Sunday, January 17, 2016

Getting over a hand quilting hump :)

Welcome Ya'll!  It is RAINING here on Florida's east coast as I write this post... we don't typically get much rain in the winter... so it is sooo soothing and refreshing to have a nice rain!!!

I know many who read this may be dealing with bone chilling cold... or if you are below the equator... summertime heat waves and fires... I pray for each of you and hope you will return that favor by leaving a comment today and praying for me as well!

When I shared with you on Wednesday I had just hit the halfway point in my Fall Wall Hanging... but it was slow moving because this block was coming up...
I am linking this post to Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday linky HERE.... hope you will come see what everyone is stitching today :)

So when I got to this block ... I still had no firm plan for the center... behind that cool embroidery is thick stabilizer that I couldn't remove as the stitching is so busy... I trimmed what I could before adding it to the quilt ;)  But I wondered how it would stitch up!

Well I worked through the smaller blocks until I reached this bigger block and took a deep breath and thought about it....
AFTER stitching around the pumpkin itself and the entire embroidery design it became clear I needed a good solid base for this floating pumpkin to hold it down...  Crosshatching worked perfectly!!!

To mark this block I used this pencil by CLOVER...
It says it is water soluble... but i had never used it to make sure.. I tested a small area before marking my whole block and it did wipe off quite easily once wet... so away I went!

Before I knew it the pumpkin block was all finished and it was time to decide on the color of the leaf border I had already decided on for the grey border on 2 sides of this block...
With the help of friends.. and real life experience... I decided on the black variegated to grey Valdani 12 wt thread...

I stopped for a pic at the halfway point to make sure it would show up properly when photoed... I LOVE this thread!
 And here is the block I completed yesterday :)
I got so excited I started working feverishly on the blocks surrounding this one but really wanted to view this block without the remaining white marks... so I thought I would show you HOW I DO IT!

First get a spray bottle you can fill with water.. plain tap water works fine.. and spritz your entire block while it is laying flat to absorb that water into the batting a bit..
I let this sit about 5 minutes or so then got a nubby rag and started wiping the marks away....
Once it dried... even though when wet I could see them ... the marks were all gone... I expect when I wash it with soap and water in the washer when finished all residual remains of this pencil I am using will be gone :)  Yipeee!!!!

Also this week I have participated in a BOM.. it is properly called #WDBOM2016!  You can find details on Wendy's blog HERE... Wehago Designs Block of the Month 2016 is what the hashtag is short for though :)
I sooo enjoyed making this BOM .. it was fun walking down memory lane from the quilts I have made to choose these fabrics.... these fabrics were leftovers from Kimber's Memory Quilt... the bright fun blue is vintage fabric and didn't make her quilt... but I had pulled and had hoped to use it there so I used it here instead :)  Yay!

I also found out there was a need for 12" finished 9 patch blocks for fire victims from brush fires in Australia... one lady name Shari is collecting these blocks and will make quilts from them ... I sent these 4...
I didn't crop this shot because I wanted to show off a bit of the vintage bunting Wendy made me and now hangs over my design wall... and you can see a fun disappearing 4 patch block I made up too!  (Next to my 9 patch in the bottom half of the pic!)

Well .. I want to make good slow stitching progress today... only 9 little blocks to stitch before the center is complete on this wall hanging!!!  Yay :)  Join us over at Kathy's.. follow the link above ! :)

Until my next post please remember to handle your life with care as...


  1. How pretty both of these projects are ; enjoy your stitching to a gentle rain today ! :)

  2. Your finished quilt block is lovely! Looks like you are having fun making those nine blocks!

  3. I love how you quilted that pumpkin block. The cross-hatching and vines complement it perfectly.

  4. You have been busy! Love your quilting on the pumpkin block. Have fun stitching today.

  5. pumpkin block looks great - all the pencil marks should come out - only chalk pencil I ever had trouble with was yellow

  6. Both you projects are coming along nicely, love how you quilted the pumpkin block and border. Love those 9 patch blocks

  7. Love the jack-o-lantern block as well as your 9 patch blocks. You are moving right along.

  8. Nice projects, especially your pumpkin!

  9. The quilting on your pumpkin block is perfect!


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