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Comment by Carla on April 8, 2018 at 9:38am

Diane that has been my attitude lately, just stitch when I have time and enjoy the progress. I really don't have a need to make a quilt so I keep playing with my strings and have made quite a few string blocks.  I won't baste my next quilt for hand quilting till fall.  I will make hourglass blocks this summer as time permits.  

Comment by Janet/MO on April 7, 2018 at 7:22am

Speaking of cold temps, our weather here in Mid-Missouri is all over the place too.  Wed it was gorgeous with temps in the mid-60's.  Really felt like spring.  Then it has gotten cold again with the possibility of snow again tomorrow.  

I saw a funny post on Facebook yesterday.  It showed a cardinal all dressed up with a winter coat, ear muffs & mittens.  The caption basically said: Spring forward - just how far forward did you kick it?"  LOL  

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 7, 2018 at 6:28am

Diane, you always seem to be in the right place, right time for great finds/rescues.  How fun!  I like sewing on the vintage machines as well.  

Carla, right now 47 would feel like a heat wave!  :)  I just have to remember that summer is coming.  

Comment by diane on April 7, 2018 at 6:12am

yes cold all over! we are expected to get more snow tomorrow, we had an overnight temp of 14. I went to an auction Wednesday and bought a box that had 3 quilt tops and a cutter quilt in it for $3! My "good" machine has been in the shop for the last week so I am giving all my vintage machines a go. So far I've had 4 of them out switching from different projects. It's been fun seeing what beautiful stitches these machines are still capable of doing.

Still plugging away at the vintage quilt top a friend gave me. I only quilt on it at night while watching tv so it's slow going. No rush though just enjoy the journey

Comment by Carla on April 7, 2018 at 5:40am

I remember that wives tale when I was growing up and it always seemed to come true.  Chilly here in Texas today too for April only suppose to reach 47 today! Burr!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 7, 2018 at 5:30am

Good morning all!  It was 8 degrees (F) here this morning.  December weather, not typical for April.  We had snow yesterday, but not as much as they predicted.  We had 6" snow Easter Sunday.  An elderly ranchwife in our area recalled an Old Wives' Tale that said if there was snow on Easter, we would have moisture the following 7 weekends.  So far (week 1), she's on track.  We'll see what the next 6 weekends bring.  :)  

Nothing to show in my quilting hoop except a table runner project that is a couple of years old.  Sad.  

I do have a baby quilt in progress.  Just setting the disappearing 4-patch blocks together.  Three new babies are expected in our extended family, so baby quilts will be in the works for a little while to come.  I'm having fun "shopping my stash" for projects lately.  

I've been knitting in the evenings.  A fun and challenging (for me) change of pace.  

We're seeing some green grass here as well, but the extremely low temp will set it back some.  We need some sun and warmer days for sure.  

Comment by Carla on April 6, 2018 at 8:22pm

Hey everyone!  I just got back from Seattle today. Tom and I drove out in four days stopping by the Grand Canyon and spent 9 days with my daughter and her family Then we drove back thru Colorado. We were fortunate to have great weather.  But it's good to be back home. Now to get caught up on some chores so I can get back to some quilting, so nothing in the hoop right now.  I have enough strings to make a few more string blocks so that will be where I start.

Beautiful project Handstitcher!  Janet good job working diligently on your ufos.  Sandy glad you could figure out how to use those applique pieces.  Annette, luckily we had good weather going thru the passes. We did see snow but the roads were clear and dry.  Hope you get some warmer weather soon. It was really good to see some green as we got closer to home today.  Spring seems to be late here too!

Comment by handstitcher/IL on April 1, 2018 at 8:22am

From what I've read on this site, some people have been using Essential thread for hand quilting and have been pleased with it. I don't believe that CT sells thread specifically for hand quilting. Hope this helps! 

Comment by AnnetteJ on April 1, 2018 at 8:09am

Happy Easter Everyone!  Yesterday I started quilting a pinwheel quilt I made for my brother.  I began wondering...I've seen that a lot of people are using CT thread for handquilting.  Does anyone know if it's their Essentials Thread or is there one I'm not seeing?

We have snow...a LOT of snow with more coming mid-week.  Thus seems to be the winter that just won't quit!  Normally by April we have The Big Melt going for us, with people getting their first sunburn of the summer.  But certainly not this year.  There is hope though.  Even though it was -9C here yesterday, the sun was warm and the drippy icicles were melting.  Too laughable!

Time to get the turkey roll out.  Let me know about the thread,could you please?

Comment by Janet/MO on March 28, 2018 at 6:30pm

Thanks handstitcher.  Yes it definitely feels good whenever I put that last stitch in a quilt, but especially the ones that have languished for way too long.  I hope to have another one done by midnight Sat.  That will be my 2nd one for March.  

Sandy, I hope your friend is able to take a pic of the quilt.  Some times it feels like solving a puzzle to figure out how things go together, but it is fun to do that.  


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