Sunday, February 7, 2016

Slow Stitching on Flowers and Flying Geese

Just a quick post 'cuz the guys are busy with Superbowl stuff. I've been stitching on Flowers and Flying Geese here and there. It's always a bit of a tentative start for me, especially with an applique quilt like this.
Flowers and Flying Geese
How much is enough? Would an all over stitch work better? Always wondering if the stitching is good for the quilt. Or the quilt is good for these stitches....Those of you who hand quilt probably know what I'm talking about.
Making a good start
Then there's that wonderful rhythm and flow that slowly develops. Everything in the hoop sort of takes care of itself and all you have to supply is the hand/eye coordination.*wink
Slowly working through the center of the quilt
Once in awhile I realize the thread is starting to run very low, so I have to panic and find a good on-line source. My home grown sources don't like to sell my favorite threads! So this time I ordered from Bunny Hill Designs. I was looking to match one particular brand, color, and number of thread. Good things have been said about this company and it was time to check them out. Imagine my dismay when the order arrived missing three little balls of my very precious Valdani thread. I immediately left a phone message and a follow up email. Trying not to sound hysterical and/or accusatory is difficult when it comes to things you're passionate about.
More Valdani from Bunny Hill Designs
The owner, Anne Sutton, emailed me back within several hours {after business hours in fact} and told me the rest of my order would be mailed out the very next day. When my missing thread arrived in a timely fashion, there were also two gratis balls of perle cotton. Yay! I'd say that's excellent customer service. No having to argue about what I actually received, no justifications for what might have happened, just a quick make-it-right package. Ahh... Now I can relax. And stitch the rest of this quilt without running out of any more thread.....

Linking up to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching just because I can.

22 comments:

  1. Dear Audrey,
    wonderful handquilting and yes, I know what you mean with nealy going into panic motions, when there is no more thread.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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  2. super quilting, what a pain re the thread how I miss the lack of shops here these days and the 2 we have do nt stock perle cotton iIlike DMC but they have deleated so many colours

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  3. That is very good service! Lovely quiltwork!

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  4. A good publicity for them, too, as is good service. More customers will go to their site. I lve your slow quilting especially the flower pots.

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  5. Know exactly what you mean about thread suppliers, my nearest LQS is close to 50 miles away, the nearest big-box (J-Ann) over 30 miles and they don't carry any of the good pearl cotton brands in the sizes we want for big stitch. Thanks for sharing your new online source. Your quilting is looking super, I enjoyed the close-ups of your quilting and appliques.

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  6. What I really like is the straight stitching behind your curved stems. That adds a lot of depth to an already beautiful design. Buying thread is tough. I buy directly from Presencia (they are extraordinarily nice people). We seem to have plenty of fabric purveyors out there, but thread and needles sellers are another story.

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  7. I need some thread for my wool project coming up soon and I will check that site for the thread - thanks - the quilt looks great!!

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  8. I love your slow stiching. And your stiching is good for your quilt :)

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  9. So many companies just don't understand how important GOOD customer service is - it's always nice to hear about someone who gets it right! Glad you got your thread so you can carry on quilting your lovely quilt!

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  10. I love hearing about great customer service!
    Your quilt is coming along nicely!!

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  11. I like your quilt and the stitching is bringing it to life. Are those half Dresden plates in the border? Love it.
    Going to look into that brand of thread. I haven't been to the Bunny Hill site in a while. Time for a visit :)

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  12. That's lovely! Both your quilting and Anne Sutton's response! LOVE that rhythm :0)

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  13. Anne is a very savvy business owner, look at the wonderful free advertising she got from you! Much better than you voicing a complaint that could steer people away from her.

    Your quilt is looking lovely. I also find it difficult sometimes to find products locally so it is good to know of a reliable online vendor who cares for her customers.

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  14. Lovely quilt. Lovely hand stitching.I am a slow stitcher.

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  15. Your quilt is looking lovely and it was nice to hear about Bunny Hills good customer service. Now you can keep going.

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  16. How lovely to get such great service, and without having to jump up and down and stamp your foot (yes, I have done that before now). Lovely colours for your quilting, which, by the way, looks just dandy to me.

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  17. The quilt is looking good. I've never worked with those threads before. Glad everything worked out.

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  18. I like the long stemmed flowers in those quirky vases.

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  19. Do you cut your own applique shapes? I just love them on your quilts.

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  20. Oh big stitching my favorite! The process is so wonderful isn't it, no wonder we panic a bit when the thread starts to run low.

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  21. Like your quilt! Yes it is nice when a business owns up to a mistake!

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  22. The photos are sooooo sooo gorgeous! makes me want to pick up this quilt and work on it for a while :)

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