Sunday, January 13, 2013

Slow Stitching Sunday

I love Slow Sunday Stitching!
I get up early before anyone is awake in the house and when it's still dark outside, put on my new coffee maker (which I love), and start my day with some relaxing quilting and meditation.
This is the block I just finished quilting and I'm very pleased with how it turned out.

I was hoping to get the binding on my Words quilt to stitch down today, but that didn't happen yet. 

So I'll be putting in a few more quilting stitches in my Journey of a Quilter (pattern by Leanne Beasley). I want to try these discs that are called "under thimbles". 

They are supposed to eliminate the injury to your fingers that are under the quilt that start to bleed after continuous needle pricks. 
I found two different kinds to try - one with dimples, and one without.  
Have you tried them? Any tips?
What are you hand stitching this week? Share a link to your blogpost and show us what project has captured your fancy!

18 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great way to start the day. You are making great strides in getting hand quilting done.

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  2. The block you worked on is so pretty and your quilting stitches look wonderful.

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  3. Oh please do share how you like them. I am not looking forward to the sore finger again from hand quilting.

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  4. Sounds like a great way to start the day! I do love that top you are quilting.

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  5. I love the stitchery on your quilt. It gave me an idea for something I might try. Enjoy your Sunday!

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  6. Hi Kathy! I have the very same under thimble without dimples that you have. I bought it because I have Neuropathy in my fingertips and can't feel it when I poke myself so I don't know it until it goes very deep or it bleeds through my work. The problem I found with it was that the needle would slide on the metal piece without dimples. The one with the dimples in it wasn't available when I started using them..so I just use one of the leather thimble pads on both my right upper hand and under hand...sometimes I will put one on two of my fingers underneath my work because I don't always use the same finger, LOL. Anyway, that has saved my fingers a great deal of needle sticks, not to mention stopped lots of rinsing blood spots out of my work. However, I may go look now for the under thimble with the dimples as that would work wonderfully. Let me know how they work out for you. Hugs...

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  7. Those are darling little flowers! I bought some cute little projects to embroider this year, you've inspired me.

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  8. I'll be interested to know what you think about the under thimbles. Never tried them, but I have wondered.

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  9. Kathy, I've just found your blog and I love the idea of your Slow Sunday Stitching... sounds perfect to me :)
    I too enjoy mostly quiet and our days sound similar.
    I'm going to share your button on my blog if that's ok.

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  10. Beautiful stitching as always Kathy! Sounds like a perfect morning start to me. I'm just counting the years until the wee ones will sleep past 6 or 6:30.
    No help on the dimples.... I am still unconventional with no hoop or thimbles when I stitch. I might try a hoop when I get to my firecracker quilt though.

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  11. I'll be hand stitching the back of the binding on my bed scarf. And I've ordered the papers to begin a hexagon project.

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  12. Your embroidered nine patch is lovely! So happy to be back with some slow Sunday stitching!

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  13. Beautiful stitching. You must let us know if the "under thimbles" work for you.

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  14. Beautiful stitching for sure! I have tried the under thimbles and I feel that they make the needle slip. Other people have said they really like them so it's obviously a very personal choice.

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  15. Kathy, I use the under thimble with the dimples as my all-the-time thimble! I love it! It is lightweight - I don't even know it is on my finger, and no sweating. And the biggest thing for me, it never slips off my finger!

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  16. Oh your block is so gorgeous! I just love it.

    I have tried both types of these under thimbles and couldn't get used to them. I somehow think I need to feel that needle....wounded fingers and all. But I do think I should give them a try again. I've also tried the spoon below the quilt and that is a bit tricky, but seems to work better if I'm going to use a tool beneath the quilt.

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