New Orleans House Project

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Rhythm of Hand Stitching

I find that lately I've been doing a lot more hand-stitching than is typical for me.  It has been very comforting to sit by the fire in the evening and hand-stitch my Quilty 365 block for the day or add some quilting stitches to a wall hanging project.

I've been keeping up with my daily circles for the Quilty 365 project.  Today is my sister's birthday, so I pulled this scrap of fabric in honor of her alma mater.
I've already chosen tomorrow's fabric in honor of Martin Luther King Day here in the U.S.  I'm using Karen K. Buckley's Perfect Circles technique for prepping my applique pieces, so I get the benefit of two different types of hand-stitching on each circle!

I took a class in back-basting from my LQS earlier this year.  I liked the technique so much, I made one of the projects from our textbook, Back-Basting Applique, Step by Step: By Hand or Machine.  I finished the applique last year, but just recently began hand-quilting the project.  I did simple outline and cross-hatch quilting on the applique panels.  For the border, I plan to just follow the geometric designs in the fabric.  Purple, green & gold are the traditional colors for Mardi Gras here in New Orleans, so I'm trying to finish this in time for that celebration - February 9th.  I haven't done much hand quilting in the past few years, and it has been very soothing to get that stitching rhythm back in my fingers!

Since today will definitely be one of those hand-stitching days, I'm linking up with Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching.  I'll be checking in there during my stitching breaks to see what hand-stitching everyone else is enjoying.


16 comments:

  1. What need fabrics for your circles--and I love your bird wall hanging--and I love the color choices--I also enjoy and do alot of hand stitching in my projects and enjoy applique alot--so keep on stitching as you have company--
    love and laughter, di

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  2. You will have a quilt with history for the 365 circles. Great idea! The boy you choose to represent Martin Luther King Day is wearing a Tshir with the Brazilian Flag ♥. Love it. And your birds applique is stunning. Hugs from Brazil.

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  3. I love your bird wall hanging. Back basting has become my favorite.... something about being too lazy to prep all the pieces first... heheheh. Your stitches look great. So glad you are enjoying hand quilting.

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  4. I have done backbasting by hand and machine. Using the machine on the border of Baltimore Garden really sped things up and kept that swag right where it needed to be. Love your birds and the fabric you chose to border it. Wonderful!

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  5. So many different hand stitching methods all in one post. Cute little birds. Now you have me thinking about what kind of fabric I can find for MLK tomorrow.

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  6. I've been enjoying my hand-stitching, too - it's been a long time! I love all your stitches!
    I watched a video tutorial on back-basting, but haven't tried it, yet.

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  7. Lovely hand-quilting Angie !
    I have to quilt several quilts ...ouch ! I'm late for that and I'd better do like you ! Quilting in front of the fireplace will be relaxing !

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  8. Lovely little appliqué project. Fun fabrics for your sisters birthday and today's MLK day. Thanks for the circle making link, makes it look easy!

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  9. These circles are fun aren't they? I love your little bid quilt. I'm starting to think spring now!

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  10. I have a circle in a square pattern, that I found in an Aussie magazine, way back about 2004. That circle method would be great for that pattern. I have the small circles, but, I haven't seen the larger ones in any of my local stores.

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  11. Love those birds, nice projects

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  12. So happy to hear that you find the hand quilting to be soothing again... lovely project to stitch!

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  13. You are having too much fun with those circles, love it! And the birds are gorgeous. What a wonderful way to include Mardi Gras in your pretty applique. I want to make a Mardi Gras wall hanging but the right inspiration hasn't hit yet. Hmmm.

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  14. Your 365 blocks are very fun, great way to choose your fabrics. Love the applique birds. Very colorful!

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