Since Sunday, I've spent the better part of my days and evenings sitting in my favorite chair, hand quilting. Aside from that small robot quilt that I made for the doll quilt exchange in the fall, I haven't quilted in ages and I am thoroughly enjoying it. Why I walked away from it several years ago, I have no idea. Probably the convenience of machine quilting for several kids' gifts and then my renewed interest in knitting.
On Saturday, I took advantage of a great JoAnne's sale (with added bonus of an additional 10% off holiday coupon) to purchase a standing Ott-Lite. I've had a tabletop flip version for years but I didn't anticipate the huge difference the larger model would make when doing handwork. I had originally picked it up as extra lighting for my sewing room, but after flipping it on, chair side, I doubt it will be leaving the family room until this quilting project is completed. I'm not a big fan of its plastic casing, but as you can see, we have not yet gotten to the family room in our re-do of the house...dead color walls, old (comfy!) chair and a carpet that was meant to be in the trash by now, until I realized it was the only surface in this house on which I could pin out a large quilt for basting. So function rules over form here, at least for a while!
I love the rhythm of quilting a project. Moving the hoop along, marking the lines, watching the pattern emerge in relief as the quilting progresses. How could I have forgotten? I'm basting up a few more tops so it won't happen again.