The Quilt as Journey

This week, I have spent as much time as possible hand quilting my hexagon scrap quilt. I started this quilt back in 2010, less than a year after I first started learning to sew. Having started on the hand quilting, it is becoming apparent that my stitching at the outset was…ahem…less than perfect and I have had to make a few repairs along the way. At first, I felt pretty upset about it, but then I decided to look on it as a record and a testament to how my stitching skills have improved and progressed. Until I decided to learn to sew in 2009, I had never so much as sewn a button on something, so it’s pretty amazing that I’ve got to where I am and made the things I have. I am looking on this quilt as a journey, and a journal. So the fact that the stitching is not the best in the world just adds to its provenance :-). In any case, as my Nan would have asked, “would a blind man on a galloping horse notice it?” I imagine that I will be the only one who will ever notice the repairs I have needed to make, much less care!!

Hand quilting in progress

Philosophising over, do pop over to Kathy’s Quilts to check out what other Slow Sunday Stitchers are up to!

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17 thoughts on “The Quilt as Journey

  1. I think that’s just a perfect way of looking at it!

  2. Chantal says:

    Whatever the skill is at the beginning of a very long project (like this one), one should feel sorry for oneself if the skill hasn’t improve during the journey. So, congrats to you for learning so much in such a short time. You are doing excellent progress if you can spot your own mishaps and fix them. ;^)

  3. katechiconi says:

    All quilts are a journey. No matter how experienced you are, you still learn something every time. Any hand quilted project has stitches from the beginning of the work which are not quite as good as the stitches from the end; the hands and the eyes need to get back into practice and the only way is to just start working! It is good that now, down the track a way, you can look back and see that you have improved and are motivated to fix things.

  4. Sharon Mann says:

    Good attitude Viv, creativity it is a journey to enjoy.

  5. audrey says:

    I so agree. The learning curve is a testament to your dedication and desire to keep learning. It’s a beautiful thing.:)

  6. Sarah Poulsen says:

    I love this philosophy. Enjoy the journey! Happy New Year

  7. Ben Naga says:

    Nice to see you being kind to yourself rather than over critical. 🙂

  8. lorjacks32122015 says:

    A blind man on a galloping horse… I love it

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