Hand Quilting : Crosses & Losses Top & Don’t Step on the Dogs!

I finished the Crosses & Losses top back on September 24th. I used Robert Kaufman Kona solids for it, and while a few people thought that it looked modern to them, it was Amish colors and old-fashioned that I was thinking of when I chose the colors :)

I couldn’t start hand-quilting until my basket quilt was finished, which it is now, so I have finished basting Crosses & Losses and it’s in the hoop. My last two hand-quilting projects had quite a lot of stitches…I want to go a simpler route here. I am eye-balling a 1/4 inch or so and then only marking after that. I see that I was veering a little at the top of one triangle …I can assure you that I’ll probably veer some more down the line as well :) I still miss quilting out on the front porch and am trying to get adjusted to doing it inside again. I have a few of these metal clips holding two sides.

starting HQ collage

I can quilt at the dining room table but ergonomically it is easier on me to do it on this lounge and if I can do it in daylight hours I have the natural light streaming in. If it is cloudy, I can just take those sheers and tie them off in a bow and access more light.

Ok, so imagine…you have settled yourself on this lounge thing and have the quilt situated in your lap. You stitch so far, but since you are using different thread colors on different sections, you have to turn the hoop a lot.  Switching positions, you need to put your foot on the floor.  Well, now there’s a dog down there.

Lily by lounger

And since wherever you are, they are…in a few minutes this one will be there too.


Don’t worry about your stitches being even…worry about stepping on the dogs ! :)

Joining up with other slow stitchers over at Kathy’s Quilts. Also sharing at :Sew Many Ways /  Sew Fresh Quilts / Freshly Pieced

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25 Responses to Hand Quilting : Crosses & Losses Top & Don’t Step on the Dogs!

  1. Karen says:

    the quilt is gorgeous – I guess Amish quilting is now “modern” quilting LOL – I guess that is where they got the look from. Love your lounge couch – it would be a favorite spot for me

  2. Mimi says:

    Your quilt is beautiful and I love your quilting companions. :-)

  3. Terri says:

    I think your quilt looks Amish. And it’s beautiful! You made me laugh with your comments about your dogs. I used to have a dog that did the same thing. When I got my new dog, she doesn’t do it, but I still get out of my chair by putting my feet a distance away from the chair!

  4. Balisha says:

    My cat used to lie on my quilt while I was working on it. A cat on the quilt and a dog at my foot…makes for a few wobbly stitches.

  5. Joyce says:

    Ohhhhh yes! I see what you’re talking about! I get so boxed in with cats and my dog that I better have EVERYTHING at hand before I begin to stitch!
    Your little bungalow is filling up so nicely with cozy quilts. It’s a patchworked nest of warmth and pretty colors!

  6. Your stitches are beautiful and anyone who gets a quilt as a gift from you will know that there is love in each and every one of them. Hand quilting is a priceless gift that not everyone can give. :-)

  7. audrey says:

    I think all my stitches veer in one direction or another, especially when I’m stitching back towards me.:) It looks beautiful to me and I’m sure it must be peaceful for the dogs to gravitate towards your feet!

  8. Sally says:

    And, please be careful not to trip on the rugs.

    Your work is always beautiful.

  9. Grandma Kc says:

    The dogs just came to admire you’re great stitching. I’m surprised that Kanga isn’t trying to sit in the middle of it all!

  10. Marie-AZ says:

    It’s a beautiful quilt and does look very Amish to me. My Mom used to put a ladderback chair in front of her and drape the quilt over the back of the chair, and the hoop on her lap so it could rest against the back of the chair. It works.

  11. Deb says:

    Poor dog – I’ll bet he is right back at your feet! I have the issue of a cat thinking she needs to be on my lap.

  12. Gail says:

    Nice to see you have company while you sew that beautiful quilt!

  13. Pat says:

    I love the colors. It’s beautiful. And for sure don’t step on the dogs :)

  14. Carla says:

    I agree there is nothing new about modern quilting. I love using solids in quilts they really shows those quilting stitches. Enjoy your stitching today!

  15. Thanks for the smile this morning! So true :)

  16. Lisa says:

    My cat is usually on the quilting.

  17. Sue Silva says:

    Oh, how lucky are you to have such WONDERFUL footstools, lol! Your settee is nice too!

  18. Julierose says:

    such a lovely quilt–colors are great–your doggies just have to be near you…doncha love it? Hugs, Julierose

  19. CathieJ says:

    Your quilt is pretty and the stitching doesn’t have to be perfect. What a wonderful place to stitch and enjoy the company of those wonderful dogs. Happy stitching…don’t step on the dogs.

  20. Dogs are great assistants for quilting!

  21. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Oh well Deb..what can we do when our pets love us so much that they want to be close to us..lol..I guess we are lucky for that..I am also surprised that Kanga isn’t on top of you too..and I do think the quilt looks very Amish..

  22. if you ever figured out how the dogs could do some stitching you’d have yourself a quilting bee. LeeAnna at not afraid of color
    who’s poodle wouldn’t help even if he had thumbs.

  23. Kathleen says:

    Your quilt is beautiful, and so are you pups!! I’m sure they are great company so you don’t have to stitch alone.

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