07 April, 2020

Hand Work

There's nothing more relaxing for me in the evenings, while watching TV, than hand work. It's centering: the rhythm of the needle passing in and out and the feeling of getting something accomplished that won't be undone immediately is satisfying. I finished the binding on this latest tumbler quilt (this has got to be at least the fifth or sixth one that I've made) all cut from charm squares. I use a four inch tumbler, sixteen horizontal rows with nineteen tumblers in each row, for a total of 304 tumblers in each lap quilt. That should give you an idea of how many charm squares I've had stashed! 😲 This year I am keeping these aside, however many I end up making by late fall, for donation to adopted families living in poverty, several churches (ours included) go together to send relief at Christmastime. 
These bright and cheery lap quilts measure 52" X 64".

Well, there's only so many quilts to bind. SEW-- I've turned my attention to hand embroidery for the  current evening pastime. These embroidery designs were subscription-based from years ago: "Nice People, Nice Things"; I collected the entire set. How will I set these blocks for finishing? I have no idea. But, for now, one by one: they're getting stitched and that's a whole lot better than sitting in a bag on a shelf in the stash closet! 
These are all being stitched on Essex Linen with "Cloudy Day" variegated thread by Cottage Garden. 

Adapting to an upside-down🙃 world: our oldest granddaughter and I have been video-chatting with filters; naturally, it's not as much fun as in-person hugs and story-time or baking cookies together but we enjoy visiting this way and many giggles are shared. Stay safe, stay healthy, wash your hands!🧼

"So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love ~"
1 Corinthians 13:13

Life is Good!

Up next: Planting Color


Janet O. said...

I love tumbler quilts. This one is wonderfully scrappy and cheerful! Sounds like it will be going to a good home in the future.
Beautiful stitched blocks--and I like the sentiments and the name of the project.
Aren't we blessed by technology to stay in touch when we can't have those hugs?

cityquilter grace said...

wouldn't it be amazing if we quilters all ended up with NO UFOs after this? nice that you are making a dent...and i love your embroidery project!

straythreads said...

beautiful tumbler quilt so cheerful!! Your stitching looks exquisite
I have enjoyed all your recent posts to timely and thought provoking. Its nice to know there are a few sane people out there who are trusting in their faith.