March-A-Long Week 4

It’s that time of the week again! Time to talk about last Sunday to yesterday (AKA Saturday) and my March-A-Long results. Here goes.

  • Sunday – Blog writing day. This included the Books on Monday post from last week.
  • Monday – Blog reading day #1. Somehow I had tons of days to catch up on so I did some reading – most of it quilty!
  • Tuesday – Blog reading day #2. Almost got caught up. I also did some hand quilting.
  • Wednesday – Barnes & Noble day. Yes, there was some serious quilty magazine investigation happening. And I talked Amazing Amy into signing up for the 2014 Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery BOM with me! And I did some hand quilting.
  • Thursday – This is the day I finally got caught up on my blog reading! (And then, of course, more people blogged. Hand quilting also happened. And my new quilt frame/hoop (explained below with illustrations) showed up.
  • Friday – Finished assembling my new quilt frame/hoop and then got some hand quilting time in.
  • Saturday – Hand quilting between seeing and spending time with lots of friends.

The New Quilting Frame/Hoop

Last week one day I realized that the hoop I was using to quilt the wedding quilt was splintering and splitting.



At first I thought maybe I could make it last (it was a little flimsy for such a large quilt which I’ve been concerned about from the beginning), but then I became concerned that it could damage the quilt so I got online and looked for sturdier hoops with floor stands. I decided to pay the big bucks for a Grace hoop with floor stand.


The hoop itself is only 14″ square, but that just means I get to tell myself that I’m making faster progress because I have to move the quilt more often.

So what have you been up to?

Quilt on!


3 thoughts on “March-A-Long Week 4

  1. Great progress, Gretchen! I spent my week by reading my quilty magazines and blogs every day. Yesterday I also spent hours in front of my computer designing in my EQ7. I think I might have blogged one day!

  2. I admire anyone with the patience to hand quilt. I have done one and I enjoyed it but my fingers hurt! Those FQS BOM are nice. I did the one last year. Well, I bought the one last year. I haven’t actually made any blocks yet. :)LOL

  3. how intriguing is your quilting frame. I did lots of blog reading too but forgot to add it to my activities. I haven’t done any hand quilting either but one day I might even try it 🙂

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