Sunday, September 8, 2019

50% Complete is in Sight for the Swoon hand quilting project!!!

Welcome to my Celebratory Sunday post this weekend 💖
 I have been steadily hand quilting all week this week!!!  Monday I did visit with my friend Jannessa some though...

She brought her Singer Featherweight - Centennial Edition over and her new vintage darning foot and gave it a thorough work out fmq-ing the wall hanging I worked on all week!!!
 And here is a fuzzy photo of her wall hanging I made and she finished up with her special stitching style... I did hand quilt the outer edge swirls... and stitched down the binding around the hexi shaped wall hanging :D
 More to come on this later on as it was actually a secret project I have worked on and Jannessa offered to help me with the fmq ending... then I surprised her with the gift of it to keep ... she hung it on a wall in her kitchen where she sees it every day 💞

I have also been working just a bit on my squares for the crochet quilt to be...
The rest of the week I focused on remembering to use my thimbles and hand quilting my bestie Connie's queen sized Swoon Quilt ...
and THIS is the reason for the celebration!!!!!

I am linking this blog post therefore to my fave gathering of hand quilters:
Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching HERE where she is sharing a mini hand stitching retreat she enjoyed!

And to hand quilting and stitching lovers down under in New Zealand:
Wendy's Peacock Party HERE where she also chats about guilds and shares a few lovely quilts from her endeavors there ;)

Last but not Least... my newest Linky of hand quilting enthusiasts include all these bloggers in  Hand Quilt Along Links in purple... click on a name to open a new tab and see their latest blog post :)
         This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post                    every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would                like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
          KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchen and Kathi


I started the week here....
I had to open my camera app to see exactly how I had quilted the medallion on the upper right of the above photo! Haha

Soon I was on the middle Swoon block completion...
Then somehow by chipping away at it daily ... esp in the early mornings in the quiet coolness of upcoming autumn season approaching... I was marking the last swoon :D  YAHOO!!!!! 
Molly our poo-shih who is about to be 15 months old now... kept me company sitting on her "house" :)  She can see me stitch from that spot! lol
 Here is the last of this row quilted...
 I am using Aurifil 28 wt and 12 wt threads for this project  :)

Here is a look from a few steps back before rolling the quilt in the frame....
 And after the roll and moving my chair and table back to the left side to start there after this break <3
 Celebrations are for milestones in big hand quilting projects...
 When I finish my next path these marks ... which denote the center of the whole quilt ... will be spritzed away... so I am right at 50% complete now on this big Swoon quilt :D  Sooner than expected Connie will be sleeping under it.  I started this into the second week of July <<<<
 Above is where I will start on the fun quilting in the sashing.  The quilting on this quilt changes with each pass so there is no boring parts really!!!  The swoon blocks are 24" finished and each took 2 fat quarters plus background fabric to make... LOTS OF FABRIC FROM HER STASH WAS USED TOO <3

I got a new book this week...
 It is a group of "divas" who gave their take on different vintage block patterns... all done in civil war prints... I am sew inspired by this book too... each block has multiple different finishes :)

I was so excited about my celebration time I updated the header on my facebook group.  It is a closed group but if you email me here I will be happy to send you a link to ask for admittance... 
This group is for avid quilters of any skill level from all over the world... and we celebrate in a closed group setting so our projects can't be seen publicly .. in case they are show worthy or surprises for someone outside the group.  It is small group as I had planned it to be.

I saw this and the first photo I opened with on facebook this past week and saved them to share with you all... 
 be thankful for the life you have y'all!!!




12 comments:

  1. So many pretties on your blog this morning. Very nice of you to give that little wall hanging to your friend, and it will be a reminder to her always of the fun day she had with good fellowship. Your hand quilting is great and I too have one of those thimbles that I enjoy using as well.

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  2. I am so glad you joined our group, Kathi, you inspire me every week!

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  3. Yes... love that... be thankful for all you have!
    I am thankful that I can look over your shoulder every week to see your hand quilting progress... the Swoon quilt is so beautiful with many different quilting designs to feature your amazing stitching!
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!

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  4. Great work on the Swoon quilt, it is gorgeous!

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  5. Only 2 months quilting Swoon and you're half finished already, way to go girl!!!!! I'm sure Jannessa was thrilled with her gift. I forget, how big are the crochet blocks and how many are you making? Have a great week, take care! Happy stitching!

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  6. Lovely things to celebrate. Awesome sign. It's fund to sew with a friend. Tempting cover on a quilt book.

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  7. How exciting for you and Connie! You are bringing her already beautiful quilt to life with your beautiful stitches!

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  8. Ahh yes....let us all be thankful for what we enjoy. Your Swoon quilt is looking gorgeous. My, you have stitched a lot this week.

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  9. What a lovely post Kathi. Chockablock with wonderful things. Sewing friends and quilty gifts and beautiful hand work. What a wonderful hobby this pastime of ours is! Happy Stitching from me!

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  10. Beautiful quilt! Lucky receiver! Of the little one, and the big one you are working on!

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