Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The trifecta of quilting bliss!

Today was my last day at home alone for this Thanksgiving break.  Tomorrow, I'll collect the kids from school and head north to spend Thanksgiving with my family.  I'm really looking forward to it, but in the meantime, I've been doing my best to take advantage of these hours alone at home.

I spent my day enjoying the three parts of quilting that I love most - hand quilting, piecing and pulling fabrics.

First, I pulled out my niece's quilt.  She's turning two in a month, and I still haven't given it to her!  I'm determined to have it under the tree for her this year, along with a handmade stuffed animal, a sample from my shop.  Hand quilting takes me FOREVER, but I'm doing simple straight lines, so it shouldn't take too long.  I hate marking quilts, so I use painter's tape - anyone else do that?
My niece's quilt top
How I love sitting under a quilt while I hand quilt it!
I helped make this giraffe sample when I owned my shop.  Now that I no longer own the shop, samples make great gifts!

Then I went back to the Christmas quilt.  What does it say about me that I am already a bit bored with that project?  But just you wait - by the time this break is over, I'll have a completed top. 
On the couch back, since I don't have a design wall.  And terrible lighting - it sure does get dark early here in Massachusetts

Then, so I'm ready to jump into the fray when I return from my mom's house in New Hampshire, I pulled my fabrics for Bonnie Hunter's new mystery, On Ringo Lake.  The first clue goes live on Friday.
Chocolate browns, aquas to turquoise, coral to melon ,and neutrals

I won't be back on here until after Thanksgiving, so have a great one, everyone!


Julie Fukuda said...

So great to see your post. This is a good time of year for sitting under a quilt, even one you are finishing up. I have marked quilting lines with tape but have never seen that kind. Great idea. Bonnie Hunter's quilts always are great. I wish there was a pattern for people like me who work by hand. Have a super holiday.

The Cozy Quilter said...

I have often used painters tape when marking a quilt for hand quilting. You have had a very productive week! Have a wonderful thanksgiving with your family!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I haven't used painters tape for hand quilting, but, I do have some 1/4" quilting tape, that can be used several times before the sticky quits. Happy Thanksgiving! It's just the 3 of us (hubby and grown son), so, it will be a very quiet day for us (son works nights, sleeps days).

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

I do't do handquilting - but I love the quilt you are hand quilting! it is beautiful!