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5 More to Go July 23, 2009

Posted by Pam in KC in hand quilting, Josh's Quilt.
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I finished hand quilting this block earlier this evening. I just needed to finish the stitching in two of the squares so it didn’t take long. Just had to sit in front of the quilt!

Next up, in theory, is the rail fence block.

In all of the other blocks, I’ve stitched 1/4″ around the pieces — but I have no desire to do that with this block, and it really doesn’t need that much quilting. So I don’t lose what little momentum I have, I may skip this block and go to the next one. To see a picture of the entire quilt, click here.


Piecing and Quilting Again July 22, 2009

Posted by Pam in KC in hand quilting, Josh's Quilt, SBS.
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It’s not a very big block, and it’s not finished, but I am finally piecing and quilting again.

Tonight I decided I had to piece. No way around it. It’s been a month since I sat at my sewing machine and I couldn’t stand it any longer. I didn’t want to start a new project (well, knew I shouldn’t) and currently don’t have a cutting space set up (I was eyeing the kitchen counter), so I checked to see what this week’s block on the Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler list is.

It’s D-6 Odd Fellow’s Block. It’s paper pieced, which is not normally my favorite technique, but with my limited cleared space it was perfect. I still have one section to go. Probably could have finished it tonight, but there was a new episode of Leverage on, so I sat at the quilting frame and stitched on my nephew’s quilt.

I haven’t put a stitch in it in ‘forever’ — my guess it’s been six weeks. After tonight’s quilting I still have about 1/8th of the current block to go.

Of course, the computers still need setup correctly, the office and studio still need to be cleaned, and now there’s even a larger pile of stuff on the other end of the sewing table.

Halfway There June 3, 2009

Posted by Pam in KC in hand quilting, Josh's Quilt.
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With these two blocks, I’m halfway through the handquilting on my nephew’s quilt. I still don’t know if I’ll get it finished by the end of the month or not.

Hand Quilting Update May 30, 2009

Posted by Pam in KC in hand quilting, Josh's Quilt, UFOs.
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I’ve completed 2 1/2 more blocks on my nephew’s quilt and have 9 1/2 more to go. I’d like to finish this quilt up by the end of June for my 2nd Quarter UFO, but I don’t know if I’ll get it done. I may have to pull out a baby quilt and quilt it to have a finish this quarter.

Hand Quilting Update May 11, 2009

Posted by Pam in KC in hand quilting, Josh's Quilt.
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Well, I’ve made it through three blocks since I got this wild hair last week. Using the floor frame has made a considerable difference in my speed. Seven not constantly in my lap has also helped my speed. At this rate, I think I can be assured Josh will get his quilt before he goes back to school in the fall.

She’s Still Helping Me May 9, 2009

Posted by Pam in KC in hand quilting, Josh's Quilt, Seven.
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Last night after finishing the Kansas Trouble block, I went back to the hand quilting. I really need to get some better lighting. I’m quilting with black thread on black and I simply can’t see. Seven’s help is hindering me as well.

I finally gave up on quilting in my lap. A different hoop might help, but Seven wants to be in my lap at the same time and it just doesn’t work well. So, I looked for my Q-Snap quilting frame which my parents bought me when I first started working on the DWR.

There’s been very little quilting done on the frame, but I did use it to hold a blanket I cross-stitched. Anyway, got the frame setup, quilt loaded and sure enough, it needed a QCC inspection. Yep, Seven thought it was a nice place to hang out. I finally convinced her it wasn’t a large hammock made especially for her and got to quilting.

I finished up the first block and started on the second block before going to bed. Who knows how much I’ll get done today.

Help with my Hand Quilting May 6, 2009

Posted by Pam in KC in hand quilting, Seven.
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Last evening while watching Dancing With the Stars, Seven kept trying to help me quilt. I persevered and got 1/4 of the first block quilted. When I got up, I sat the whole thing on the floor and went about my business. When I came back in, Seven was on top of the quilt ‘inspecting’ it as part of her duties as QCC – Quality Control Cat.

After the photo session, I moved the quilt.

QD is Home and I’m Hand Quilting? May 5, 2009

Posted by Pam in KC in dwr, hand quilting, Josh's Quilt, QD.
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I got a call from the repair shop today saying QD could come home! She’s cleaned and had two new light bulbs — and she’s still out in the car. I’ve got Miss Genie sitting in her spot and have gotten distracted with a bit of HAND QUILTING.

I don’t hand quilt, like I don’t hand applique. But both are changing. Several years ago I took a hand quilting class with the intention of learning to hand quilt so I could hand quilt my double wedding ring (DWR) quilt – the one that’s still not pieced.

Over the last two weeks, I got to thinking that I need to practice my hand quilting before I start on the DWR. Meanwhile, my nephew’s quilt still needs to have the pieced blocks quilted, and I haven’t figured out how/what to quilt. These two thoughts resulted in deciding to finish up the blocks on the quilt by hand.

There are 15 pieced blocks. Hopefully by the time I get to the last block, my quilting will be decent and I’ll have found a style that works for me. It’s slow going at the moment — I think I’ve only gotten through 1/8th of the first block so far.

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