Saturday, January 30, 2010

Over 220 Yards and Counting

I finished up a 220 yard spool of thread last night while hand quilting my turtle quilt. That means there is more than 220 yards of thread in that quilt since I have several spools of that thread that I have used on this quilt.

I have 3 more blocks to quilt and then I can start on the borders. It seems to be taking me longer to finish a swirled block, but my stitches are much more uniform and I am getting more stitches per inch.

I really like how it looks and it is very warm. My youngest is getting very excited about me finishing it. I hope the smell of his dorm room doesn't permeate it permanently.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Turtle Quilt Update

Thanks to Loni and Jill talking about how much they like "The Closer" I have been able to complete several blocks on the turtle quilt in the last few weeks.

I bought the first season of "The Closer" on dvd and was immediately hooked, and bought the other seasons available. I want to finish the turtle quilt soon, so the rule became no "Closer" unless I was hand quilting. By abiding by the rule I was able to finish a few blocks. This weekend I had a "Closer" marathon that finished up the dvds, but it also allowed me to finish three blocks and I am 1/8 of the way through another spiral block. The spiral blocks take me several hours each.

Unfortunately, I have finished all the dvds, but now I am only 5 blocks away from starting on the borders of the quilt. In fact, I am so close I had the youngest set up my quilting frame tonight so that I can start the borders immediately upon completely the last block.

New rule, I must hand quilt at least an hour a night.

I know the youngest would like me to finish his quilt. He thanks me every time he sees me working on it. The end is in sight now and I am getting very excited about having a completed quilt that is hand quilted.

Monday, January 4, 2010

BFF Finished Her Quilt for Her Hubby

BFF finished her first quilt, a frayed edge Brick Around the World on January 2, 2010. It was a present for her husband for Christmas.