Me & My Stitches

Me & My Stitches
Click on the picture to go to my website. These are 1' x 1 1/2" pendants.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Lots of stitching

After sharing the 7 days of quilts challenge, you may think that I do a lot of hand quilting.  I love to hand quilt, but it just doesn't seem like there is enough time in the day.  I do try to sit down in the evening for at least an hour and do hand work, but for quite some time now, that hand work has been wool applique.  I have several projects currently in the works.  This is a block from a pattern called Blessed Bee by Wooden Spool Designs.  I saw this pattern at Market last spring and had to have it, since hubby has gotten in to bee keeping.  

 I'm also working on this sew along on Instagram - it's Home for the Holidays, by Primitive Gatherings...
I had a terrible time trying to stitch the words - not sure why but they didn't look good.  After tearing it out 3 times, I was ready to throw this entire project in the corner!  I had all of the blocks prepped and most of the pieced blocks done as well, but I really was thinking of giving up.  Well, evidently I whined a little (a LOT) and my friend Nancy volunteered to stitch the words for me. I resisted for awhile, because she has plenty of her own stitching to do, but one day, reality set in and I mailed them to her!  Lol!  She has sent 6 of them back, so now it's my turn!  There's not that much stitching on these, they are pretty primitive - so they shouldn't take too long.  Then maybe I will get back to hand quilting????!!!!!

3 comments:

  1. What would we do without our quilts friends!? You're lucky to have one that does such a good job on stitching letters. That looks great! My letters aren't so hot either. :(

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  2. Your queen bee is oh so sweet! I love the way you've done the stripes and the wings, and the little hives at the top of the crown are too wonderful.

    Your friend is a good friend to stitch the words for you.

    Nancy. (ndmessier @ aol.com, joyforgrace.blogspot.com)

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  3. Love that Queen Bee!
    Happy Holidays is a great quilt. Can't remember which other blog has been posting about it lately, but I really like the quilt!
    Oh, bless Nancy's heart. How good of her to do that for you. Maybe you need a remedial stitching class with Lisa. Don't laugh--I took that first wool class with her a few years ago. I used to dabble in embroidery, but hadn't done any for a long time. She taught a few stitches and I have used them several times since, but sometimes they just didn't look right. I have torn out my share of words, too. When I took Lisa's class last year I realized I was approaching the stitch the wrong way. It makes a huge difference in how the finished product looks. I actually took rapid succession photos of her doing the stitch so I could make sure I kept doing it right when I got home. *LOL*

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