Slow Stitching on a Saturday

The past few weeks seem to have brought about some chaos, some closure, a slight bit of clarity, and a great deal of time for contemplation.

When things get overwhelming, I’m a fan of hiding myself away from the world.

I’ve always told my kids I’d make a really great hermit, since the introduction of Amazon Prime, that is.  I can hide away for a long while when I can get coffee and thread delivered to my front door.

Anyhow, when I’m hiding away, I like to curl up in bed, watch some westerns, and work some stitches.

Who am I kidding?

I do that even when I’m not overwhelmed.  I do that any chance I get!

I’ve been hand quilting a queen-sized quilt that my children and I affectionately refer to as “the ugly pickle quilt.”

ugly pickle quilt backing
Here’s why this quilt the bad rap. My daughter professes absolute hatred of the backing fabric.

Every stitch seems to give me time for reflection on things that matter, and hashing out the things that don’t.  I find that I figure out a lot of things don’t matter all that much in the grand scheme of things.

If nothing else, I have lots of time to let my mind wander.  That can be a good or a bad thing.

Every stitch seems to remind me that I’m still capable of a life of purpose, even when I face a lot of challenges to continue to do the things I enjoy.

challenge-keeping blood off white fabric

I wonder if I use more first aid tape or thread. Hand quilting + sensory impairment = frequent needle sticks.

Every stitch seems to give me a chance to let someone know they are loved immensely, even if they might not know just what it takes to get it done.

I often think I should just machine quilt when my hands and vision aren’t cooperating, but there is just something that takes me back to simpler times when I slow down and stitch past those frustrations.

So I keep hand quilting because I like simple living and a quiet life.  That, and Tim says my sewing machine is too noisy in the middle of the night.  (This from a kid who can sleep through 3 alarm clocks!)

I enjoy laying under this quilt and stitching!  My favorite place in the world.

I don’t think there’s anything better in the world than handing someone a quilt.

I know all those stitches are little bits of love.

I’ve fallen asleep curled up under this quilt, even with my needle and thread a time or two and it’s become one of my favorites.  It isn’t quite finished but it is getting there.

Even if it might just be an ugly duckling it has something to offer.

cat on quilt

Put a hoop on it and a quilting impediment appears! She’s blind so she isn’t weighing in on the choice of colors/backing fabric.

When I’m finished hand quilting and binding this quilt, I have a couple of antique quilts that I’m thinking of hand quilting, too.  I’m excited to share them here very soon.  

P.S. If you are a fan of double wedding ring and pickle dish quilts (like me!), check out this Pinterest board for inspiration.  Swoon!

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