Today's Needlework Tuesday post features live updates. I have a list of projects I want to accomplish today so, in the hopes that publishing my to-do list will keep me focused, I'll be posting periodic updates on my progress.
The main project today is a prayer quilt. A prayer quilt is a very basic patchwork (mine is made from 8" squares") that forms a cross in the center. This variation actually forms three crosses - the applique in the center, the brown cross and the larger blue cross. It is tied, rather than quilted, and the quilter says a prayer for the recipient as she ties each knot. With a tie at each intersection, that's fifty-four prayers stitched into this quilt.
I got the squares cut and a few rows assembled while I was at my sister's house over the weekend. This morning I have assembled three more complete rows and the remaining sections. Here's how it looks at this point:
I would really like to have it pieced and tied by the end of the day. That gives me tomorrow to work on binding before I have to return to work on Thursday. I want to have this completed to present to it's recipient this weekend.
I also have this teeny-tiny cross-stitch project to finish during breaks from the quilt (my aching back won't quilt non-stop any more).
And in between these projects, I want to clean and rearrange the living room, and wash the half-dozen loads of laundry waiting on me. I better get moving . . .
UPDATE: 1:30 P.M. The quilt top is pieced, the living furniture is moved and two loads of laundry done. Next up: Quilt backing and ties, dusting and replacing living room decor and one more load of laundry.
UPDATE: 5:00 The quilt top, batting and backing are stacked and the ties in place - just waiting to be tied and the binding attached. The living room is clean and arranged. The laundry didn't fair as well - I got sidetracked. But housework can wait till tomorrow - on to reading and cross-stitching.