Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday’s ‘Work’…

This is what I will be ‘working’ on today…IMG_1775

…I’m BIG stitch quilting stars onto my ‘Midnight Harvest’ (a Primitive Gathering’s Pattern)!  Yesterday, I FMQed meandering loops all over the quilt (being careful to go around all wool applique). 


These are the tools that I am using…

Valdani Pearl Cotton…the colour is a varigated green taupe P3(the camera flash makes it look whiter than it is).  I am always asked what SIZE pearl cotton to use…my answer is WHATEVER I HAVE!  No one sells Valdani around here so I have to go with what is in my Pearl Cotton tote.  Today it is size 12. 

I LOVE this NEEDLE THREADER by DMC but there are other makes out there which are similar…this a MUST HAVE when working with pearl cottons or wool threads!  I use the smaller hook, thread it through the needle, hook the thread over the hook and pull it through!  No fuss, no muss…It’s that easy!!

A pair of small SHARP SCISSORS are a must have!  I stress SMALL…do you know how easy it is to snip something YOU SHOULDN’T when wielding a big pair!  (Don’t ask…:o(( )

And because I am stitching on black fabric I NEED the Clover White Marking Pen!  I can’t say enough good things about this pen!!  LOVE IT!!  It goes on smoothly, marking a fine white line, and comes off with a spritz of water…I even think a hot iron takes it off.


And  of course you need a good light source!  Do you know how hard it is to stitch on black?  Yowzers…I got out a flashlight while FMQ and pulled a ‘CSI’…you know on the TV Show ‘CSI’ how they always pull out a flashlight to look for clues…well…that’s what I did… going over my quilt with the beam of light to see WHERE I still needed to stitch!  You do what you gotta’ do…

Now I just need someone to mop my brow as I take my next stitch…

So there you have it…my ‘work’ for today!  Yup…life is tough! :o)

Hope you get to ‘work’ yourself wacky this Wednesday too…and Happy Stitching!~P


  1. Love that quilt ! It's going to be incredible ! Happy Stitching !

  2. Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

  3. oooh lovely...
    Its going to look fantastic when finished :)
    smiles :)

  4. I'm so jealous. There...I said it. Today, instead of stitching, I have to write 750 words about each of the following: wallets for women, school bags, baby dresses, baby rompers, baby jeans and, last but not least, men's underwear. sigh... Yes, I'm grateful to have a job. Yes, I'd rather be sewing! Enjoy every minute! XO

  5. LOL, love reading your posts!
    Beautiful quilt!
    And I am always learning something with you!
    Thanks and best wishes!

  6. It looks wonderful so far...I have a project that I started doing with big stitch too. I know I need to keep doing it to really get good at but so far, I don't hate it. That's a good sign isn't it??

  7. I love Valdani thread...don't have that needle threaders but do have one I love....and agree the scissors are critical! Blessings, Marlene

  8. Yowzers!!! I have this project and haven't even started it! You are making my inspiration aura color green!!!

  9. I love how the stars look, nice idea for solid blocks.


  10. I sure do love that quilt! Gorgeous!

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  12. The big stitch is perfect for this vibrant autumn quilt. I can't believe summer is coming to an end and it's time to look toward all things fall, my favorite season.

  13. very good colours here and like the idea of machine and hand quilting

  14. I love it and really like knowing what tools you use. Is the white marking pen actually a pen? Not chalk?