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Comment by Janet/MO yesterday

Lovely show & tell this morning.  The vintage quilt is exquisite!  There is just something about those designs that grabs on to one's heart!

Sandy, bummer about the finger.  I hope it heals quickly.  We never realize how much we use all the parts of our bodies until we injure them.

I keep telling myself I'm going to finish hand quilting my basket quilt.  This year I might even get that done!  

Comment by Sandy Larkey yesterday

Pretty quilt, Handstitcher.  And Carla ...  How do you keep your big stitches so even?  I find that every time I try "big stitch" quilting, my stitches keep getting smaller till I might as well forget the big stitches and jusy do the kind og quilting I learned when I was 8 yrs, old.

Forgive the typos, people--I'm trying to type one-handed.  Sliced open my left index finger with my rotary cutter yesterday, doing something stupid.  Trying to cut lengths og yarn for a doll's  hair, after wrapping the yaen around one of my rulers, tried using the cutter to chop the yarn instead of getting my scissors.  The cutter slipped and I wound up with an inch and a half gash along the top of mt finger.  Missed the tendon, Thanks Be, but still a trip to the docter--it just wouldn't quit bleeding.  No stitches, but a tetanus shot.  Now my arm is sore, too.  Anyway, doctor says if I leave it alone--don't peek under the bandage--it should heal well.  But I've also got a sink full of dirty dishes!  Incidentally, I did get the doll's hair cut and sewn onto her head.  "Stubborn, Kirk, stubborn!"

The quilt the Lost Needles did as a fund raiser for the Nelson Volunteer Fire Department did VERY well at the silent auction--raised $450.  Turns out one of our group bought it.  She didn't make last Monday's meeting--she cut her finger, too!

I did get a fair amount of my Christmas sewing done; I made little sewing bags for everbody in the Lost Needles--10 of them.  The pattern came from the Connecting Treads catalog several years ago, as a kit with enough fabrics included to make 2 bags.  Easy enough to make--and I cleaned a lot of fabrics out of my stash! Each bag takes 2 fat quarters for the main (outside) of the bag; the pocket portion can be cut out of 1 fat, but another piece of fabric is necessary to do the pincushion in r=the center.  If anyone is interested: cut a 16 1/2 circle for the bag lining, cut 2 half circles, the same size--with /4" seam allowance through the middle.  Cut two 10" circles f  pockets, ad one 7" circle for the pincushion.  Sew the half-circles together with 1/4" seam allowance, leaves two gaps 3/4" wide 1 1/8" from the ends.  Use 1/8" seam allowances to sew the two pairs of circles together, slash the inside circle 3" and turn.  Sew two lines of stitching 1" and 1 3/4" from the outside edge of the large pair, run cord through for drawstring.  Divide the inner circle pair into 8ths and sew along these lines to the center of the large pair.  Cut a 4" diameter circle out of template plastic, stuff the 7" circle and put the template inside, then sew the pincushion to the center of the pocket piece.  This is the most difficult part of the whole project--has to be done by hand and, if you've adequately stuffed the pincushion, the @*# plastic keeps trying to come out.  Anyway, these are handly little bags to transport all your sewing tools--well, maybe not ALL.  And since it's your choice of fabric, you can make them as wild as you like. 

Tomorrow, Monday, is the Lost Needles Christmas Party, and I am making the dessert--Shoo-fly Pie.  And my husband says it would be best to bake it on the spot.  So today, I'm going to pre-bake the pie shells and measure out all the other ingredients, and take it to the Community Center in Tupperwares.  And assemble it all there--with my dirty bandage!  Doctor says to leave it on for a week  But he also did give me a whole bunch of latex gloves to put on over it! 

Well, Ellie Puppy is crying for her breakfast.  She rules this house with an iron paw!  Catch you all later.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE yesterday

What a beautiful vintage quilt, Diane.  I love seeing these tops become what the maker intended...a quilt.  I hope someone will do the same with my unfinished tops (if I die before all of mine are finished.)  

Comment by handstitcher/IL yesterday

Oh, that is lovely, Diane! I can’t wait to see it all laid out. Your quilting really makes pieced flowers and leaves pop!

Looking forward to seeing your completed Texas Star quilt, Carla. Trying new things and having fun is awhat it’s all about.

Comment by diane yesterday

still stitching away on this vintage top. it will get done, one stitch at a time!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE yesterday

Nice work, Carla!  After making quite a few baby quilts this year, I'm stalled out for the moment.  Still have plans on the work bench, but guess I'm taking time off to either get organized or wait for another deadline.  :D

Comment by Carla yesterday

Great little quilt Handstitcher!  I am sure it is happy it has been finally turned into a quilt.  I agree, Annette let the hand quilting begin.  I have a couple of quilts I thope to finish this winter.  I am finishing the quilting on the border of my Texas Star with some big stitching in several colors. A new adventure for me mixing up regular quilting with big stitch and using several colors of thread.  It's all quite fun!

Comment by AnnetteJ on Wednesday

Hi All,

Just popped in to say Merry Christmas to everyone.  Having company this week forced us into decking the halls, which always puts us both in the right frame of mind.  I've finished all my Christmas gifts which I like to do so I can take part in Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt.  But it's nearly time to sandwich this year's quilts and start handquilting.  Soon the "fun" will begin!

Comment by Janet/MO on November 28, 2018 at 2:05pm

I love your vintage quilt handstitcher!  It turned out lovely.  

Comment by handstitcher/IL on November 28, 2018 at 9:58am

Thanks, Jan and Cat Lady! I really enjoyed this one. The quilting in the pink sashing is just butterflies, no flowers. I bought the stencil at JoAnn Fabrics over the summer so they likely still carry it. 


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