Sunset - June 2, 2020

Sunset - June 2, 2020

Saturday, May 25, 2013

It's in the bag (s).....

Less you think my hands have been idle during all The Wedding preparations -

After much trial and error - this beaded purse was finished for Jena to keep lipstick, etc. in during the wedding reception...

My earlier knitting projects have been done on slightly larger needles - Like these.....

However, working with size 00 needles was quite an adventure - my hands would cramp up when I first started out but gradually after learning to relax and getting a rhythm going it became an enjoyable project.Then a quick tote bag to hold Jena's miscellaneous wedding day necessities since the wedding party will be getting ready at the house.

The tutorial is at my own little Brigitte Giblin - hexie purse is done - just in time to go to the Bridal Shower today...

And icing on the cake this weekend as we all gather to celebrate Mom and Dad's 70th Wedding Anniversary and Dad's 95th birthday. So much excitement and blessings and it just keeps getting better....Wedding Day countdown... One week to go!!! Taking a blogging break for now - things are going to be quite busy around Taylorsoutback!!!!!Wishing each of you a beautiful Holiday weekend and remember to pause in reflection of what Memorial Day means to each of us and the sacrifices made by so many in service to our country.






Monday, May 13, 2013

Spring 2013 Hand Quilting Blog Hop

So happy you dropped by to visit - thanks to Caron Mosey at Celebrate Hand Quilting for organizing this blog hop. I joined her group a few months ago and have discovered a bunch of very gifted people who love hand quilting. Back in 1982 when I started on the path to quilting (for which there is no turning back) we were taught the basics of how to quilt by hand. As the years moved along, I left that technique behind for basic home machine quilting or sending my completed top off to one of the talented long arm quilters in our area.

A couple of my favorites were done by other quilters...

A Log Cabin quilt I pieced and sent off to Polly Swartzentruber of West Salem, Ohio - i bring this out every Spring.

The label I made indicates she used 675 yards of quilting thread...

This quilt was presented to me after serving as President in our guild for 2 years. Hand quilted by Kathy Christianson and signed by the members - lots of special memories.


In 1999, after seeing a similar quilt done by Marsha McCloskey, I pieced and hand quilted this Churn Dash using an allover Baptist Fan.


I like to make inked labels for the back.

Summers find me outside in our gardens so this embroidered wall hanging (pattern by Crabapple Hill) was a must! I did hanging diamonds in the sashing and quilted around the embroidered designs.


Most recent is my Beyond the Cherry Tree quilt which is my first large applque project and has brought me back to the gentle art of using a thimble and needle to quilt. I plan on returning to it after the June 1st wedding of our son and soon to be daughter-in-law.

Do you have fingers stiff with arthritis like I do? These little rubber thimbles help me to grip the between needle more comfortably. I wear it on my thumb and use a leather thimble on the standard quilting finger.

Thank you so much for visiting today - I hope you will give hand quilting a try or return to it if you have been away like me. Be sure to check out the other blogs which are participating in this hop. Caron will post additional new blog links each day. My own work is not fancy and is quite simple and there is much to learn from this truly incredible quilting group!

Happy stitching everyone!