Sunday, November 08, 2015

Slow Sunday Stitching



Today I am starting to hand quilt my oldest UFO.  This old quilt was pieced in 1996 so it will soon be 20 years old! You can read more about this quilt here. 
It's time to start the quilting.




This quilt holds so many memories for me. I always had in mind to hand quilt this project, but somehow it never got to the top of the project pile. 
Favourite hand quilting batt

I finally bought a package of my favourite hand quilting batting and a new box of pins. It's a queen size quilt, so I needed to get more pins since they will be committed to this project for a long time.


Pin basting


The pin basting was finished this week and it was a tough workout for my hands, with only one episode of bleeding. The hand quilting will be a breeze compared to the pinning process. 




And so the hand quilting journey begins again, although I don't know yet what the quilting design is going to be. Stay tuned :)

What are you hand stitching today? Link up your blog post below so we can see your project and encourage you on your journey. 






25 comments:

VivJM said...

20 years is quite a UFO! Lovely quilt & I look forward to seeing your hand quilting on it.

The Crafty Creek said...

I can beat that unfortunately, I've got a UFO from 1973!!! It's on my to do list for next year!! Lovely quilt!

Kaja said...

Starting a new piece of hand quilting is always exciting and daunting at the same time, I find. Good luck with this one.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I love that batting too and started using it after some blogger ( You, perhaps ) recommended it. The last quilt that I quilted used a different one and I am pleased to be using the Dream one for the current project.

Ok your kids are so darn cute in that older picture! :)

CathieJ said...

There is no link-up! It took me 20 years to hand quilt my first ever quilt. I made the mistake of making a queen-sized quilt as my first quilt. It did grace my bed for several years until one of the fabrics started to break-down. Enjoy your quilting.

Kate said...

It will feel great to get your oldest UFO off the list. Even knowing it will take a while to finish, at least you've started. Enjoy the hand stitching.

Denise :) said...

I know *exactly* what that's like!! The biggest quilt I ever started (and the quilt that really made me persevere as a quilting enthusiast) and my third quilt. I started it in 2007 and finished it this year. Wow, 1996?! That was the year I got married! Your quilt is beautiful and worthy of a finish!

The Cozy Quilter said...

Wow! A 20 year old UFO! You could just call it a vintage project!!!!

Deb said...

It's so nice to know there are other quilters that have UFO older than a decade waiting patiently to be completed. The quilt you are preparing to hand quilt is just lovely, happy stitching.

Lyndsey said...

I went and read you post from 2012 about this quilt and it is great that it has final reached the top of the pile for quilting. Unfortunately if a project doesn't call you it will take ages to finish. I've had trouble finishing a baby quilt because it wasn't what I wanted to make. Although its a gift for a colleague she knew I was making it and gave me information on what she would like. I've realised I love making things for people using my knowledge of them and what they like to guide the colours and design. This way the project gets finished quickly and so far has always been loved when gifted. Your quilt is beautiful and will be fabulous with the hand quilting.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Wow, I love that star quilt. I can't wait to see how you're going to quilt it ... I'm positive that it'll be absolutely beautiful when you're done.

Cathy said...

Now I know the age of some of the fabric scraps I see at the thrift store from time to time! Better late than never. We wouldn't want all that hard work you've done so far end up some day at a thrift store!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh my favorite batt, too. Love this design and the fabrics are wonderful. - enjoy the next leg of the journey with this one.

Donna said...

Such a gorgeous quilt! My mother told me that each quilt is made with blood, sweat, and tears. I think she was right. Hopefully, you won't get another pin or needle prick, but I bet you will.

Christine Feldstein said...

Such a beauty was worth being quilted. Good luck... slowly but steadily!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

So pretty, love the piecing, and hand quilted will be truly beautiful.

Deb A said...

What a beautiful quilt Kathy! I can't wait to see what quilting design you decide to enhance it with.

Nancy-Rose said...

Looking good Kathy!

Sarah said...

Lovely quilt top just begging to be loved! We will enjoy watching it develop!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Better late than never! The older I get, the more I worry about all those unfinished tops I may be leaving behind--I should get to work on them instead of starting new things. Your quilt be so lovely once it's quilted and I look forward to seeing what you choose as a quilting design!

Julierose said...

Love that older UFO--they do bring back so many memories of times gone by...have been thinkinglike that this week hugs, Julierose

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Oh wow how exciting for you to finally get to put those hand quilting stitches into this top! Looking forward to what you decide.

Stephie said...

Wow Kathy, 20 years?! And there's me thinking my 7 was way too many :D It's great how it still looks fresh today and not dated at all (in terms of fabric). The star pattern is wonderful. I hope you have a lot of fun quilting it - and it doesn't take another 20 years!

Sophie Zaugg said...

I heard about your blog and this linky party by Stephie. Thank you for hosting it ! ( my picture has not been uploaded ... I'll do better nex time :-) )

audrey said...

Very fun to see your actually hand quilting a quilt top that has been hanging around so long! I have some that are pushing 10+ years that I've been dragging my heels about.:)