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What are you working on now?

Started by Peggy Stuart. Last reply by Peggy Stuart Oct 13, 2014. 27 Replies

And then there's the thread issue <G>

Started by AnnetteJ. Last reply by AidaCJ/NH Mar 13, 2014. 17 Replies

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Comment by QuiltDragon on Thursday

Barbara, I'm on the side of doing what you like and making your quilts fit your personality. I would go with the Batik.

I've got minor arthritis and some carpal tunnel, so I definitely know how it effects handwork. I love hand quilting, but the reality is that I couldn't do a whole quilt, so I do hand applique and then quilt it myself on my Pfaff mid-arm.

Comment by Mary Britton on Thursday

Barbara, if you aren't planning on entering it in competition, just leave it. Finished is better than perfect! If anyone is rude enough to ask, tell them you planned it that way.

Comment by Barbara Dieckmann on Thursday

always good to get a few extra opinions, and I appreciate yours.  I do have a huge tendency to be over critical of my work, tho I have been working at being less so.  There is no way the quality of my applique would approach these blocks if i were to do them today.  I know I was exceedingly vexed with myself back then looking at these sashing strips as I prepared to trim them and the blocks to size for setting into a top.  Life's lessons, hmmm?  Being content with what is and looking to enhance relationships with others

Comment by AnnetteJ on Thursday

Barbara, Elly S. once told us in class to make sure to leave something in each quilt that would have those who come after say "What was she thinking?". I agree with her.  I like to leave something that will make people think, or giggle or have some reaction other than 'That's a pretty quilt.' I'll certainly take 'That's pretty' but quite honestly, a giggle, a smile, a twinkle or a puzzled look makes me much happier.

Comment by handstitcher/IL on Thursday

I vote for whimsical variation! I love seeing things like that in vintage quilts and wondering if they were a mistake or planned that way. Adds character and individuality to a quilt.

Comment by Patricia4 on Wednesday

Barbara I would leave them just as they are, truly!  I like it as is, very much!

Comment by Barbara Dieckmann on Wednesday

While searching thru my bins in my studio for a bit of indigo batik to bind that part of my spirit banner, I found a set of blocks with sashing ready to trim up so I could set them all into a top.  Long forgotten blocks, sadly.  I remembered making them just before I had the accident in 2006 that left my left shoulder pretty bound up and I stopped being creative for far too long.  Took another fall to tear loose most of the adhesions from that long ago injury, leaving me with intensified RSD symptoms, but a shoulder that was usable again after I had recovered from that fall in 2015!  Fair trade in my book. 

Looking at these bright batik flowers in blue vases, I remembered my disgust at discovering in my hurry to piece a few more 4-patches for the pieced sashing that they were made a bit bigger, and mixed in with the rest.  so the whole set was stuffed into that cubby to be dealt with when I returned from the trip back to California and had that nasty accident leaving my shoulder so limited in function. 

What's your opinion?  Gross ugly error, or whimsical variation of the size in line of turquoise squares?

Comment by AnnetteJ on Tuesday

Oh, Dear.  That's what stopped me handquilting last Spring.  It's just now feeling better.  I will start again in April when we get home from Vancouver Island.  I can hardly wait to go.  It was -31C when we got up this morning but by afternoon it was  only -7.  No wonder my joints rebel, LOL.

Comment by handstitcher/IL on February 11, 2018 at 2:52pm

I think it happens to all of us, Annette, at least those of us who are old enough to feel our age. I know I should rotate my days among different types of needlework, but once you get going on one, it's hard to stop. There's nothing wrong with working on something that's easier on the body, especially if you will enjoy it. 

Today is our ninth consecutive day of snow, including a snow day from school on Friday. I knew it would be a snow day when DH went out of town on Thursday. Always works that way. Now I'm suffering from "golfer's elbow" from the shoveling. I had a bad bout in 2011, but have been pretty good since then. Hope this won't impact my stitching too much.

Comment by Barbara Dieckmann on February 9, 2018 at 6:12pm

indeed, tis a problem for me also...especially on bad hand days, so I piece if I have stuff already cut (sloppy control on a cutter is verra bad), or dream about possiblities whilst doing other things.  Always inspirational to do a fabric pull and play with Electric Quilt.  Housebound..sloppy hands = erratic control of things like steering wheel of car, so I do not drive, either.  I can still do some of the fine, tiny applique on good hand days, but they come far less often these days.  I've learned to be a little less of a perfectionist re: size of stitches.  I keep telling myself, from actual viewing range, no one is going to notice my stitches in their varying degrees of clumsiness.  The process of hand applique in itself is soothing, and very much worth the doing.  I like hand quilting for same reasons, and prefer the softer look it gives to the finished quilt.  One day I will actually finish some of my in midst of being quilted prises...block at a time is doable...hard to start up again looking at the whole thing, keep thinking why ever did I make full size quilts, even if half the blocks are pieced to set off the applique ones


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