Slow Sunday Stitching Mid-August

Kathy at Kathy’s Quilts hosts a Slow Sunday Stitching party that I join up with most weekends.

She usually has some good advice in regards to slowing down, taking a rest, a deep breath, etc. Slow Stitching is a respite for many from the frantic pace of their everyday lives.

Slow Stitching can involve hand quilting or applique, cross stitching, rug hooking, or English paper piecing, and of course there are many other examples to add to the list.

The main idea is to just relax in to your project that isn’t going to get done in a week, or maybe even in a year.

Kind of like my grand dog Koopa here who was over for a sleepover :)

In the past week or so,  I have created three Slow Stitching scenarios for me to work on in any given day.

I can hand stitch binding to the back of my Scrappy Granny quilt.

I can continue on with the tying of my 1857 Album top. When I posted about this a few days ago I had a request to show the tying process.

  • I purchased a set of curved needles at Joanne Fabrics ages ago.  There are four needles. Two are large for tying with yarn, and two are smaller for tying with embroidery thread or crochet cotton.
  • I put a very long amount of thread or yarn onto the needle and proceed with getting it through the three layers.
  • Cut and continue on until the thread runs out.
  • I tie a knot four times, and then trim.

Tied quilts hold up amazingly well. If you want to pick and choose what you hand quilt, but do not enjoy machine quilting, they are a nice option.  There are tied quilts in my family that I have made that have held up for 20 years now, being washed on a regular basis.

I have a book here titled “Quilted All Day, the Prairie Journals of Ida Chambers Melugin” by Carolyn O’Bagy Davis, and in the old days, tying a quilt was very common, according to the various diarists in this amazing book.

As to my third option, traditional hand quilting,  I created a quilt sandwich of my Botanical top and began to hand quilt it. Very slow going thus far, outlining and echo quilting a bit, having to turn the hoop constantly…. and then I decided to follow the musical notes as filler in this block.

There are six large blocks and I am thinking to do echo quilting and wavy filler in three of them and crosshatch in three for a contrast. I showed the quilt top in an earlier post ( HERE )

Back to the tying for a moment :)   Several years ago I completed a quilt ( Snowball )  where I hand quilted the center but tied the border with yarn for a contrast.  I still love it :)

Finished Snowball Quilt

Some new blooms around here….this gladiola was not a bulb that I planted this year;  rather I’d planted some last year!

I am glad that I took a picture because even though I had it propped in the front a bit, since it was so tall, it toppled over and broke.  It was going on 6 feet!   It’s in a vase now.

Do you enjoy surprises in  your garden ?  ( and I don’t mean the weeds! :)  I only purchased 3 tomato plants this year but I have 5 going strong….2 are ‘volunteers’ and they were just as pleasant of a surprise as this gladiola. One is just starting to get tomato flowers now so I don’t know if I’ll see any tomatoes from it prior to frost, but the other is loaded with cherry tomatoes…still green, but there will be a harvest down the line.

The other tomato plants have started to provide one or two per day and I am enjoying each one.

NOTE : I had this post written up between Friday evening and Saturday morning, to post on Sunday.

And then Charlottesville happened. I actually had clicked on a news site ( Raw Story ) where they had an onlooker’s cell phone video of the car plowing into people and bodies flying…shortly after it happened.

Many of the other news sites didn’t know if it had been accidental or not at that time.  Let me tell you, it was no accident. It was horrific ; at high speed and planned. My youngest son was here with me at that time and was just as shocked as I was.

As of this writing it is being reported that one is dead and 19 injured.  There was a rally of ‘alt-right’, Nazis, KKK, etc. and counter-protesters. There was violence between the two in some areas,  but in this case a group of people were simply marching down the street, harming no one. And someone full of hatred and sickness mowed them down.

The “Unite the Right” rally, which was organized by members of the so-called alt-right, were supposed to be protesting the planned removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the city’s Emancipation Park. ( NBC )

While he is often trigger happy on Twitter, Trump never said a word about this rally and the violence until his wife Melania said something, then another person wrote up a Tweet for him that clearly was not his own. His own came later where he said what was going on there was ‘sad’.   He gave a speech later ; there are many opinions out there on that. You can probably guess mine. He left out condemning a few things, you see. Such as white supremacists, Nazis, the alt-right and statements like this :

David Duke of the KKK saying that the event represented fulfilling the promises of President Trump.

“This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take our country back, we’re going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump, and that’s what we believed in, that’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back and that’s what we gotta do,” Duke said.

Granted, it was a rushed situation but in case he forgot in the hastily prepared speech, he was given the opportunity afterward, but he refused to denounce white nationalism when asked several times by reporters.  He simply left the room, turning his back on them.

I almost forgot nuclear annihilation with North Korea! It’s been quite the week. Thank goodness for Slow Stitching and don’t worry, bee happy.

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24 Responses to Slow Sunday Stitching Mid-August

  1. Karen Beigh says:

    You do some more unusual quilt block designs. Always interesting to see what you are working on.

  2. Oh my goodness, hasn’t it been a crazy week out there in the world this week! I like your idea of doing some slow stitching to relax and take your mind off of it all. I have tied many quilts, but not in a long time. I have a very old UFO that just needs to be quilted – maybe that is the answer! Enjoy whichever of your projects you decide to work on!

  3. Kat says:

    Your comments on today’s events was needed to be said and you did well. It has been a terrifying week and we all could use some relaxing time and pray it all will be better next week.

  4. Karen says:

    it has been a bad week in the news – more and more I do not want to turn on the news to hear what has happened today but yet I feel the need to hear and then hate what I hear.
    I have one of these curved needles that you show it came in a variety pack that I have and I don’t think I have ever used it! thanks for showing the photos of how you do that.
    love your garden and your projects. My garden is starting to dry up even though we have had plenty of rain this summer – just the natural course of the plants is coming to an end like always – the tomatoes will last awhile still but they are winding down as well – I should pull out the zucchini as I haven’t gotten anything off of it in some time now – the sweet potatoes continue to grow but the vines are as healthy and big as they were last year they are not dug up until well into October and can be dug up one plant at a time until we get a hard freeze.

  5. Gail says:

    I have tied a few quilts in the past. They seemed to hold up fine, although I found I had to tighten the knots once in a while. I’m always amazed at what you accomplish each week! I’m so glad we have our slow stitching to relieve stress, especially right now. Take care.

  6. Deborah says:

    Lovely quilts in progress, I like the tied border and quilted center quilt. I have several tied quilts I made decades ago and they do hold up very well.

  7. Suzanne says:

    All your projects are just wonderful. Sunday is a day of complete rest and rejuvenation for me. Step out of the World and sew or read and enjoy family time. I love Slow Sunday Stitching!

  8. CathieJ says:

    I really like all the different quilting methods that you use. I had a tied quilt many years ago. I agree that our crafting helps us deal with the horrible events in the news lately as well as the scary lack of rational leadership.

  9. Karen in Breezy Point says:

    I like that your tying is a design element in that snowball quilt–fun! I always enjoy your flower photos and now I’m wondering why I haven’t been planting nasturtiums!

  10. Eileen says:

    Hello, your quilts are just beautiful. Lovely pieces and work. This has been an awful week, scary for me. Worrying about a nuclear war with North Korea and then this latest episode with the Neo Nazi’s. I was happy that the govenor of Virginia spoke up, unlike nasty Trump. I hope this upcoming week is better. Enjoy your day and the week ahead.

  11. Joyce says:

    A few things:
    I inherited a sewing box from a dear friend of my mother’s. I’ve been puzzling over the curved needle. Now I know what to do with it! I like the idea of combining tied and hand stitched quilting on one piece!
    Oh, Koopa! I looked up the term “spoiled rotten” in the dictionary and HIS picture was there! Honest!!
    I’ve been hand quilting for the past few days and have cable news on while I work. The events you mentioned are heart-sickening and are playing over and over, so the effect on me is not really peaceful respite. One of the news guests said Trump likes to yell “fire” in a theater and then condemn those who stampede to the exits. He has emboldened an ugly, ugly segment of society. Add that to his list of “accomplishments.” He should be ashamed of himself.

  12. maxine lesline says:

    Never before in my long life ha I ever been afraid of my president or Congress. Trump is out there starting fires and Congress refuses to get out a fire hose…just watches…. and watches.

  13. Deb says:

    Ok, I have so darn many quilt tops waiting… I think I am going to tie a few of them. I have some that I tied back in the 90’s – still going strong and they have been washed and used a lot since then. Thanks for the reminder. A very unsettling week…. all the more reason to hand stitch to unwind and try and relax. Hugs to you my friend.

  14. Magpie Sue says:

    Love the picture of Koopa! I also have tied quilts from back in the day that have held up well. I’m glad at least a few folks are still promoting the technique. Sounds like we’re on the same page re: current events. I’m just horrified by the things that man in the White House says and does. I’m ashamed he was even elected. I pray nearly every day for his removal from office. Heaven spare us from another term with him in office!

  15. Nana Diana says:

    I have said it before but will repeat it- You are an awesome quilter. Your pieces are amazing and I know that you pour a lot of love into each stitch.

    I am so saddened by what is going on in our country and, although I have opinions I am trying to support a unification of our country. It is just sad that we are all so divided.

    Blessings to you-have a great week. xo Diana

  16. Andrea says:

    Those are all such beautiful projects. I had never thought of combining quilting and tying to finish off a quilt. Thanks to you, now I have. I may have to give it a try.

  17. Margie Miller says:

    I agree about the quilts and also the comments on today’s politics. When two madmen challenge one another, anything is possible.

  18. Your projects are all lovely, and it looks and sounds like your flowers and veggies are all providing a nice landscape for you. Our six tomato plants are outproducing themselves to the point I’ve been giving them away each day because I can’t keep up with it. My neighbor is loving my drop-offs. :-)

  19. Kim says:

    Your quilts and pup are a welcome respite from a scary week in the news…

  20. You’re one of the most talented and creative quilters I’ve ever seen. I have those curved needles and had no idea what they’re for. To be honest, I still don’t, but at least now I know they have a purpose, whether or not I’ll ever use them for their intended purpose is yet to be seen because I’m not a quilter. Maybe someday I will be. :)


  21. Your quilts are always beautiful and it amazes me that you do so many when I can’t finish one..

    I am saddened too but my opinions are different than yours…I’m concerned that a group of ALT LEFT ANTIFA’s went to the rally to instigate trouble sponsored by racial Sorors.

    Now I do not support the as you say alt right group but I do support their right to say it and can protest just like all violent protest of the alt left, shutting down free speech, burning buildings, blocking traffic and so on.

    I remember the number of times obama didn’t, and never did come out to call out the alt left BLM group which I so patiently waited for but never happened.

    I don’t believe any thing Trump could have said, would have said would meet the liberals liking..

    It seems more and more of your blog posts are include politics….

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Yes my blog posts occasionally do include politics, Cathy, when I think that something memorable has occured. And oh boy more has certainly occurred since I posted this :)

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