Playing Catch-up

My internet connection has been down for the past several days so I have had plenty of time to play catch-up on all my unfinished projects. First, and most importantly to me, is finishing my Independence Park quilt. I have never had a quilt take me as long as this one has, but then again I have had a lot going on in my professional and private life over the last year and a half. I am anxious to get it done though, so I have been devoting more time to it. Out of 42 block, I am now on # 34, hopefully I will be able to finish this block today.

34:42

It takes me 2 days (3 hrs each day) to complete one block and the accompanying sashing. My goal is to have the last 7 block completed within 2 weeks.

What I have finished is the Hungarian Posies table runner…finally. I love this block and I love the way the table topper turned out, but I am finished with machine quilting for a while. To say that I hate machine quilting is an understatement. I do not dislike the act of machine quilting, but rather the results that it produces. Even on large professional machines, I rarely like the end results, so I am going to put important pieces aside until I can hand quilt them.

I have also added two more Dutch Windmill blocks to my So Scrappy quilt along, even though they are the colors from 2 months ago…

…and the Crossroads blocks, including this months Orange.

Orange 2

 

Happy Creating Everyone!!

 

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7 thoughts on “Playing Catch-up

    • Those are all beautiful, and I bet you are having fun with all of them! Your hand quilting is just awesome; I think yours is the first I’ve seen with different colors, and I really like that concept. What thread do you like for handquilting? Is the special hand quilting thread a definite yes, or do you prefer something else?

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      • For this quilt Kathy, I have been using only the threads that I have on hand: cotton of various weights, Poly covered cotton and even (gasp) polyester. My favorite threads however are King Tut in 40 weight and Sulky 30 weight. All the white that I quilted was done with a 20 weight Coats and Clark. There is a new company though that I discovered last week, http://www.valdani.com. I haven’t tried their threads yet, but I think I might purchase some before starting the next quilt.

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        • Ooh! Thanks for this great information. I have some hand quilting to do, and I have always wondered about the thread weight etc. though I know my grandma never had those kinds of choices! This helps a lot!

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