Tuesday, May 27, 2014

gone quilting

Phew!  Just got back from a morning out swimming.  After yesterday's day-trip to Augusta and Sunday's afternoon BBQ.... I am so ready to be HOME and just do normal things like sewing and blogging.  Do you know I didn't turn on my computer for two whole days?  Now it's time to catch up on house chores before or camping trip this weekend.  Well, if it didn't feel like summer before, now it does!

gone quilting

I spent quite a lot of time yesterday in the car, so I made good progress on my latest hand stitched project.  I'm hand quilting this quilt, which design is still a little hush-hush.  I'll have the full reveal for you in July/August when I start talking more about my next class.  I'm hoping to finish quilting it in time to photograph it on a special seaside trip this June.  Better keep it up, eh?

I'm hand quilting with pearl cotton size 8, as per usual.  I'm a fan of those big, chunky stitches and glossy colors.

summery colors!

Speaking of colors, the happy, summery shades of this quilt were inspired by this line art Ikea print that makes up the quilt back.  Here in South Carolina, quilts and summer definitely do. not. mix.  Still, it's nice to be working on something so bright and cheerful!  By the way, if you struggle mixing colors, basing your selections off of a favorite multicolor print is a sure way to go. 

Catch you again tomorrow.  I'm off to sew!


  1. yummy. can't wait to see the big reveal! :)

  2. I can honestly say that it doesn't matter what your next class focuses on, I'm in! : )

  3. I can't wait to see what it is...time for me to join a class, I think

  4. Lovely! I almost always start a quilt by matching colors in a print. Usually it goes in a different direction, but sometimes I like to stick with the colors. it is a great way to work!

  5. Your photos of your beautiful quilts and hand stitching immediately make me want to grab some hand sewing. Beautiful and inspiring.

  6. Very pretty. Can you tell me what size needle you use with the Pearle cotton?

    1. Thanks! I usually use a Chenille 24, gold eye Clover needle: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001E5VQTY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B001E5VQTY&linkCode=as2&tag=stitincolo-20&linkId=74ZQDUTZKQI5VLUN

      I like this one for all my handwork!

  7. I am a hand quilter, too! I've never tried big stitch quilting with pearle but I adore the way it looks

  8. Rachel,
    Lovely to look at, for sure!
    And, did you make the clasp bag in the first picture. If you did, can you give me any extra info, as I have three "wee" sized clasp purses from relatives that are so worn they would only be good in a memory box and I would like to "update" them for my three granddaughters.


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