July 28, 2011

Rituals

This week I had a delightful addition to my morning ritual. After my typical activities (pawing through the basket of clean laundry for my clothes and running to the bus stop with wet hair), I tried a little hand quilting on my way to work.


Having spent the better part of this millennium as a free motion quilting zealot I was pleasantly surprised to discover how much I enjoyed this meditative stitch by stitch work. It feels so soft. I made two panels in this design as the front and back of my pouch for the "Pretty Little Pouch Swap". The great thing about that is I'm making a lined bag, so the backside of the quilting is unimportant. The perfect starter project.  Can't wait to have a finished bag to share!

(Blocks received from: J in Australia, Viv in UK, Theresa, Barbara, Michelle, Lisa, Pat, Linda G and Linda K.)
 
Now my new afternoon ritual is coming home to find donated blocks in the mail for the Black Rock Stitchery! Thank you to all who have sent blocks, with a special thanks to Linda who sent a whopping 30. We have a total of 95 so far; that's enough for three 5'x6' quilts! Please keep the blocks coming (just comment or email for my mailing address). I truly hope everyone is enjoying summer. It's breathtaking over here, but I'm aware it will be over all too soon so I can't complain.

10 comments:

Linda said...

Your handquilting is awesome!

Suzanne said...

I'm impressed with your hand quilting. There's no stopping you now! Any tips to share?

felicity said...

Beautiful hand quilting!

Gene Black said...

Wow, your hand quilting is amazing. I need to get someone to teach me how to do that. (not that I have time to do it, but I still want to say that I can!)

Sarah Craig said...

Your hand quilting is so pretty - someday soon I'm going to give this a try - maybe on my granddaughter's Christmas quilt!

Vesuviusmama said...

What a great addition to your morning ritual! I have a quilt that I am hand quilting and it is taking me FOREVER, so this week I started getting up early to put in a half hour or so on it before I start the rest of my day. What a difference it made on my outlook those days. I'm hoping it becomes part of my morning ritual, too!

quiltingnana said...

nice job

VivJM said...

Lovely hand quilting. I agree, it's very meditative. Glad the blocks arrived safely x

Victoria F.O said...

I love hand quilting and that particular design! I have used it myself but in a completely different style...
http://devictoriaparaelalma.blogspot.com/2010/12/i-want-to-go-up-with-you.html
It`s my favourite quilt so far, and as an aswer to Vesuviusmama, this one took 6 months to quilt.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Nice stitches in your hand work. This from a hand quilter. It can be very relaxing.

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