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More of the Same

My slow stitching this week has consisted of more hand quilting on my hexagon scrap quilt. I am just quilting in the light coloured hexies and have made it to the ring past the first dark one. A long way to go, but steady progress! I plan to get some more done this afternoon – the weather forecast is for rain and there’s darts on the TV πŸ™‚

More quilting

Do pop over to Kathy’s Quilts to see what other slow stitchers are up to this Sunday.

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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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The Best Laid Plans…

My slow stitching plans for the week didn’t really get off the ground. Instead, I have spent my time looking after a poorly 10 year old boy. Thankfully, he’s starting to feel better now. As always, when someone in the house is ill, we took the opportunity to watch The Princess Bride.

It’s always good for taking your mind off things πŸ™‚

At least I did manage to finish off this star. It’s number 33. Maybe today, I will even find time to press it and take the middle papers out haha!

hexagon star number 33

Do pop over to Kathy’s Quilts and see what other slow stitchers are up to this week.

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Slow Stitching Stars & Triangles

This week’s slow stitching will involve adding some background pieces to this star (which, when completed, will be number 33). I also intend turning the black and white fabric into as many triangles as possible so I can work out how many more stars to make. I am sure there is a more scientific and mathematical approach I could take but I’m more of a lay-it-all-out-and-see-what-fits kind of girl πŸ™‚

Slow Stitching 13 December

Do pop over to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching link up to see a gorgeous array of quilting, applique, cross stitch and embroidery. And then on to Life Under Quilts to see what other EPPers are up to.

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Triangles

I’ve been basting triangles in my setting fabric so I can work out how many more hexagon stars to make. I took advantage of a sunnyish day to lay it out for a “see where I’m at” photo.

With triangles

I reckon if I stick to 40-ish stars then I’ll have enough of the setting fabric. This will be a smallish lap-size quilt but I’m happy with that! Although I might consider adding borders…I’ll just have to see where the muse takes me πŸ™‚

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In the Hoop at Last!

Today’s Slow Sunday Stitching will consist of making a start on quilting my hexagon scrap quilt. Yes, it’s in the hoop at long last!

In the hoop

Last week’s lone star has transformed into a lone star in a hexagon. It’s number 32 so far.

Hexagon star number 32

Do pop over to Kathy’s Quilts and see what other Slow Sunday Stitchers are up to!

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(Extremely) Slow Stitching

It has been One of Those Weeks, with very little time for stitching, so all I have to share for Slow Stitching Sunday this week is this lonely star:

Pink partial star

I hope to find time to get the outer pieces on soon!

Linking up with Life Under Quilts.

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Dotty for EPP

I’ve had a reasonably productive week of English paper piecing. Putting the photos together, I’ve noticed there seems to be something of a dotty theme! It wasn’t intentional πŸ™‚

Here’s star number 30:

Hexagon star number 30

And number 31:

Hexagon star number 31

I’ve also been back on hexagons, ready to make a pincushion and matching needlebook for a friend. The pincushion hexagons are 3/4 inch per side and the little flower is made of teeny tiny 1/2 inch hexies. Hopefully, by next week’s Slow Stitching Sunday I’ll have the finished articles to show you.

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A Slow Star and Some Big Magic

This week I have a single star to share with my fellow Slow Sunday Stitchers:

Hexagon star number 29

I have also done a little cross stitch this week, which you can see here.

And I have been busy reading this rather wonderful book:

big magic

Elizabeth Gilbert talks about creativity and fear, and giving oneself permission to be creative. I like that. Sometimes I struggle with the “yes, but what’s it for?” nature of questioning (both from others and from my Inner Critic!) as well as wondering if I shouldn’t spend my time being more – well- useful! As a result of reading the book, I have discovered there is an accompanying podcast, and I have enjoyed listening to the first of these, especially as it enabled me to come across this quote from A S Byatt:

I think of my writing simply in terms of pleasure. It’s the most important thing in my life: making things. Much as I love my husband and children, I love them only because I am the person who makes things. I am – who I am – is the person who has the project of making a thing. And because that person does that all the time, that person is able to love all those other people

I don’t know about you, but as a mother (and probably doubly as a home educating mother) I struggle with the guilt that comes from the thought that I am not giving 100% of my attention to my kids; that doing things (quilting, cross stiching, drawing) that are for myself is somehow taking away from them. This podcast and book has helped me see that it is because I take time to myself, to do the things I feel driven to do, that I am able to give my kids the attention and love and care they need. Gilbert states in her podcast that “if you model martyrdom your kids will grow up to be martyrs”. I don’t want my kids to be martyrs. I won’t them to be creative and joyful, and that’s what I want to model to them!

Wow, I have gone off on a tangent from stitching today, haven’t I?!

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Slowly Stitching

It’s Sunday, so it must be time for a slow stitch update!

Here we have hexagon star number 28:

Hexagon star number 28

I have also basted a stack of triangles in my setting fabric. I'm even more unsure now as to whether there'll be enough of the fabric, but I do have a few ideas up my sleeve of how else to put the quilt together so I'm not going to panic!

Basted triangles

Do check out Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching group for more progress reports on others’ slow stitching projects.

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