I have been doing a lot of hand work this week since my sewing machine has been at the "spa". I miss it very much, but thankfully I have lots of hand work projects to keep me out of trouble!
I finished my "Bowls with Borders" project that I posted on my blog yesterday. That little quilt had a lot of hand quilting and hand beading, and I enjoyed every stitch.
Then I worked on the last block for my Journey of A Quilter project. This is a project that I've been working on for a long long time...guess it's a long journey!
I have been using one of my favorite tools - the Clover Needle Threader.
I discovered that you need to have the "right" combination of needle and thread to get it to work, but when it works, it's awesome. I have been using 2 strands of DMC embroidery floss for this project and this tool threads my needle with no problem. It is great for late night stitching when old, tired eyes can no longer thread a needle!
Most of the stitching on this block is a back stitch, but I made some french knots for the centers of some of the flowers and have really enjoyed that.
In my blogland travels this week I found a gorgeous Christmas quilt pattern with patchwork AND stitchery blocks...AND it's free. Hop over to Red Brolly to download the patterns - step one is here.
What have you been stitching this week?
Link up your blogpost about your hand work and share your progress with us!