Thanks for dropping by the weekly hand stitching party where we're all about needles, threads, fabric, inspiration and self care! There is no advertising here, no Black Friday sales, no machines to give us grief, and no stress whatsoever! It's just pure relaxation, taking deep breaths, and taking one slow stitch at a time.
And because we are all about the S.L.O.W. part, it's not very often that we can announce a finish... but today I have a finish to share! This is my Bee Happy embroidery from the October online class with Julie of Clever Poppy. First I did some hand quilting along the stems and around the jar to stabilize the 3 layers.
I hand quilted 1/4" away from the edge of the added border on both sides. Once I got to this stage I was really excited to finish this miniature quilt, and I was quilting it late at night.
Then I got a great (late night) idea to appliqué triangles on the inside of the border. This was challenging because the pieces were so small, and I'm not very experienced with appliqué. And when I woke up in the morning, I didn't like it!
So I removed those triangles.
And in their place, I hand quilted a triangle. Thankfully I liked the way this looked much better. I didn't detract from the embroidery as much and it just felt lighter, but filled the empty spaces in the corners.
I'm so glad I had enough of this pretty paisley fabric for the border, backing and binding.
Time to get the label on, add the corner triangles (to put the dowel into for hanging) and attach the binding.
And ta da... here it is! I love it so much!
The name of this miniature quilt is "Bee Happy" and it does indeed make me happy to see it displayed on my wall!
Finished size: 6.75" x 7.5"
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Kathy, that little gem is so petty!
Bee Happy is very cute! Congratulations on a finish! It doesn't matter that it's small, it's a finish!!
I love Bee Happy. Your embroidery is beautiful. I wonder what will be your next slow stitching project.
Bee Happy is lovely! Beautiful embroidery wall hanger, Kathy.
Your Bee Happy stitching looks lovely and I like the addition of the hand quilting in the corners. Look wonderful.
Your jar of flowers is so pretty, Kathy! I love how you finished it - the stitched triangles in the corners were a great idea. Pretty border fabric, too! Enjoy your stitching today!
What a beautiful finish! Have a great week Kathy.
I love it! Good choice to hand quilt the triangles!
It’s a sweet and beautiful piece!
That is so cute how you finished it!
I love your flowers in a jam jar! And you set it off beautifully with the border and quilting. I wish I had been quicker off the mark and got hold of this pattern!
That mini quilt is truly an heirloom pieces. So much beautiful handwork in it. Thanks for hosting!
A very pretty miniature.
What a beautiful job you did on the mini! Happy Sunday, Hugs
A very lovely finish
I'm a little late to linking to but will continue working my hexies off and on
You are so right! I realized how much I love slow stitching when my machine was being persnickety. LOL! Yes, I agree with you – your Bee Happy does look lighter and the embroidery is highlighted with your lovely hand quilting!
This is beautiful. I used to embroidery, and I need to get back into practice. I thought I liked the applique corners, but I like your stitching in the corner instead.
Hi Kathy, what a lovely finish. You are right about the stitched triangles being better, although I did like the fabric there too. I've been doing lots of slow stitching but haven't blogged about them in a while. Hopefully I can join you next Sunday. Have a great week.
Beautiful finish! Love it!
Your hand stitched flowers are beautiful! Love the details. And those bees! Well done!
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