Saturday, October 15, 2022

Hand Quilted Finish

 I’m trying to finish up a few things, before I start something new. I bought this quilt top from eBay last year (or even before) mainly because it was cheap and I liked the happy colors. 

It’s actually a preprinted panel (cheater quilt) to which someone added a couple borders.  My plan was to quickly hand quilt it with diagonal lines in one direction only. 

Needless to say, very shortly into the quilting, I realized I had unintentionally criss crossed my quilting lines. That’s why I had to finish with two sets of diagonal lines. It took a lot longer to complete, but it looks better that way.

See my friendly stray cat

I completed the quilting a month or so ago, but finally put the binding on this week. (Backing is a thrifted sheet and binding also from thrifted fabric.) It is approximately twin size and we will use it for watching tv on the couch.

I found this Christmas colored yarn at a thrift store while visiting my daughter in Mississippi. I’ve been putting trim on a few dish cloths.

I continue to work on Santa Claus. Zoom for a better view.

Linking to Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching. Go here to see what others are hand stitching.

I’ve shown this little quilt before and it’s still a favorite. I don’t do much decorating for fall, but I do like this on my table. It took a couple weeks to have  new tile floors installed a few years ago. I sat in the sewing room during the installer’s work hours, locked inside with three dogs, while hand stitching this little quilt together. Two of those dogs are gone now. šŸŒˆšŸŒˆ. 

About that stray cat, he has become so friendly, and follows me around like a puppy when I’m outside. I have never picked him up, but I can rub on him all day if I wanted. So, I know I need to do the responsible thing and have him neutered. Yikes! Soon, I promise. Did I mention there are three new young kittens coming around these days? The things we get ourselves into ——



  1. That quilt is beautiful! Oh golly, I like that. You did great.
    My mom used to edge dish cloths a lot and bath towels as gifts. I wish I still had one or two - they are always so pretty.
    I have a black boy that looks much like yours - that just showed up one day and now he is mine! 2 outdoor cats at this time. They get along 'pretty' good!!!!

    1. Thanks Cheryl. Send me your mailing address and I’ll send you a couple of my dish cloths.

  2. Kudos to you for hand quilting that ebay quilt. It looks wonderful!
    While you are stitching your Christmas projects (Santa looks amazing), I STILL haven't taken down the patriotic quilts from summer. I guess it has been so unseasonably warm this fall that I didn't get the memo that summer was over. LOL
    Quite a story behind your little table topper. What would we do sometimes if we didn't have quilting??

  3. Finishing some projects before starting a new one is such a good idea.

  4. The quilting on your preprint quilt looks very nice. Your stitches should be very even by now. Happy embroidering your Santa!

  5. That is a fun quilt that you finished up! Sounds perfect for snuggling on the couch. Enjoy your stitching today!

  6. The quilt looks beautiful. You did a wonderful job on it. Love the Christmas yarn you bought and Santa is so lovely. Take care.

  7. All of your projects are just great. I like that quilt, the dish cloths and the embroidery. We have a lot of new little stray kittens around. How wonderful that you are willing to have that stray neutered.

  8. Looks like you have a lot of great projects going! Happy stitching!

  9. Nice job getting the quilt quilted and bound! Santa is looking very jolly. He should be done in time for Christmas. Happy stitching to you! Gail at the cozy quilter

  10. So nice to see the different projects you are working on. Father Christmas looks rather jolly! I'm sure I stitched a similar looking Santa on a Chfistmas cushion a couple of years ago.


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