Sunday, December 14, 2014

Slow Stitching Sunday

It has been so nice to start my mornings this week by putting in a few slow stitches into Simple but Not!   I have put all the other projects away and am allowing myself to zone out and enjoy the slow stitching. 



I often think about why this is my favorite part of making a quilt. There is something calming about listening to the sound of the thread being pulled thru the fabric. The repetition of making one stitch after another.  When I piece or applique I seem to always measure my progress by how soon my project will get completed.  But when I hand quilt, it isn't about finishing but enjoying each stitch. The transformation of fabric thread and batting into a quilt is magical.  I will be linking with Slow Stitching Sunday to see what other magic is happening. Hope you can find some time in this busy season to enjoy some magic too!

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  1. Absolutely gorgeous...your quilting is fabulous. When I grow up I want to hand quilt like you!!

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    1. Thanks Ellen! Hand quilting has always been my love. I just wish I could enjoy piecing half that much.

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  2. Carla, I am loving the progress you are making on Simple but Not... glad you can focus on one project when the quilting comes :) I enjoy hand quilting the most too but enjoy all parts that go into making that final magic happen as well! Kathi

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    1. Yes it is magical. Each quilt comes alive in it's own way!

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  3. I totally agree. It is calming and soothing, and the transformation is always surprising to me. I know it will change the quilt but nevertheless every time I am surprise at how wonderful the quilt got after the quilting is done. Great work Carla. Your stitches are perfect.

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    1. I agree, the transformation is so fascinating and so different with each quilt!

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  4. It is coming along so beautifully. Such elaborate and gorgeous stitching.

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    1. Thanks Deb! You know me when it comes to quilting more is better. The feathers have been calling to me all weekend to trapunto them. I have a feeling that they will win!

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    1. It always amazes me what one can make with fabric batting and thread. Those heavily quilted antique quilts haunt me and tell me to keep stitching!

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  6. This is going to be a beautiful quilt--love it!

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    1. Thanks! I am really enjoying stitching thru the cheddar fabric. It is so warm and wonderful!

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  7. Gorgeous! I love the texture you are creating... it is magic indeed!

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    1. I love the texture too! The feathers think they need more attention, so we will see if they get their way!

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  8. I just love all your hand stitches on that quilt. The feathers and the cross hatching just elevate it to amazing level.

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    1. I love when those simple hand quilted stitches melt with the design. It's all about balance.

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  9. Lovely post thoughts...your piece is looking beautiful hugs, Julierose

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    1. Thanks! I think the cheddar fabric really makes this quilt, so much fun to stitch thru it!

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    1. Thanks I agree this quilt has both of those elements going for it! Amazing how color can make such a difference.

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  11. So true - hand quilting transforms a quilt! and I can't get enough of your progress pics of this quilt - just beautiful :)

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    1. Thanks Hilda! Your red and green is coming alive also, isn't it such a good feeling.

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  12. I know! Love the feel of the thread being pulled through the fabrics ; )

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    1. Yes, it is hard to explain and it took me a week of stitching a few minutes here and there to get back in the relaxing zone. So glad to be there with the hectic Christmas season upon us.

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  13. This is looking beautiful! I love what you say about hand quilting: I think because it takes so long, there's no point in worrying about getting to the end, so we can just enjoy the magic.

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    1. I agree when your happy just stitching it is more about the enjoyment and less about the quilt.

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    1. Thanks! I really love when I get to the edge of the quilt and get a glimpse of what the finished quilt will look like!

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  15. That is such a beautiful quilt! No wonder you've been wanting to spend time with it lately (that and the pure pleasure of hand stitching!).

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    1. Thanks Kathy! I really love the cheddar background. Color really makes such a difference doesn't it!

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  16. The quilting is gorgeous and you are doing so much of it. This is going to be a very special piece.

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  17. Your quilting looks fabulous!!! I feel the same way about handquilting - enjoy!

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  18. What a beautiful quilt, your stitching is wonderful - love the design. I completely agree about quilting, it's the process that matters and I sometimes I never want it to end!

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    1. Oh I know what you mean! Some wonder how I have the patience to quilt so heavily. But, I really have a need to have the quilting be as important as the rest of the quilt.

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  19. Love how this is shaping up! So very beautiful. I agree that the hand quilting is often the best part.:)

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    1. Thanks Audrey! I am really enjoying starting my day with this quilt!

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  20. I love your feathers, love the whole thing actually. I'm jealous I can't quilt along with you.

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    1. Hope you recover qickly from your surgery. It must be hard not to be able to stitch.Hopefully that won't b e too long

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