WIP….still hand quilting and … and…and…

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So! Four flowers done = 4 blocks almost done.  I have the four small hearts and two connecting ovals and then on to the next block.

I am so liking handquilting.  It is satisfying.  I am finding what I like best and I am figuring out what suits me.

Here are my favourite handquilting tools so far:

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  1. The marking pencil: I have been trying everything I have in my toolbox and this is what I am most satisfied with. This one is blue and it already rubs off quite easily.  I have a white one too but the blue one is perfect.  I can see where I am stitching now.  It is called “Washout R680 Cloth Marker Blue.  I think that I picked it up at Lens Mills so many years ago.
  2. John James #5 (I think).  It is so sturdy and the shortest of the bunch.  I have been testing quite a few!
  3. Thimble: Learning to love it….getting there.
  4. Waterproof medical tape for the other fingers, protection.  But I sure am getting calloused! 🙂
  5. Needle puller-througher ;)…Using it often to pull the 4 to 5 stitches I can get onto the needle by “rocking and rolling”
  6. My magnifier lenses that clip onto my glasses.
  7. Quilting Hoop.  I tried the white plastic ones but I was breaking every nail PRYING them open.  I like this one!

I am officially addicted to hand quilting and I think that one day I will be good at this…just not today ;).

When I take a break from the hand quilting, I have been working on my redwork….finally figured out that I like the back stitch for outling:

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Relaxing.

And for company I have Pye.  I set him up in my basket of quilt tops ready to be quilted because I took the rocking chair to quilt:

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So what are your favourite hand quilting tools?

I am linking up with The Needle and Thread Network. I can’t wait to see what everyone is up to! I didn’t get to visit everyone last week but will try my best this week!

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WIP…honing my skills!

Well, my turn has come to quilt my blocks on the quilt that Jen and I are making. We are hand quilting it. Jen already quilted her two blocks. Big breath here because I have big shoes to fill. She stitches very small and even. Me on the other hand am a hand quilter newbie. No time like the present and THE ideal project.

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We have 36 blocks to do, starting from the middle, sharing diagonally. I think that I will get better as I go along. It is just getting over the idea that I cannot be perfect and that I need to hand quilt to get better.

If anybody has tips for me, from needle to thimble please share.

I am linking up with The Needlework and Thread Network.

Some finishes!

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Yay! Two finishes off the table, ready for Show and Tell at Tuesday’s guild meeting.

I’m fairly happy with it and i sure learned a lot. In fact, I am starting a Peggy’s Tips and Trick’s notebook containing everything from joining binding ends and sewing on labels with the help of Steam-A-Seam. I never take notes about my quilting and waste time looking up things due to my insecurities.

Here is the back with label:

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I finished my sewing bag too. I love it. I think that i am going to make one for my MIL for all her card stuff…Bridge…would be perfect for her to take to her games.

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And my friend Jen started the hand quilting on our log cabin quilt. It will be my turn soon so back and forth this quilt will go.

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Excuse the formatting problems…learning how to post on my ipad.