I have been working on hand quilting this queen sized quilt for, oh, two years now. My initial intention was to work on it a little every day and have it done in a year.
Months go by between times when I sit down to work on it. Other days, I get a flurry of hand work done. But my prediction at this point is another two years. Seriously. I am easily distracted by other more urgent/exciting/interesting/challenging/fresh/you-name-it projects. Still, I come back to this one when I can. I would say at this point I am 60% complete. I have hauled this quilt into the bedroom, the family room, the sewing room and back again dozens of times.
The center is basically quilted. The outside two rows of blocks are still undone all the way around. And then there’s the border. And then I’ll need to add the binding. Progress is slow, but I AM making progress. Those hand stitches are so cozy-looking up close. Everyone needs a long-term project. If nothing else, it teaches me patience and perseverance. It reminds me that work done by hand is still precious, still relevant and still worthwhile.
It’s no longer just a quilt. It’s a commitment.
Below is the type of project that distracts me..and yet still needs to get done!
I really love the Kraft-Tex product, which is a fiber for crafters and sewists and artists, which does not tear. You cut it up like fabric, it sews and wears like leather. The more I play with it, the more I like it. I’ve been told that it’s the same fiber as the Levi jeans logo..you can wash it and dry it and it will just get softer!
I needed a new checkbook holder — nothing fancy, just practical. (Yes, I may be the last person on earth who still writes checks, but there you have it.)
I selected a decorative stitch and added it to the edge, and finished everything off with a triple stitch. Because it doesn’t fray, you don’t have to finish the edges.
The only caution I would offer is to be careful about the decorative stitching you choose. Because Kraft-Tex behaves like leather, the stitching causes perforations, and you don’t want to use a very heavy satin stitch as it will separate along the holes. You want the project to hold together well, so the lighter the stitching, the better.
In this case, I used King Tut variegated thread which adds a little interest. King Tut, however, calls for a 90/14 topstitch needle. I used an 80/12 topstitch for fear of making the holes too large. Test all your stitches out on a scrap.
Something old..and ongoing. Something new..and done. Please don’t make me choose.