Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Work In Progress Wednesday - Well I Never!
So, I decided to take a break from all the hand ties on my Meadowsweet Living Room Quilt last weekend by beginning the hand quilting on my Granny Square Quilt. I threaded my needle with some nice white perle cotton, grabbed my quilt, settled into my favorite chair and then realized something.......I have NEVER ever hand quilted a quilt before. Seriously......the quilt shop girl has never done hand quilting before....and I didn't even realize that I didn't know how to do it until I sat down and tried to do it!
Well...I started hand quilting it anyway, it looked absolutely awful and I tore all the stitches out. I can't even begin to tell you how bad the stitching looked. I didn't even take a picture of it because it was so bad and I take pictures of EVERYTHING! Seriously.....Emma could have done a better job at hand quilting....
Then I thought I'd jump over to the Hooterville Quilt for a change of pace. It's at the stage where I just need to applique the wool beaks and feet onto the owls using the blanket stitch. Can you see where this is going yet? Yup.....I realized I have NEVER ever done wool applique before.
Sooooo.....I've been spending some time practicing hand quilting on a mini "quilt sandwich" I made and I've been practicing my blanket stitch on some scraps of orange wool felt. And then I just went back to doing the hand ties on the Living Room Quilt. Oh....and I learned a little something about hand ties this weekend too. I wish I would have just started by doing hand ties in the corners of each block, removed the safety pins, put the binding on and then continue to add ties after the quilt went into "circulation." I'm doing TONS of ties and it's taking FOREVER and I'm now considering each row that I finish a huge accomplishment!
So here are my current stats......
Finished Projects: ZERO! But I've done 3 of the 8 rows on the Living Room Quilt!
Active WIPs: 4
Back Burner WIPs: 4
Ready To Go: 13
Must Make: 6
New Projects: Zero
Forgotten/Abandoned Projects: ???
Fingers crossed that I'll have some fabulous progress to show you next week!
P.S. Thank you so much for all the sweet comments about Cassi Cat. I'm happy to report that she continues to do GREAT and she celebrated her 18th birthday on June 16!
Posted by Belle and Buttercup at 4:37 PM