Sunday, September 22, 2013

Slow Stitching Sunday

I recently enjoyed a few days of rural therapy and personal restoration at my cousin Debbie's beautiful farm. 
Debbie and I have been very close since we were young kids and could always be found together at family functions causing trouble of some sort. And we spent every school holiday together that our parents would allow.
It had been a long time since we were able to enjoy hours of wonderful conversation together. After all these years, we never run out of things to talk about and we still think we are hilarious!!

We had great fun visiting with her chickens and collecting the eggs. She is new to having her own chickens, although her family always had them when we were growing up. We enjoyed including "the girls" in our chats and watching their antics. It was a big ol' hen party!! HA!

While she was at work during the day, I putzed around her farm, made soup with whatever veggies they had from the garden, played with their adorable little barn kitten who was quite interested in my quilting, and of course I spent countless hours hand quilting.

I made a lot of progress on my "Journey of a Quilter" project (pattern by Leanne Beasley) . This is a blurry photo of the block I worked on, which is the bottom left corner of the quilt. 

I started this quilt in July 2007, and it took 5 years to complete the hand embroidery. I have been quilting it a bit here and there over the last couple of years. It spent a lot of time with me and my brother at the hospital over the summer, and it sure does hold a lot of memories of my journey. 

I am making some Slow Stitching progress and have now finished hand quilting 7 of the 9 blocks! Today I will be putting in a few more stitches, and enjoying all the memories that this quilt holds, especially the ones enjoyed at my cousin's farm.

I hope you have time to enjoy some slow stitching today, and that you will link up your blog post below and share what you are working on.  


Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Not linking up today but came over to visit. The farm visit with your cousin sounds like a wonderful restorative and restful time for you ! :)

Deb A said...

Sounds like a wonderful place to relax and reflect with a good friend. I'll hook up later today. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

Ellen said...

There is nothing more important than family and friends. So glad you were able to spend such a fun and relaxing time with your cousin.

Julie in GA said...

Sounds like you had a great, relaxing visit with your cousin. It's great to see the progress on your "Journey."

Darlene D said...

Love that quilt Kathy, can you tell me who the designer of the pattern is?

Janet O. said...

I'm glad you have a place to go to refill your plate, Kathy. Looks like a great place for renewal with an old friend (and relation).
Good for you sticking with that quilting. It really is a journey!

libbyquilter said...

now that sounds very restfull~! good for you.
quilts that include embroidery are so appealing to me and yours is beautiful.

thank you for hosting the link up.

Melissa said...

Beautiful quilt! I am not stitching at all today, responding to emails...I'd rather be stitching though!

Lesley said...

Glad you had some 'cousin' time! Your quilt is really looking beautiful!

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

I am so glad you are giving your self some healing time. Sounds like a wonderful place and your quilt is looking great! I want to thank you for Slow Stitching Sunday's they mean so much to me.

Cathy Tomm said...

Great to spend time with family and stitch.

margaret said...

sounds like you have a lovely time with your cousin and creative time too. the quilt looks wonderful and as you say will bring back memories of stitching it when finished