Spring has left the area and been replaced by stiff, blowing winds, cold temperatures and even snow! Enough that the Tigers/Blue Jays game in Detroit was cancelled today. Now that's enough to make a baseball enthusiast sad in April.
I love to applique! My lists of stitching preferences would also include both hand and machine piecing and hand quilting. Hand quilting is a slow process for me, but I'm not really comfortable with machine quilting larger quilts, as yet.
In the early days of my quilting, someone at a retreat demonstrated hand applique. My initial thought was "I'll never be doing that!" And now it is my favorite part of quilting, next to the binding. When you are hand stitching down the binding, you are nearing completion, which is always a good thing. This is the project I need to finish asap. The pattern is from Sentimental Stitches and has always been a favorite of mine. I chose spring colors and am doing needle turn applique. The bottom border will have "Bloom Where You are Planted" stitched on it and then it will be bound with a light, yellow checked fabric. My preferred needle is a Clover Gold Eye sharp - size 12. For hand piecing, I use the same needle and YLI Heirloom thread. When I piece by machine, it's my trusty Featherweight.