I’ve been going in too many different directions lately and mentioned to my blogging friend Deb that I had too many ideas/projects and couldn’t focus.  She promptly challenged me to pick one project to get done by the end of November, and she would do the same. 

Oh boy.  How to choose?  In the end I settled on finishing my son’s next bed quilt.  If you’ve been following a while you’ll know it’s been in the works for a long time.  The piecing went pretty quickly, but the hand quilting has been accomplished in fits and starts over starting in May 2014.  It’s time to get it done!


As you can see, it just needs one more little push.  The center has about 3 evenings of work left, then it’s all borders, with very simple quilting planned.

Here’s the thing about hand quilting.  I love the look of it.  I love the quiet stitching when I’m doing it.  I just have trouble making that quiet “me” time, away from computers and designs and patterns in progress, a priority.  So, thank you Deb for prodding me in that healthy direction!

As a bonus, my son’s smile is growing wider every time he sees me sit with his quilt and it gets closer to being done.


  1. Yay! I've been waiting patiently for this one to be finished. I loved how it looked when you first posted about it.

    Me-time for doing something constructive and fun can be such a hard thing to get!

  2. Glad I gave you some motivation to get it done... and get some rewarding smiles. I wasted a complete evening of available time for hand quilting last night =(. I'm turning the corner tonight on my first border... no matter what! Thanks for keeping me on track for a finish next month!

  3. It will feel soooo good to have your son's quilt finished. Motivation is good, especially from a fellow quilter! Great quilt!

  4. I'm the same way with hand quilting. I have a top that I was supposed to hand quilt for my youngest son (who turns 27 today) about 6 years ago. I can't even get myself to start it because I know how long it will take. He is the only one of my children who does not own a quilt that I have hand quilted. I need to get motivated (and get it basted)!!

  5. Wow! You have made lots of progress. I love that you color it in when it is quilted, but I especially love how he sees and appreciates you working on it.

  6. Glad to hear you way of getting some ME-time! I need to take a lesson from your quiet determined way to do it. In the past ten days, I've thrown two public fits in an effort to get some ME-time, and it hasn't worked for me yet. I think I'll try your quieter determined way! Maybe that will work for me. Can't wait to see your finished quilt! I know your son will love it! ---"Love"

  7. I'm sure you can meet your goal and it will be worth it - for sure! Secretly, I'm glad I have an excuse to NOT hand quilt any more. That's the numbness I get in my fingers when I do it. I used to hand quilt quite a bit - in fact once I hand quilted a queen size quilt - it took about a year. It does look awesome, and I love the look of it too, but I think machine quilting looks great too and I'm happy with it. Good luck with your goal!

  8. LOVE this quilt, so happy to see all the progress you have made! I cannot wait to see the finished top! I won't say finished quilt. . . but I'll be patiently waiting for that too! ;)

  9. I'm with Judy, I LOVE this quilt! I can't wait to see it done! I also totally agree with you on the handquilting thoughts, I love the look of it, but it took me a decade to get a flipping runner done...which I can finally use this year, lol! Made it for "the new house"--little did I know it would not be that house but the next one (okay wait that's more than 10 years then...yikes). I like how you colour in areas that are quilted! Isn't it funny how little we actually need to GET motivated? Interesting...

  10. I hear that! I've had no patience with "sitting still" all summer. To that end, very little hand work has been accomplished!

  11. Boy have I been missing the goings on around here. Your son is going to be well chuffed to have this quilt to wrap around him. Just contemplating hand quilting makes me shake with fright so I admire anyone who does this.


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