Monday, August 30, 2010

How Fast Can I Hand Quilt - Design Board Monday

We had quite a week here, holding a very girlie garage sale.  My daughter and I thought that we needed to let go of some of our material possessions.  For me - of course - it was a lot of material - well and other quilty things.   For her, it was a life time of toys and treasures cleaned out of her room and playroom this summer.  We both found it very freeing and thankyouGod profitable.  The garage sale was a big hit with quilters and little girls alike and I earned enough for tuition at Quilting By the Lake next year.  Tessa earned enough to open her first bank account.  Oh and nothing came back into the sale except for a plastic bin of fabric samples that I will use and share.

Now that all said, we did have our hands full for most of the week.  With September looming, school and the fair are nearing.  At least three times last week someone asked me what was I going to enter.  Well, originally, I had said nothing but. . . .with the new clean off. . . .I saw my quilt still sitting there lonely on the loom.  An idea popped into my head.  What if I took the time and finally finish hand quilting my twin size scrappy quilt that I pieced and layered last year.  I've been hand quilting it on and off again but never with   any real enthusiasm.

I really like this quilt.  I made it just for me to snuggle with during the winter on the couch and then drag around with me like Linus.  Our house sometimes gets drafty and its nice to have something on your lap when you are in the den or on the computer or up in the bedroom reading or on the couch sluggingl  Its made with Amy Butler prints from about 4 years ago and pieces of sateen solids.    I'm hand quilting it using shiny rayon and poly threads.  This is only my second time using non quilting threads for quilting so sometimes it can be a bit tricky - but I love the effect.  I would also love to have this to enter plus use for the upcoming winter.

My husband laughed when I said I was thinking of marathon quilting for a fair entry.  This isn't the first time I've done it and it always throws everything into a tizzy - still I've never missed a deadline.  All my other projects will have to stop though.  So I think I'll try it. . . . . . .I'll let you know how its going.

Oh and all prayers would be greatly appreciated!!

17 comments:

Carol A. Babineau said...

Nice quilt, Nina! Very cheery and I like the idea of dragging it around.........HHMMM.........nah, don't need one right now. Great idea though :)

Judy said...

Stitch, stitch, stitch. You will get it done. I love that this is your drag around quilt. We should each have one or 5 of our own. :0 Good luck at the fair. Nice job on the garage sale.

Kathie said...

best of luck trying to get it finished. September is fair time here also so I am trying to get a couple of things done.

Happy Room Diana said...

I love the look of your quilting frame, and the quilt on it. I have two ready for quilting but cannot decided on hand or machine!

Tamera said...

I have a quilt that my grandma and I did together that I need to get quilted. I'm going to hand quilt it and I have a frame just like that, so seeing your quilt in the frame is getting me motivated!

Maybe I'll come back and visit all week, lol.

OR, maybe I'll just set the photo as my desktop background! Mind if I copy it?

Judys Fiber Art said...

Love those Amy Butler prints mixed with the solids. Can't do as much hand work as I used to, do to arthritis; but the look of hand stitched quilts is special.

QuiltSwissy said...

Good luck, I cna't think of a better way to have to rush than to be able to be quilting while rushing! glen

Suzanne Kistler said...

Deadlines are the greatest, aren't they? I've entered 4 unfinished quilts in our County Fair, they are due on Friday. I suspect I'll get three of them done (two for sure), but the fourth? I'll be lucky if I get it finished in time for entering Road to CA on October 1...

AnnieO said...

Deadlines are good, even if self-imposed! I love the way the shiny threads complement the sateens. Gorgeous!

Congrats on your successful garage sale--we've never had much luck with them.

Quilter Kathy said...

Love that close up photo of the quilting!

kwiltnkats said...

It is amazing what we can do when we have determination! I'm with you all the way. Even if the fair isn't achievable you'll have it for this winter.....positive thoughts......positive thoughts....

Barb in Mi said...

Nice quilt and how ambitious to quilt it by hand!! Sending smooth quilt prayers you way!

Vivian said...

Can't wait to see what you sew you sew up for the fair. I love your dyed fabric from previous post. One day, I would love to venture into that. Not enough time yet. Maybe next summer.

Susan said...

Yes......... You can do it. And from now on when you look at that quilt you will have such happy memories.

Susan said...

It looks like your off to a good start from the close-up photo. What a good job of hand quilting!

henny said...

I could imagine how Tessa was exciting with her first bank account.
Your top quilt is cheery and girly. Hopefully you can finish quilting it in a short time as you wished :)
Btw, I'm curious with the wood tool on the pic, is it for hand quilting, just like 'giant loop', haha...I never seen before.

Mary said...

Oh I just love your quilting!! I am hand quilting a project as we speak - not easy! Hugs, Mary