Do you mix-it-up? I mean do you mix machine work and hand work. I try to keep one of each project going at all times.
If you have been reading my blog you would think that I am a real machine enthusiast. If you knew me in person, you would probably wonder who is writing this blog….
In fact among my quilting friends I am perceived as quite the traditionalist. My loves are applique and crazy quilting with a strong emphasis on silk ribbon and beading. I confess, I love handwork!
The problem with handwork is that it is time consuming. I just can’t get done everything I want to get done. (And I am not just talking about quilting, if you catch my drift.)
I am working to learn the art of machine quilting in hopes of upping my total finished projects, but….
I still love a good old needle and thread job.
- Handwork is portable.
- Handwork can be done at otherwise wasted minutes and hours.
- It makes the hubby happy. I reach over and rub his feet every now and then when I’m sitting on the couch at night
watchinglistening to the television.
- It is worth the effort.
I really do find it rewarding!
It is called “The Cat’s Meow Candle Mat” by Bareroots. I just LOVE her style. The mat is very small. It’s finished size is only 8″ in diameter.
It probably isn’t very practical, but it is adorable.
It only take 3 very simple stitches to be able to complete this project.
- The Whip Stitch
- The Back Stitch
- The French Knot
Tutorials for these stitches are coming soon….
I can’t resist a few closeups. (I’m like a grandmother….he he.)
Do you have a preference of hand or machine work, or are you like me and like to have a little of both going at the same time?
Well it is VERY HOT in this non-air conditioned sewing room, so until next time…. Happy Stitching!