Thursday, July 25, 2013

Oh, I'm Crazy!!!

I decided about two weeks ago that I was going to hand quilt my Hexie project for the


I really have a hard time putting a sewing machine needle to all of that hand sewing and I really want nice clean lines for the project that I am working on.   Let's Say I'm CRAZY!  I have a few weeks to do a lot of hand quilting.

  I finished up the back (I used a sewing machine for that) this week and made my little quilty sandwich.  Well, since I was going to spend all that time hand quilting, I thought I should use a good thread. I kept seeing several quilters using Aurifil 12wt.  thread.  Well, of course my local quilt shop carries absolutely none.  Zero!!  So, I began my search for it and was led to Follow that Thread.  I wanted to match my fabric perfectly, but the Internet just didn't help my color choice.  I e-mailed Donna at Follow that Thread and she suggested that I send her some fabric samples.  Within a little more than a week of the first e-mail, I had this gorgeous thread in my hands and it matches beautifully.  Thank you, Donna!!!
 

Isn't so pretty??  I have done a little quilting with it already and I LOVE IT.  It has a great shine to it and it is wonderful to work with.  It reminds me of spun silk. 


I also invested in a wooden hoop.  It was relatively inexpensive and it is soooo much better than the little hoop I was using. 
 
It is driving me crazy not to show you the whole thing, but August 21st is not too far away.  Right?  Here is a little bigger peek.


Wish me luck, I am going to need a bunch and probably a lot of Band-Aids for my fingers.

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16 comments:

  1. Looking good Amy. You can do it!

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  2. I know exactly how you feel. I have yet to hand stitch my grandmas flower garden. I am just marking it right now. It is all hand made too

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  3. It is going to be beautiful :-)

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  4. Ahhh - as someone who routinely subjects herself to insane quilty endeavors, I can commiserate. ;D This is going to be MARVELOUS!! Glad to hear the hoop is worth it, as I'm about to try one out to finish Kelly's hand quilting on her 30's quilt. Wasn't sure if I was going to like one, so I've been hesitating to pick one up. Guess I'll go get one during today's errands!

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  5. Oh It's looking great! Can't wait to see all of it :)

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  6. Looking pretty, that Aurifil thread looks divine.

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  7. The sneak peek of your project is looking like it's going to be gorgeous !

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  8. How pretty just from the sneaky peek! Keep going and it will be done in no time at all...wishing you the best of luck on finishing this quickly...

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  9. I'm sure you can do it. Good luck!

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  10. Yes you are crazy but it will be so worth it.

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  11. Best of Luck! My first quilt ever was hand pieced and hand quilted (I was too cheap to buy a sewing machine and thought "hey, sewing can't be that hard right?" LOL). I've got two tops upstairs pieced by my great-great grandmother that the family wants me to do and I've been avoiding it because I know I'll want to hand quilt it and it will take forever. I'll def check out that thread. I used King Tut for my last hand quilting project and it was quite nice but i'm always up for trying new things :)

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  12. Looks really nice! Love the blue and yellow together.

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  13. Looking forward to seeing that hexie project. Love the colors I can see so far. And thanks for linking to Hexie Friday - I wouldn't have seen your hand quilting otherwise. Will have to look into that thread when I go to Long Beach Festival next Friday.

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  14. Wow! Huge choice! I've been contemplating the same thing on a large Hexy quilt of mine. Although in my case I'm thinking machine quilting will ensure all those hand sewn seams won't come apart! :). Can't wait to see your quilt all done!!

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  15. Sew Darn Crafty is all about YOU! you always have great ideas..

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  16. Can't wait for the hop to see what you've created!!

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