Friday, July 29, 2011

Quilting is not for the faint hearted

With quick, but hushed breathing I place my sewing machine in front of me on the table. I reach over to my left, where the target of my intentions lies,tossed there by a belligerent husband ( the bloke) the night before.
With bated breath I plug in the cord and snap the switch on. So far so good. Place the quilt under the pressed foot. Deep breathing, in-out-in-out. Shaking ever so slightly because of what I am about to do. I could regret this you know. After all this work I could render it pretty unusable. Well maybe usable, but definitely not pretty.

Oh come on, I tell myself let ya wild side show.

You don't need pins. Shh.
Furtive glances toward the door. Relief it's locked!
Oh yeah; Paula did before. Whew. I am about to embark on something that is not for the faint hearted.
I am about to quilt without the aid of pins.
There! I've said it now.
Yep. I am going bare. And I am not even using my heavy duty foot.
Let you know how it goes. That's if I am not arrested by the quilt police.


Well since I wrote the above post I have completed the said quilt. I took some pics with my mobile to show you.

                      I need to get betters pics

The other pictures show the whimsical quilt I have finished hand quilting. I have sore fingers from it and my osteoarthritis is playing up. Once again I don't quilt in the traditional manner with the ring and thimble. I have tried but it didn't feel right so I manage just fine doing my way. I do need to make my stitches smaller and more uniform but that might come in time.


this is my eldest
she started work on
a new mine site
this week. She looks
like her father with
those work clothes and boots

Well that's all for now folks. I am amazed that I could put this little blog post together. I have been awake since 2am this morning. I have been having some breathing problems and needed to sit up. My eyes are very heavy so I will be in the bed early tonight.
Thanks for reading. 


  1. Quilt is lookin' lovely Jan! Hope you get a better night's sleep tonight.

  2. You made me giggle with your post. I tell you what, if the quilt police arrest you, I'll bail you out - deal? I love a person who breaks the rules! :-)

    On a slightly more serious not, the quilt(s) are looking lovely Jan, you clever woman. And I like the interesting angles you took your photos at as well. I think you are being a little hard on yourself!

  3. Thanks girls. You are so kind. And if I do get picked up please come bail me out. Haha

  4. I don't know how you do it Jan, I certainly wouldn't have the patience!