" Do you not know?
Have you not heard???

The LORD is the everlasting GOD,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary,
and His understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary,
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:28-31

"The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught." Isaish 50:4


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Yep, it's being hand-quilted

I call it "big-stitch" and most people tend to do it with perle cotton, but I'm using different colors of quilting thread and an embroidery needle.   I find that flannel backs take better to the bigger stitches, and wow, it is faster to do. 

I'm not having to mark any of the quilting lines, as I am going once in the ditch of the colored zig, and once half-way through the zig.  The rectangles finished at about 1 5/8 inches wide, so I'm just eyeballing it. 

Every other day, I hoop the quilt in my 17 inch-square Q-snap frame, and that gives me four different colored zigs that I can quilt.   I follow them all the way across the quilt horizontally.  I start around 8:00 in the morning with the light coming through my sewing room window to where I sit in my glider-rocker, and usually the sun has gone from my window by the time I finish the four rows in the late afternoon.  Of course, I'm jumping up and down all day long doing other household things too.  In fact, I didn't get to finish my rows today, as I kept Allyssia for a few hours.
On the odd days, I take a day off from quilting to let the fingers get over the soreness caused by stabbing myself with that huge needle.  (I can't wear anything on the finger under the quilt....it just keeps me from feeling whether or not I've made a good stitch all the way through.)

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I want to send warm wishes and thoughts to those of you who are so covered up with the latest snow STORM.  I am so sorry for the inconvenience it's causing you.  I hope that you can stay in, well-fed, warm, and happily busy with your favorite craft/quilt.
All we got was a quick dusting of snow this morning, and then the sun came out and immediately melted it away.  But I'm still enamored of the last snowfall we got, and just had to use another photo from it for my header. 
We're supposed to get more snow this weekend, and all I can say is PRAISE GOD for keeping us warm and safe, and if it has to come, I hope it's a beauty like the Jan. 26th one.

6 comments:

  1. I love the look of hand quilting, but I don't think I have the patience to do it! Yours looks great!!

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  2. your hand quilting on this looks amazing.....i love it!!!

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  3. Oh is that pretty! I like your falling snowflakes too, here on your blog. Just the right touch for this weather!

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  4. The quilting looks great! Nice job "eyeballing" those straight lines. I think the "big stitch" is perfect! Happy Quilting!

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  5. I've been scrolling through trying to figure out how you put together 'ziggy' I LOVE zig zag quilts. (I finished one recently but it was all bias edges and gave me fits while I was quilting it) Did you follow a pattern?

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  6. I've been scrolling through trying to figure out how you put together 'ziggy' I LOVE zig zag quilts. (I finished one recently but it was all bias edges and gave me fits while I was quilting it) Did you follow a pattern?

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