Sunday, October 18, 2015

Slow Sunday Stitching

Sometimes the body just forces a person to slow down. That's what happened for me this week. Due to back pain, I have been forced to do everything more slowly and thoughtfully. It's a different way of moving through life when you have to consider each movement, how much pain it might bring you, and if it is going to be worth that pain.

I went to the Waterloo County Quilters' Exhibit on Friday, which was a calculated risk, and totally worth it! It was a lot of walking and standing but manageable for a short time. Yesterday's blog post showed a few quilts, but today I want to show the Slow Stitchers the quilt I won in the mini quilt raffle. This little gem was made by Judy Pearce and the squares finish at 1/2"! The green hand stitching is done with varigated thread using stem stitches and lazy daisy stitches. It's a tiny gem that is now living at my house :)


Life is Beautiful Block #18


The positive side of having body pain, is that while being force to slow down, I've been doing a lot of hand stitching. Another block is completed for my Life is Beautiful project.






Then I picked up an old hand quilting project. It's a 12" block that has been waiting to be finished for a couple of years. Ahh... hand stitching is just what the Dr. ordered!

What are you hand stitching today? Link up your blog post below and share your project with the hand stitchers.



31 comments:

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I hope that the back gets better as each day goes by!

This little quilt that you won is just adorable!

VivJM said...

Sorry you've been in pain :-( but your Life is Beautiful stitching is absolutely lovely! And what a wonderful prize to win in the raffle - those squares are TINY!!

Jo said...

No hand stitching for me today. I was busy with a 7 yo birthday. I am exhausted.
Sorry about the back pain. Hope you enjoyed your slow stitching though

Design Originals by KC said...

I am loving my time stitching so far today! Will see what the rest of the day holds as it unfolds :) Love love love that mini you won in the raffle!!! Will look forward to seeing how you find a way to display and enjoy such a splendid little quilt... the maker did a fabulous job too! Have a blessed Slow Stitching Sunday Kathy ;) Kathi

Deb A said...

Oh no! Never good when the back aches. Hope some sitting and stitching with the heating pad will help. Your quilt is so pretty... and tiny!

julieQ said...

I am so sorry about your back pain!! I have a kit for that very quilt that you were gifted...it is so pretty. Get well soon...

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

I totally understand about that kind of pain. Most of the time I am fine, but there are times I just have to slow down too. Take care and feel better soon. Love your mini-quilt.

Maggie said...

How nice that the little quilt was won by someone who truly appreciates the beauty of hand stitching!

Denise :) said...

Your prize is just darling -- how sweet! Praying your pain will ebb and you'll be able to get back to 'doing'...in the meantime, take advantage of the down time and enjoy stitching! :)

allthingzsewn said...

Congrats on your win, sweet piece. I like the quilt you're working on. I like the fact that you use a positive swing on a less that great period time. Praying your pain will recede and healing will occur as you use your body wisely.
Blessing
Tonia.

The Cozy Quilter said...

I hope some rest and slow stitching get you BACK in the game! A sore back is no fun at all. Love your words of wisdom on the block this week. And that mini quilt is wonderful!

Barbara said...

Bummer about your back. There are few things more debilitating, and congratulations on your win. Very sweet.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Back pain is NO fun. Praying that yours will be resolved soon and that you'll be able to do whatever you like to do. That little quilt is just so adorable! Congratulations!

Linda M @ Pieceful Kingdom said...

Sorry about your back. I hope you get relief soon. Love that mini quilt! It is adorable. Your Life is Beautiful block turned out great, as always! Take care!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congrats on winning such a beautiful mini from such a talented lady.

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

it is nice to be back joining you all for some slow stitching today, i have missed it while I was traveling.

Juliann in WA said...

I am so sorry about your back pain. I hope you will heal quickly

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I hope your back is feeling better soon--it's no fun being in pain!

Ellen said...

Your prize is wonderful! Sorry about the back pain :(. The last time my back was giving me trouble I had some help from the chiropractor and after 3-4 visits I was as good as new. The cost was absolutely worth it.

Sarah said...

Oh no back pain is horrible. I wish you better! Love the little quilt you won and this weeks red work is gorgeous, just love those little birds!

Kate said...

Beautiful little mini. Hope you back feels better soon, it's miserable to hurt like that.

Suzanne said...

It looks like you still have accomplished quite a bit while resting. Hand stitching is so good for when you need to rest your body.

Julierose said...

Oh so sorry about your back; i may be about q week and a half ahead of you--mine is slowly getting better--glad you can stitch though. I am still icing and doing my slow PT exercises 3x/day....take it easy....hugs, Julierose Hope you feel better soon....

Cathy said...

Hope you are feeling better soon. I think the body forces you to slow down more and more the older you get but thank goodness for hand stitching...if you can sit comfortably that long.

Congrats on that cute little win.

Nell's Quilts said...

Lucky you! That's an absolutely wonderful mini. Feel better soon.

CathieJ said...

Congrats on the quilt win. It is so pretty. I hope that back feels better soon. It is difficult to function with a bad back.

Threeundertwo said...

I'm sorry you're hurting! Isn't it nice we have stitching to do when we have to be still. I love the little quilt you won.
Thanks for hosting! Have a good week!

teacupsandstitches.com said...

Hope you recover soon. Glad you were able to attend the show and take photos to share. Congrats on your win!

Janet O. said...

You bit the jackpot winning that mini!
So sorry you have been suffering, but isn't it great to have things you can still enjoy doing while incapacitated in other ways?

Stephie said...

I really hope you feel better soon Kathy, back pain can be horrendous. Love the hand quilted quilt you've been working on - perfect colour for the time of year (as is your new header image)!

Ivani said...

Even with back pain you manage to do several things. I hope you get well soon. And that little quilt is gorgeous. Have a blessed week!