Sunday, June 14, 2015

Slow Stitching Time

Well, I'm back at it. Got to get some stitches into this quilt in order to see it hanging at the quilt show! My husband and I attempted to have a get-away anniversary weekend and ended up having it cut very short.
Thinking this would work
Sometimes life throws a curve ball doesn't it? So we're having a quiet evening together at home, me with my hoop of course. I started out several days ago with a radiating stitching pattern right smack in the middle of the quilt top. It seemed like a good idea to use the floor hoop until, well, I actually started stitching.
Feeling how very much better this works
I could feel my frustration level rising every time I attempted to get myself into position. You know, to make some decent looking stitches? Left hand ready to push the needle back up into a kinda, sort of rocking motion? 

In case you were wondering, short people and floor hoops don't always work well together. It was with much relief that I finished that particular section and moved on to an area that would fit into my lap hoop. Ahhh.... Now I can feel myself starting to relax into the quilt. That's the way it should always be.... Time to link up to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching!

15 comments:

  1. It really is a different feeling of sitting at a floor hoop vs cuddling up under a lap hoop.
    Enjoy your relaxing stitching!
    Thanks for linking up!

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  2. I know what you mean, a floor hoop was not for me, I had a lovely wooden one made by a Dutch man who is known over here for making beautiful quilt frames, Mr Meeuw, but I sold it, I could just not get used to it. So I am back quilting with my lap hoop, it works a lot better for me.

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  3. Happy Anniversary! I am sorry to hear your get away plans did not work out. Maybe another weekend? You are making good progress on the quilting. When is the quilt show?

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  4. Hope you had a nice aniversary anyway. I always use a lap hoop, much easier on the couch.

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  5. I have a PVC floor hoop that I couldn't use...I tried but oh it did not work with my back and neck very well. Made a great tent-thing for the grand kids though :)

    Happy Anniversary :)

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  6. Happy anniversary and happy stitching!

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  7. Every once in a while I think about a floor hoop and then wise up. While it can be a bit of a pain to wrestle with all the excess quilt when quilting a large quilt (my current quilt is king-sized), it's certainly possible to rotate the hoop into just the right position (important to me because I can only quilt from right to left) ... and my back and shoulders thank me that I can sit in my recliner with my hoop and not put any strain on those body parts.

    Happy belated anniversary! Hope whatever caused you to cut short your celebration was quickly resolved.

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  8. I can never get used to all that quilt in a hoop - I have tried it and it isn't for me - I wouldn't trade my 3 roller for anything - once you get used to it you don't want to give it away. I do have a floor standing square frame by Grace that I have stored away as I have no good spot to really use it in the house - I really need a good corner of the room to use it in where no one would trip over it.

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  9. Sorry to hear your little anniversary getaway was cut short. Happy Anniversary. I'm a hoop girl. I wouldn't want to be stuck in one place to quilt. Glad you're back with it and enjoying the rhythm of the needle.

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  10. I totally understand about short girl problems! Happy Anniversary.

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  11. Happy Anniversary, it's a shame your weekend was cut short. There's nothing worse that not being comfortable when you're quilt, lucky it was long before you had your hoop back in your lap.

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  12. Happy Anniversary!! Your quilt is looking good. Glad you wrestled it to a hoop move and change. Love a hoop in my lap.

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  13. Welcome back Audrey. Sorry to hear your anniversary weekend didnt go quite to plan.

    Your quilting is looking fantastic as always.

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  14. Very interesting to hear your experience with the floor hoop - I have only used the lap hoop but wondered how/if it might work any better. Glad you are comfortable now :)

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  15. Happy Anniversary. (We just celebrated our 38th and I don't even think we've had our honeymoon yet). I tried a floor hoop way back in the day and it never worked for me. I think it is thrown in my attic now and I should try it again. Thimbles never were for me back in the day either and now I can't be without.

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