Sunday, June 24, 2012

Oh My Stars! There Are Stars!

One of my favorite blogs to follow is Kathy's Quilts. She has decided to start a Sunday link up of hand stitching. Now that's up my alley. But do I know how to "link up" or even how you go about learning? No! So I'll just show you what I've been doing.

My current hand quilting project is from the past. It's from about 10 or so years ago. Then I was  is a group called the Needle Nuts and we decided to exchange blocks found in the book Nickel Quilts by Pat Speth & Charlene Thode.

I haven't a clue how many blocks we traded each month or for how long we traded blocks. We just did! During the winter I decided to dig out the blocks and put them together into a top. Then sent it out to the local long-arm lady and she quilted a grid thru each block. That's my way to baste a quilt together, and it doesn't hurt my back at all. (You are suppose to chuckle to yourself now.)

First thing I did was quilt two rows across the middle of the quilt, then two rows down the center. Now that the quilt is divided into 4 parts I am quilting each section. I can now brag that I have two sections done and am working on the third one.

Yeah, I know this is way more info than you wanted to know but I just had to explain. Now for the pictures.

 The blocks finish 4-1/2 inches. My quilt is 12 blocks wide and 19 blocks long. Good gosh, do you realize that's 228 blocks! 

I'm doing the "Big Stitch" hand quilting in a neutral color of thread on the prints, nothing on the light triangles. Except (yeah, I had to make an exception) I have quilted the entire star shape on three bright purple blocks. I love those!

It will be interesting to see how far along I am by next Sunday.