Since I got home from Houston I have spent the past few weeks hand quilting. I am using the big stitch technique employing both perle 8 and perle 12 thread. Without realising I seem to have amassed quite a collection of different coloured threads
Daily intense sessions mean I am almost done, but it has been very quiet sewing time. I miss the whirr of my sewing machine. A little bit of machine piecing would provide the perfect antidote to satisfy my need for diversity, so I started Bonnie Hunter's Orca Bay Mystery quilt. Last year I almost joined the Roll, Roll Cotton Boll mystery. I wish I had. So when this came along I dived in to the Bay.
The first step was OK. Just 224 QSTs. Week 2 required only 72 string pieced 3 1/2" squares.
Surprising to me was just how long this part took. I have never constructed a quilt in this manner before. I tend to make a block (stare at/admire it for a while) and then make another block. It is a slow old process. Making a massive number of units in one go is new to me. Perhaps that is why I am usually so slow to finish.
A quilt started way back when, is almost finished.
I put the binding on and am just about to label it. The story behind it is here.