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One Block Closer September 16, 2009

Posted by Pam in KC in hand quilting, jay leno, Josh's Quilt.
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It’s not like I’m doing any fancy quilting — just stitching 1/4 inch from each seam. But why does it take me so long to get it done?

I suppose not sitting in front of the quilting frame might be part of it. This week I’ve stopped whatever I was doing and plopped myself down in front of the quilting frame at 9 PM Central for an hour. Tonight I kept going until I finished this block.

When I ‘watch’ television, I can’t just sit there and do nothing. I’m reading a book during commercials or flipping though quilting magazines. Hand quilting doesn’t work for me, unless I can just ‘listen’ and look up only when it sounds like I need to see what is going on. Jay Leno’s new show is perfect for this. I can listen to the monologue and interviews and look up during the sketches.

I probably won’t try to quilt with black thread on black fabric again either. There simply isn’t enough light to make that easy. But tonight I ran out of my cheap 1/4 inch masking tape and had to pull out the 1/4 Tiger tape. That worked really well on the black dotted fabric – and my stitches are more even — not that anyone will be able to see that.

Four more blocks to go and then I can pull this quilt off the frame and machine quilt the borders. Surely if I watch Leno for an hour each week night I’ll get this finished by the October 15th.