Sunday, March 15, 2015

Catching up with (slow) handwork projects

Completed embroideryThe sweet Welcome Spring embroidery that I started a week ago is complete.  (Gail Pan's free pattern is available here.) I've been thinking about some improvisational pieced borders ... but haven't yet made any forward progress on making/adding them.

This finish is timely... it is definitely beginning to feel like spring around here.

I have made some progress with the hex rings and have now moved onto the next step–appliquéing them to a background.

I have been working on these projects slowly, by hand, in the evenings while I watch (probably too much) television.

Appliquéd in placeThe process is relaxing, meditative and gives you lots of time to let your mind wander and think about things like how I will quilt this little piece.

Last night, it was an opportunity to get my creative mind to calm down after a day of sewing with the Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild–come later today to read about that adventure :-)

Last night while I was stitching away, I had a new idea for the quilting design–it was an a ha moment and now I feel ready to jump into quilting this ... as soon as I finish the slow stitching needed to finish the appliqué.  So that's what I'll be doing for Slow Stitch Sunday.

Do some aspects of quilting wind you up or help you unwind?


Kaja said...

Your spring embroidery is sweet. I am seeing a lot of yellow in quilts at the moment that I am liking a lot - just the right colour as we head towards spring.

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Your spring embroidery is precious!

The Cozy Quilter said...

We could definitely use a little spring around here after our cold and snowy winter. I love to let my mind wander while I am quilting. Sometimes, I get thinking about quilting when I should be doing other things... Happy slow stitching to you!

Terri said...

The errors, mistakes and flubs are what winds me up...I make a lot of those. I can get upset, but I'll still have to rip it out, so I just rip.
I did go to a Project Linus Jelly Roll sew day once. I brought my own sewing machine. I usually use it in it's cabinet with the knee control, and that day had to use the foot pedal. (Really small sweet spot, and I'm not used to it at all.) Well, the lady in charge, a crochet person, told me I was sewing too slow... I finished mine second and just after lunch. There were a dozen ladies there. She also told me I was doing it wrong when I joined the strips, and then her helper got upset when I told her that I didn't like brown. She really chewed me out. (I left early. I couldn't take the abuse.) I hope this didn't happen to you.

Quilter Kathy said...

Adorable spring stitchery... is it hanging up for you to enjoy? I love when the quilt design idea pops into my mind and it brings the energy with it to get going!

A Nudge said...

Such precious work. Too bad we've skipped spring here in SoCal. It is a great piece, Sophie.

CathieJ said...

Your Spring embroidery is very pretty. I am looking forward to seeing what it becomes.

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