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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 handstitcher/IL on February 14, 2018 at 6:32pm

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 February 14, 2018 at 12:57pm

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

Comment by Barbara Dieckmann on February 13, 2018 at 6:29pm

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 February 12, 2018 at 7:09pm

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

Comment by AnnetteJ on February 9, 2018 at 4:36pm

Lovely banner, Barbara.  And what a nice gesture both ways.  Hard for me to consider a/c as we sit here in Western Canada with -20C temps.

It's tough for me, being stuck indoors.  Dangerous even...as I start yet another quilt, LOL.  I was doing really well but the lure of needleturn grabbed hold of me and I weakened.  I started with a pattern called Pennsylvania Heritage by Jeni Buechel.  I bought the patterns in 2003 and thought it's time was up.  But after prepping a few blocks, I realized that I'm no longer up to this challenge.  With pieces no larger than my fingernail, I figured finally I'd just rather do something else...anything else, BG.  So instead I've started Thanksgiving, a pattern from Quilters Newsletter about 10 years ago.  The pieces are lovely and large, perfect!  I don't feel like anything too challenging this year.  Anyone else experience this?

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on January 31, 2018 at 11:36am

Barbara, I love all the symbolic pieces you have in your banner. What a wonderful way of saying Thank you.

Comment by handstitcher/IL on January 31, 2018 at 4:28am

Just beautiful, Barbara! I'm sure your sister's church will love it! I love your creative use of colors and fabrics.

Comment by Barbara Dieckmann on January 30, 2018 at 7:38pm

finally got the applique done on my little banner for my sis's church in thanksgiving for helping me get a little room A/C so I have a cool spot to be when wicked hot days hit while I save for replacement of my failed house A/C.  I plan to use big stitch and some other embroidery type stitches to add further details.  Took me a while to figure out the wheat, then I remembered my ultrasuede -- wonderful stuff for teeny tiny bits.  Y'all have inspired me to keep on plugging away on my better hand days.


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