Sunday, November 17, 2013

Hand quilting

 Why do we slow stitch, when there is so much technology out there today to help us get things done quickly? Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday post this morning points out that slowing down and enjoying a day of rest and putting in a few stitches is good for us.  I think those that slow stitch,  slow stitch for this very reason. They understand the benefits and because they enjoy those benefits so much,   many indulge in it daily.
I wasn't going to post today, as I have probably bored all of blog land with pictures of this project.  But, I wanted to add that by simply taking fabric, a needle and  thread we can create beauty. It allows us to express ourselves, share with others in time of need and create something that we can snuggle under and that holds so many memories. Somehow, those memories come thru, just look at any antique quilt, it won't be long till you start wondering who made the quilt and why.

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  1. CARLA, I AM CERTAINLY NOT BORED WITH YOUR POSTS ON YOUR GORGEOUS PROJECT! i ENVY YOU YOUR APPLIQUE
    TALENTS....LOVELY WORK HUGS, JULIEROSE

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    1. Thanks Julierose, I have been inspired by others on the internet and it definitely has helped me get to this stage in my quilting. Follow your heart and you can't go wrong.

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  2. Quilts really are special and this one is definitely gorgeous!

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    1. I agree, I once heard a man in a quilt shop say, I can't understand why woman buy yards of fabric to cut it up and then spend all that time to sew it back together, if only he knew.

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  3. Your quilt is beautiful and your workmanship outstanding!!

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    1. I appreciate your comment and thanks for stopping by today!

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    1. Thanks Deb, Maybe I feel that way cause it has been a very red and green year for me. So glad you enjoy the pics!

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  5. Bored? ............... absolutely not! You do such lovely work.

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    1. So kind of you to stop by and leave such a lovely comment. All I can say it is a definitely a labor of love!

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  6. I agree. It's pretty amazing what's possible with fabric and thread, isn't it?

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    1. Simplicity at it's best! Thanks for stopping by today, Sophie!

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  7. that quilt is beautiful - I always love to sit and to hand work - I just finished machine quilting a child's quilt and the noise was not relaxing in the least, my shoulder's ache and so do my neck! I am so glad that I enjoy and mostly do hand work

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    1. Thanks Karen, I agree machine work is not near as enjoyable. I get bored piecing blocks and applique seems to keep me interested. I see you do a lot of hand piecing something that I want to start doing as soon as I get caught up.

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  8. Tired of seeing a masterpiece?!?! Never!
    Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Your too kind, Kathy! I really enjoy seeing what everybody is stitching on Slow Stitching Sundays, Thanks for giving us a place to share our journey's.

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  9. Your work is gorgeous. It calms me just seeing your beautiful stitches and all that texture. Please keep sharing. :)

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    1. Thank you Pam. There is something wonderful about that texture!

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  10. It is great to see the progress. Quilts are "works" of art. They take a long time to complete. It is all about the journey not the destination!

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  11. And it is beautiful. Your quilting is perfection as is your applique.

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    1. Thanks Carrie for stopping by and your kind words. Hope to finish this one by the end of week.

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  12. This quilt takes my breath away!! Absolutely gorgeous!!

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    1. Nothing better than a good old traditional red and green quilt, if you ask me. Thanks for stopping by Paulette!

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  13. Your work is sooo worth seeing again and again! I LOVE seeing your hand quilting up close…yours is FAB!! I too hand quilt and enjoy the slow stitching of a recent hand appliqué project. I am still really slow at it so I must be getting a LOT of good rest! Ha!

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    1. Thanks for stopping in! So glad that you are enjoying hand stitching also. I think there might be a resurgence in hand work happening, I sure hope so anyway.

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  14. Definitely never bored with pics of applique or patchwork or quilting in progress!! Keep it coming. Your quilt will be so beautiful when finished. I am a longarm quilter but still totally love the gorgeous texture only hand quilting can achieve, so glad there are slow stitchers such as yourself still out there doing their "thang".

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    1. I think there is room for both kinds of quilting. I have seen some jaw dropping machine quilted quilts at Paducah. I think if you follow your heart it doesn't matter what fabric or technique or method you use. The thing is to enjoy the process. Thanks for stopping in.

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  15. Your stitching is gorgeous!! You are making a true heirloom

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  16. Just happened onto your old post about hand quilting.. that it goes much slower than machine quilting... but why the need to get things done faster and faster. Your conclusion seems to be that slowl hand quilting induces a calming effect.. you feel a quiet pleasure... and I find that heartening.. I have reached that conclusion after many years of trying to get done a lot of tasks in a limited time... and find that even ripping out a line of stitching doesnt lead to gnashing of teeth...

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