Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Slow and steady ~ Sugar and Spice Quilt

Good Morning quilty Buds!  Spring has sprung in Podunk.  Everything is greening up and the flowers are starting to bloom.  It won't be long before we start harvesting our first crops of the year from our backyard gardens.  So the rush is on in the Studio to get as much done as I possibly can before that happens.  The past week I've worked on two different projects.  My daytime project is the Sugar and Spice quilt pattern.  You can read more about here on an early post.


The 240 yo-yo's are a great way to pass the time while I care for my mom everyday.  My goal was to make at least 20 yo-yo's a day.  Well time doesn't always allow me to meet my goal. 


To speed things up as much as possible I'm using a self threading needle.  It's much easier on my old eyes.  To thread it you just hold the thread taunt and pop it down into the eye.  If you look closely at this needle you'll see that it has to eyes.  The goal is to get the thread into the bottom eye.   This works great for most threads.  I also use this needle for burying my thread tales when quilting on the longarm.  A technique most longarmers don't use anymore.  They more often than not will tack stitch at the starts and stops.  I've tried it and don't like it, burying looks better and makes me feel more comfortable about how long that thread will stay in hidden.
  

In the evenings I've been working on another red white and blue quilt to use up those 48 nine patches.  You can read more about it here.  


Everything in the Studio is coming along at a much slower pace than  I like and to be honest it frustrates me at times.  But during this time of year I just can't help taking walks around the property to enjoy the glorious things that mother nature is doing.  There's so much beauty and inspiration.  So I encourage to take a few minutes everyday to get outside and enjoy the beauty(even if your on the other side of the world where it's cold and snowy).  


Thanks for stopping by my little spot in Podunk. 
Warm hugs and many blessings

~Lea Anne~

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18 comments:

  1. Lots of preparation going on here. The Sugar and Spice pattern is going to make one lovely quilt! Have a great week.

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  2. When I saw your thumbnail photo on Judy's blog, I was sure you had come up with another new flower block using Dresdens. It looks so cute with the clothespin spokes. It's so fun when spring finally starts to pop out all those pretty blossoms.

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  3. Love the use of clothespins - clever. So many yo-yo's!! I use the self threading needle for burying threads - and I quilt on my home machine.

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  4. I've never seen so many yo-yo's...ever! I recently bought my first self threading needles and love them. I hear you on the eyes not being what they use to be!

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  5. how is your mother doing dear, hugs

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  6. Cute little pine of yo yos. Little by little you will get them done.

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  7. what a lovely collection of fabrics you have for the quilt love the idea of dresden plates and yo yos together, Thanks for the hint with the self threading needle I do have one and think it will make burying threads so much easier. Nine patch looking good too

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  8. Your YoYo's are the cutest! I have never made one, but just thought this may be a good use for the circles I am acquiring from my Quilty365 dots. Great inspiration!

    I also bury as I go when FMQing,, using a self-threader. It works so well, I wish I'd been on to that YEARS ago!

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  9. That sugar and spice quilt will be a lovely finish even though it is taking some time. I use the self threading needles to bury my threads when machine quilting. Funny but I never knew you could pull the thread down into the second eye. LOL Enjoy the Spring weather. Debbie

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  10. Lots of beautiful colors in your projects! I keep forgetting to get some of those needles.....I really have a hard time threading one any more.

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  11. Love the bright spring colors you are using in this project. Hope you've been able to get in some stitching time each day. Sometimes that's just the best it gets.

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  12. I use those self threading needles for the few times I bury threads for a show quilt, and they make the process so much easier, as I can usually put 4-6 threads in there. Thank goodness show quilts are not very frequent!!

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  13. I love the colours of the yoyos :)
    I will have to look for those self threading needles... they sound like something I NEED!

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  14. Such beautiful colors in your "Sugar and Spice" quilt and all those pretty yo-yos!!!! Thanks for the links.

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  15. What cute little yoyos! I heard about those self threading needles a couple of weeks ago...now I just need to find some!

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  16. I love that pile of pretty yo-yos. I think I will need to get a couple of those self-threading needles for myself and my mom soon. Sometimes it is very difficult to constantly try to re-thread.

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  17. Such pretty blossoms on the tree! Your yo-yo's are lovely. I might have to try those needles... sometimes mine just don't want to thread lately.

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