Not a Lot of Quilting

by Karen on April 19, 2014

in Lucy Boston--Patchwork of the Crosses, quilts, Scrap Quilts from the stash 2014

I was just plain busy yesterday with outside stuff and didn’t get a lot of quilting done.  How about you – is the weather finally getting warmer where you live – or maybe colder if you are down under!

I spent a couple hours yesterday continuing to spray wash my deck and I am getting close to being done but not yet!  I will try to finish it up today.  Other than that I also planted more flowers, picked up small branches that fell off the trees in the last storm (I was slow what can I say it has been awhile now since the last storm) also I started to turn the dirt over in the small garden that I keep preparing it for tomatoes.  I didn’t finish that either!  I will be busy the whole weekend.  We are staying home for Easter and will be doing outside stuff.

I did get a little more done on the Red and Black Checkerboard quilt –  it is nice taking the time to just work on something simple sometimes – this I am quilting with Red Perle cotton number 12.  I am still not used to using a large needle but in order to get the needle threaded it must be a big one.  None of my needle threaders want to seem to last – the wires get pulled out so easily.  I do have a clover desk top threader but it won’t thread these needles.

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And a little more was got done on the Patchwork of the Crosses

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Kathy ... aka Nana April 19, 2014 at 6:52 am

Your checkerboard quilt is really coming along, isn’t it? I love it! Yesterday was gorgeous day here … spent some time outside, visiting with neighbors … and the rest of the day was spent at the machine, plugging away on those Kiss blocks so I can keep my promise to get started on DD’s herringbone quilt ASAP. Today is going to be even nicer … I have inside “chores” to do, but I’ll make sure that the windows are open so I can enjoy the fresh air/warm weather.
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Wanda April 19, 2014 at 8:11 am

I read somewhere to put a drop of Super Glue where the wires attach to the threader and then they last a lot longer.

Yes, finally getting warm enough here to enjoy outside work!!
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Emily Breclaw April 19, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Yea for hand quilting progress! And quilting with the heavier threads and bigger needles is a real challenge– I tried that last year with sulky blendables. Keeping the needle threaded drove me crazy :-) Hope the weather stays pretty and you have a wonderful Easter!
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Kate April 20, 2014 at 6:14 am

Hello Karen, it’s raining here in Bristol, England so no outside work for us! Good excuse to sit in and eat alot of chocolate – Happy Easter!
Your quilting is looking lovely, you get so much done. I broke my first needle threader (Clover double-ended) after about a day or two of starting to big stitch quilt. I use beeswax, which I don’t like otherwise for normal quilting, but I find it’s perfect for big stitching. I run the end through the wax several times and then pinch down about the last inch of the thread to make it flat, this I find the easiest way to thread the needle.
Lovely to see all your outdoors pictures, and your log planter is a great idea.

Rebecca Grace April 20, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Karen, DMC makes a special needle threader with hooks for heavier threads like your #12 perle cotton. It’s very sturdy and works like a charm; I got mine inexpensively at Michael’s in the cross stitch section: http://www.dmc-usa.com/Products/Accessories/Needles-and-Accessories/Needle-Threader.aspx

Happy Easter!
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