Sunday, August 28, 2016

Turning the Corner!

I have had a lovely week of stealing a few minutes here and there to put in some hand quilted stitches on my border.  I have completed the second border and need to add a  few more to finish this corner before moving on to the third border.


Each stitch has been a delight and as I sat and stitched this week, I started thinking about how many hand stitches are in this quilt.  Way to many to count for sure, but so enjoyable.  I remember when I first thought about making a quilt back in 1977.   How does a quilter have  the tenacity to put in all those stitches.  Now I can look back and chuckle.  Kathy over at Kathy's Quilts gave a very good definition of why so many slow stitchers enjoy their craft.  We definitely come out with so much more than a beautiful quilt!

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  1. i am glad to see you have your quilting mojo back and have been quilting during the week... you are getting close to done also.. looking great!!! Kathi

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    1. Yes, it's exciting to get near the end. I know you have been quilting on your daughter's quilt for a long time to but it really shows it's going to be awesome.

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  2. That quilt is looking great!! A lot of happy stitches in it

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    1. Yes there are so glad to be enjoying them and relaxing a bit

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  3. I had to chuckle at her post today. So many people have told me, why don't you just buy it? I just tell them I like to see something accomplished during all that time sitting in front of the tv at night and all my kid waiting time =) For me.. it is so relaxing. Love that you are back in the groove and enjoying your stitching. Your stitches are so beautiful... I hope mine get there some day.

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    1. Oh your getting there in leaps and bounds! I saw some very lovely stitches in your hoop. Yeah, it's so true we don't realize all the benefits of crafting. The personal growth alone is so important to me.

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  4. Beautiful stitching! And anyway where's the fun in buying a mass produced quilt?

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    1. Thanks! I agree it just isn't the same as taking the time to stitch those bits of fabric together.

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  5. A masterpiece in the making and the process enjoyed all the while! :)

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    1. Thanks Deb! I really enjoy all the facets of quilting. It's such a journey of personal growth.

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  6. We do get so much more out of a quilt that just a cover for the bed. Guess some people just don't get it! Love the project you are working on now.

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  7. I have often wondered how woman in the 1800's found so much time to do double lines of quilting, etc. when housework was so much more difficult and time consuming. Maybe those that did such close quilting all had servants.

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    1. Yes, I know owning a sewing machine was considered a status symbol in the day. I think as much as we think women can do it all, I think being able to purchase yards of fabric and sit and quilt must have been for those a bit more affluent and could afford servants.

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  8. Beautiful Stitching! I enjoyed a weekend of stitching too!

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  9. Only other quilters understanding the joy of doing this.

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    1. I have been watching a pbs show where the host visits master craftsman. I find it interesting that from the gentleman smelting iron to make knives to the silver engraver they have a similar story to quilters. It's about personal growth and making something that touches their heart.

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  10. Lovely stitching, and it looks like you are nearing the finish line. I liked Kathy's definition of quilting too!

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  11. I am going back and forth as to whether to hand-quilt the queen-sized quilt that I made for my son or have it machine quilted. My last large quilt took me almost 20 years to finish. I still have to make one for my daughter. Your post and Kathy's have me contemplating it though. It would mean so much more. Enjoy your stitching. Your quilt is beautiful.

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  12. Your stitches look so beautiful...the texture of the lines is awesome!

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    1. Yes I am amazed that some straight lines could do so much for a border. I find I never go wrong when I use antique quilts for inspiration.

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  13. This is such an amazing project Carla! It is stitched beautifully :*). Sometimes it is more about our enjoyment of the journey than it is about the time it will take to accomplish it.

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