HQAL (Hand Quilt-A-Long) Update

HQAL = Hand Quilt-A-Long.  This is a group run by Kathy over at Sewing Etc.  Each member works on a project of their own and we post about it every three weeks (I have been remiss in the most recent past).  This is a super supportive and truly amazing group of stitchers, all are very talented.  Please, if you have a moment, take a look at what they have been working on:
KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharon and Bella.

The project I have been trying to work on has been stalled for quite awhile.  The time to post about this has come around and around again and again and I have not been able to bring it out of time out.  img_3571

I had been working on a Grandmother’s Flower Garden.


The biggest problem is that after hand sewing these hexagons together, I decided I wanted some embroidery around all of the seams.  I used my sewing machine – BIG, BIG mistake!  I really, REAlly, REALLY hated the way it looked and decided to pull it all out.  That task is easier said than done.  I have probably put about 3 hours into pulling those stitches out and am not even close to having them all gone.  I am so disappointed.  I’m not sure what to do…I’m now thinking that I will just hand embroider over the machine stitching and see how that looks.

Being part of this HQAL however, made me take this project out of time out and take a look at it again.  I realize how much I like it.  I like the pattern, I like the fabrics I have chosen, and I find it truly relaxing to do a little hand stitching at the end of each day.img_3573

This is the color of the next flower that I will be working on.  Thank you to Kathy who did not give up on me and has still included me in the HQAL even though I have not posted and have not worked on my project.  I am hoping to have much to show in the next post!

I have not been sitting idle even though this project has taken a back burner.  I have gone back to teaching in my studio!!  I am running summer camps right now and have been having the time of my life.  I love teaching!!  If you get a chance, take a look at what we are up to in the studio:  Let’s Go Crafting


7 thoughts on “HQAL (Hand Quilt-A-Long) Update

  1. I actually love this pattern too. My mentor – loved this pattern as well and made quite a few quilts with in Grandma’s Flower Garden. Stick with it, it will be worth the hard tedious work. Sharon

  2. Connie, this would be my solution, maybe it gives you some ideas. Start on the new block, but reserve 30 minutes in the evening (TV time maybe) for ripping. Use your friend, Jack the Seam Ripper maybe twice as close as previous? Another thought…pay some nice 12 year old 4-H kid to rip it for you!
    I have finally seen the light with my seam ripper, I always trying unpicking without it, and now that I have become better friends I see how much difference a shorter distance makes. You need a reward and a momentum boost, and I think the blue and yellow which I ❤️, will provide that for you!

  3. I think Kathy’s idea is a good one, a little bit of unpicking rewarded with lots of sewing 🙂

  4. The other option to unpicking is to remember that this is going to be a bigger, complex project and ask yourself whether the stitched lines you are so focused on will even really be noticeable in the big picture! My guess is that people will be so impressed with the colors and the design, they won’t notice the other! Good for you for persevering, though!

  5. Kathy really is so supportive and wonderful at getting you to take the project back out and give it another try:) She’s been keeping me going on a large project that otherwise would have been in timeout months ago!

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