Friday, July 21, 2023

Time For Slow Stitching -

Slowly, ever slowly, the hoop makes its way toward the center of the quilt -

My Amishy Baskets project hasn't been getting as much stitching time with the long daylight hours of the summer months, but it is still progressing.

I had some questions about it - so here she is.

I might sit in front of the TV for one episode of "something" per night - usually settling in around 8:30 pm or so.  And depending on the course of the day, I may be feeling too obliterated to put on a thimble and stitch. 

But last night - I turned a corner!

I went all the way from where you see the hoop to the far left where I am now beginning to move up the next side.

Corner turns happen as a "fill in whatever needs to be filled in" kind of way. So here you can see that fill in bit of the gap between the last fan of the row I just completed and the top o the side I am now moving on to.

And the 3 small arcs that begin the next row of fans on top of those.

Again - I'm not marking these.  I'm just eyeballing and going with it.  

There are variations. There are wobbles and uneven-ness. 

It all adds character!

The area left to quilt gets smaller with each side I complete working in a spiral toward the center where fans will just end when I run out of room.

And because I worked from the outside in, the quilt is already trimmed and bound and it will be ready for hanging because the hanging sleeve is already on there too.

Hand quilting projects take a long time - true.  But I love having something to hand stitch in the evenings.  I'll have to come up with something for this winter to take its place.

If even just for the fact that Lola loves to settle on to the place where I put my quilt in the hoop next to my recliner.

Yesterday's salad bar lunch buffet!

Chris's Christmas in July group enjoying a summer lunch on the porch.

Tula - 

She really doesn't care if there are strangers or not.  She has come to accept that quilters are kind folks who will provide loads of pets and scratches and treats.  Life is good!

Thank you!

I was honored to be presented the most awesome hostess gift basket - full of cheeses, summer sausages and other yummies.  We will be spoiled for quite some time to come!

Not to mention that the basket itself is wonderful - I love rustic baskets and this will likely find a repurpose for holding some goodies somewhere.

There is more creativity happening as we move into the weekend.

More behind the scenes sewing for me - but my stack of Leader & Ender Oopsie Daisieunits are growing on the side.  How are yours coming along?

It's a hit!  Thank you so much!

If you missed Monday's post with my Jacob's Chain PDF pattern release and Gift-Away, click to THAT POST to catch up, read the details and get your entry in!

Our drawing happens 7/31/23. 

*Introductory Special!* The pattern is marked 25% off in both the Quiltville Store and the Quiltville Etsy Pattern Shop.

No coupon code needed! Sale good through 7/31/23. Buy now and save!

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

Tell yourself "Yes, I Can!" and get in there and start!
A few years back a tumblers quilt was our leader and her Challenge - did you participate? If it's not finished, consider pulling it out and getting it going again.
You'll find the tutorial under the Free Patterns tab.
Happy Friday, everyone!⁣



  1. How thoughtful of the group to gift you a basket of food.
    Your quilting is looking fabulous. Pretty quilt.
    I haven't cut anything for this year's L/E. Haven't seen any of it. Debating on doing it 😜.
    The FQ shop has a free downloadable Halloween pattern I'm going to start.. I love anything Halloween.
    Have a Sparkling day
    Blessings 💞🙏

  2. Ah yes, the tumblers. I have several strips sewn together. That was from the year i was at retreat in Eatonville, WA with you. Wow time flies! Has been about 10 years. Just need to get them into a flimsy now, light a fire under me and get a little MOJO going. Start my day with your blog. Thank you for all you do. Yesterday's trip to the Tent Makers of Cairo was truly awesome. What memories for you and those on the tour. Just amazing.

  3. Anonymous11:20 AM EDT

    I love the tumblers quilt and donated it to a rest home. I hope to make another in the future.

  4. Cool Basket of Goodies! I haven't started on the L/E yet! Gotta finish a couple of Quilts for September Quilt Show Festival. Registration has begun. Tomorrow is a Raffle Quilt put together Day with my Guild. Love my Sew-In Days.

  5. Anonymous12:33 PM EDT

    You look really cool with this skirt. I know it is because of the knee, but maybe you'll wear more skirts? I personally love wearing skirts and dresses and having my legs less enclosed. Makes me fee cooler.

  6. Barbara Dieckmann1:48 PM EDT

    Love the unstudied but neat look of your quilting in the Amish-y Baskets. Way softer look and way more cuddly quilt results with the hand stitching. Machine stitching gets the job done well enough, and is so much faster for the majority of quilt finishes, but so nice to hand quilt a to-you-special project. Not thrilled with this year's leader/ender as it does not mesh well with the way most of my scrap bits are atm. Instead I'm making red + cream 4-patches and Blue + cream HSTs for my version of your "Jacob's Chain". Got it as soon as I saw it was published! Hurrah for creativity.

  7. Thank you for the perfectly timed update. I decided to hand quilt my Hummingbird Memory quilt while waiting for my mother to gain her wings. She was my inspiration to sew when I was 8 years old. I chose the Baptist fan pattern and finished the first border around the outside edge while at her bedside. 💔♥️

  8. Thanks for sharing the quilting tips. Your quilt is beautiful!

  9. Anonymous8:53 PM EDT

    Yes, my Tumbler quilt is hand quilted and finished. It was fun learning to work with the tumbler blocks. ❤️🎶


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