In a previous post, I told you about our trip to Lancaster, PA, and this little shop that we visited….and what I spied in that shop. (You can see that post here.)
A beautiful floor quilt hoop!…..and Dan bought one for me for my birthday!
It is quite an impressive quilt hoop, all hand made by a local artesian.
It is much larger than the hoops that can be found at the local fabric or quilt store, and it is made out of hard wood.
It has multiple adjustments…for height…
…it tilts and swivels…
… and has a very sturdy floor stand.
From the way this hoop feels and works, I am hoping that it will last for years.
I am loving my new quilting hoop!
Following, are photos of me quilting.
Preparing to begin…threading the needle. I do not use a regular quilting needle, but a little larger needle with a larger eye. (These old eyes are not what they used to be!)
I use safety pins to baste my quilts.
My ‘smart’ (right) hand is on the under side of the hoop…with my lazy (left) hand on top.
My left hand, ready to receive the needle as it comes up from the bottom.
Pulling the thread through, leaving 1/2 of the thread to quilt back the other direction.
Putting the needle back down through, to the underside.
Pulling the thread through.
Close up of the quilting stitch. (Can you tell I have been working in the garden? See the dirty, ragged fingernails? Ahhh!)
This quilt that is on the hoop, is a found treasure-it was in a box of items that no one wanted, and left behind, after the benefit auction for our Christian school. You can read about the auction here. I could not believe my good fortune!
It is all hand pieced…and now will be hand quilted.
Another little nifty tool that I use, is my thread holder, made by June Taylor. It is very handy to hold my scissors-a small, sharp pair by Wiss-and the thread on a roll-off spindle, and extra needles on a magnetic strip on the side. It is very easy to take with, as I sometimes carry a current quilting project with me, on a smaller hoop.
(Off to Youth Convention at the Stoneboro Campgrounds for the next few days! See you next week!)
“I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies.”