Saturday, February 14, 2015

Purple Doily and Blue Quilt

Purple Doily by Nancy Tracy has another round added. Those long chains are hard to master. The last round will hopefully bring it all together.

 Quilt is slowly getting quilted. I have started hand quilting in the flying geese border. The border on the bottom is machine quilted. The quilt is a mixed of hand and machine.
Sweets from my Sweetie!! Hope you all had a great Valentine's Day!!
This blue quilt is for sure "slow stitching" but I will stay with it till it is done. Can easily switch to machine but felt the flower border needed to be hand done. I am pleased with the results. Come with me and visit Kathy's "Sunday Slow Stitching"   Lots of Eye Candy and nice people. Note: we all must be reminded once in awhile that there might be a mix of men and women  that is why I say  "people". Thanks Tim for reminding us!!! (:

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Hand Quilting

It is Sunday again and  linking up with Kathy's Quilts Time flies when you are having fun and not cooped up with snow!

Here are the supplies I use. I am using a big stitch with 4 stitches on the needle instead of 8 tiny ones. It will take 10 hours to go around all 4 sides instead of 25 hours with tiny stitches. Both needle pkgs are size 10. The Bohins are not as strong as the Jean S. Lyle needles. With the Bohin needles I snapped them in half but have yet to break a Lye needle. Jean has retired so I have no idea where to buy them. The thimble is Roxanne and very comfortable along with the metal disc for under quilt. For marking I use a #5 mechanical pencil and the Pentel Erasers. I take a turkey baster, add some beads then poke the eraser on so you can not lose it. A 12 inch square hoop made in Germany and I am ready to hand quilt.

I would like to thank all the people who visit my blog last Sunday and especial to those who left messages. For those of you who are with Yahoo mail my Gmail said Yahoo would not deliver the message. ):

Saturday, January 31, 2015


Another Butterfly block ready to applique.  This is slow stitching!! I am linking up with Kathy's Quilts Come and Visit Kathy's blog to see what others are "slow stitching".

The pretty heart is a pattern from Handy Hands Catalog and tatted  with some new thread called Red Poppy.   The little tatted basket on the green will be filled with silk ribbon flowers.  The cross stitch fox and bee was worked on linen and waste canvas on top. The linen someone brought into the Sr Center where I have classes and chit chat on Wed. The linen was used as a grease rag and with lots of elbow and Shout, I was able to salvage quite a bit of it. Beautiful piece of linen.

This pretty tatted heart is a pattern from Nancy Tracy.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Snowman quilt and projects

Here is the finished quilt with over 600 hours of handquilting.  Today I am linking up with Kathy's Quilts on Slow Stitching.

Which project do I choose to work on. The butterfly block is almost completed so I will finish it. The work is all in the prep cutting out the shapes and then back basting. I like to use silk threads as it is very fine but sometimes I will use a color in Sulky. The crossstitch is a long term project and can be picked up at any time. My tatted doily I work on in the evening and have a few more rounds before adding the final chain around. I am machine quilting the quilt in the background. Will hand quilt around the applique.
Will post the finished block later in the week.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Snowman Qult

Linking up today with Kathy's quilts on slow stitching. Look at some of the beautiful handquiting here

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Tat It and SEE 2015

 Here is Part 1 and 2 of Jane Eborall's TIAS 2015. The thread is size 20 and the color is Blue Ice #163. The tatting bag is one of many gifts from my dear friend in Portugal, Maria. I love these shuttle and tatting bags.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Rectangle Tatted Doily

 This is the first and second round of Bruce's Tatted Doily by Nancy Tracy.  If you are new to tatting I highly recommend Nancy's website and sign up for her free pattern of the month.   I purchased some new threads from Handy Hands, This one is  Purple Berry Twist in size 10. No problems tatting with the thread but a knot appeared just before I completed the round...UGH