HQAL Slow and Steady Update

It’s a great day here in sunny Arizona! I have been enjoying the sunny warm weather and spending most of my time outside lately. I still find a bit of sewing time in the evenings. I have five of my animal border blocks done.

During these past few weeks, I was able to finish Mr. Bear and Mr. Steer

I don’t know why the animals are taking so much longer than the center blocks…. I think it must be all of the tracing, cutting, glueing, and stitching around the teeny tiny pieces.

There are so many tight inside curves and little eyes and noses.

That’s ok. It just takes me longer. Getting out all of the fabrics and patterns take up my whole counter space. It takes about an hour or so just to cut and place one block!

I always have visions of knocking out a few at one sitting. Nope! I am lucky to get one done per sitting and then I have to load everything up and put it away for next time.

Oh well, eventually they will all be done. I only have five more to cut out and paste down. I can do it!!

Thank you for stopping by today. If you would like to join in sharing your hand quilting adventure, here’s how–

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

Happy Sewing!


30 thoughts on “HQAL Slow and Steady Update

  1. Can I ask if they’re marked around a template, or traced over a light box? I ask because you might find the turning goes faster if you use a hera marker to crease the outline on the reverse, or at least, that’s been my experience with needleturn appliqué. I think the rooster is my favourite, but he’s so many pieces!

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      1. You can get them in any quilting shop, or online from Amazon. They create a sharp crease you can use instead of a quilt marker or pencil, and they help folding under the excess when you’re doing needleturn.


    1. Thank you Sharon! I know I could sew up a fast and easy quilt, but one, I don’t need that many quilts, and two, the ones that take more time and effort really have a piece of me in them and I love them more😊❤️❤️


  2. Hi Tracy! How fun. I adore doing handwork like this. Look at all the different pieces on the rooster – no wonder it is slow going. And so what? Are you in a race?!! I look forward to seeing what the last five blocks are. This is going to be SO very cute. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  3. you will appreciate your animals all the more when you are done because of the extra effort that went into making them look the way you wanted them to look. can’t wait to see the finished product

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    1. Thank you so much! I agree with you about the more time we spend on something, the more we appreciate it. Some quilts are fast gift quilts, while others are a labor of love and effort that we can’t part with. This will be one of the second kind. Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a lovely day!😊❤️❤️


    1. Oh! I’m so glad you recognized the fabric Karla! I am really enjoying it. I had to order more red and see that it is getting scarce online. I’m glad I found it though. I hope you make something with yours. It would be like our own Mystery QAL❤️❤️

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  4. They look nice, and it doesn’t really matter if it takes time, right? Done right is the important part. I do think the ins and outs of the rooster tail, for example, takes more time.

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  5. Wow Tracy! Glad I am trying to catch up on old posts as I love this one! I love the fabrics (Moda?) Your appliqué blocks are amazing, whimsical and delightful! I always love the palettes you use!


  6. I love your animal blocks! I am making “Simple Folk” as well, but decided on a simpler border. I am enjoying making this quilt so much!

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