Saturday, February 23, 2013

Quilting Progress


The wall hanging top is finished, it's backed and sandwiched.


And the hand quilting has begun.

I'm a trifle handicapped though 'cause I have a cut on the end of my needle-pulling thumb that was healed, I thought, but I keep popping it open.  (Oh, yes, quilting is a very hazardous obsession.)  Working with a bandaid on the thumb seems even more of a handicap.  (Whine, whine.)  

Worry thee not, I shall persevere.  (Not much keeps me from quilting when I have the chance!) 

16 comments:

Tombstone Livestock said...

It's looking good. Take care of that thumb.

Katidids said...

It's beautiful! I love those colors. I admire your hand quilting. I don't have the patience for it but it makes such a difference to the look of a quilt

Michelle said...

Your top looks great. I will have to try hand quilting.

Sparkless said...

It's looking good. I hope your thumb can hold up till you get it finished. Cuts on your fingers are so annoying because they can be so small but be such a huge handicap.

Mama Pea said...

Tombstone Livestock - Thank you! I kept salve and a bandaid on my thumb all last night and most of the day today and it looks as though there's some healing going on again.

Mama Pea said...

Katidids - Thanks very much. Hand quilting isn't my favorite part of the whole process but you're so right . . . it makes a much nicer looking quilt.

Mama Pea said...

Michelle - On a baby quilt or something that's going to be used and washed a lot, hand quilting doesn't hold up so I machine stitch things like that. Thanks for the nice words and do try hand quilting. It's not that hard. I don't worry too much about what my stitches look like on the back (especially on a wall hanging where no one sees the back!) as long as they're tolerable on the front.

Mama Pea said...

Sparkless - And have you ever noticed that when you do have a wound on your fingers, you bump it or get liquid that stings in it about 75 times a day? Shows how much we use our fingers and hands . . . like constantly!

Ruth Dixon said...

I think it is beautiful. I love the art involved in quilting. I have to admit though, I don't have the patience for it. I have a lot of people tell me "oh, you will love to quilt". Nope, I won't, but I can appreciate the beauty and talent quilters have inside them. Hope that cut heals. It never fails that it's always the finger you use the most (even if it's the finger you never use.)

Stephanie said...

Oh it's pretty!!!

Mama Pea said...

Ruth - The way you feel about quilting is the way I feel about spinning. I LOVE the looks and functionality (that a word?) of a spinning wheel but would never have the patience to spin my own yarn. Funny how we have tolerance for one thing but not the other, eh?

Haha! I know! Even when you get a cut or hurt a finger on your non-dominant hand, you think, "No biggie. I never use that finger anyway." That's when you find out you USE IT CONSTANTLY but just aren't aware of it!

Mama Pea said...

Stephanie - Thank you!

Erin said...

Hand quilting, hmmmmph! LOL, someday I want to be able to sit and do that even though I have NO patience, because it makes a quilt sooo much better! Someday, when my hand stitching doesn't look like a 5 year old did it :)

Mama Pea said...

Erin - My hand quilting stitches will never win any prizes, believe me! I try really hard and decide that they are acceptable . . . then I see someone else's work who really CAN hand quilt and I'm embarrassed at how bad mine looks!

LindaCO said...

Lovely colors! I had a cut on my thumb a few weeks ago that made me feel like a baby for not wanting to practice my banjo. It hurt!

Mama Pea said...

LindaCO - Ouchie, that hurts just to think about you strumming banjo strings with a cut in your thumb. Don't blame you a bit for avoiding it. My cut has healed nicely since I've kept salve and a bandaid on it as much as possible. However, it is a little disturbing when you're in the middle of fixing a meal when you notice the bandaid is no longer on your thumb. Umm . . . uh . . .