Sunday, August 02, 2015

Slow Sunday Stitching Tribe

Life Is Beautiful Block #14
Do you ever wonder about what will happen to the quilts you spend so many hours of your life creating? I was thinking about that this week while stitching my next Life Is Beautiful block, and thinking about whether my descendants will have any interest at all in my treasures. Most of the time I feel like a bit of a freak in terms of my extreme love of fabrics, quilting and hand stitching! I have often thought I should have been born a few generations ago in order to "fit in" better. 
Did you read the wonderful story that Diane documents over at the Quilty Pleasures blog? Click here to read it and then come back... I'll wait. Isn't it just a tear-jerker? Were you so happy that the story had a happy ending, and the baby quilt was reunited with it's grown up? Did you admire the old nursery rhyme embroidery? Did you secretly hope that someone in the future would be that happy to be reunited with a quilt that you made especially for them?
If so, then you are part of the tribe of the Slow Sunday Stitchers. Welcome! We celebrate the art of connection through quilting and stitches of any kind, with our creative selves, and with stories of the threads that stitch us together individually and as a community. 
Awesome Life Tips: Find Your Tribe
From Stephenie Zamora

I love this "awesome life tip" from Stephenie Zamora.  You guys are my tribe, my people, my fellow humans who don't think I'm strange (well, maybe you sometimes do, but you still encourage me and celebrate my uniqueness!)
Do you need inspiration to continue on your Slow Stitching Journey? Click here for confirmation and some "how to" tips.



What are you hand stitching today?  Link up your project below and share your stitches with the wonderful tribe of slow sunday stitchers!




27 comments:

  1. What a story! I just loved it, the old quilt, the craftmanship, the happy ending, and yep I got all teary at the end too! : ) I am glad that you shared the link!

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  2. What a story! I just loved it, the old quilt, the craftmanship, the happy ending, and yep I got all teary at the end too! : ) I am glad that you shared the link!

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  3. I am happy to be part of your tribe! I have met some wonderful, kind and generous people through quilting, including you. I loved the story of the baby quilt. Obviously, she is part of the tribe too. Happy stitching to you!

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  4. Glad to be a part of your tribe... you are my fave linky and usually the only one I link to all week... I look forward to Sunday mornings with you! Thanks for the linky and for the blog time too friend! Kathi

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  5. What a sweet story! While I hope that none of my quilts ever get separated from their recipients, I hope that if they do, they'll be equally ecstatic to have them returned. Thanks for letting us be a part of your tribe ... as the only hand quilter I know, I'm definitely feeling all alone here in real life.

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  6. Do you think that the Life is Beautiful pattern would work with bead embroidery? I have been thinking about getting into bead embroidery for the crazy quilt I am planning and am looking into various embroidery patterns. I would really love your opinion before I buy the book since it is so expensive.

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  7. Yes, I saw Debbie's post and how wonderful that she took the time to be sure family got the return of a treasure. We had many families lose treasured pieces to Irene, but slowly some items are being researched and returned. We are a big quilting (and many arts) communities valley, so it is not hard to find a 'tribe'.

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  8. Another sweet stitchery! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. Timing is everything...from this lady being there to buy the quilt and finding the owner to your blog post. No one understands us but like minded people who have the same addictions...I mean love and passion. We are indeed a tribe and I am happy to join your tribe!!

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  10. Thanks for the link to that beautiful story. I know my own children understand the love that is put into my hand-made items. I hope they pass that on to their children in the future so that those items are always appreciated. I know that I have one relative that sold my hand-mades in a garage sale when they divorced. I wish they had offered to return the items to me. I hope that whoever bought them appreciated them.

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  11. Hi Kathy--I tried to link up again-- ;--))) I am in a slow stitching mode right now...loved your post.
    hugs, Julierose

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  12. I needed your post today Kathy...thank you for reminding us we are a "tribe". LOVE THAT!!!

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  13. What a great story and a great post. I'd be lost without my on line tribe.

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  14. Glad to be part of the tribe! I liked the quilt genealogy story!

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  15. Hey tribe sister! That was a great story you linked to. Glad that lady got her baby quilt back. I bet it's even more special now. I'm glad my sons both appreciate my quilts. I find lots of baby quilts in thrift stores, made by a great aunt, etc (if they even have a label). I keep track of how many hours I spend hand quilting a gift quilt. When I give the quilt, I let them know how much time I spent, just on the hand quilting. It seems to make them appreciate the quilt more.

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  16. I agree about just hanging with like minded people. I think that is what is so great about the internet I have really met some great quilters and love that we can share our craft. I don't really care about what will happen to mine. I just hope that if they end up at good will that someone like Bonnie Hunter finds them and loves them. Although I have a hunch my daughter and daughter in law will want them!

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  17. oh my, what a fantastic happy end for that quilt, great story. Sometimes I think about what will happen to the quilts I made. Love your redwork stitching.Have a great week and make your dreams come true. hugs

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  18. What a wonderful story and happy ending. I too wonder who will appreciate the things I've stitched after I'm gone. I have also started signing my quilts, so if anyone in the future is interested, they might find it's history. I'm so glad to be a part of this tribe! I love "meeting" all the terrific, talented quilters online!

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  19. Love this post! Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Although I don't always get to link up lately, I am so grateful to have you and all the lovely stitching gang who gather here as my tribe!!! Thanks as always for the encouragement :)

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  21. That is a beautiful story by Diane - definitely brought tears to my eyes! I had a similar experience a few years ago - I discovered the maker of the quilt but she made it for a raffle and we never learned who had owned it. It made me very sad to think of our descendants not caring about the things we make, that come from our heart and become a part of us, and therefore of them too. I hope my quilts will be loved and treasured, but ultimately we can never really be sure of that. All we can really be sure of is the love and care we put into them ourselves, and maybe that will be enough :)

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  22. I actually linked up this time, Kathy!
    Haven't gone to read the story yet, but I will say, my Mom's quilts are treasured by her family and friends who have received them, but they are not labeled. I am concerned that if they lose their identity they will not be appreciated down the road. I am determined to get them labeled to keep them alive!
    I am happy to be part of your tribe, but I must say you are strange. I know that because I am, too, and since we seem to understand each other, you have to be! *LOL*

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  23. Great quote - if you are a freak there are lots o us out here, so at least you arr in good company.

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  24. I come from a long line of quilters. I work by hand using scraps of fabric that other people no longer wanted or needed. I love spending some of my time on something that will stay done and when I make a gift for family or friends, it is like giving a piece of myself. I feel like I am stitching my best feelings into each piece. Is that a freak? Then I am one too.

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  25. What an incredible story! Just so amazing that something like that can happen - and I love the idea that we're all held together with stitches :) Thank you so much for sharing that Kathy!

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  26. Love happy endings! Also love your stitchery block! Have a great week, Kathy!

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  27. What an amazing story! I know how things like this can happen. After a death things can get a lot jumbled, accidentally and sadly sometimes on purpose. It's so wonderful to have a happy ending in this situation. Beautiful.

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