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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Re-Negotiating My Quilting Efforts

I've been taking a Sabbatical from quilting. Somehow I hadn't done a lot of quilting for the past two years...too many other things in life along with lack of enthusiasm.

I've had a Hobbs wool batt in the closet for about ten years. (In the last ten years we've moved three times!) The first cold days in November I decided to get out that wool batt and use it on a twin-size shirt quilt. I've always machine-quilted my shirt quilts but somehow couldn't bring myself to remove the computer printer from atop the cabinet where my 'main quilting machine', a black Singer 15-91, is tucked away.

That is a strange sort of "lazy". Instead I'm hand-quilting this one. (I didn't say I had a good sense of reason!) I had heard that wool batts are very easy to needle and I must admit I believe that is true. For in spite of the high thread-count of all-cotton shirt fabrics, this hand quilting is going along very nicely. (Click on the photo for a closeup)

I thumbed through my quilt templates and decided, 'No, I don't want to do some tedious fancy quilting.' So instead, I'm using a salad plate, a bread plate and a cup to draw the circles (plus stitching again 1/4 inch from two of the circles. Nothing fancy, mind you, but I'm going to have a warm nap quilt when I am done. About July 2009 just when I need one.

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  • At November 22, 2008 at 12:01 PM , Blogger Kathi in Idaho said...

    I really like the circle effect. Will have to remember to try that the next time I have a HQ project.


  • At November 22, 2008 at 1:40 PM , Blogger littlefrog said...

    I love the Hobbs wool batting, too! The needle glides through so easily, it quilts like a dream, I'd always use it again for a warm quilt.
    Sue in Germany

  • At November 22, 2008 at 2:55 PM , Blogger Marion in NZ. said...

    It may be "a strange sort of lazy" but I would agree that hand quilting is far less stessful than machine quilting ! The circles are very effective too. Well done ! This quilt should renew your enthusiasm !

  • At November 22, 2008 at 5:28 PM , Blogger NancyH said...

    Nice quilt! Your alternate blocks of 1/4-square triangle is very effective - I always forget about using that one. It makes a sort of square-in-a-square effect and makes the quilt very interesting to look at. Good work!! NancyH

  • At November 22, 2008 at 7:10 PM , Blogger Jill from Portland said...

    It's beautiful!
    Can we see the whole quilt, you know it's driving us crazy! Jill

  • At November 23, 2008 at 8:07 AM , Blogger Sara in Florida said...

    Such even patchwork! And hand quilting also, gee I'm impressed. Just sitting with it in your lap and quilting it will keep you warm. The creative juices will comfort your body and soul.
    Sara in Fla.

  • At November 23, 2008 at 1:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Your quilt is awesome!! I am truly inspired by your work. Have not done much in the qay of quilting for several months now, but your quilt has the energy flowing again. Thank you so very much for sharing this beautiful quilt.
    Paat in Flint


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