Sunday, March 26, 2017

Race day!!!

I have a confession, I am cheating on this post and writing it on Saturday.

My slow stitching on the weekend is some hand-quilting on my Year in My Life quilt which hasn't been stitched on since February. So, time to get back at it. 

I enjoy quilting so much, I don't know why this gets put aside.....I guess because I enjoy my applique so much, as well!

I know it's a bit of a dark picture but it shows the quilting the best.

I love the spider fabric. I won't lie, a couple of times when I see the spider out of the corner of my eye it startles me!

Back in the day when I had a quilt to prep for quilting, I would hand-baste. This involved pinning it to the carpet in my living room and crawling around on the floor for an afternoon basting it. 

As a longarm quilter I am able to baste my quilts on the longarm now. I don't think many people know that this service is offered by some longarm quilters. It is quick and easy to do and I might do this for clients only a couple of times per year, but it's a good thing to be able to offer.

Here is how the basting looks....

As I move the hoop to a new section to quilt, I remove the basting stitches. This way they are out of the way of my handwork and I don't need to remove it all at the end.

So, this quilting is my slow stitching for Saturday and a bit on Sunday morning.


.....and now it's Sunday morning!

There won't be much time for poking at the quilt today as I'll be leaving quite early for the Around the Bay Road Race in Hamilton.

Running the 5k portion of this race was a goal I set way back in October shortly after I started my Learn to Run classes. I'm excited and nervous all at the same time!

This race is the oldest in North America and I feel excitement just bubbling up inside to be a part of it. Quite a few of my running buddies will be there also, which just adds to the fun!

Here is a picture my sister sent me this morning of the Around the Bay from the 1940's...

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I had made some goals for this race, but after being laid up with my back problems this past month I'll just be happy to complete it!

I am linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching, where she talks about the value of resting and taking it easy. By lunchtime today I should be back in my comfy chair enjoying a few more stitches in my quilt :)

Wish me luck!!!


  1. Good luck with your race today! I like walking but not running. That spider made me take a second look too! Have fun stitching after your race.

  2. I'm a long armer too and just recently machine basted a quilt for had quilting for the first time. So nice to not have to deal with pins when moving the hoop! Good luck on your race. I did my first 5k last November. I have done several since. I "wog", jog as much as I can and walk the rest!

  3. Spiders absolutely give me the willies, so that fabric would never be in my possession. Best wishes for a wonderful race. Enjoy your post race stitching.

  4. Good luck in the race today... so disappointing that the weather is dreary.
    You will need lots of rest and recuperation, and may even be too tired for slow stitching!
    I enjoyed seeing the photo of how you are hand quilting your hearts!

  5. You did beautiful applique with the hearts, and I great quilting. Best wishes for a good race.

  6. Love your Hearts! That spider is very fun. Hope you run was very successful and a lot of fun.

  7. One cannot go wrong with applique hearts. I like your scrappiness. Thanks for suggestion about some long armers offering basting services. Great fitness goal. Hope you had fun at what sounds like a favorite race.

  8. I'm late with the luck-wishing, so hoping your race went well!

  9. I hope your race went well.

    That spider is so cute hiding among the hearts.