Sunday, May 10, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching

Happy Slow Sunday Stitching!
We have been meeting here weekly for almost 8 years to encourage each other in our hand stitching endeavours. We hope you will join us by linking up your blog post or by leaving supportive comments on the links below. We all need a little extra loving these days!

In Canada we are celebrating Mother's Day today, so Happy Mother's Day to all our moms... the moms that we miss and wish we could be with today, and the moms who have passed on. Sending you gratitude and love for all you have done to give us a good life and to make the world a better place!

This week I have been hand quilting more Life is Beautiful blocks. I quilt a vertical and horizontal line through the block and then I trace around a dinner plate using my Bohin pencil (which I love) and quilt on that circular line.

Here is the next finished block. I usually hand baste large stitches around the outside of the block to secure the edges to make it easier to add the sashing when it comes time for putting them together (quilt-as-you-go style). Not sure how many blocks to go after 5 years of working on this project. I'm not in a rush... it's hand embroidered and hand quilted, so it takes a while!

I'd like to share another kind of hand work with you today... rock painting.  A thankful woman started a "gratitude garden" at our local hospital and it has grown to be a beautiful display of appreciation and beauty. This is the garden just outside the emergency entrance on the front lawn.

Sometimes after work I go by and admire all the wonderful creativity and the kindness of people who take the time not only to paint the rocks, but also to bring them to the hospital. You can see that some are made by children, some name specific staff, some are amazing works of art.



Also some signs have also been added to the display. So much gratitude and appreciation made visible.





I hope this display of amazing creativity encourages you today! There are so many good people in the world who are loving and kind and generous, and when they decide to make themselves known, the world is changed! 




What wonderful thing are your hands making today to add to the beauty in the world? 
Thank you for all the positive energy you provide to our hand stitching community and to the world... it is so needed and appreciated!
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24 comments:

Kim said...

Life is indeed beautiful and visiting you each Sunday evening to see what you and everyone is hand stitching adds beauty to my day. Your Life is Beautiful quilt is lovely. Love your hand quilting. How fabulous it must be for the healthcare workers and everyone else to walk past the gratitude garden each time, to stop and soak in all those beautiful words and artworks and feel all the outpouring of appreciation in these troubled times. This is what makes this world a better place! Hope you enjoy your Sunday hand quilting your lovely quilt.

Gretchen Weaver said...

The rocks are a lovely idea! Enjoy your day, hoping it's calm and peaceful.

Kate said...

Happy Mother's Day. Enjoy the hand stitching time. Your Life is Beautiful block looks great. A simple but effective quilting motif.

Jenny said...

The rock paintings are such a great idea. They look so nice and colourful and give people an opportunity to share their thoughts and thanks to all involved.

Jill said...

The simple hand quilted circle certainly adds nice dimension to the quilt block. So cute the rock with a mask. Your work is crucial to your community also. Thanks!

Design Originals by KC said...

I just love your life is beautiful needlework quilt... I love how effortless you make it look too! The painted rocks are awesome ... thanks for the linky and happy stitching!
Kathi

Birthe Marie said...

Thanks for having the Slow Sunday Stitching link party every week! It allows us to find each other, visit each other's blogs where we get both ideas and inspiration.
So great with all the painted rocks! A good idea, and a very nice decor outside the hospital. :-)

CathieJ said...

Happy Mother's Day! I love that gratitude rock garden. So much creativity in one place. Your quilting is pretty.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Thank you for hosting SSS for so long! Happy Mother's Day.

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

painted rocks are a cool idea - very colorful

Angela said...

I love the painted rocks! Such a fun idea!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

The rock garden outside the hospital is so neat! I love finding painted rocks in surprising places! Enjoy your stitching today, Kathy, and Happy Mother's Day!

Sherrie said...

Hi Kathy,
Can't wait to see your Life is Beautiful all done
and finished. Love the "rock garden"...so
pretty...have a great day!

Karrin Hurd said...

What a great idea painting on rocks. That is amazing. Love seeing how your Life Is Beautiful is coming along!

Sarah said...

Goodness me nearly eight years of slow Sunday stitching! Not sure how long I've been part of your gang but I'm glad I am! Those rocks are a lovely idea and must be so nice for the staff to see every day!

Faye said...

Those rocks are fabulous! What a wonderful idea.

Loving your Life is Beautiful quilt. It's going to look incredible!

Michelle Churchman said...

What a lovely block, Kathy! I love the way you have quilted it. And the painted rock gratitude garden at your local hospital is amazing! It must provide such wonderful moral support for your frontline workers.

Louise said...

The rock garden of gratitude warms my heart! Thank you for sharing it today :)

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Happy Mother's day to you! We have a neighbor that painted some rocks to make them look like daisys. Brought such a smile to my face. Those long term projects often end up being our most favorite quilts hang in there it will be worth all the time.

Chantal said...

WOW! That is sooooo cool! Thank you for sharing this wonderful pictures. It really is uplifting. People never stop to amaze me. Happy Mothers Day to you. ;^)

handmade by amalia said...

Thank you for the lovely party.
Amalia
xo

Sara Blasingame, said...

I think the painted rocks are beautiful especially at this time. I can't wait to see your quilt.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I did lots of hand quilting Sunday, but I didn't take any photos (or blog about it). I haven't had much hand work lately.

Rose said...

I LOVE those painted rocks! They are wonderful.