Sunday, July 13, 2014

Really Slow Sunday Stitching

I know I am slowly making progress on all of my stitching projects, but it seems to me that it is really slow progress. I have been spending a lot of my time reading. It is summer and I really love to read out on my backyard deck in the summer. I will update my latest book reading on Wednesday as usual. My reading has been eating in to my stitching time though. 
I have been hand-quilting a little bit each day on my daughter's Christmas Peanut's quilt. I have finally finished quilting a string of lights in the first two borders.


 I'm not sure you can see it in this picture but it spans both the red and green borders. 
Now I have to work on the outer blue border. Unfortunately, all of the careful marking that I completed before I basted this quilt together has disappeared along with all the stencil adjustments I made to ensure that this pattern would go around the quilt in a nice flow. 
I am using the stencil below for this outer border.
Now though, I have to mark it all over again. I have decided to mark and quilt each corner individually and then fill in between, making adjustments as I go. I don't want to spend the time marking the whole border just to have it rub off again. It is so very frustrating and much more difficult to mark now that the layers are sandwiched together. I am using a soapstone pencil as it seems to work the best in this situation. I quilted one corner yesterday.
You can just barely see the stitching. Now I am off to mark a second corner and then sit and quilt it up. I am excited to be working on the last border and have a renewed energy to get this finished before December so my daughter can have it in her apartment. 

I am linking up with Kathy's Quilts for some Slow Sunday Stitching today. See what other bloggers are stitching at her site.

Thanks for stopping by!

12 comments:

mamasmercantile said...

Looking forward to seeing the end result, its certainly looking good so far.

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

I have the opposite going on, hardly reading at all with lots of stitching. I think you just have to do what you are in the mood for.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

I agree with Tanya, you should do what you feel like doing. I mark with a mechanical pencil so that the marks don't rub off, but I wash all my projects

CathieJ said...

Thank you.

CathieJ said...

So very true. Right now for me it is reading, but the quilting has been fun today.

Deb A said...

I've been reading a bit this week too. Always do what you are in the mood for - otherwise it feels like work =) Love the lights.

Quilter Kathy said...

That's a great idea to mark as you go and then quilt each corner and work in. Love that stencil design! Enjoy!

karen said...

my knitting has been minimal as well due to summer busyness. I am sure you will be making progress in no time at all!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Who wouldn't want a peanuts quilt!!! Adorable! :0 )

CathieJ said...

I had to make it for my Peanuts loving daughter the minute I saw the kit.

CathieJ said...

Thank you.

CathieJ said...

Corners are done, now I have to figure how to fit the stencil in the middle of each side.