October 21, 2020

Hand Stitching Projects X 4

I've started another hand stitching project 😊 Did I need another hand stitching project, considering the three I already had on the go? No, I did not! That didn't stop me, though!

Sam of Hunter's Design Studio put out a new line of embroidery patterns, including one using her Respect the Power Tool graphic, which I love. A while back she was selling hoodies with the same graphic on them and I really wanted one. If I remember correctly, they were $45, which seemed reasonable, but then I had to add international shipping and take into account the dismal Canadian-American exchange rate and by then the hoodie would have been over $100. Not quite so reasonable. As soon as I saw this new embroidery pattern, I knew I had to buy it and stitch it right away.
Respect the Power Tool embroidery | DevotedQuilter.com
Jenny of Elefantz, adds bits of applique to her embroideries and they are all so, so beautiful. I decided to add a little applique to mine, too. I printed out the pattern at 150% to make the appliques a little more manageable and even still the scrap of teal Island Batik I used for the spool of thread is teeny tiny. I used a mottled black from Northcott for the sewing machine and another Island Batik fabric for the background.

This is where I am so far. I'm using Aurifil 12 wt for the stitching and I've started with 2930 to outline the sewing machine. It's pretty close to the gold details on my Singer treadle machines, which is what the shape Sam has drawn makes me think of.
Respect the Power Tool embroidery | DevotedQuilter.com
My very first quilt featured fusible applique with blanket stitching done by hand, so it's fun to be doing that again. I love how stitching around the edge of an applique shape makes it look so different.
Respect the Power Tool embroidery | DevotedQuilter.com
As for my other hand stitching projects, this seems like a good time for a little update.

We were out of town on Saturday for Zach's softball. I'm not sure how many sporting events there will be this school year as right now they're only allowing outdoor sports to have games between schools. The few indoor sports that will soon be starting are only allowed to have practices. But I digress. Between Zach's games, I pulled this star out of my Sew Together bag, where it has been folded for months, if not more than a year, pinned to its background and waiting to be stitched. Those fold lines did not want to flatten out!
EPP star | DevotedQuilter.com
Now it is finally stitched. It looks a lot better after a good press, too 😊
EPP star | DevotedQuilter.com
I still have another one in the bag, waiting to be stitched and it has been so long since I worked on these that I can't even remember how many I have finished or how many are left to go.

I also worked on my Hexie Rainbow quilt on Saturday. I now have all of the hexies for the second round of blue stitched together into rows and ready to be stitched to the main piece. I keep saying it will soon be too big to work on while we're driving, but I keep taking it and working on it, so I haven't reached that point yet.
EPP hexie rainbow progress | DevotedQuilter.com
When I started this, I planned to have the rainbow off center, like this. But now I'm thinking that I might prefer to have it centered. That would mean completing the purple rounds and shifting some rows of black from the right to the left and from the bottom to the top. It wouldn't make any difference to the total number of hexies in the quilt.
Hexie Rainbow plan | DevotedQuilter.com
And lastly, my 2020 temperature quilt. I discovered I left out May 29th, which meant a bit of time with my seam ripper to open up the space to add it in, right above the safety pin in the picture. I have the May 29th block made, it just needs to be stitched in place and then I need to sew the rows back together. I have the rows finished up to August 17th. Yup, that's means I'm more than two months behind, again. It's a good thing there's not much of 2020 left for me to get even farther behind, lol.
2020 temperature quilt fix in progress | DevotedQuilter.com
Well, that should keep me busy, especially since that's not even considering the things I want to make that actually use my sewing machine (and there are plenty of those, too!) 😄


  1. Ooh, the detail on the Respect the Power Tool applique / embroidery looks great! I'm glad that there are at least some sporting events and practices to get the energy out for kids. I'm in need of it myself!

  2. Your hexie rainbow quilt will be beautiful when it's complete. I like some off-center quilts, but I think this one will look better centered.

  3. I like what you're doing with Sam's fun embroidery design. The applique sewing machine is a nice touch, especially with the gold blanket stitch. Your hexie project is coming along nicely as well. Sorry you had to take a step backwards with the temperature quilt!

  4. I have to admit (don't tell anyone.....) that I am enjoying some hand work. The horror!! LOL Sometimes I don't want to sit at my machine, and this allows me to relax on the sofa and watch some tv.


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