Sunday, May 29, 2022

Slow Sunday Stitching

Welcome to the weekly hand stitching party! It's time to put your feet up, relax, and put some stitches into your favourite project. Just breathe and stitch, even if just for a few moments.

I need some relaxation today as I tuckered myself out yesterday at the Mennonite Relief Sale and Quilt Auction. There hasn't been an auction since 2019 pre-covid, so this was very exciting, and a little overwhelming.

My friend Sandy and I volunteered at the event and it was a privilege to see some of the quilts up close. I also enjoyed seeing the creativity of some of the quilt labels - embroidered, painted, written and cross stitched.

I didn't get too many pictures this year because I was working, but here is a hexie quilt that I loved - quilt #159 in the catalogue (quilt is behind plastic to keep my paws off!)

The feature quilt called "Glimpses of Nepal" was made by Renske Helmuth and was sold for $20,000 dollars! It was a wonderful day and raised lots of money for a great cause.

** I just heard that the quilt auction raised approximately $135,840.00 to support MCC's relief, development and peace work.

I have been hand quilting outdoors this week since the weather has been cool enough to sit outside with a big quilt on my lap. Heavenly! 

I am quilting the outside border on my oldest UFO. This photo shows the corner stitching. You can see how warn and pilled the batting is from being worked on over the last 25 years! But I am so happy that when I pin basted this quilt, I left a wide enough piece of backing and batting all the way around which makes the border quilting so easy. Will this be the year that I finish my oldest UFO?!?

What are you hand stitching today? Are you working on something old or something new? We love to see your slow progress and invite you to link up your blog post below.

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Kim said...

How incredible "Glimpses of Nepal" is. It truly is an exquisite quilt where astonishing quilters collaborated. Such an amazing amount of money paid, but it is worth every single dollar. Thank you for sharing the link. Wow, a quilt in the making for 25 years. Perhaps this will be the year you finish your last quilting stitch. You must be exhausted after the Mennonite auction. Put up your feet and enjoy your stitching today.

CathieJ said...

Oh that sale must have been wonderful to see in person. Both of those quilts are fabulous! I hope you continue to have cool enough weather to work on the UFO. I like the border fabric.

Ivani said...

Glad you was there and coould see all the quilts up close. $20.000 was a great price for a quilt, but there is a lot of handwork in this one and it was a fair price even more considering it's for a great cause.
So today, relax and happy stitching.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

It is wonderful to get back to doing shows and auctions again!

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

sounds like a great show for selling a lot of quilts for charities.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I bet you saw lots of amazing quilts yesterday! Enjoy some downtime with your stitching today!

Angela said...

I can't believe I completely forgot about the Relief Sale. Isn't Renske amazing! I am so impressed that you are finishing your oldest UFO. Good for you. That will feel so good.

Karrin Hurd said...

How exciting to be finishing your oldest UFO. The quilt show and Relief Sale sounds like it was wonderful!

Andree G. Faubert said...

Hi Kathy, good luck with your oldest UFO! I hope that this year is the year! I would also be totally overwhelmed with the quilts and size of the event but it must have been great to see and work at! Enjoy your slow stitching today.

Gretchen Weaver said...

How exciting, a quilt for $20,000! The prices were up at our relief sale last fall but not that high. Enjoy your quilting, I hope to see a finished quilt this year sometime, happy stitching!

Nancy said...

Thank you for hosting Slow Sunday Stitching, Kathy. Such fine stitches you are making on your quilt! There will be a Mennonite Relief Sale in central Ohio in August, a few hours' drive from us. I've never gone but hope to go this year. It seems like people are very generous--a quilt for $20,000! Just wow!

Sherrie said...

Your quilt is pretty and such great
quilting. Have a great day!

Miaismine said...

Oh! That hexie quilt is so pretty! Your quilt is so beautiful! I admire your hand quilting abilities! Isn’t there something even more calming about hand stitching outside?
I’m binding a Christmas quilt – the first one I’ve made for me…it feels strange, but exciting!
Happy stitching!