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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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In Praise of Hand Stitching

As mother to a sociable and sports-mad ten year old son, I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time at the local sports centre, waiting for him to finish various activities. Today was dodgeball for Waif, and coffee, Kindle & stitching time for mama:

Everything I need to while away an hour or two, waiting for my boy!

Life ain’t so bad 🙂

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In Praise of Paper

I love paper! Did you know?!

I have been continuing with Daisy Yellow’s Daily Paper Prompts. Prompt #52: White Page has been my favourite so far. I have thrown everything at it: gesso, acrylic paints, collaged pictures and text, fabric, hand stitching, machine stitching, oil paintsticks. What fun!

white pagewhite page detail

I have also completed prompts #47 & #50 – stamping circles & colouring book:

DPP #47 Stamping CirclesDPP #50 Coloring Book

I have also had some lovely paper-related post in the last week. First of all some papers received in a private swap from La Wendula:

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Oh my!!! If you haven’t come across La Wendula’s wonderful collaged artwork before, I strongly suggest having a look at her Flickr photostream here. Her artwork is just amazing.

And then, today, I have received a wonderful prize from Tammy of Daisy Yellow:

art journal bingo

It is a set of art journal “bingo” style prompt cards. I never need be stuck for art journalling ideas again!! If you would like some of these cards, Tammy has them for sale on her site – read all about how to use them here.

Did I tell you I love paper?

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