Monday, September 6, 2010

Still Quilting, and Quilting, and Quilting Design Board Monday

Well its a week later and let me tell you, I've worked myself up into a hand quilting tizzy!  First I would like to thank everyone for their encouraging comments on getting this project done on time for the fair.  It really helped!  Still, it was hard - I mean - really - hard to sit down at the frame for long periods of time.  I mean who wants to be sitting there hand quilting when there is a 5 day 90+ degree heat wave in progress.  Then to top it all off, our little foster kitty, Kali who is now 7 weeks old, was constantly jumping onto the frame and attacking my needle.  I swear I must have taken her off that frame a hundred times this week.  Finally by the weekend, she was content to sit on my shoulder and watch me quilt.

Through all the trials, I persevered.  I managed to quilt a total of 23 hours this week.  Sitting still is sooooooo much harder then it looks.  I remembered to get up and stretch but I must be hunching my shoulders  because I have a soar spot in between them.  My hands feel fine but I have a quilter's callus to prove that I've been putting my needle time in.  

So far I've quilted 50" of this drag-along quilt.  I've got eight days to finish up the remaining 40" and get it bound.  Thank God I decided against bordering the dang thing.  I mean who likes borders anyways - they are a bugger to get straight - I never know how to quilt them and if I wanted a frame around my work I would have taken up watercolors!  Hmmmmmmm watercolors is looking mighty good right about now. 

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18 comments:

Carol A. Babineau said...

Great job............I'm with you!
Go girl!!!

Tamera said...

he he he...What a great post! I laughed out loud.

I'm with you...sitting still is for the birds!

Good luck finishing.

Judys Fiber Art said...

Well, the finish was well worth the effort. A job well done. However, a word to the the wise from one who is facing a second hand surgery. Machine quilting is the way to go for the future. Keep creating.

Diane said...

kudos to sitting and stitchin' for so long in the heat. It looks terrific and now that the weather is cooler...dare I say 'you'll have no troubles getting it done'.
It's beautiful.

Diana said...

Good job! I can't hand quilt anymore. It is a long and tedious process but well worth the effort!

scraphappy said...

Your quilt looks great. Too bad that a deadline is robbing you of the joy of the process though. I hope it gets done in time.

Barb in Mi said...

It looks beautiful! Hang in there and you will get it done. Set a timer and do a few stretches every 30 min, that should help. Happy hand quilting!

Suzanne Kistler said...

Looks terrific!! Makes me think I should pull out one of my unfinished hand-quilted projects and get to work. I LOVE the look so much more than machine quilting, especially on a traditional quilt.

Thanks for keeping us inspired!

debby said...

You can do it!!!

AnnieO said...

Looking terrific! The kitty was a slow learner but she did learn :) Glad you're going to meet this goal. Do remember to stretch and watch your posture. I'm a huncher too :)

Big Rig John said...

It looks great! Keep going!

QuiltSwissy said...

I'll bet the kitty was too cute, sitting there on your frame, with those gorgeous blue eyes!

glen

Teaquilts said...

Great job on the hand quilting. Even more impressive is your dedication to the task.

Susan said...

Wow! It is beautiful! I wish I could hand quilt like that!

karylsquilts said...

keep on stitchin. YOu pick up a rythem when your at it more often... The fingers stay tuffer too.


FYI remeber when (zingbat)

Quilter Kathy said...

Keep going girl...you can do it! Love the photo of the thread/pin table!

henny said...

Gosh, that is so beautiful hand quilt! Come on, Nina...go, go! :D

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