Sunday, July 21, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching

Welcome to the weekly hand stitching link up! 
We are in the middle of summer here, and it has been a comfortably warm summer, with a few really hot days, but also enough rain to keep the grass completely green which is very unusual.
Projects from my takealong bag set out on the picnic table
We have had some great camping weather, and on our most recent trip I realized I had taken 5 hand stitching projects in my takealong bag! Yes 5! You just never know what you might feel like stitching, right?!? I had an embroidery block, 2 hand quilting projects, an EPP, and a hand appliqué project.


First I finished up the chicken embroidery. It is a Gail Pan design and had the word 'eggs' under the chicken. But I decided that since only a couple of the blocks have words, I would not stitch any  words since it drew too much attention to those blocks with words. Instead of the word 'eggs', I stitched three eggs!
So cute.

Then I worked on the scrappy triangle quilt that I pieced in the spring. 
This project just  needed the edge  of the triangles appliquéd to a muslin strip. I tried the Aurifil 80 weight thread and it makes a lovely job on the appliqué. However, you really need a needle threader to deal with this very fine thread as needles are impossible to thread otherwise. I love the Clover desk needle threader... it's quick and easy, and works every time! 
Eula block from Friendship Album

Then I did some hand quilting on my Friendship Album quilt. It's just getting some stitch in the ditch quilting and 2 of the 9 blocks are finished now.

What are you hand stitching today? Share your projects with us so we can encourage you on your slow journey!


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17 comments:

Gretchen Weaver said...

You had some fun projects along, love the eggs! Happy Stitching!

Jill said...

Certainly there was a choice on stitching projects while away. I tend to do the same, when I'm away from home, yet, that doesn't mean much progress is made. Lol. The popular Aurifil 80 is also hard for me to thread. I use the Clover needle threader, yet still get frustrated. Clever idea on stitching eggs instead of letters. So cute!

CathieJ said...

I like your chicken with her eggs. Your other projects are really pretty also. Thanks for the link to the needle threader.

Julierose said...

Still not able to hand stitch with the "thumb" problem--so will enjoy visiting other hand stitchers, thanks hugs, Julierose

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Oh, I think your solution of the three eggs is perfect! You got a lot of relaxing stitching done!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

you just never know what you will want to work on! I agree totally. When we travel I tend to bring more to work on then I need mainly because I do not know what I will want to work on! sometimes a project or two doesn't get touched. I have the clover threader that you show and have trouble with it for thread #28 and small needles - it just doesn't want to thread those but it will work those small needles if I use a lighter thread - I wish they it to work all threads and needles!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Great idea to do the eggs instead of words.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Sounds like fun to have several choices for hand stitching on! I've never gotten one of those needle threaders, but it looks very handy. Does it also work for the thicker threads like perle cotton?

Deb said...

Wonderful projects you have in the works, love the chicken stitchery.

Kathy S. said...

It's nice to have a variety of projects on a camping trip. LOVE that embroidered chicken and the eggs! Ahh. Relaxing stitching. Well done.

Little Penpen said...

You have a lot of fun things going. Your little chicken is cute!

Sarah said...

I'm with you on that one, you just never know what you will want to work on! But it sounds like you've been busy.

Karrin Hurd said...

Love that cute little chicken!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Oops forgot to comment! I like all of your projects, and agree the eggs can speak for themselves! LOL

Shasta Matova said...

It looks like a lovely way to spend your time. I like all of your projects. I am glad the weather is cooperating on your camping trip!

Jacqui's Quilts said...

I do the same thing and take along way more projects than I'll ever work on while on vacation! Funny story....I was hand piecing on the beach last week and put the plastic bucket on my leg and got sunburned. The bucket is not imprinted on my leg!! Even the handle is there! But, I did get some hand piecing done :-). Love your chicken!

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

I always have a take along project more or less ready to go. Feel lost without it actually. Love all your projects as usual...very cute chicken and eggs.