I know it doesn't look like much, but in the past two weeks I've hand-pieced most of the green connector hexies seen here. Between (American) football games and the World Series (Dear Husband is from Kansas City), there have been plenty of hand-piecing evenings to enjoy. More American football today, plus the first winter-like temps of the season, led to great hand-piecing opportunities!
I did some serious work with spray starch and a hot iron today. I thought I'd give you an idea in the difference between my grandmother's piecing and mine. My grandmother pieced the hexies without marking any type of seam allowance, used doubled thread and large knots to help anchor her thread. I need to ask my mom and aunt for more information about when these blocks were pieced - was my grandmother losing her sight or was this her usual method of piecing? I own several other quilts made by my grandmother, but I've never taken them apart to look at the style of hand-piecing.
My style of hand-piecing is a little different. I don't use knots, just back stitching. I use fine 100% cotton thread (Aurifil is my current favorite), a small sharps needle and I mark my stitching lines with a pencil. I confess my stitching is kind of slow, but enjoying the process is all part of the experience!
I'm linking up with more slow stitchers who enjoy the process via Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.