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New Quilt Progress

hand pieced fabric

I’m so excited to share my quilt progress on the new project I started at the beginning of this month! I’m using the leftover pieces of my Kaleidoscope Quilt to make something brand new.

Sewing the new quilt
Hand sewing in progress

If you know me, you know I’m a bit obsessive. These type of projects get me a little hyper-focused. All I want to do right now is sew… but there’s also life – like I need to eat, sleep, etc. I feel very lucky to be in a situation where I do have time for projects like this. I just wish I wasn’t so attracted to things that take so long to make. The gratification of finishing something like this is immense, so I guess that’s the big attraction.

Organizing Quilt pieces - many pieces of fabric on a table, all cut into shapes for hand sewing.
Organizing all the pieces

The first thing I needed to do was to organize my fabric pieces. I had all these 10-piece packs already packaged for when I was trying to sell them. They all had to come out of those packs and I reorganized them into new packs for each block I need for this quilt. This needed to be done before sewing started – just so I know for sure I have all the pieces needed in the design!


Hand stitching using a running stitch - showing a needle and thread through fabric
Hand stitching with a running stitch

Here’s a close up of the stitching. I use a running stitch and follow the lines that we printed on the back of the fabric. I use knots at the beginning and ending of each stitch line – just in case I need to pull a line of stitching out, it doesn’t affect any other piece. The thread I use is SewFine 50 weight from Superior Threads. I only have this one color at the moment… thinking about getting a dark grey too. Constantly working on keeping my stitches in a straight line.

an up close image of hand stitched fabric seams
Front of hand-stitching work – up close

The seams on these pieces are very unseemly. There is no great way to iron them down and keep the seams tidy. Here is an up-close shot of the front of my stitching, after pressing. In my next post, I’ll show how I do the ironing.

I’m so happy to have this project on these grey days here in Portland. Working with color makes me happy!

2 thoughts on “New Quilt Progress”

  1. I think your stitching is terrific! I still EPP but I’ve been wanting to try something different. This interests me but I’m not sure I’m in a place where I feel very confident about it. I love what you’re doing!

    1. Thanks Angela! These shapes in this pattern can be a little difficult, but if you want to give it a try, I can send you a few of my extra pieces. You never know what is going to be that thing that you become addicted to 😉

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