One reason I started a new quilt a couple days ago by machine was because I really felt like I needed to take a break from hand quilting and hand piecing for just a little bit. I love those two things but we all need a break now and then don’t we. I could tell the last several weeks I was loosing interest in my quilting of Joseph’s Coat after 8 weeks of steady work on it – it was beginning to feel like something I had to do not wanted to do. I started the quilting on June 2 and have put in just under 67 hours of quilting on it now.
Last night determined to finish one more row I sat and quilted for an hour and yes – one more row finished – 6 out of 10 rows are now quilted (I count the big curve on the sides as a row)! this is the area finished last night.
Greens which were the last colors pieced on this quilt are now in view – in fact almost the finish of the quilt is in view – that is row number nine up there at the top of the quilting frame.
By holding the camera way up above my head and pointing down I was able to get just about the whole quilting frame into this photo – this is what you can now see on the frame. I will try to get in a little bit of quilting every day but I know I am moving a little slower and most likely well until the end is in sight and then I will move more rapidly once again. It will be nice to know that I will have hand quilted two queen size quilts this year! I will have time to quilt one of the smaller quilts as well on the frame this year – that will be a big accomplishment. By pushing myself to get my hand quilting done I will have quilted more than I normally do as usually a queen size takes me about 10 months to quilt.
Now I need to get ready to go to the dentist as I have a old filling that cracked and needs to be taken out and a new one put in – oh joy! Don’t you just love to go to the dentist I find the last year I have had more dental work done than in the previous 5 years! It all seemed to hit at once – I know I will need more of these old fillings taken care of soon and think this will be something to do over the next several years.
I will get back to machine piecing the X quilt this afternoon. What are you working on today?