It's the first 2015 Sunday link up for all you slow stitchers out there. If you are anything like me (exhausted from holiday celebrations) I bet you are ready for some relaxation and stitching enjoyment.
I am starting off the new year trying to finish the quilt I didn't get done by the end of last year. Christmas totally derailed my progress on quilting the border, and I am now ready to get back at it. I finally decided on a design with 3 diamonds in each border section. I went totally "old school" with the tools and am just using cardboard templates (which I cut to the size I wanted) to make the diamond shapes.
I have started marking the quilting lines, which is always easier to do before the quilt has been pin basted. But since I can never decide on my design until it is time to actually quilt the border, I am used to "marking as I go". My marks are made with my white Bohin chalk pencil so that I can clearly see the quilting lines, since I will be quilting with red thread on red fabric and it will be hard enough on my poor old eyes! The chalk soon needed to be refilled (which you can see in more detail on this post) and enough of the design was marked so that I can get going on some quilting today.
Can you see in this photo that I will run 5 needles at the same time so that I don't have to reposition the hoop to go back and forth?
Two needles are for the inside and outside lines, two needles are for the inside diamonds, and one needle will run along the edge with a large basting stitch to hold the layers together and make it easier to put the binding on at the end. It's fun to do the quilting this way - if the threads don't get tangled together. I will make my way around the outside of the quilt only once to complete the border quilting design.
What are you stitching to start off 2015? You are most welcome to link up your blog post below for any hand stitching project you are working on today.