I have been trying to finish a lot of little projects around here before I go away on that
Disney _ _ _ _ _ _.
Tying up loose ends, so I can disconnect next weekend and just relax. My hubby asked me last night, if I was going to be posting while on vacation, and I had to think about it... Then said, "Well, no, perhaps I will stick up a GONE fishing sign." He suggested a Mickey Mouse image with a fishing pole. ;-) Glad he's looking out for me!
Thought I'd show some progress on my King Size Hawaiian quilt. In the evening time, usually while watching a two hour American Idol show, I sit and work on this quilt. I had taken it to Minnesota with me and only put about 5 hours into it, but I am bound and determined to finish it. I'm really excited to quilt it. So, one stitch at a time, I am working my way around it. It's taken me about 6-7 hours to finish one quadrant.
I'm doing needle turn, and at one point, I took my hand out from underneath the quilt, my left hand pointer finger, gave me quite a surprise and nearly made my daughter faint... Do you know how when needle turning you often poke your other finger just a tiny bit when you looking for the tip of the needle? (well I do anyway) I had SEWN straight through the top layers of my pointer finger. I had sewn myself to the quilt, thread right through my finger, and I had no idea.
It didn't hurt, it wasn't deep or anything... I laughed and Boo turned around and went completely white! I should have taken a picture... But I couldn't manage it since I had a king size quilt attached to my hand... LOL!
I want to share with you TWO sewing goodies that I LOVE.
One is Clover Black GOLD Needles.
I'm using the No. 10's. I find them FABULOUS for getting those tiny tiny stitches I need, and it glides through the fabric. The needle EYE is SOOOO tiny it;s a bit hard to thread, so I need to buy a needle threader. Adding that to my list to buy this weekend. The needles are very very sharp, and I guess that's why I didn't notice it going through my finger tip!
The SECOND "LOVE" is, Superior Threads, "The Bottom Line" thread by Libby Lehman. The super fine, slippery thread completely disappears in the applique. It makes my slightly inexperienced applique look really good! ;-) Although I notice that the thread divides (separates) , which makes it even harder to get it threaded in those tiny clover eyes. Overall? It's worth it. Definitely!
So far it's going really well, Although I have only done ONE of the 8 small star thing-ies... ack! That ONE was not fun. Having never had a proper applique lesson, I'm sure I could learn some tricks to make those easier... Note to self: Add to my list of things to do.
Why am I making this quilt?
I received two new books on paper cutting for Christmas which inspired me to play. So this quilt is not technically Hawaiian, but a version inspired by the idea of it and my play in paper cutting. It's not nearly as complicated as these amazing paper cuts though. I made a little paper piece I thought was pretty, so I made it into a quilt. simple. pure.
Any tips or tools you can share with us that you LOVE?
Have a lovely weekend.