There's lots going on here these days. Snowstorms, stitching, birthdays (hubby's yesterday - he's now just days away from retirement...) and framing... No I haven't taken up picture framing... I'm talking about getting a bed quilt into the frame for hand-quilting. I am not a hand quilter. Yet. But I think I'm about to learn - whether I want to or not. haha
My good friend Gail M. has pieced a queen-sized top for our Guild to donate to the Stan Cassidy Foundation (for a fund-raiser) and members of our Guild will come to hand quilt it. (You can see the full top here). Since I have a good sized livingroom which doesn't get a lot of use, I volunteered the space for the "quilting bee". Y'all come! lol
Despite the overnight storm and less than perfect driving conditions this morning, two friends came over and we did our best to get it into the frame. We did have a few "challenges" - the main one being that our end rails were barely long enough for the width so we had to roll one side after securing the top. We'll have to quilt from one side and then roll it in, to unroll and do the other side. We also could have used a few more pairs of hands, but the storm prevented our other helpers from attending so we "made do". It was a bit of a challenge but it's nearly ready. We will finish what needs to be done the first day the quilters come (more hands- wink wink!!)
Here's a little peek. I'll keep you updated as the quilting progresses.... We're quilting circles around all those little nine patches - thereby fewer seams to needle through. Thanks Gail- it's beautiful! Get those needles threaded ladies...
Is a 9 patch part of a 12 step program?