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Thread: Do you keep a hand stitching/quilting project near by?

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    Do you keep a hand stitching/quilting project near by?

    I finished a Yo Yo quilt recently and I got so use to watching tv and hand stitching that I find I am looking for another project to work on while I sit and watch my grandson or watch tv.

    I should get back out the counted cross stitch project I set aside while doing the Yo Yo quilt!

    Do you have a hand stitching/quilting project that you are working on?
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    Yes! I have a stamped cross stitch quilt top I'm working on, picked up at a yard sale for $1.00. When we go on a road trip, I take it with me as well. I don't expect to finish it soon, it's a long term project, but I need something to keep my hands busy while watching TV.
    phranny ~ I cannot call my day complete. 'til needle, thread, and fabric meet.

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    Okay, I used to do needlepoint before I started quilting (over 45 completed framed needlepoint products ranging in size from 8 x 10 to 28 x 36 and every size in between). Now, I make sure I have a hand quilting project at hand in the car for long trips and by my chair in the evening while watching TV or listening to a book on cd. I just love retirement ;-)
    Busy in Ohio

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    I do a lot of hand embroidering when I'm watching something on TV with the family. This way I'm in the room with them instead of in my sewing closet. Not sure what I'll do with all of it, but I enjoy it.
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    I hand applique while watching TV in the evenings. Right now, I have two projects going. One is a large, Hawai'ian quilt, about 108x108. That lives on the chair by the TV (usually set to Yankee games!). The other is for traveling and fits on my lap.

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    I usually crochet, unless I have a quilt that needs binding.

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    yes---i always have a hand stitching project or 3 going- my english paper piecing project is my (travel) hand piece these days- i also sit & work on bindings, wool applique blocks, needle turn applique blocks- or i wrap clothesline for making baskets/bowls- or i hook on my wool hooked rug- or my locker hooking projects....always working on something.
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    Yes--I have Cathedral Window blocks to take with me in the car. I have been working on them for 5-6 years so far. If I don't do hand work when I watch TV, I fall asleep. I don't work on the CW blocks at home though.
    Sue

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    Yes, two
    1. hand piecing Jo Morton's Snowball in Harvest with repro fabrics; I changed her dimensions to 4 1/2" square with 2" corners
    2. English paper piecing Dresden Plate

    In the past I did a Grandmother's Flowergarden - English pp - a crib quilt for my oldest grandson using fabrics from all his family- woven cotton clothes. He's 20 and I still haven't finished it. I will for his first born someday
    and a Cathedral Windows, which I hated doing and gave away all I'd done before stopping.
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    Right now my hand/tv/travel project is a Cathedral window. As soon as I finish that I will be working on a Hickory Nut quilt. I just ordered the templates from Hickory Hill Quilts, and they arrived today! I can't wait to begin working on this! i have been excited about this project since I saw the tutorial on here!

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    During the cooler months, I crochet afghans, while watching TV. During warm weather, I do counted cross stitch, thread crochet, or something else that doesn't have to sit on my lap.
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    I take my PP with me everywhere and when I'm sitting with DH in the evening in front of the TV, I work on it, also. It's a variation of GFG and will probably take me years to complete. At least I won't have to look for something else to do for a long while!
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    I have hexagons and hand applique to carry to sewing sessions. I have my sewing machine set up in the same room as the TV, so I can always watch and sew.
    Kay Ahr in Indianapolis, Indiana USA

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    No. I had to learn how to just relax and not do anything when I injured my right shoulder. A couple of years later I had surgery on that should and was barely even allowed to type for 6 weeks. It's still not 100% so I still have to just do nothing and let it rest pretty often.

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    I just started a hand appliqued dresden plate project. Plus, a large cross stitch project that is a long term project. They both help when I do not feel like being at the sewing machine or my arthritis is to painful. I also do hand embroidery, but do not have a project at this time.
    Brenda

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    ​I like to keep some Red Work on hand to work on. I find it very relaxing to do while I watch TV.

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    I just finished appliqueing a Hawaiian quilt and am now hand quilting it! Am going on a road trip and am making flowers to applique to blocks while on the road!! I find I hate not keeping my hands busy!!!!
    A quilt is a blanket of love. Sharon

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    Always have a quilt going to hand-quilt. I'm like others that need something to do with my hands while watching TV. Not getting too much done right now in this heat but it's here!

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    Always have hand piecing or hand quilting near by when hubby is watching TV.

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    Always!!!

    Right now I'm English paper piecing blocks from month 2 of Vicki Bellino's Vintage Rouge block a month (Bloom Creek).
    I also usually have projects going in needle turn applique and wool penny rugs, even an occasional embroidery project. I can't stand sitting idle in front of the TV. In fact, I don't really watch TV, I listen as I sew.

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    hand qpplique for me...just finished some sunbonnets..which are adorable...and now I will be working on some grandma flower garden blocks...hexagons....need to get them cut.
    Pam H.

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    I keep several going all the time. And keep one in a tote just in case there's an emergency and I have to set for a long time. Sure helps calm the nerves too!
    Betty-WV

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    I have a hand-quilting project (Quilts of Valor panel wallhanging) in my sewing basket next to my chair. I also have a GFG blocks in a ziplock bag in my purse. The GFG blocks help pass the time at the Dr's office and on long car trips.
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    Nope! I despise hand-sewing. Even just tucking the ends in after quilting is an annoyance for me. I pretty much sew nothing by hand- I use my sewing machine to sew buttons on after they break off shirts.

    The only hand sewing I've ever done willingly was for the Craftsy Stupendous Stitching class, and it really did make the project look better- however, I want to make another one, but the handwork is what is putting me off.

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    I keep my knitting bag with a dishrag, scarf, cap, etc. to work on for my TV time.

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