Thursday, July 3, 2008


I finally forced myself to make the quilt sandwich. This is not my favorite part of quilting. I ended up laying the whole thing out on the dining room floor to pin baste. I bought myself some quilters curved safety pins. They are marvelous but I should have bought two packages. I found some cute lady bug fabric for the back of the quilt. I wanted something whimsical and inexpensive since this is going to be our picnic-pool-park-keep-in-the-trunk-of-the-car quilt.

Now for the quilt by hand or machine. I love the look of hand quilting so much more than machine quilting. The problem is that hand quilting takes so much longer. The upside is that I can watch a movie (or in this case several movies) while quilting. I'm mobile. I think I'm talking myself into hand quilting. I bought some white hand quilting thread just in case. I also read through a how-to-machine-quilt book while the boys and I were at B&N this evening...just in case.

It is 8:45 and the boys are finishing their showers. I am reading them Poppy before bed and I think we can finish it tonight or tomorrow. I love reading books to them. Nathan isn't always as interested in the book but he has gotten into this one. It is a charming story. I also rented Emma awhile ago from Netflix. I like this version much better than the newer one. It is more true to the story and the characters seem more real to me. I watched Mansfield Park recently and thought it was terrible. I'm not sure the screen writer even read the book. If you like Jane Austin and were disappointed by this movie you should read the book. It isn't my favorite Austin book by a mile but I still enjoyed it. I think my favorite movie version of her books is Persuasion. I do love Ciaran Hinds.

Happy 4th of July tomorrow everyone.


Jacquie said...

My quilts get stuck at this point too. I love to hand quilt, but like you it's hard to get things finished quickly. I'm hoping to hand quilt this weekend...need a mobile project!

amandajean said...

I would machine quilt it, but that's just me. I love to machine quilt, which I never thought I would, but I am so delighted that I do, finally. if hand quilting is your thing, then go for it. like jacquie said, at least you will have a mobile project.

I can't wait to see it finished. it's looking fabulous.

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