling it through. I'm not sure they will stay sharp enough to get the whole quilt done but we will see.  Hope you had some time to put in some hand quilting stiches this week. It's such a relaxing joy to just stitch for an hour or two each day!

Friday, January 26, 2018

More String blocks

Well I made my goal of 50 blocks the first week of my challenge to use up the strings. This week I didn't quite make it but I did get 30 more made.  I had to remind myself this is not a race and I should just be pleased that I am making progress towards getting these strings sewn into blocks. So I have to say I am really pleased that I working on these.  I really love how something so ragged and ugly gets trimmed into a perfectly sized block.

I took some time to pin the blocks in sets of ten so when it comes time to decide how I want to set them I will know what I have.  So with the previously sewn blocks I am up to 280 blocks. 

My scrap box is beginning to look better. Still a lot of strings to sew and I definitely want to make as many blocks as I can before I decide how to set them and how large to make the quilt or quilts.

I was out for one of my daily walks this week and noticed the blue sky. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and the blue was gorgeous!  I just had to take a snapshot!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Slow start to Slow Stitching

Yesterday I felt like I was coming down with a cold. This morning I am sure. I stayed in bed all morning and rested but staying in bed all day is just difficult. So I have finally gotten up and will spend the rest of the day sitting on the sofa and put in a few more stitches.

Progress has been great this week on my ocean waves.  I have 70 percent of the triangles quilted.  A lot of the basting pins have been removed a sure sign of progress!

This quilt is such a joy to quilt. I am outlining all of the triangles.  But, I still need to mark my stitching lines.  I know some quilters can do this without marking but I am not one of those that can't.  My favorite tool to use on solid fabrics is the hera marker but since this quilt has so many seams I find using the mechanical pencil works best.
I have been using the paper mate mechanical pencil ever since I came across Sue Garman's blog post about her pencil of choice.  It's been reliable in that it always washes out.

I am linking to slow stitching Sunday over at Kathy's Quilts. She is asking that we post a pic of the hoop we use. I love the my Barnett hoop on a stand. I have a fourteen inch and 18 inch hoop that I can use with it. I only wish I had invested in one sooner.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Mid week progress

Since I moved to Texas in 2016, I feel my quilting has taken second fiddle to everything else.   So, I decided in 2018 I would place my stitching closer to the top of my daily list of things to do.  My goal this year is to empty a large container of strings.  I have made 170 blocks since I started these back in 2015.




So far this week I have made ten blocks a day.  On Tuesday I even made a few hourglass blocks for a scrappy hourglass quilt.  So, I guess instead of making excuses it's much better to have determination!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Red Triangles

A damp rainy day here in North Texas. I think I will try to spend most of the day sneaking in some enjoyable hand quilting stitches.  I started out quilting the white triangles in this quilt and decided to see where it takes me.  Friday I was very curious on what it would look like if I quilted the red triangles also.  I tried  a triangle with the the natural color thread I was using on the white triangles and found it distracted from the high contrast that I love in two color quilts.  I found some red thread in my stash to try and am pleased with how it looks. 

So today I think I will go back and just add red to the units that already have the white triangles quilted.  

I also am thinking about adding a star to the white alternate squares.  I played around and made a template to fit the space.  But, I think I want to finish all of the triangles before making a final decision on the alternate square.