Sunday, April 15, 2018

Quilting Nearly Insane, Week 3

This post has been written ahead of time on Tuesday evening. Tomorrow morning I'm headed to the Jane Stickle Retreat held at the Farmstead Inn located in Shipshewana, Indiana.

I really pushed the hand quilting on Nearly Insane this week and finished this row of 5 squares and 2 triangles. I'm trying to get as much quilting done now while it is still winter. Sometime spring is actually going to show up. I'll have flowerbeds to work in and grass to mow. 

Someone commented last week and asked me how large the square blocks are. They're 6" finished and the sashing is 1".

As in last week's row, the blocks are all stitched in the ditch or as much as I can in the ditch.

Left side borders and half triangle block. 

In remember piecing this block. The wonky zig-zags were very challenging to piece. They had strange angles.

And no, the tiny little HST's are not individually quilted.

Right side triangle and borders.

I'm using YLI thread for my hand quilting. This thread stitches so nicely without all the tangles I got from the that nasty spool of King Tut thread that was used on Spring Fever.

This is the bottom of the spool. The spools come in two sizes, 400 yards or 1000 yards.

I'm home from the retreat. I wanted to finish the embroidery on this block before I start the applique on Star Dance so I took it along to the retreat. 

My friend Elaine showed me how to make bias using a bias maker. It worked wonderful and the bias vine is made for Star Dance. I'll start the applique this week.

I'll show the rest of my retreat work later this week.


  1. have fun at your retreat. I'm still so surprised that you had so much trouble with King Tut I have been using it for years and rarely have a problem with it. Hope you have fun with your friends and shopping at the retreat.

  2. Your quilting is lovely. You are making great progress on your quilt. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  3. Your quilt blocks are stunning, love those colors. The hand embroidered block looks great, I have to start mine soon.

  4. Your NI is gorgeous! Lovely quilting :-)

  5. I had to give a longing sigh looking at your hand quilting. It's lovely! I wouldn't be tackling those tiny HST teeth either, and will bet no one ever sees. Two beautiful projects!

  6. Your Nearly Insane is so beautiful and what quilting! I also love that embroidery piece.

  7. so beautiful and the embroidery is very pretty! You will probably beat your finish goal on this puppy!

  8. Beautiful quilting! So good to hear you like this thread... I will look for some.

  9. It was nice to see you again in Shipshewana. We got home safely. You do not let the grass grow under your feet now do you? You got so much quilting done. And winter is not done yet is it?

  10. Such perfect points in your blue and yellow quilt. Very pretty.

  11. Thank you for linking this week to Show and Tell Monday / Bambi

  12. I'm still in love with this quilt! Beautiful quilting too

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