Hand Quilting Has Started Again and There is some Exciting NEWS!!!

The air is starting to feel a bit autumn-ish with a cool undercurrent noticed from time to time here in the mountains of North Carolina!
While you are staying at home if you know these 2 things and how they work together … what phone are you using to call all your friends???!!!

Me and My friends use mainly Verizon Wireless for our phone service 🙂

  But finding a facebook friend shared this Ad … I had to pass it along to you all!  I grew up using Bell South phones… who woulda thought we really would have video chatting in 2020 to get us all by!Me and my besties got new shirts.

Connie got one too but she has been working so much you just get to see me and Jannessa in ours!!!  We all love these new shirts I picked up for us from MSQC 🙂
While I am sharing Jannessa above… I wanted you to take notice of her new grandchild Grayson in her arms… he had a stricture in his small bowel that typically doesn’t show itself enough for fixing til babies are about 1 month… well he is and he is having that stricture removed and is currently recovering in the hospital being watched as he eats and digests the food!  Keep him in your thoughts.. his parents are worn out and so is his Nana Jannessa!
Being her first set of nail polish strips.. she didn’t like how 1 was put on … so the following week she sparkled it up a bit!

Jannessa did make time to put on a French Manicure from Color Street Y’all!

I love that sparkly nail mixed with the french manicure too ❤  And she shared some extra Color Street she had with her oldest grandgirl Addison!

She is 10 and has such sweet hands ❤

All these hands were bathed in good quality products too!  This Mineral Fusion brand from Amazon!

At the beginning of the week I really found this quote spoke to me and motivated me to focus on stitching…

As I finished stitching “Kristen”s name…

I remembered a video I had on different embroidery types on Bluprint …

*now changing back to Craftsy*

Jessica Marquez is a great teacher…
See how she did back stitches along the top and bottom line
she wants to make a satin stitch around.

So left is my progress finished with names and starting on the year they are to marry… and the left is even closer up 🙂  Very pleased with this …

And once all the embroidery was complete I remembered I had this stuff…and a soft toothbrush to scrub off any showing pencil markings!  IT WORKS!!!!  Look for it HERE

Now it was time to sew that last seam together I had left it apart for the embroidery 🙂

This is my 301 Julius… He is amazing at closing up this seam!

I gave the quilt top (flimsy) a good press and then checked out
How Far apart do I need to plan my quilting for this batting???
8″ apart is GREAT!  I won’t hand quilt that far apart but good to know it is a sturdy batting!

I am blessed to have several hand quilting friends who are wiser than me… 
1st advice… treat the stripes on this quilt top like it is one piece of fabric…
2nd advice… treat the faceted heart like a faceted diamond with V shapes all around showing it’s brilliance 🙂  I loved this idea!!!!  And here is a close up of how that looks>>>
I have a eye shadow applicator & I fill a bottle lid up with water and dip that spongy end in it to remove marks when I am marking with my blue water soluble marking pen 🙂  Works GREAT!

Finally … I have the quilt top all layered up now… it measures about 40″ x 60″ wide.. remember this a wedding surprise for my son and his bride to be… so no showing the flimsy in full here but you will get snippets as I work on it ❤

And in this shot you can see my focus today.. I will probably still be working on the faceted heart part of this quilt… but you never know!  It was sure nice to get thimbles back on my fingers!!!!  
Linking this progress of getting back to slow stitching my favorite way to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching >>>> HERE 
and with the gals too at HQAL

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaret, TracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenKathiDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie

That is what their ride in life is like… you have read about me and my friend’s ride… how about you?  

Share in the comments what your ride is like now… after all the changes we are all experiencing!!!

Have a blessed day Y’all!  Thanks for visiting and have a safe ride!  

P. S.  It took 2 hours to write this post due to new blogger interface… I hope this gets easier!


15 thoughts on “Hand Quilting Has Started Again and There is some Exciting NEWS!!!

  1. CathieJ

    Congratulations! What wonderful news! I reposted the first meme, because I remember those days using the pencil. Love all the nail pics. I am thinking of gifting my daughter some of these for Christmas. Never to early to plan. Your embroidery is looking really great!


  2. Gretchen Weaver

    I'm glad you're hand quilting again even though it's not Appalachian Delight. What's the drama here, schools is starting! What a hard decision for parents to make, online or in school. Have a great week and, of course, happy stitching!


  3. Karen - Quilts...etc.

    congratulations to your daughter on her engagement so nice they shared in photos. The quilting you choose looks like it will work out really great. Wishing your friends baby the best that is a rough time to go through. Not really talking on the phone much but I text and message a lot – everyday my daughters and I have a message group going off and on one will chime in and another might be on hours later but it goes to all three of us off and on during the day


  4. Kim

    Poor little Grayson. I hope he recovers soon and his parents and grandma can get some rest and not worry so much. It is difficult when such a wee baby is not well. Congratulations to your daughter and her fiancee. Such a fun proposal. The quilt on the frame has such pretty colours in it. Loving your quilting. Here in Tassie we are doing quite well re the COVID situation. The USA and other countries are a worry though. So many people there seem to not be taking this situation seriously.


  5. Little Penpen

    Congrats! To Brandi and future hubby and everyone on the new engagement!! So sorry about little Grayson, but glad he is recovering nicely. Those are cute quilting t shirts. Your wall hanging looks so pretty; your embroidery is beautiful! I definitely know about the pencil and cassette tape, so I’m all on board for staying home. I’m worn out with my daddy’s surgery and care the past two weeks. He’s doing much better and I’m hoping for more home time this week. My fingers are itching to stitch!


  6. Deb A

    Congrats to your daughter and her fiance! Beautiful stitches on the quilt surprise. I found a few hickups with blogger this morning…. some of my labels have gone missing and it won't allow me to add new ones. I also dislike having to resize the photo's. I hope they 'fix' it correctly one of these times.


  7. Deb

    You have some wonderful projects going on and some sweet family photos posted and oh my those cassettes would have been wasted if not for the trusty pencil. Goodness somewhere packed in a box are a few Bell telephones from way back when. Good wishes for Graysons recovery.


  8. Quilter Kathy

    Loved your blog post… you had me laughing from the start (yes I know how those 2 things are connected!) then ooohhing and ahhhing over your project with the lovely hand quilting, and then celebrating with you that young people are still believing in love enough to get hitched… especially during covid times!Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!


  9. nwpaintedlady

    Congratulations to the family on your daughters engagement. Very cute signs for the proposal. Loved the phone advertisement, I may have to use it too. Having been an old GTE operator in the 70's I really appreciated it. Your hand stitching is lovely and they are going to love that quilt 🙂


  10. Jill

    Informative and happy post regarding DD and future SIL! They sure look happy. Congrats to all. Prayer for ‘lil Grayson. Yay, Craftsy is back. I did not know that. I have used Dream Cotton batting with success. Pretty manicure stitching hands.


  11. Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana

    Hi Kathi, I am caught up on your posts now. Congrats to Brandi and Tim…they look like a sweet couple. Thanks for sharing your little tips re quilting and recycling mascara wands, etc. I also admire your nails. Mine are a mess what with the gardening. I like having nice nails so should take better care. Have a great weekend!



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