Wednesday, January 27, 2010

One of the things I love about quilting is it is a way to keep my hands busy, which in turn keeps my mind busy. This week I have been working hard at keeping my hands and mind busy. First I loaded a quilt for quilting. Not too much quilting was done as the thread broke a couple of times. I have finally learned it is best for me just to walk away when that happens. It keeps the frustration level to a minimum. Sometimes the thread or the machine is just cranky and everything works just fine after a day or two of rest. I'll give it another go today.
In the meantime, I've begun putting together the large hexagon diamonds.
It will take a lot of stitching to get this to a queen-sized quilt. But I don't mind one bit - I just love it.

30 comments:

Dixie said...

Just love the projects you are working on, Libby! Your hexagon quilt is amazing, and the quilt on your quilting machine is so nice and antique looking.

The Quilt Buddy said...

You are right....sometimes it is best to just walk away! Things will seem better when you finally come back to it.

As always, your hexagons are gorgeous!

Lori said...

LOVE the hexagons! A project like that is about the process, that's for sure.

Milah said...

As always, I love what you're working on!

Shakerwood Primitives said...

So sorry about Harper. I am sure she will be dearly missed. It took us a long time to get over the loss of Marley 2 years ago.

I didn't realize that you had a quilting machine. Heard they can be temperamental. I'm just like you. I have to have hand work to keep my mind busy. Unfortunately, I go through the handwork faster than I can prep it!

Gail said...

Your work is gorgeous! Both quilts. Sometimes the old sayings are really meaningful. Busy hands are happy hands and all that! I do the same to keep from brooding over things I can't change.

QuiltedSimple said...

love the hexies - very pretty. and the quilt is beautiful - can't wait to see it finished
kris

Loris said...

The hexagons are really going to make a statement in your quilt..like rich texture. I'm with Ms.Shakerwood Primitives...I can't keep up with prepping for hand work. I would get so much more done if I did!
Hope your thread paths cooperate for more stitching. If the thread breaks sharply in my machine, it usually has something to do with the tension. If the thread is shredding to a break, I have to sand and smooth everything along the path.

Sharon said...

You are right about "walking away". Sometimes it's just a matter of turning off the machine, warming it up again and starting over. ??? but it works LOVE your hexi's, I hope you put this in some shows when it is finished! Are you hand quilting it?

Katie said...

I learned that doing an activity with your hands that takes just a bit of thinking - where you can still talk or watch TV - is a great way to deal with stress. The activity can be sewing, knitting, wood carving or putting a puzzle together. I think it would be most helpful for grief too. Thinking of you and sending more hugs.

dee said...

Smart Cookie! Walking away always works if for no other reason than to lower my blood pressure....breathe.
The hexies are going to be stunning. Glad your back at it.

Quilt Hollow said...

Funny..I can hear my husband in his calm voice tell me "walk away" I too need to know when to just do that and come back with clear head. You always have the best show and share...I'll be back as always.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Those hexagons are lovely...and just the thing to bring calm. I, too, need to learn to walk away...particularly at work! LOL

Karen said...

I know I am going to love your hexagon quilt when it gets all put together.

Chocolate Cat said...

It will be worth all the stitching! It is going to be the most amazing quilt.

sewprimitive karen said...

When you get that hexagon quilt finished, people are going to swear that it is from the 1850s. It is divine.

WoolenSails said...

Love your new projects, you always do such wonderful quilting and they look so beautiful in your home. I understand keeping busy, I made the crazy heart quilt, after I lost my kitty, it helped keep me sane;)

Debbie

Diane said...

Thanks for showing the hexagon quilt- it's going to be fab-it already is.
Hope your longarm just needed a little time-out.

Jeanette said...

It will be amazing when you get your hexagon quilt done. Wow, queen size! We will all be jealous. But then, you are the one going to all of the hard work. :-)

Also, so sorry about your sweet dog.

paula, the quilter said...

Walking away is the smart thing to do. I cannot sit without something to do: my hands are always busy.

Mimi said...

Your hexies make my heart sing. Never thought I would say that about hexies though. The quilt on your longarm is looking pretty good, too. Hope the thread behaves the next time you get to it.

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

I am loving that hexagon quilt you are working on. It is beautiful. ~ Blessings, Karen

小巨蛋 said...

Birth is much but breeding is more. 加油! .........................................

McIrish Annie said...

i've learned that "walking away" trick and it's a good one for both you and the machine :).

Quilts And Pieces said...

Your hexagons are awesome! I just can't keep to mine.

Quilter Kathy said...

That looks like a fun machine to drive!
And the hexagon project looks like even more fun!
Enjoy!

MARCIE said...

Your hex quilt is so awesome! Love the other also. You do keep busy! How is the kitchen coming?

Wendy said...

What's the saying, busy hands make a happy heart? Something like that. How do you like your TinLizzie? Do you have many problems with it? Would you have bought a different machine. Sorry for all the questions, I'm thinking about getting one.

Guðrún said...

The diamond quilt will be awesome.

kjquilts said...

Good luck with the quilt machine today. Love those hexagons.