Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sweet Dreams Last Night!

After many months of sitting at my quilt frame, my quilt is finished and on my bed! 
I am in love with it as I am with all quilts that I quilt by hand.

 I finished the 'big stitching' on Friday morning and by yesterday morning the binding was on! Here is just a small look at the back of it.

I thought I would show the size of needle I use for big stitching.

The big one is a 'big stitch' needle and the small one is my regular quilting needle. I think the quilting needle is a size 10 because it was a bit easier to thread but I do use both size 10 and 11 for regular hand quilting. Now the hard part will be trying to get used to a small needle and a small stitch again.

So I am back to more time in front of my sewing machine. I think it may have missed me a bit!

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

It's been a while....

Hand quilting a quilt takes a while so I haven't been doing too much else. I am enjoying it and my progress is slow but coming along. My quilt frame sits right in front of our front porch door that soon we will want to open (if the weather actually get warmer!) so I have spent most of my free time quilting. I am on the very outside edges now so it's going well!

I did take some time out recently for a small project and some handwork as well. I made 12 each of the large and small zippered bags from 30's fabrics. It is a fun, fast and easy pattern and a nice break from the hand quilting.

Here they are in sets of two waiting to get sent out. I'll be putting them in the mail today.

I took a day last weekend and went to our local quilting retreat. I have had this quilt on the go for a couple of years now but I haven't worked on it for the last 9 months...time to get working on it again!

I wasn't sure how the handwork would go at the retreat but it went really well. In fact so well that each retreat I'll try to go for a day and just work on this quilt until it is done! 

I got 5 blocks put together this time.

Soon I will have to decide what fabric to use for the diamonds and triangles between the blocks. I know it's still a long way off, but I can't wait to get this one on my bed!

Happy Stitching!