Sunday, July 23, 2017

Slow and Loving Stitches Here!!!

Happy Sunday Y'all!!!
 This week I have had a very busy week to be slow stitching... but I find the beginning of a project busy as I gather supplies and make final design decisions on the hand quilting...  So I have been to the beach a few times!

We also were celebrating here more this week... my honey celebrated his birthday this week!  This was a pic I posted on facebook :)
 My bestie Connie took a couple of good shots of us when she was here... nice to have an ocean background as that is our fave place of late!
There is NOTHING to me besides hand quilting that equals beach visits for therapy of the soul!!!

Speaking of stitching let me show you the progress I have made slow stitching on this beauty Amethyst Stars...
I shared this planned stencil to use on the outer border...
 Here is where I marked it with Pounce Chalk... and enhanced those markings as I went along with a chalk pen I have...
 Here is the right side stitched up...
 Here is the joined area... this is a directional stencil... so because of that at the center of the sides, top and bottom I have a "join" area to deal with... which I prefer actually so it is all good...
 And here is that joined area stitched and cleaned and dry :D
 Here is a fun photo I caught in the early morning one day this week too...
 Thought you would enjoy that shot! I love catching the stitching in different light.

Here is the inner border in the design I had planned... and argyl-esque look with 2 colors of perle cotton in use here...
Here is a shot of the "Argyling" I did... it looks oh so cool in real life.. I hope that is captured in these photos taken with my iPhone though! lol
Now I have rolled the quilt yet again (yep that is twice in a week!!!) and have ordered some stencils... I get stencils from 2 different places... The Stencil Company and Quilting Stencils International.  Both can be google searched and ship in the USA as well as overseas for a price I think!  I had exhausted the fun charm square sized stencils from the first place so I checked out the second place... I am now patiently... NOT... waiting for my stencils to arrive via mail.

I do wish there were local hand quilting outlets... I live 1 hour from a big city but there is no hand quilting shops near me ... so most of my shopping is done online.  So I wait PATIENTLY! lol

As I wait I am using the stencils I had in my stash/or had ordered from the first mentioned place anticipating my need for charm sized stencil designs.  In this shot you can see my markings from a stencil to the far right charm square...
 And in this shot you can see that charm square is now stitched ... as are the 3 stars ...
So how many different threads am I using on this quilt all together you may wonder??! hahaha... let me share this shot with you then...
Yep, I am using Aurifil 28/2, YLI 40/3, Valdani 12 wt perle I get from the Rusty Crow online shop, and DMC 12 wt perle cotton too!!!  Each different brand has it's own texture though so just like using lots of fabrics can make a quilt scrappy.. using lots of different types of threads can make it more scrappy in it's finish too... I only bought a couple of these for this quilt... the rest if from stash!  I LOVE THREAD!!! lol

And here is my Pounce marking pad...
It comes in white, blue and pink ... there is a good video on YouTube by Leah Day showing how to properly use a pounce marker... there is a definite learning curve to this way of marking... and when you "charge " it to use you have to whack it against something pretty firmly and it makes a startling noise to others around who may not be expecting it! lol  So if you need a quiet environment or quilt with others in the room work out a communication for when you are charging your pad to mark is my advice :D

I have a Facebook group that I started several years ago... it hums along usually but of late has been languishing... so I am trying to resuscitate it...

 Here is the group name and the Facebook header I just put up this morning :)  I have been so preoccupied with my honey and his health and my own health concerns... I am just getting back to keeping up with things I enjoy like this Facebook group <3  If you are interested in quilty talk and sharing in a small group setting... as to join in this group if you like!  Would love to get to know you each better... if you aren't already in my group that is.

Also to add to my productivity this week I straightened my sewing room quite a bit...

 The top shot is my 401a (on the left) ~ Zena, and my 301a ~ Gloria ready for action... you can see my design wall and ironing surface there too... then below to the left is my cutting surface and it is MUCH tidier.

My bestie gave me that cool wood ruler organizer/holder over a month ago... I finally made a space for it and put a note she left me LAST summer on it along with my small cutting mat and my most commonly used rulers :)

To the bottom right is a collage I made of my next project coming up to piece and thus the reason my sewing room needed this tidy.  I now have all the major cuts made to this Christmas wall hanging... you can see the red and green and white with grey fabrics I am using... this will be a wall hanging for the foyer when the season arrives I am hoping!  While I was ordering the white/grey fabric during a clearance sale online... I found some remnant pieces I felt needed to be added to my existing stash to enhance it! lol  They will be used on a future quilt I am planning also!






Here is a closer up shot of my 401a... Zena... with the cool pin cushion my bestie gifted me for my birthday... I sent it to the lady on etsy that fashioned it from vintage stuff ... and filled it at my request with walnut shells!  It is weighty and useful... I LOVE LOVE LOVE it <3









Here is a cool way to use art to decorate and say something meaningful too that I found on Pinterest I think.  I sent it to my daughter but it has spoken to me also...
 I haven't heard from my daughter since the 4th of July (my birthday) .. hoping all is well with her and helping her to see a silver lining if life isn't working out as she thought it might!

For now I encourage you to each ...
Stitch and enjoy... come over to Kathy's Quilts to see what others are slow stitching this week too... that is where I will be posting this too!!   HERE is a direct link to make it easy for ya! :)  She has a fun interpretation of this too... this is just mine because it has the ocean in it!!!💕

Y'all ... there is PLENTY of meanness in our world of late... please be the change in your area... I will be in mine by showing my love to others... won't you try it too?!!!  

Have a blessed Sunday and a great upcoming week and grab the opportunity to make a difference around you!

10 comments:

  1. I bought the Pounce in 2 colors a few years ago and have never used it, was getting ready to get rid of it. I tend to mark my quilts after I baste them, have you used the Pounce like that? I might give it a try if it works that way.

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  2. I have never used the pounce pad, but it looks like it works very well with your stencils. Your new quilt is so pretty. There is a lot of meanness today... and the phrase 'be the change' has popped in my mind a lot lately. I hope your daughter is doing well.

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  3. LOVE the photos of your hand quilting! The texture of the stitches on the green border is so beautiful! Thanks for linking up!

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  4. The border stencils you are using is one of my favorites for hand quilting but I've never thought to use it to change directions. What a wonderful idea! Your quilt is going to be so pretty with all the different colors and textures of thread. You go girl! I don't do facebook or I'd be glad to join your group. I don't need any more distractions in life. I'm glad to hear your husband's health is doing better. Happy stitching this week!

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  5. The join on the border is fabulous. Sometimes those changes in patterns add great visual interest.

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  6. Your quilting is looking great. My one attempt at using my Pounce did not go well. I will have to check out that video link.

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  7. i took a quilt marking class with pepper cory once....she showed how to use the pounce by demonstrating on the sheraton's carpet...lol....worked great!

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  8. Oh my Kathi, you have had a productive week including writing such an informative post. My next marking tool will be a pounce pad per this post and a previous when you first started using one. Since I don't have a quilt top ready to be quilted, I can wait to purchase one at a quilt store or an upcoming quilt show. Sometimes we can't buy quilt items locally even being in a metropolitan area. Take care.

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  9. Your hand quilting is just gorgeous!!

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