Much to my dismay, progress on the Rose Garden quilt has been slow. When I started the quilting process I searched for a quilting design that would complement the roses and I think I went a bit over board, because it is taking way too long to sew and it is causing problems with the backing shifting while I work. So I have stopped all the detail work for a while, while I complete a stitch in a ditch around each block and each sashing piece. This seems to be helping a lot, much better than the safety pins alone.
Since my last posting I have been only able to complete one whole 12″ block and the accompanying sashing. I sit every evening to work on it, but some days my right hand simply does not want to comply with what my brain it telling it to do. My stitches become irregular sizes and the needle keeps popping up out of the fabric when I do the first of a series of stitches. It’s really quite frustrating. Some evenings, I give up all together after only a few minutes. I have to keep reminding myself that slow and steady wins the race.
I have a mantra now when I sit to quilt in the evening, it’s from one my favorite children’s books The Little Engine that Could: I think I can, I think I can… Believe it or not, it does help a bit.
If you would like to know more about this hand quilting, quilt along, you can contact Kathy at https://livinginrapidcity.wordpress.com. She would be happy to fill you in on the details and add you to the list if you would like. You can also visit the other quilters who are participating in this little project at the following sites: