What else is there to do when it is cold outside, ice on the ground – for me it is reading, sewing, quilting, sometimes baking – clean the house – yes that had to be done too and toss in some laundry as well. Now maybe it will be warm enough to get out of the house today – hope so!
Yesterday I got busy with the sashing on the Granny Squares. The long strips are just pinned up on the design wall right now – I need to make 4 more strips – 2 for the sides and one each for top and bottom and then maybe I will get started sewing those strips on. After I get done with the sashing strips I will decide on the border – I think I know what I want to do but not positive – I want it to be queen size at least.
More quilting on Patchwork of the Crosses – these areas done on Sunday night while listening to the sleet hit the window of the sewing room
I have been getting quite a few questions again from people seeing this metal “stick” on the quilt and asking what is that sitting on the quilt – it is my hand held thimble also known as a “paddle thimble” link here. Yes it does take some getting used to – when you get used to it you do not want to use another when sitting at a frame – my opinion – you can quilt in any direction you want to go without twisting your body like a pretzel. I have 2 of them – I had three but I traded one to another quilter. I have been using this thimble for years – I really do not remember how long – ages! It is perfect for anyone with joint problems, sores on their knuckles from numerous medical conditions and cannot wear a regular thimble because it rubs your knuckle– or because you just want to use it in any direction you want to go. I wrap the handle with numerous things because in the winter when my hands are cold they feel dry and it tends to slip out of my grip – blame it on arthritis and cold hands. It doesn’t need a “gripper” unless you want to put one on it.
Little further with the baby quilt but I am just picking it up now and then and not working steady on it – that big needle kind of bugs me – big stitch quilting takes some getting used to I think. I am getting close to half way done with the border then I need to go back and fill in the big blanks in the half square setting triangles.
Have a great day everyone.