Monday, September 3, 2012

When Pigs fly....

Bonnie Hunter over at Quiltville, has decided to do some type of hand work for an hour each day she is home. I swear she and I are on the same wavelength! I have had my Giant New York Sunflower (really a Giant Dahlia, but hey..I made mine to look like a sunflower!lol) waiting for more hand quilting FOREVER. I usually only hand quilt when I travel, and I don't travel often, so not much has gotten done. The full pic of the sunflower is in my header. I quilted in the ditch around each of the brown sections in the middle and have completed this little design in one round of yellow petals:
I am now working on making little clam shells in another round of yellow petals:
Bonnie asked us to show where we work, so here goes. My quilt is kept in a wicker laundry basket under the end table next to my big, oversized chair in my living room. Remember Lily Tomlin when she was the little girl sitting in the big rocker with her feet hanging down? That's how I feel in this chair. I am tall and yet I can just pull up my legs and get all comfy in here! Notice in the basket is a green zippered bag that Shellie made for me. In there I keep the thread, snips, etc that I need for the quilting. Also notice that I do not use a hoop when I hand quilt. I just can't get comfy. I just let the quilt lie in my lap and work that way. Sigh..I am sure it's wrong, but it's my quilt, so oh, well! lol.
Last but not least for today is my flying pig. I picked him up in Connecticut on a quilting retreat and he reminds me of my wonderful Cobbled Court Quilt Circle sisters. I used to think that this quilt would get done when pigs fly but now this little guy shows me that pigs DO have wings and with this 1 hr a day commitment, it WILL get done!!!
Bonnie has a Mr. Linky for everyone who wants to join along in trying to hand quilt/sew for an hour a day. So, I hope you click on her link above and join in! I know that not only does my Sunflower need this, but I do, too. There is something so soothing and relaxing about hand quilting that you just can't get from machine quilting. I am a novice at hand quilting, but I just love how the stitches improve over time.


  1. Great post, and great quilt! You linked to my regular website, not to the blog, so could you link to this post:


    1. Thanks! Think I have it corrected now! Love seeing everyone's projects!

  2. That's a beautiful sunflower(OK, Dahlia) quilt! I'm from Kansas so maybe I'm prejudiced since sunflowers are our state flower. Hope you have a very productive week!

  3. Your sunflower quilt is beautiful! I'll be eager to see it come along. :)

  4. Hey, if the quilting gets done, who cares if a hoop was used--I don't use a hoop either. Whatever works best for you is what works! That's why Baskin Robbins has 31 flavors! Beautiful, sunny quilt.

  5. I 'don't do' hand work, that being said, I did start a hexie project and have kept with sewing at least one flower each day, maybe that will be my Sept TO DO.

    I have a pattern and templetes but have not tried the large Dahlia's (yet)

  6. A very wise person once said-"there is no right or wrong way to quilt. As long as you love what you do it's right!" So there!!! Lots of people don't quilt with a hoop,some don't use a thimble(not sure how they do that)and our foremothers used whatever they had handy.

    I love this idea and I do have a couple of hand quilting projects I could work on-might have to be in 2 half hour sessions but still a great idea. Thanks Bonnie.

  7. Whatever works is right for you! I wish I could quilt without a hoop....they are so awkward.

  8. i do not have a hoop, just quilt on my enamel green table, one stich at a time. progress not perfection

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