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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Stitching Day

It’s always the big question when I am going out for a day of stitching – just how many projects to pack?.  One or two maybe?  No I decided on three hand projects.  I could have taken my sewing machine if I wanted, but quite honestly, its rather a hassle to unhook it from my sewing cabinet, and quite heavy to load it in the car,and lug it into the hall.  So I usually take the easy way out and do hand stitching on these monthly quilt club get-togethers.

There were several Town and Country quilt club members already there when I arrived, with more arriving a little later. I settled down at a table, unpacked bag number one, and started carrying on with hand quilting on my New Zealand Botanical quilt.   Robin reminded me that I had stated quite emphatically a while ago that I would never hand quilt a quilt again.  (Although I can cope with small items, such as cushions.)  But since I spent so much time doing the stitchery blocks over the last eighteen months, I thought I would like to hand quilt it.  I’m doing Big Stitch quilting, and using a Sue Spargo thread, Perle No 8 in a pretty variegated pale green.
Hand quilting

After lunch I felt like a change of pace, so packed away the hand quilting and opened up bag number two, to work on a new stitchery block.  Not a great deal to show so far – just some stems and the beginning of green leaves on this Autumn block.

Autumn stitchery

There were all sorts of projects being worked on around the hall.  Sewing machines were humming along, hand stitching was being done, applique flowers were being traced and cut out, and fabric squares were being cut.   Marjorie was stitching the rows together on her very graphic black and white with a touch of red rail fence blocks.

Marjorie’s quilt

I loved Jackie’s bright and colourful Laura Birch quilt, she was busy hand quilting this beauty and it will be going to a grand child.  I’m sure I have a Laura Birch panel tucked away somewhere, wonder where it is?

Jackie was hand quilting too

I packed up and headed for home at 3.30pm, so bag number three didn’t even get opened.  But never mind, I had a lovely day doing some slow stitching on two projects, and catching up with other club members.


Julierose said...

Sounds like a fun day! I like the start of your autumn stitchery--very nice...hugs, Julierose

Kate said...

Jenny, a day of slow stitching among friends sounds wonderful! I quite like your hand quilting on the botanical quilt. I've always found hand quilting very relaxing.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I'm glad to see you hand quilting your embroidery quilt - I always think after doing a quilt top by hand it makes sense to continue and hand quilt it too it looks really pretty

Rose Marie said...

Your embroidery quilt is coming along nicely. I have thread, needle and a top for big stitch quilting. Just need to get started on it ..... and seeing you working on your quilt is giving me that needed push!

Maria said...

Nice hand quilting and stitching and some lovely projects the other ladies are working...

Michelle Ridgway said...

Lovely projects Jenny. Your hand quilting is beautiful xx

Janice said...

You have more patience than me to be hand quilting, but as you say, the project deserves it. I’m looking forward to seeing your next stitchery progress. The other ladies were doing lovely work as well.

Karen S said...

I think your quilt will look lovely with the hand quilting. That is a nice thread you are using too.
Enjoy your stitchery.

Quilter Kathy said...

A selection of hand stitching projects makes for a lovely relaxing day!