Monday, February 18, 2013

Slowly Stitching


or is it Stitching Slooooowly!  I checked my blog archives to see how long ago I started this quilt -- 3 years.  I picked it up again last night.  Hand stitching is so therapeutic and relaxing.  One border left to go -- hope I have enough thread.


Last time I shared this quilt was last year.  I was having problems threading a needle because of the thickness of the perle cotton.  When I used a needle with a bigger eye, the needle was too thick.  Then  Kaaren told me to try chenille needles.  Perfect!  Thanks so much Kaaren.

By time I get this quilt finished I'll have to dust off the binding!

~Piecefully, Stephanie

26 comments:

Cille said...

Slow is good :) It looks like a very bright and happy quilt.

And thank you for sharing the tip on the needles. I have the same problem with the perle cotton.

Lee D said...

It is coming along nicely. Next time don't look back on how old it is. it can be depressing. It certainly is a lovely cheery quilt.

Char said...

You are so right, hand stitching is therapy.Maybe it's been a while but it will get done.
I have that thimble and I've had trouble getting used to it. I have 2 favorites my DH found at an antique store while on a fishing trip.
Your new avatar is cute.

September Violets said...

I think I love handstitching more than any other craft. Whether it's quilting or embroidery. Thanks for the tip for the needles, I've had the same problem recently in quilting a heart garland. I got it done, but I felt like the needle and I were having an argument the entire time! Wendy

Lynn said...

Oooh do I see pinwheels and polka dots?
Thanks for the tip about chenille needles, I was recently trying to do a bit of quilting with a similar thread and put it aside cause I could thread the dang needle.
I'm going to try it!

Cheryl said...

Very pretty....nothing beats hand stitching!

dutchcomfort said...

Slow is good,. especially with hand stitching! Love the letters I see!

AnnieO said...

Love your new self-portrait! I agree, silly is a very important quality and activity in life!

Glad you've got some slow stitching time--it is lovely to hand sew and see that work unfold under your fingers.

Cindy said...

However - it'll be SEW worth it when it's done! Happy hand sewing!

Kaaren said...

And that's why I love hand work so much...it's therapeutic! It's the best medicine for me if ever I feel stressed or need to relax.

So are ya hooked yet?

Candace said...

Cute, cute! Who is that with the mustache ring (wink)!
Cheers!

Simone de Klerk said...

Thank you for the needle tip!
Love your picture with the ring.

lindsey said...

This is a beautiful quilt, I love the thread you are using and thanks for the needle tip. I know just what you mean about hand quilting...so relaxing. I have just basted my Ohio Star quilt and about to start quilting....very excited :)

Solstitches said...

I love hand work of any kind.
It's portable and relaxing.
Love the look of this colourful quilt and look forward to the final reveal.
Margaret

Little Busy Bee said...

It's how they say, "Slow and steady wins the race!", the besst part is to have fun and feel good when you're stitching - and it will be beautiful for sure! Thanks for sharing Kaaren's tip, I did not know about that either.

Ulla said...

Very nice stitching, and you have a clever thimble to protect your finger.

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

What a fun border!

John'aLee said...

Beautiful. Love those colors!

Carrie P. said...

sounds like you are closer to getting your quilt done than I am. Your stitches look great.
I see you added a very "silly" photo of your self to your blog. Cute!

Michele said...

Lovely! But when you are done you will know you took the time to make it the way you wanted it to be and you worked on it when you were inspired to do so, not when you felt like you had to :-) Love your new picture :-)

em's scrapbag said...

As long as you are enjoying the process I don't think it matters how long it takes. It is looking lovely.

Your treasures from the trunk are fabulous! What a blessing. Thanks for sharing their beauty with us.

pratima said...

Thank you for the helpful tip about the needles! Your stitches are beautiful, Stephanie! Glad you are relaxing with this project :)

Sherri said...

What a treasure it will be! And thank you for the tip about the needles!

Shari said...

Looks great!

Jackie said...

Sometimes the slowest ones turn out to be the best ones.

Kathleen3 said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the tip about Chenille needles! I must have missed it--what size perle cotton are you using?