Sunday, October 27, 2013

It Feels Good to Have Something in the Hoop Again

It's only been a week or so that I haven't had a quilt in the hoop. That's all! But it feels like eons and I've been going a little crazy. Okay, a lot crazy with an extra side of twitchy.*wink I found a little window of opportunity the other day and madly raced around trying to get the floor swept, backing ironed, batting cut, pins found etc.
Gold & Red Quarter Triangles
(yes, it needs another name)
The only place large enough to sandwich and pin a quilt in my house is directly in front of our 'front' door. Ah yes. The area the entire family tromps through at random. I ran into trouble immediately when I noticed that I had cut my batting the width instead of the length. Grr... That cost me some extra time as I had to run upstairs and sew on about 16" more of batting to my previously cut out piece. I just hate it when I leave my brain somewhere on vacation.
In the hoop
Thankfully, this quilt didn't require a lot of close pinning and so it was going rather smoothly once I got to the 'pinning' phase. My youngest son offered to help pin (he was the only one home with me at the time) and we managed to get it all done and out of the way in plenty of time to avoid front door casualties.
Lots of scrappy goodness going on...
I am quilting a 1 1/2" grid through the center panel and inside borders. Then I will probably try to do some simple echo quilting throughout the rest--maybe boxes inside boxes? This quilt top has been finished since sometime in 2011, definitely time to get some quilting done on it! I've always had a tough time getting good pictures of this quilt and my oldest daughter (the self-acknowledged photography expert in the house) just mumbles at me to not take pictures of it in yellow light. Yeah, real helpful there kiddo.

So... Lovin' the time spent with this quilt already! Time to link up over at Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday with all the other slow stitching fans.

19 comments:

  1. I think this is an absolutely stunning quilt! I went back to your 2011 post about finishing the top, and I agree. It has a Dutch look. I wish I could see it in person.
    It looks like you were confident enough to use some fabrics that others might have questioned. But your variety of fabrics for the hourglass blocks gives this quilt excitement and charm. You should be very proud of it, and I'm sure you'll enjoy quilting it.
    I'm not participating in the Bloggers' Festival, but I read about your two entries. Both are very impressive. I enjoying reading the stories, following your decision making.
    I'm glad that I visited your blog today. I'll be back. I'm envious of your quilting skills !!

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  2. love it - but then I love all of your quilts. I have been quilting on two and starting to develop the sore under finger! I might have to take a little break or maybe I will start to wear a band-aide for a week or so and see if it will heal while I work

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  3. What a beautiful quilt. Reminds me of a dutch doll quilt I made a few years ago. I spent the summer working on my applique project, so glad that fall has arrived and I can snuggle under a warm quilt and stitch. It is addictive!

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  4. Another gorgeous quilt top! I think these are great photos, that yellow light makes it glow! How lucky are you to get some help pinning your quilt, I have never been able to talk anyone into helping me. .

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  5. What a lovely quilt! I see you use pins to sandwich the quilt. I used to baste my quilts, but have recently changed over to spraying them (temporary textile glue), which I now find very handy. Have only used it for machine quilting though, but will use it on my next handquilting project too, just to give it a try. Will baste the edges of the sanwich tough, because of course it has to stay together longer than the machine quilted quilts. Can't wait to be handquilting again, it has been a while for me and love it. Your quilt is beautiful, love those reds! Enjoy your quilting!

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  6. Lovely, lovely quilt. And good on you for hand quilting it! How about mumbling back at said daughter, about how one achieves yellow light? (and could you pass on the response please? If you hear it, that is *grin)

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  7. Another gorgeous quilt - looking forward to seeing how you quilt it.

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  8. I love trying to keep something to hand piece or quilt all the time.. Love this quilt top you are now quilting... you did a wonderful job on it.. can't wait to see your progress bring it to life! Kathi

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  9. What a beautiful quilt. My favorite colors. Looks like this will keep you busy for quite a while.

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  10. Yum! I just love that quilt! The red and gold triangles are delightful enough ... but that medallion is fabulous! Can't wait to see if when it's finished!

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  11. You KNOW I love this quilt! I have to chuckle at your challenge of finding a spot to baste. I too am likewise challenged, having to move furniture to the sides of two adjoining rooms to make room to lay a big quilt out. I try to do it when there's no one else home, but sometime it doesn't work out quite that way. I'm intrigued by the concept of pin basting before hand quilting. So much easier than thread basting, but how do you get your frame around all those pins?

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  12. me gusta !!! es realmente precioso
    saludos

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  13. Love this quilt....and the way you have been able to use so many different fabrics. Your placement of your light, mediums & dark fabric must have taken you ages, it has such warmth, yet sparkle to it.

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  14. love the colors and your center block works beautifully here~!

    :-)
    libbyQ

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  15. Beautiful quilt. You're reminding me how much I love hand-quilting too. Time to get something in my hoop!

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  16. Oh, lovely another 'quilt hoop' addict!
    My brain goes AWOL at times like that too......
    Your quilt is gorgeous with all those wonderful colours!!

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  17. I love the red and gold fabrics together... this is going to be a beauty! Glad the quilt avoided front entrance follies!

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  18. It's so beautiful! The perfect quilt to enjoy this time of year.
    Your daughter is funny! LOL We will enjoy more photos as you put in the quilting stitches!
    Thanks for linking up!

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