Saturday, April 15, 2017

It's a Hand Work Kind of Week

I actually had this leafy border all prepped and ready to work on for my Oklahoma trip. But no. It had to wait until I got home before being pulled out of the bag for some quality stitching time.
Just need to go back and add the flowers now...
I've been enjoying working on these springy looking leaves so much! The fabrics are just pure joy. I even had a chance to work on them in the car during a flying trip down to Eugene to see an ailing uncle. So glad the bag was ready to go as it was a very quick decision to make the visit.
Stitching, stitching, stitching....
On the way back home we decided to take another route than our normal and ended up on north I-5. It didn't take much work at all to convince my husband to pop into Longview, Washington to visit one of my favorite quilt stores: Momma Made It. Hmmmm... Such a lovely shop, especially if you've been looking for something similar to the Buggy Barn quilt store that closed down several years ago. I've only been in this store maybe four times, but every time have to wipe the drool off my face before settling down and getting serious about picking out a few pieces of fabric! If reproduction, civil war, Barbara Brackman, Judy Rothermel etc. are what you're looking for, this place is for you. Just leave your credit cards in the car perhaps? hehe

Creative Process in the hoop
Other than that, I'm just plugging along on my hand quilting as usual. Almost got this quilt wrapped up and ready for binding. Which is good. There are some quilts that just annoy me because they insist on being worked on and then don't get done fast enough to suit.*wink  Is there ever a time when it feels justified to just ditch a quilt top completely? 



17 comments:

  1. Oh! I love your spring leaves border. It makes me want to get out my many greens and cut leaves and stems. Thanks for the recommendation on the quilt shop. I pass by Longview a few times a year, and never knew about it.

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  2. Those happy green leaves make me smile!
    (I've ditched any number of quilt tops. Sometimes I even go back and finish them. Sometimes.)

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  3. leaves are coming along well and good to see you have almost finished hand quilting the other quilt. have a pile of quilts for quilting just had thr sandwich making process, m\ybe this coming week I will get some ready, the wadding and backings are all cut out and just need pressing

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  4. sounds like you had a good trip and always nice to take a different way home and find a quilt shop or two to stop and look at and maybe bring a few pieces home with you

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  5. Love your leaves! I got a chuckle out of the second photo as I have that exact fabric in red and it is from the 1980's! I really enjoy your quilts and applique.

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  6. Glad you had time to do some hand stitching. Those green leaves are bright and cheerful. Can't wait to see what color flowers you add. I've moved a few quilts on over the years. Sometimes they just need a new home and someone else to finish them.

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  7. A trip is always better with a quilt shop visit along the way.

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  8. Love your leaves, similar to something I'm working on. Will be fun to see where we both end up!

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  9. I have never given up on a quilt completely, but don't think there's anything in the rules that says you can't! Hopefully you'll forgive it once you see it finished. I love the look of your leaves - perfect for this time of year.

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  10. I am really into green right now, so of course, I love your pretty applique!! I hope I brings you the peace that it does me...hand stitching is wonderful!

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  11. Oh yes, the best laid plans. I hope the trip to Oklahoma was sensational even if there was no applique! Love those spring colors. Can't wait to see where they are going. Hmmm, do I ever abandon a quilt top? We made near $800 at our UFO auction at our group last Fall and I think half of that was from tops and blocks from yours truly. So I guess that would have to be yes.

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  12. First the leaves, then the flowers! You are right in tune with the season around here. Are they for the Woven Basket quilt? I hope you had a great Easter!

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  13. I think I made my daughter a dress in the 70s from that bright floral calico. I might even still have a scrap or two of it. Ah, memories!

    No, I've never yet ditched a quilt...just let them ferment for a few years.

    Anyway, leaves are looking wonderful! Flowers will be even better.

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