Saturday, July 24, 2010

Saturday Night Fever

This is the quilt I am working on right now. I have been hand quilting it for a couple of weeks and have some more to go. When things are going right (and they pretty much have been), hand quilting is very enjoyable. About the only thing that isn't cooperating is the weather. It is hot and extremely humid. So far the strategy of central air, several fans, and ice cold sodas is making it comfortable. Wish I could show you more, but you will just have to bear with me a little longer.

But, if anyone was wondering where all those berries went to live.....

While the rest of you are out going to parties, dining, dancing, and driving convertibles with the wind in your hair, I'll be here contentedly quilting. Happy Saturday Night.

Laurie

27 comments:

kjquilts said...

Beautiful! I can't wait to see it finished.

Mimi said...

ooooh, I am liking what I see. Can't wait for the big reveal.

WoolenSails said...

I rather quilt too, no parties for me.
The new piece looks beautiful, can't wait to see the rest.

Debbie

Sandra Henderson said...

I'm with ya sister..., except on a lot hotter and MORE humid. It's hard to concentrate. (Okay, quit laughing. I mean, beyond the normal stuff!)
I love your hoop~ Can you tell us where we can get one like that? I'm using a very basic one. Did find a cool quilt frame, that might work for me here...Heartland Quiltworks. I like it because you can do borders,etc. and it's an easy transport for me. STILL need a good hoop though...

Miriam said...

I hope the weather cools off so you are more comfortable quilting.
I can't wait to see the finished quilt. The part I can see looks veeerry tempting!!!

Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe & Mercantile said...

Hey Laurie, perhaps you should have a big reveal like on HGTV or Extreme Makeover...MOVE...THAT...HOOP! Ha ha ha ha ha. I hear ya on the no dancin' and parties. I'm in my 30's...should be in the prime of my life, but I'm here in the quilt shop, thinking of what's next. Hope things cool down a bit! We just had a 90 degree day for the first time this Summer!

Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe & Mercantile said...

Hey Laurie, perhaps you should have a big reveal like on HGTV or Extreme Makeover...MOVE...THAT...HOOP! Ha ha ha ha ha. I hear ya on the no dancin' and parties. I'm in my 30's...should be in the prime of my life, but I'm here in the quilt shop, thinking of what's next. Hope things cool down a bit! We just had a 90 degree day for the first time this Summer!

pdudgeon said...

what a lovely quilt! can't wait to admire the whole thing. and yep we've got the heat and humidity too.hoping that the weatherman is right and that today will be the last of 100+ days for a while.

last night the crickets made their annual debut...so we'll be serenaded for a while to come.

SueB said...

Oh that is going to be beautiful. Can't wait. When does it come out of hiding? As for Saturday night we have that convertible and it was to hot even after dark to let that wind blow thru your hair. So I made circles for an applique project that I am working on. I would also like to know about your hoop. I am trying to teach myself to use one and so far have not been able to master it.

Minick and Simpson said...

Good Morning All,

The hoop is ancient. I got it over 30 years ago and it is still going strong. It is 11" across and I haven't seen one that size in forever. There is a company that makes hoops very much like this one though - Edmunds. Ask your quilt shop to order through them directly or through Checker's Distributors. When I teach hand quilting the hoop is one of the most important things. Most of the ones you see at the large chain stores WILL NOT work. They are too narrow (in depth) or they have a ridge inside to grab the fabric (made for embroidery). This is counter productive.... Anyway, I see that I have a new blog topic to spout about. Look for a Hoop entry on the blog soon. Thanks for asking.

Laurie

Vicky said...

I'll be watching for your hoop blog. Considered buying one yesterday at the quilt show, but it had that lip thing you mentioned.

Okay, I'm ready for a major applique project. One with lots of circles. I'm impatiently waiting for your reveal. Already know it's the one - all that M&S fabric that I love so much!! It looks gorgeous!

moosecraft said...

I'd rather be home with needle and thread too! The only thing that would top it would be staying home with needle and thread in my lake front home (which I don't have)! LOL! Looking forward to seeing more of the quilt! It's beautiful so far!

little acorns said...

Quilting on a Saturday night sounds perfect to me. . .! (I was making yo-yos. . .!) The peek is wonderful, as is your hand quilting!
xo, Bren

Sharon said...

I've pre ordered a stack of fq's of Clermont Farms, can't wait to see this pattern. I love the blue leaves and stems.

Sandra Henderson said...

Thanks Laurie!~Like I say, I have one that I'm using now, but really like yours. Seems the sides are wider and the wood looks strong and nice. I'll be looking for more info. I'll ask Connie up at Steppingstones on St Simons, that's the only local shop really. She can ship it to me.
I'd also like to know how you do your borders. I think that is why the one I mentioned intrigued me for borders. Your quilt looks so beautiful! You'll be done before you know it! I am happy that you are still doing your own quilting...

Bia Cardeal said...

Hello, Laurie!
Your quilt is beautiful! I live in Brazil in the south, and I love quilts! Teach myself how to make quilts and I still need to learn more! One of the things that still do not know, is to do the quilting by hand, with the rack. I also love to hand appliqué, is my favorite technique!
I'm always visiting your blog! Her quilts are wonderful!
Sorry, but I do not speak English, so I use Google Translator! I hope you understand!
A big hug!

Bia Cardeal
of Brazil

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

It's gorgeous Laurie!

S. said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous! What? No parties or windy convertible rides? Look what you have to show for your time! I used to take applique with me to parties, or on canoe rides or to the amusement parks which presented its own set of obstacles. The humidity has broken here and the cool air is delicious! Perfect stitches to you.

farmhousequilter8 said...

I love what I can see of the quilt! red is my favorite color. Can you tell us how you came about always using the reds and blues in your fabric line. I am still looking for a Nantucket Charm Pack if anyone has one. I love each new line of your fabric. Just got Clermont Farms and it is wonderful!

kelley said...

a drool worthy quilt if there ever was one...love those berries!

would much rather stitch than just about anything...

Janet said...

I love it! I love it - I can't wait to see more! :0)

Quilt Enthusiast said...

Laurie,
Fabulous quilt, darling! Yes, I just jumped into my
convertible after a nite of dinning, dancing and the
rest of the hoopla, but the whole time I was wishing
I was quilting an applique quilt. Enough of the tongue
and cheek, seriously, when I share with my nonquilting friends what I did on my vacation, there
are frequently blank looks, however, when one is
passionate about quilting, there is nothing better I would choose to do. I did go on vacation without
my quilting and it was a whole different experience.
I actually went hiking and swimming and talked to
a bunch of people along the way.
When I got home a friend e-mailed an invitation
to a quilt challenge and I am now a happy camper.
You did do alot of berries so I am looking forward
to seeing the rest of the quilt.

patchworksails said...

that thing you say about wind in my hair has not happened to me in 15 yrs LOL LOL LOL so I will be content to join you in quilting on a Sat night !!!! Yummy a coke and twix bar is better than tight dress jejeje

thelazyquilter said...

Just saw a post that answered my question - Clermont Farms! Soooo beautiful. Can't wait to get my hands on some :)

Helen said...

Thanks for sharing your project. It's beautiful. I can't wait to see the rest of the quilt.

It also makes me want to get back to my applique.

Lorelei said...

Gorgeous pic, and quilt!

Jacque said...

your quilting stiches can't get much more pefect... beautiful.. and the quilt is too.

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