What started out in my mind as echo quilting on my "Contentment" quilt is really stippling, I guess. And the stippling sometimes feels crippling as the end of my thumb has gone from normal to calloused to cracked callous.
But I am making progress! I have completed 2 outer borders, 2 corners, and I am most of the way through my 3rd border.
What keeps me going? DVD movies and political intrigue on TV (the former being less disturbing than the latter). "Sully" (which is FABULOUS), "The Sound of Music," the second "Sex in the City" movie, "Bridget Jones' Diary" (oldie, but goodie), all the "Harry Potter" movies, "Beauty and the Beast"...I am enjoying going through my DVD shelves.
Every time I show a picture of my half quilting hoop I get a lot of inquiries about where I got it. It was many, many years ago (early 90's, I think). It has "Grace" stamped on the inside. I went to the Grace website and did not find it.
I did some poking around on the Internet and found a company that sells something similar. It is Frank A. Edmunds & Co and they can be found here. I just ordered their smaller, 10-inch half hoop to try out. Their half hoops are deeper than mine and can do a wider border. I have been "whole-hooping" as much of the border as possible, then "half-hooping" the outer couple of inches.
It was rainy today, so the light was bad to stretch it out on my bed to show progress...next time.