Quilting, Crafts and Getting Things Finished
The year before I retired, I took a lot of quilt classes and because I was still working, did not finish one thing. Some of those projects are still not finished for one reason (or three). Somehow I can’t let go of them because I still love them. If I ever get caught up, I will have a new procedure–no more than three ongoing projects at once. Sometimes you can finish something from beginning to end, but sometimes you need to put something aside because you just don’t know what to do next. So I have this sample for hand quilting practice. I pulled it out today and did one line of stitching. Anything that requires crunching my hand in a fist quickly brings on cramps and finger triggering. So my only recourse is to either do one line a day or learn a different way to quilt. Liuxin Newman has a different thimble (hole in the top) and a different way to quilt, placing the thimble on the middle finger and quilting with the hand open. Check it out. http://www.thimblelady.com/
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I only have one section to finish. What am I going to do with it–probably use it as a background or as a journal cover. My pencil lines are fairly faint so you can’t seen them in the photo so I have outlined the entire project and the last triangle which is about a third finished. One of the things I do not like about the project is our instructor had us use polyester thread to match the muslin. I guess it will be okay when it’s finished but I wish I had used a slightly darker, heavier thread. It will not win any prizes for hand quilting but at this point, it just doesn’t matter. My stitches are smaller on the back than on the front. All of this kind of gets my vote for big-stitch quilting (or quilting by machine).
Today I did quite a bit of cleaning up and putting away of things. Oh and here is another use for your favorite stiffener. Silk flowers are often bundled up to save space in packaging and so the petals on non-wired flowers can get folded. You could iron them carefully with a tiny iron but I sprayed some product in a little container and painted the backs with a stiff brush, pinned them down a little and let them dry.
I love these little flowers–they remind me of Dogwoods, which are a favorite of mine–they just make me happy. The dogwoods here will be in bloom in a couple of months, maybe three, depending on the weather.
Next week I will be diving into the dreaded basket and bringing out all of my unfinished angels. I used to crochet a lot of angels and snowflakes and baskets, and as you know, doilies. I no longer have any styrofoam forms but I usually had to make up my own forms from tag board and cover them with plastic wrap. Oh, goodie–I still have that Press and Seal–should work like a charm. I feel like this post is a little disjointed. I have bronchitis and need to go rest now. Typing is acting up anyway. May fortune smile on you today and may you stay healthy.