I Need a Break!

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tn_FreeVintageImagesofChristmasClipArt71_jpgFrom machine quilting that is – how oh how do you machine quilters tolerate the noise of machine quilting for hours on end – or maybe you don’t quilt hours on end – I don’t know – I just know 90 minutes or more in the morning and again in the afternoon is about all I can tolerate – I’ve done five days in a row now and I just do not know if I will touch the machine today even though I want my room back in order and Hopscotch finished!!

Here is what I had done at the end of yesterday morning – I took it to the floor to trim the edges – half way finished – hallelujah!!


The back – so far only found one little area that I had to fix where a thread got messed up.


I got back to the machine to tackle the remaining area and left this much to do still today.  And I just do not know if I will touch it!!


So for Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s I think I will take some quite time with a movie in the afternoon and work on my Scrappy Baskets that I have prepped (last week) and haven’t touched since I got that darn big Hopscotch quilt taking up so much of my time.  I am also linking to Quilting is More Fun Than Housework and Love Laugh Quilt.


They can join these 5 other baskets up on the wall


One last leaf to stitch down and some embellishing and the Snowman stitchery will be done.  I will try to get that done today at some point also – probably before I tackle a basket as this is so close to a finish now


And I might just enjoy a few more of these today too – time to bake some more!!


Craftsy is having a 12 day of Christmas sales – Sale ends Monday the 12th of December.  Don’t know what the sale will be day to day so stop and check if you wish.  And just ignore these messages if you are not interested!  Yesterday was Top 200 classes under $20, more kits and supplies 40-60% off – check out the quilt kits more sales going on there  all of those sales might still be going on or maybe something new – the yardage in some of those kits is pretty good if you don’t like the pattern you might like the fabric.

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38 comments… add one
  • Marianne Dec 11, 2016

    I quilt in 45 min. segments – it’s just too hard on my back to go longer. Of course, I only quilt small quilts. If I have a bed-sized one, I send it out (“Quilt by Check”). Or I do it in sections and then put the sections together. And with all the samplers I make, I try to do every block differently in order to reduce any boredom. I have the feeling a lot of quilters bounce around between projects for just that reason. I have an applique project on the slow go as well as a hand quilting one – both “live” in the living room while my piecing and quilting projects are in the sewing room. Good thing I have space to spread out here!

    • Karen Dec 11, 2016

      I wouldn’t say the quilting is hard on my back or shoulders but more on the hands and one arm – but I just want to get it done and out of the way and the room back in order – I think the crowded room bothers me more than anything because it is taking up all space.

  • Magali Dec 11, 2016

    The first quilt you showed is absolutely wonderful and must have taken so much time!
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    • Karen Dec 11, 2016

      the quilting has not taken a lot of time so far. When I made the top that did take up a bit of time.

  • Doreen Dec 11, 2016

    It really has lots to do with how you are set up. Since my focus is fmq/machine quilting, I have optimized my space for comfort and I always have music playing. I don’t find that the running sound of either the Juki or Sweet 16 to be that excessive but that’s what I do……unlike you who alternate(?)/stitch primarily by hand—–no sounds accompanying that process at all! “Noise” is a huge ‘draining factor’ if you’re not accustomed to it. LOVE that snowman applique!!!! I found myself just getting lost in it!!! I really do like the straight stitching you’re doing on “Hopscotch” but that process can be much more challenging than other motifs, simply because of its repetition (boring?) and the possibility of creating pleats. Beautiful job!!!!!!!!!

    • Karen Dec 11, 2016

      I would say I no longer stitch primarily by hand I do sew a lot by machine now. I am used to watching tv shows or listening to music while I stitch but when I work by machine I can’t concentrate on music or a show as the machine distracts too much from it from it’s noise to me. The stitching is boring going in straight lines but it goes fast. I have had a few places here and there where a pleat forms at the seam but not often and it has happened on the few other quilts I have done this way too and when I was wash and dry the quilt the crinkles form from the shrinkage to the point that it is not noticeable so that doesn’t bother me. My house is quite most of the time – with no children running around screaming and what not – with just Mike and I quite music in the background – noise is something I am not accustomed to all the time any longer.

  • Juliann Dec 11, 2016

    I am pretty sure that I am not cut out for machine quilting. I like those little baskets.

    • Karen Dec 11, 2016

      LOL – I’m not either that is why I do not do it often – but my hands keep telling me I must get used to it because I can not keep up with the hand quilting.

  • Deb Dec 11, 2016

    Love those baskets! I listen to music when I do machine quilting (doesn’t happen often as I don’t seem to get finishes much) and when I sew. Hand stitching is by the tv usually. Today is a kid free day so I’ll enjoy the peace and quiet.
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    • Karen Dec 11, 2016

      I wish I could concentrate on music as the machine whips through straight stitches but the noise of both get to be too much for my senses I guess – almost done then won’t do another with the machine for awhile and concentrate on finishes – right now I am only piecing one quilt by machine and that doesn’t’ bother me as much

  • Quilter Kathy Dec 11, 2016

    That’s why I prefer hand quilting… it’s very quiet and relaxing!
    Enjoy your stitching today… those baskets look like the perfect project to enjoy with cookies!
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!
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    • Karen Dec 11, 2016

      yes I much prefer hand quilting!

  • Kate Dec 11, 2016

    I don’t machine quilt and I love hand quilting.
    I really like your snowman project and your cookies. 🙂

    • Karen Dec 11, 2016

      I would never have started machine quilting if it wasn’t for aging and arthritis that comes with it – my hands can still hand quilt now but they are in the early stages of wearing out!

  • Cynthia Brunz Dec 11, 2016

    You are almost there! I always find the last bit of quilting always seems like it takes longer. You just want to be done with it 🙂

    Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!
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    • Karen Dec 11, 2016

      yes I just want to be done with it!! it is taking up so much of my room

  • Diann Bottrell Dec 11, 2016

    Your Hopscotch quilt is so pretty! So maybe it will be worth it in the end! Enjoy some hand stitching today – I love the snowman with the red bird!
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    • Karen Dec 11, 2016

      thanks Diann – it is a pretty quilt and made use of a lot of scraps for sure

  • Deb Dec 11, 2016

    Sounds like you need a break so take it! 🙂 A cookie, a basket, a cookie, a basket 🙂
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    • Karen Dec 11, 2016

      woke up to find Mike had about finished the cookies! looks like more need to be made and I really don’t feel like it today – my waistline doesn’t need them either LOL – more will be made in the coming days I’m sure

  • Sarah Dec 11, 2016

    It really will be worth it in the end! Hope you get some hand stitching done though.
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    • Karen Dec 11, 2016

      yes I will get in hand stitching while the Green Bay Packers play tonight – I couldn’t stand the mess and continued on machine quilting today and got done! thank goodness and now the room is fairly back to normal

  • Dottie bishaw Dec 11, 2016

    Those baskets are going to make a beautiful quilt, love them. Glad you’re take a break.

    • Karen Dec 11, 2016

      LOL – Oh Dottie – I find it so hard to take a break 🙂 I just had to get that mess of tables and machine quilting done so I could get my room cleaned up – I will work on baskets tonight though while the game is on

  • JanineMarie Dec 11, 2016

    Nothing beats hand quilting for relaxation, but the secret to machine quilting is (for me) doing it on a treadle. The gentle motion and soft whirring sound are so sweet! I named my machine Kitty because she purrs. Hopscotch is looking great!

    • Karen Dec 11, 2016

      wish I had one – but I have never seen one that works for sale 🙂

  • Belarmina Dec 11, 2016

    Karen entiendo que estes molesta con el ruido
    mi cabeza no soporta ningún sonido que este muy alto
    deje de utilizar el aspirador de ceniza de la chimenea por su excesivo ruido
    tu colcha es muy bonita
    las cesta fantasticas

    • Karen Dec 11, 2016

      yes I am not good with noise – it gives me a headache at times. The blower on the fireplace is really loud too and we do not use it all the time mainly only if we loose our power due to electric outage and need to use it to heat the house. I do not like loud music either or the tv too loud

  • CathieJ Dec 11, 2016

    I haven’t even started baking. Your cookies look delicious. I haven’t machine quilted any large item so I don’t know if I could stand the constant machine noise. I might put some music on my computer and listen with earphones to drown out the noise. Enjoy your stitching.
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    • Karen Dec 11, 2016

      I have mainly only hand quilted until the last couple of years when I tried to learn machine quilting so I could get done with all the quilts because my hands have begun to hurt from arthritis – I might have to slow down making them so I can hand quilt them all LOL – I can’t stand the noise – I will try the earbuds next time

  • Sandie Dec 11, 2016

    Have you tried ear plugs to just dull the noise a bit? Your quilting looks great! And I love the snowman. 🙂 Have a happy week!
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    • Karen Dec 11, 2016

      I have not – someone suggested ear buds and music next time – I will try to remember that.

  • Vivian Dec 12, 2016

    One concern: if your machine is very noisy, does it need to be oiled or serviced? I hadn’t noticed how noisy mine was until I got it back from service and really noticed a difference. On the music front: what kind of music are you listening to? Maybe choose instrumentals or classical so you’re not focusing on listening to lyrics or singing along while stitching! I actually like that part when I machine stitch, it keeps me relaxed while stitching so I don’t tense up and get those herky- jerky movements. Love your baskets and hand work, nothing at all wrong with switching it up to keep you fresh!

    • Karen Dec 12, 2016

      Vivian I have Juki machine I do believe they are a little louder than some to begin with – I know it is louder than my Janome low end machine that I have. One thing I love about the Juki is it is so easy to take care of, straight stitch only – no computerized parts. I gets oiled about every 8 hours of use and I clean it then too. When I change bobbins out I blow the lint out from underneath area, the needle was changed every 8 hours also. I’m afraid I’m an oldies music listener – I like the stuff from the 60’s-80’s time period. I have had my Juki for about 3 or 4 years now and have never had one speck of trouble with it – a very good machine. I think it is because up to about 5 or 6 years ago I mainly did almost everything by hand from the piecing to the quilting so anything with a machine noise I just find annoying!

  • Kate Dec 13, 2016

    Sometimes you just have to take a break, even when you are close to finishing. Hopefully you are now ready to get back at it and finish Hopscotch, it’s such a fun quilt.
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    • Karen Dec 13, 2016

      thanks, I do need to get started on that binding

  • Patricia Dec 13, 2016

    I am in love with your baskets – so pretty!
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    • Karen Dec 13, 2016

      thanks – this one will be really scrappy – but the I guess most of mine are lol

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