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Thank you, Jennie, for asking me to join in your Summer series as a guest blogger. It has been great fun thinking about which projects might travel well during my summer camping adventures. I thought I might tell you (and your readers) about my first attempt at hand quilting.
I recently made this baby quilt top on a whim one evening. Luckily it’s the perfect size to travel.
As we were packing up the camper for a weekend at the beach, making sure not to forget the bug out bag, I thought I would baste it and draw chalk guide lines to quilt along while at the camp site.
As it is quite small, I could take a first stab at hand quilting while we were driving to the camp site. Thank goodness for the guide lines or I would have been all over the place!
We arrived and set up camp in the dunes next to the beach in Fanore Co. Clare. I won’t lie – it was freezing. Still, once you were bundled up it was an absolutely beautiful place for a walk.
Since it was so cold, hand quilting a small quilt was the perfect project to keep me warm at the camp site or next to the fire while also keeping my hands busy.
I generally found the process of hand quilting very therapeutic. It was a great way to focus and calm my mind. I was also pretty surprised at how readily you can see your progress, encouraging you to keep at it! What I did not realize was how nice it was to really look at your fabrics and notice them. This mis-spelling, for example, cracked me up:
Being only a small baby quilt, I could take it with us to walk on the beach while our pup had a play.
I have happily finished hand quilting this little cutie and have decided on finishing it off with a red floral print binding.
Sadly, though, I don’t have a photo of the finished quilt to show you! It is fully bound and washed, but with the miserable Irish weather it hasn’t dried in time to take a photo for you. If you’re at all interested in seeing the finished quilt, please hop on over to Fluffy Sheep Quilting and become a follower. Fingers crossed the sun comes out, the quilt dries and I have photos to share with you later this week!
Jennie, again, thank you. It was great fun thinking about how I can bring my quilting with me throughout our summer adventures. I wish you and your family well on yours!