Belle of the Ball is moving quite quickly now because I have been able to work on it for a little bit everyday. I have been consuming large amounts of protein daily and it helps my nervous system and muscles greatly. In just a few days time, I was able not only to hold a needle securely, but my stitches are smaller and more uniform.
I also discovered something wonderful that I would like to share with all hand-quilters and that is the use of children’s scissors. I have a really bad habit of leaving my scissors laying on my quilts while I work, often with the sheath laying next to them. My husband is always taking them off of the quilt and telling me that I am going to damage my quilts by doing this. I knew he was right, (please don’t tell him I said that), so after years of him lecturing me, I decided to try out some kid scissors. These are from when my oldest son, now 26, was a small child. As long as I add a bit of tension to the thread that I am going to cut, the scissors cut cleanly leaving no stray fibers to interfere with needle threading. It is the perfect solution for me. They also work great when dropped into an impromptu sewing bag when traveling with your work.
As today is the Hand Quilting Sew-along Sunday, I hope you will take a few moments to hope over to the other blogs listed below, inspiration is awaiting you!