Friday, January 8, 2016

Friday, Friday!

It seems the more I get done on this quilt, the more I want to do! Thanks goodness for cold weather!!

 My quilting lines may not be correct, but hey, that's pretty good lookin' hand applique! LOL 
 One more block complete.
 I have had a really busy work week and haven't had a chance to respond to comments left. I was asked for more details about my hand quilting. Along with everything else I do with quilting, I'm sure there is a better way, this just happens to work for me. Everything in the above photo is kept on the coffee table, so when I watch a little evening television it is ready to pick up and quilt. (I don't recommend foreign films with subtitles!)
John James size 11 needles. They are tiny. (about 3/4" long)
I have to admit to using a variety of threads on my large, slow hand quilting. Right now I am using this Mettlers 50weight cotton  in ecru and I like it a lot. It doesn't twist or break.


Then I have my dollar store magnifying glasses (needing them more and more!) my Frixion pen, which irons off (yes, controversial, I know) and super simple metal thimble that is flat on the top. 
I also have an inexpensive  14" wooden hoop that I use.  I've tried various types and styles of hoops and this works for me.

That's it for my humble supplies. If you have a favorite hand quilting "tool or supply" feel free to tell me in the comments.


Not much new on my Instagram feed this week. I've been busy pushing auto parts instead of taking photos. I did sign up for a class at Sisters- taught by Sajuta- Yay! and I loved the book "The Taming of the Queen". I cannot remember who posted about it on their blog, but thanks!

I'm looking forward to the weekend. Love to you all!

34 comments:

  1. I use pretty much the same, but instead of the frixion pen I use sew line pink pencils. And, I can't quilt without a needle puller. It really protects your thumb because you don't pull with your thumb. Really would recommend that! Love your quilting job!

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  2. Your quilting is wonderful and I appreciate you sharing your supplies and process. It's fun to see what others use and how they go about it. I cracked up at the comment about foreign films. Too funny!

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  3. This was a week when I could not wait for Friday to arrive. Looking forward to spending some time with my basket quilt this weekend. Your quilt is so wonderful.

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  4. Your quilt is beautiful--all hand applique and quilting--a treasured heirloom

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  5. You are really coming along with your quilting. I too use a frixon pen, and a metal thimble. I use a gel thimble for applique and a metal flat top for quilting. I love John James needles. Right now I'm quilting with #12 pearl cotton for a bigger stitch. Hugs

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  6. I think your quilting is enhanced by those zebra glasses. Great quilting!!

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  7. Does your DH laugh at you for always working on a project while "watching" TV? Mine does (my son does also). They claim I don't really see the program. I think women can multi-task much better than men! I wish I could hand quilt, but my fingers go numb after a little bit of hand sewing - luckily I can do some hand appliqué if I don't do too much of it at once. However, I do like how I can get a quilt machine quilted a lot faster.

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  8. There is something about a red & green applique quilt that gets my heart beating a bit faster. I always have some kind of needlework handy while I watch TV. One thing though, I would rather use a Quilter's Ultimate Marking Pencil or Bohn Pencil...have a :( story about those chemical pens. Love your quilting.

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  9. Lori tu edredón es muy bonito!!
    yo utilizo agujas clover nº 12 y estirador de aguja
    el bastidor iguala al tuyo,
    la diferencia ¡¡no veo nunca la televisión!! para sorpresa de las quilter
    ¡no se encender la tele!

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  10. Randy is probably right about the glasses. Why doesn't my dollar store have such classics?
    I do keep a needle grabber handy for going through tough seams. Helps me keep a grip on the needle.
    I use the same brand of needles, but I use size 8. When I tell people that they are shocked. Everyone has been taught that you can't take small stitches with a large (by hand quilting standards) needle. I beg to differ.
    Haven't used the frixion pen, but I still haven't settled on one "best" marker. My Mom always used a pencil. That was the old school way. : )

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  11. My favorite hand-quilting tool has to be masking tape. I've used it for 40 years to temporarily mark straight lines. It can be easily ripped off and reused a couple of times. I also use it when machine quilting straight lines. Sally

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  12. Your quilting is just fantastic ! No doubt about that ! ;)
    Next time I will quilt, I will show you what french quilters use !

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  13. I hope there is more stitching time for you on the weekend! Your handquilting and applique look lovely to me :0) I smiled at your comment about films with subtitles - I know - lol! I also don't get many stitches in while watching Downton Abbey... I always mark straight lines with masking tape too but I'm a big believer in using what works best for you and makes you happy.

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  14. Lori, I can't tell you how much I love these pictures! What a treat on a dreary Friday when I am stuck at work and would much rather be home doing some hand applique myself.

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  15. Back when I did hand quilting, I didn't use a hoop or a frame, I just quilted in my lap after basting with safety pins - and I really enjoyed it that way. Your applique quilt is so beautiful - it'll be a family heirloom when it's finished!

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  16. Beautiful, Lori. I love Frixion pens but am scared to continue using them because of all the controversy. Glad to see you are using them. Now I 'll go back to them. I often said if it gets cold enough in my house for the marks to reappear then I have bigger problems.LOL

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  17. Your quilt is coming along beautifully. My hand quilting supplies are very similar but I use either blue wash out pen or a Karisma pencil for marking. I also suggest that a tenacious desire to complete a hand quilted project is always an asset. I love hand quilting but it does take some dedication and patience!

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  18. I was glad you showed your thread, I am still finding what I like best. I had Frixion pens that left lines behind, so I would not chance them again. I'm trying chalk pencils, but was very interested to see what the other ladies suggested. I am going to Google needle puller, as I don't know what that is.
    I shall enjoy watching your progress.

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  19. I use a small spoon underneath while quilting to bounce the needle off of. It saves pricked fingers.

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  20. Your quilting is so wonderful!! Love seeing your supplies and process!

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  21. Do you quilt the applique parts eg the leaves? would there be a problem over the years that these unquilted parts would "puff" up and eventually cause fabric wear and tear?

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    1. I'm quilting some of the larger pieces of applique. I doubt this quilt will see super heavy usage so I'm not too worried about that.

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  22. I use the same things, I like to keep it simple. One tip for the frixion pen - I remove the marks with my hairdryer. I have noticed that ironing can leave a fine white line, the hairdryer avoids that. I also use it if I have mismarked - then you can go back and redo.
    Your quilt is truly beautiful, I love it. Enjoy the quilting !

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  23. What beautiful hand quilting. Thanks so much for sharing the process. I used to use wooden hoops, but broke two in a row and switched to a plastic hoop which seems sturdier. Lovely even stitches!

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  24. LOL...i also avoid movies with subtitles too for the same reason..looks beautiful so far..

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  25. Just had to catch up...so great to see the progress on your Cherry Tree quilt! My own has been neglected since October. Every Christmas goes by wishing it was on our bed for the holidays. I used to quilt with a larger oval shaped hoop but as hands and arms have gotten "older" a smaller round 14" hoop seems to fit better.

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  26. Dear Lori,
    you must be close to the finish, knwo the feeling when it gets clores to finishing, no stopping then.
    Love your quiltstitches, this will be such a beautiful quilt.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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  27. This quilt is beautiful . I've got my 19th century medaillon quilt to hand quilt this winter

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  28. Interesting! I didn't know there were problems w/ Frixion pens. I do use them. Also use masking tape. I don t use a hoop; I use a thimble on each hand, one underneath. Any plain thimble is fine. And I use a long thin ''sharp'' John James. Manipulating the tiny needles hurts my hand / thumb. Of course I am not the best quilter either, though I've been quilting since I was a little girl. I love those glasses , Lori. So cool.

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  29. Beautiful work! Love your stitches, very neat. I love Mettler thread, unfortunately I cannot find the cotton kind anywhere (in The Netherlands) anymore. A quiltshop in my hometown used to have it and it was the only place, but it has gone out of business unfortunately. With regards to the needles, I am afraid I do not like the John James needles at all, have tried them a few times, but find the point not sharp enough and that the needle does not glide easily enough through the fabric. Instead, I love Bohin needles (all kinds of Bohin needles, bought all kinds of needles at their wonderful booth at Quilt Festival in Houston when I was there) and the needles by Jeana Kimball.

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  30. Your stitching is beautiful! Can you tell me what fabric you used for your background fabric?

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  31. Beautiful hand quilting! Your stitches looks so tiny and even. It is best to do things with a bit of style, I think your glasses add just the right amount. Seeing your photos is encouraging me to hand quilt my Cranberry Album top from the sew along with Karen. I just need to get the blocks put together.

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  32. So nice to see your Cherry Tree quilt. It has inspired me to finish the last block and get started on my borders. Yours is such a winner; you are a dedicated quilter, no doubt about it.

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