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Annette, I change needles when they 01) break; 02) become very difficult to pull through the fabric-get dull; or 03) bend to the point I cannot quilt a straight line. I normally only thread one at a time, although I may have many different needles going in different places and directions on the quilt depending on the design I am quilting. And I quilt until I need to stop to do something else (like fix a meal) or when my bladder says I really need to get a move on (and with age that seems to mean more breaks than it used to).
Janet, hopefully the carotid artery repair will also help with the TIAs. Take a sweater with you just in case, I know they like to keep the surgery waiting room here at the KC VA cold. Good idea to take some handwork with you. I have sewn on many projects while in waiting areas.
I change my needles when they break. I use 12's and they seem to bend and snap after I crank on them awhile. I've never threaded 20 needles at a time, but I can definitely see the benefits of doing so. It would enable one to quilt very quickly.
When I was cross-stitching, others would thread all of their needles to enable switching colors easily. I just never got into the habit, but they could finish their projects much more quickly than what I did.
Good Morning Everyone! I've been away for ages it seems and see that you have all gen super busy too.
First, I want to say to Janet that although your husband's surgery is cause for concern, no doubt about that, maybe my story will help see that concern a but for you. Our next door neighbour had a heart attack in his mid 40s. After he recovered, he embraced the idea of a gym and goes every day without fail and sometimes twice a day. He also goes for a walk every day. About 10 years ago, he had carotid artery surgery and has recovered, again with the gym! He is probably the fittest 75 year old I know and maybe the fittest man I know, lol. He's limping now and I think it's his knees again. He's had knee replacement...I joked with him that he's worn them out...but he's determined. Both his wife and I are short, heavy women and neither of us are fit but are in awe of his determination. I will keep your DH in my prayers and hope you have a good support group as well. Life on this side of 60 has its challenges.
Now I have a ?? for you all. As I'm quilting my Baltimore Garden...finally...the top was finished in 2012!...I am wondering how often you change your needles? I thread 20 needles at a time and once those are used, I go do something else for a while. Let me know,could you please?
Hi Carla. Thanks for asking. He is doing okay although we do think he had another minor TIA last week. His surgery is scheduled for Oct 25th & we sure hope he feels much more energetic afterwards! He has been making an effort to get things done around the house that he has put off. I think partially to take his mind off this & partially out of concern that I would be left with having to hire someone if something happened to him.
Oh what a lovely quilt! I agree you must be pleased with being able to finish them. I remember seeing my first old quilts and thinking how I wish I could do that. Must be something in our genes to want to spend so much time expecially in todays world where everything moves so fast.
Janet, How is your hubby doing?
Handstitcher, lucky you. To have these beauties plus the provenance is so rare. I am so glad your grandmother saved them. Today’s generation would have trashed them by now.
Yes, I feel very fortunate to have these tops. I found them in a trunk in my grandmother’s attic when she was getting ready to sell her house in 1983 (at the age of 90). I loved quilts even then, although I’d only seen a few. Wanting to finish these tops is how I became a quilter. I asked my grandmother why these tops had been saved, since they were never finished. My grandmother replied, “Well, we would never throw away Grandma Coonley’s quilt tops!” I’m hoping that by finishing and documenting these quilts, that they will stay in the family in years to come.
Thanks handstitcher. We are a bit nervous about this surgery, but we know deep in our hearts that he will feel so much better afterwards.
I love the quilt you are finishing. What an honor to be able to finish those tops. Your g-g-grandmother would be so pleased.
Handstitcher, your endeavors are truly a love of family. Those are some bright double pinks in the top.
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