Sunday, June 29, 2014

Slow Sunday Stitching Giveaway

Welcome to the world of relaxing hand stitching!  Grab yourself a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy the blog posted about stitching by hand.
Last Sunday we had a record number of 29 link ups and we enjoyed seeing many wonderful projects being made the slow, "old fashioned" way ...thanks to everyone who posted!  
To celebrate we are having a giveaway today. In keeping with the S L O W theme here at Slow Sunday Stitching, I have 3 fat quarters of this Michael Miller turtle fabric to give away. Just look at those cute turtles! All comments will be entered to win and I will pick the winners and notify you when the link up closes on Tuesday.
I was treated to a real (not fabric) turtle sighting this week - a Midland Painted Turtle, who was taking it's own sweet time getting across a gravel road. I made sure it finished crossing safely, and I was thankful to see this very pretty turtle (look at the yellow and orange highlights!) And I reminded myself that I am proud to be a "turtle stitcher"!

Okay... onto my slow stitching project this week... I have been hand quilting my "Always Home" wall hanging and couldn't find my regular thimbles. I tried to use this thimble my son bought me when in Austria. But it didn't work well because the dimples weren't deep enough to catch the needle. I guess this is a thimble for admiring, not using!
So then I tried this new thimble I bought to try - Clover's adjustable ring thimble. But the logistics of how it worked just didn't work for me. I tried to use it like the picture showed, but nope... it didn't work. 
So I didn't make much progress, but today I'll be enjoying some hand quilting as soon as I locate my favorite thimbles!
What are you hand stitching today? Link up your blog post below and share your project with us. And remember to leave a comment on my blog to be entered in the turtle fabric giveaway! Happy Slow Stitching!




39 comments:

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Turtle fabric for slow stitchers? Too cute as is the real turtle! :)

If I have my little sewing box out the first thing the grandkids do is put the thimble on their finger...I am surprised mine hasn't been lost yet! :)

The Cozy Quilter said...

Thanks for reminding us each week to slow down and be like a turtle!

Dasha said...

I was actually doing some of the applique work on my Lets Book It challenge project from May (I know I am behind!), but I have been distracted and am reading blogs.
I use a Clover thimble which has a rubber skirt and metal tip. I use it for everything and find it fabulous.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

today I will continue to print out more templates on fabric for my tumbler quilt because I will be slow stitching for 2 months not just one day soon!

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

I get a bit panicked when I misplace my thimble. Hope you find yours so you can enjoy some stitches.

Deb A said...

Oh no! Hope the thimble turns up. Retrace your steps when you last used it and hopefully you find it. Thanks for reminding us to slow down and relax with some hand stitching each week. Love the turtle and fabric =)

Karen said...

No slow stitching for me today. I have family visiting and we are going to the zoo. I love the turtles. These would be great in an I Spy quilt.

Chantal said...

I love your quilt Always Home. The fabrics are so beautiful and they make the quilt so interesting. I love plaid.
I do have a thimble like that and I don't use it like suggested either. I don't know how to explain so I will send you a picture if you want. Thanks for the chance.

cynthia said...

So adorable and amusing! Isn't it funny how persnickety we can be about thimbles?

Needled Mom said...

Thimbles are such personal little things, aren't they? I never used one growing up so it is so hard for me to use one. I find I do best with those little dots that stick on my finger.

That turtle looks beautiful. We have seven tortoises, but they don't have any bright colors.

Cindy Nielsen said...

Hi Kathy, I love slow stitching but I have lost momentum on my embroidery girls. I have started on my applique project and I am happy to have a place to show my progress. Thanks for letting us share.

George Anderson said...

Your turtle fabric is too cute. I used a lot of I spy things im my just finished Celtic Solstice. Cal King and way too big but it is done and my daughter and her small kidos love it. Love your blog and read daily. Was hoping you could share where I can get Canada theme fabric. I am going to start a hexie project and looking forward to slow stiching again............Thanks Butterfly George

Cathy said...

Oh, you might have had an even 30 last week if I hadn't been out of town camping at a family reunion last week!

I tried a bunch of different thimbles (one like your photo which I had the most difficult time with) before I decided on one with a rim.

Good luck on your thimble finding.
Mine often falls between the cushions on the couch when it put it down to thread needle.

maureen said...

I am in the process of setting up my grandmother's quilting frame and starting my first hand quilting project. I know it's going to take a while, but just like the turtle, I will get there eventually!

sophie said...

I lost a little something (the robber thumb rest on my camera) this week and soon after giving up on finding it in my big, messy studio, called the manufacturer in hopes that they would just send me the small slender sliver of rubber to replace it. During the very frustrating call–with customer service so bad I'm not sure I will ever be able to buy another of their cameras, though I love them–while I was on-hold, I looked down and saw the little black square on the floor. I hope your thimble turns up, too.

NANCY K said...

I'm basting 3/4" hexies while watching a movie.

Sarah said...

I am hand quilting a traditional feather pattern on a cushion front today! Love your blog, and seeing everything people are making. sarah@forrussia.org

Kathleen C said...

Your blog is a favorite of mine. My slow stitching is hand quilting a blue lap quilt and appliquing pumpkin seed blocks done in all kind of red.... And a papercut block by Elly Sienkiewicz in her "Papercuts and Plenty".
The turtle fabric is sweet;thanks do sharing with us.

Missy Shay said...

I'm working on my treadle today, trying to finish up my uncle's prayer quilt. I love that turtle fabric, it is so cute!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I love being a turtle! (While on my morning walks the last several weeks, I've noticed several small turtles who met their untimely demises. Made me sad.)

Dianne in the country said...

Hi Kathy,
Thanks for reminding us to slow down once a week. I always enjoy reading your blog and check it everyday.

Dianne

carla said...

Hi!!! I love your Always Home quilt!!! The little turtles are too cute!!!! I always watch turtles till they are safe too!!!! One time while driving I thought I saw one of those small tires up ahead and as I got closer I saw it moving...it was a huge turtle!!! Thanks for the fun!!!!

Catherine said...

I only discovered your blog recently but I really enjoy reading about your fab hand stitching. I have had a busy weekend and I'm up to date with my hand appliqué BOM and waiting eagerly for the next. The turtle print would come in very handy to add to a pillow for my youngest grandson.

Teresa in Music City said...

Such cute fabric - count me in! I love turtles - they are majestic and have withstood the trials of time. And all the different patterns and colors - reminds me of quilting :)

Karen said...

I slow stitch most every Sunday but have never linked with your post. I decided to play along today.

mightymadge said...

I love your Sunday stitching posts

I am working on my paper doll wallhanging (pattern by Lori Holt ) it's the 1st hand applique project I have ever done. I call it my lifelong project.

I have never gotten the hang of using a thimble but have lost plenty of other well used favorite things

CathieJ said...

Sorry your stitching was hampered by your missing thimbles. I have so much trouble with thimbles. I have wide fingers and long nails. I use leather thimbles because I find I can keep them on my fingers better and I can use them on any finger I please, even my thumb. I go through them quite quickly though. Hope you find your favorites.

Meredith said...

A turtle sure describes my sewing progress! I am slowly hand stitching Bertie's Year...it's June and I am only up to March! I also have trouble with thimbles.

Rebecca in AK said...

I hope you find your thimble! I have two favorite ones, so if I can't find one I can usually find the other!

Carol C Thomas said...

Love the turtle fabric and know I sure need to do some slow stitching.

taylorsoutback said...

Just found your blog and feel right at home with those turtles! Looking forward to visiting everyone's stitching projects. Thinking of the dozens and dozens of thimbles out there - always a challenge to find one that works for us personally.

audrey said...

Always love to hand quilt!

margaret said...

love to see what everyone is doing, must try and link to you, fingers crossed it works!!

margaret said...

no luck, tries to use my blog address but it said it was not valid so will continue to admire what others have done without sharing mine

meppalmer said...

First time I have visited your blog and love how honest you were about the thimble. For sure I don't think I have to waste my money in that. Also loved all the sites you had for me to visit about quilting. Keep up the wonderful blog as I can't wait to hear what's going on in the life of another quilter.

Marie said...

Sweet turtle fabric - it would be fun in little bibs that I make. Hope you enjoyed your Slow Sunday!

Elaine said...

I have just discovered Slow Stitch Sunday - what a great idea :) I am hand piecing a Trip around the World quilt

Deanna W said...

Hope I am not to late to join in the fun. Just got back today from a few days away. The house is a mess, laundry needs to be done and I haven't quilted or sewn in 5 days!!yikes!!I feel like I am moving as slow as a turtle!!!

Margaret said...

I too feel like a turtle. I am totally worn out from this holiday weekend. Time to sit down and sew