Sunday, February 28, 2016

Before and After -

Yesterday I mentioned that -
I figure these will be my beginning "baseline" blocks -
The BEFORE blocks -
So that YEARS from now -
I can compare them to some AFTER blocks -
And - hopefully - see some improvement - ;))

I remembered the improvement in my HAND QUILTING after I had been at it for a few years - and there WAS a BIG difference - between BEFORE and AFTER - ;))

I found a few photos photos of some HAND QUILTING that I did years ago -
To show you what I mean - ;))


These photos of my Hand-Made Sampler Quilt - 1988 -
Are from my 9/9/15 post - Slight Diversion - HERE -
I dug the quilt out and the stitches on that blue door are 5 stitches to the inch -


These photos of my Watercolor Wreath - 1996 -
Are from my 8/12/11 post QJ - WATERCOLOR WREATH - HERE -
The stitches on the feather are 9 stitches to the inch -

So I KNOW from experience that I will improve with practice -

Maybe that's why I'm not really worried about my "boo-boos" right now -

I KNOW that if I just keep at it -

I WILL get better -

I just have to keep at it -

So I may as well relax and have FUN with it -

And ENJOY (my word for this year) the process - ;))

And when I finish this class -

I have two more to work/play through -

Then I can tackle that pile of tops that need to be quilted - ;))

And like the teacher says -
They don't have to be perfect -

They just have to be quilted - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


  1. Yes! You will get better. It is amazing to look back and see the changes in your skills.

    1. Thanks, Gene - it may take me a while since I'm a S-L-O-W P-O-K-E Quilter - but I'm not into "instant gratification" anyway - so that's OK with me - ;))

  2. I think five to the inch is about normal for me. As long as they are even, they look fine.

    1. I agree - I was going for "even" and didn't really care about the number of stitches to the inch - but over the years they just kept getting smaller and smaller. It has been a LONG time - and I haven't kept up with it - so I'm sure if I were to try to hand quilt something today - I'd be lucky to get 2 or 3 to an inch - ;))


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