Sunday, January 25, 2015

Slow Sunday Stitching

I just love Sunday mornings at Slow Sunday Stitching. Last week's link up was so wonderful. I enjoyed seeing many of the posts that included a photo of your hand, and I know just how challenging it is to taking a selfie while stitching. I saw a great variety of projects, thimbles, techniques, and colours. And I was inspired by many of your comments.
Carla reminded us that we have to take care of our hands, and be careful not to overdo because they are our most important tool... YES!
Maureen  said "The hardest part is getting started". That is so true with many things in life, eh? Once we get going, and it doesn't seem as difficult as we had thought, we gain confidence with practice, and actually enjoy it!
Your slow stitchers rock! 

So, on to announcing the winner (of the stitching tools giveaway) from last week's link up of hand photos. There were 37 amazing link ups last week, and the lucky winner is... #20 which is Debra from Quilting Artist.  Congrats to Debra! Hop over to her blog and check out the very cool thimble she used in her hand stitching photo.

My slow stitching project is a block sampler that I started in June 2013, and have been hand quilting since September 2014.  All the hand quilting is finished now and I must admit to feeling a little bit sad as I attach the binding. I always feel this way at the end of making a quilt that I have really enjoyed making and have an attachment to.  I have begun to ponder which project I will hand quilt next. I sure wouldn't want to get the DTs (a delirium caused from withdrawal from an addiction, like hand quilting!)  Maybe I will finish up the wallhanging that was cast aside when I became obsessed with this quilt? Or maybe I will begin quilting another UFO?

But for today, I will enjoy every stitch as I hand sew this binding down. What are you hand stitching today? I hope you link up your project below and share the progress (or maybe the lack thereof) that you have made this week.




15 comments:

The Cozy Quilter said...

I have enjoyed watching you put your stitches into this quilt. Happy binding to you today!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Congrats on the almost finish! :)

Christine Feldstein said...

Almost finished! Bravo and thanks for the party!

Sue G Johnson said...

Your quilt looks lovely. The quilting is perfect for it. Thank you for Slow Sunday Stitching again!

Denise :) said...

I don't start getting sad until I've got a length of binding left to hand stitch . . . then I almost procrastinate finishing it (note that I said *almost*)! Isn't it funny how crazy we get to finish a quilt, and then get sad when it draws to the end??! We're such girls! :)

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I must be the only one who rejoices at the binding stage! The quilt that I worked so long on is almost finished! I'll get to curl up in it if I'm keeping it or see the excitement on the recipient's face if it's a gift. And I'll get to start another quilt, one that's probably been on my to-do list for forever.

I can't wait to see your finished quilt - it's going to be spectacular, I just know it.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

I often feel that way as I put in the last few hand quilting stitches. But I also love finishes and there is always more fabric that needs some stitches!

Kate said...

Enjoy stitching down your binding. It is sad sometimes when you end a project you've enjoyed making. Looking forward to seeing what you pick up next.

Debra said...

Kathy, thank you so much for the wonderful quilting goodies I will be receiving. I love linking up at Slow Sunday Stitching when I can and really enjoy your blog. Sunday is my favorite day because it is my day to spend sewing! Happy Slow Sunday Stitching everyone!

Kris said...

I can't imagine hand quilting a large quilt. I am in awe. I hope to just incorporate some hand stitching in my pieces. :)

Cathy said...

Can't wait to see what's next. I finished my Pickle Dish and had one ready to go so I didn't get DTs! And I need something to keep my hands busy and me awake every evening after work.

Teresa in Music City said...

I can't wait to see what you hand quilt next! I was not able to slow stitch any today - cleaned out kitchen cabinets instead. Yes, I think I may have hit my head and got a concussion without realizing it LOL!!! But I'm about to sit down right now and enjoy some epp with Downton Abbey :) Have a great week!!!

Janet O. said...

It isn't sad to me when I finish a quilt--it is more of a miracle! *LOL*

Rebecca Grace said...

I know EXACTLY what you mean about feeling sad when you finish a quilt! It's like when your baby graduates from nursery school -- you're proud of him, excited for what's ahead, but still sad that all of those preschool days are over and he'll never be that little boy again. Every quilt is like a child, and when you put the last stitch in the binding it's like you're sending that child off into the world and your nest is suddenly empty again. Fortunately, unlike children, quilts don't need college funds... ;-)

Jennie in GA said...

Binding....my favorite part!!! Tried to Link up, but it is closed :-((