Sunday, July 7, 2013

Slow Weekend Stitching

We were able to have a long, mostly lazy weekend. My husband had to work a little, but we definitely enjoyed having the house to ourselves.  So strange to actually be able to 'hear' my husband turn the pages on the book he was reading!  I think he struggled with the kids being gone more than I did as he was starting to get a little fidgety by the second evening.
Red/White & Blue fun
I got the stems, leaves, berries and bird stitched down on my Red/White and Blue quilt bit by bit.  Next up is the flowers.  Kind of backwards I know to stitch the leaves and berries before the flowers, but I felt like the placement of the leaves was more important than the placement of the flowers on this particular quilt. Plus, where the flowers go becomes fairly obvious after the stems are stitched down. lol
Vintage Reproduction hand quilting
Whenever I got my fill of applique, then I would pick up the Vintage Reproduction quilt and mark quilting lines, then hand quilt for awhile. Because I'm sticking with the black thread I've used throughout the rest of the quilt, I decided that the hand quilting on the dark purple border needs to be very simple.  Not sure if you can see where I marked in the picture, but basically I settled on a half circle repeat design.  Love that it is moving along very quickly now!

On Friday evening I ran out of black hand quilting thread. Even though I was sure I had another spool somewhere, it was nowhere to be found. Luckily my husband had already proposed that we get away on Saturday, so it was no problem to suggest finding a quilt store along the way.  We ended up taking a long drive that wound up being about a 200 mile loop back to home, winding along a lot of back roads and traveling past apple, cherry and peach orchards, wheat and alphalpha fields, corn and potato crops, onions and even grapes just to name the most obvious. It was a beautiful day which made it even more relaxing. And yes, I did get my black hand quilting thread and maybe even a fat quarter or two. lol

So now, even though it's probably too late to truly 'join in', I'm linking up to Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday.  Hope you had a great weekend too!

10 comments:

  1. quilts look wonderful - I love 200 mile loop drives! it is amazing what you can find sometimes on those long drives :)
    Are the kids permanently out of the house? Do you have an empty nest now - it takes while to get used to it but you do.

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  2. It is never to late to join in :)
    Sounds like the perfect weekend! Loved seeing your gorgeous applique and your hand quilting...great idea for the last border quilting design!
    Thanks for linking up!

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  3. Lots of slow stitching there Audrey. I love that applique project . I have never needle turn appliqued and its something I'd love to learn.

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  4. Your appliqué project looks fabulous!! Glad you had a good drive.

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  5. Beautiful quilts. And where you live sounds lovely.
    I've never quilted with black thread before, but how appropriate for those deep fabrics.
    I have to chuckle at the 200 mile drive to get a spool of thread!

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  6. It all looks lovely and the drive sounds wonderful. Sounds like a nice weekend.

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  7. It may be slow stitching but you are really getting through it. It only seems like yesterday you were playing with stem placement for your applique. It's looking really wonderful. Your drive sounds lovely, It's always nice to get out to see different things, especially when theres thread and fat quarters involved.

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  8. Sounds like a wonderful and productive weekend!

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  9. Both quilts are beautiful and it sounds like you had a wonderful weekend.

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  10. Pretty applique bird and leaves quilt. I am working on my first quilt in 15 yrs and it has birds and leaves and flowers to applique. I must be insane.

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