Sunday, 3 April 2016

winter project link party - April


I am feeling a little  nostalgic, it is time for the last winter project link party this season. Thank you Jennifer for hosting this fun link-up for the past half year. It has been a joy to participate.

I am also feeling a little nostalgic because I have just finished a most enjoyable process. The stitches above are the last few quitting stitches in my patchwork blanket. I think I need to give it a name. I really liked making these little stitches, regular sometimes, wonky other times, varying in length but not greatly. I could have gone on for longer, it was soothing my soul, relaxing my body. I struggled with my eyesight and resigned myself to wearing reading glasses. It is quite nice to view the world through a veil in a 'what-I-can't-see-doesn't-harm-me-kind-of-way', but not when stitching. I stitched one or two rows a night, sometimes more, along the seam lines of the the squares. It was a strain on my wrist, which started aching four of five rows into the stitching. It is not so sore now but not so much because I slowed down these past few days. I didn't want to be finished just yet and stitched much less. I even picked up my knitting to delay the end a little more. Alas, there is even so much slowing down one can do with a project like it, it will be finished eventually. All I have to do is cut fabric strips for the binding, assemble then and then bind the quilt. I hesitate to call it a quilt, it is really just a simple patchwork blanket with a few stitching lines to hold it together. A quilt sounds more like a piece of art. I am looking forward to a few more nights of hand stitching. 

I am so looking forward to have a large bright space where I can drape the blanket over the back of a comfy sofa, or snuggling up under it on said sofa, gazing through the skylights at the stars (planning permission and building warrant pending). Watch this space!

But for now, I have chores to do, a rainy dog to walk to enjoy and maybe I can even squeeze in an hour of sewing. Have a wonderful Sunday. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello, I love to hear from you. xx

18 comments:

  1. Looks wonderful and worthy of quilt status. I know what you mean about the therapeutic qualities of simple sewing. I love sewing the hems of curtains by hand particularly while listening to an audio book. Total escapism. Hopefully your new building works will be finished soon so that you can enjoy a bit of star gazing :) B x

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  2. Enjoy the final stages of sewing, it looks so beautiful :) And good luck with the planning applications etc. Have a lovely Sunday x

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  3. It certainly looks wonderful with lovely neat stitches. I really would love to see it in all its glory, so I am hoping you will share it with us. Hope all goes well with the planning application process.

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  4. This is looking so pretty Christina, I can understand your slight sadness at finishing it, you'll just need to start another one! Exciting news about your extension, hope all the planning permission etc comes together X

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  5. The quilt is looking so pretty, and I admire your ability to hand stitch. It's something I'm total rubbish at doing. And yes, sometimes finishing a project can be like finishing a good book. You don't want to turn to that last page/stitch.

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  6. There is something soothing about a repetitive action and I can see your quilt is going to be so pretty. Hope you get your skylight.

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  7. Tour quilt should be called exactly that, as it is a work of art. I can't wait to see the final project. decked out in all its glory. I hope all your plans work out for your house, enjoy your week.
    Meredith

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  8. Wonderful hand quilting Christina, you've made a lovely job of it. The binding is my very favourite bit of making a quilt, as each pin is taken out and it becomes soft and finished. Lovely. It is then of course time to start the next one. CJ xx

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  9. Your quilting stitches look pretty perfect to me. And of course you must call it a quilt. A quilt is simply three layers stitched together to create pockets of warmth. Can't wait to see your completed quilt in all its glory, it looks so colourful and warm and inviting, and is definitely a work of art.

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  10. Cheers for your pretty quilting, Christina! You are doing what I dream of doing. I hope your permit comes through so your plans can come true. Hoping for some lovely Spring sunshine for you. xx

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  11. it looks wonderful. and it is a quilt. and quilts are for snuggling under. I hate it when they become art.

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  12. What I can see of it looks great, I'm sure it will be fabulous once it's finished. Enjoy the finishing up process.

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  13. You are in exactly the same process stage as me and it has surprised me how much I have enjoyed hand quilting. I have ready made 30mm bias binding to go round the edge of mine because it is so bright I needed something to frame it all up in a solid colour.I have used embroidery floss in strands of 3 just because I had lots to use up. Looking good can't wait to see your quilt. Jo x

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  14. Hand quilting sounds lovely I have a quilt top that I may hand quilt now that my big blanket making project is over. Its lovely coming to the end of a project xx

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  15. I think you could definitely call it a quilt, Christina, enjoy your last few stitches before you finish it :-) xx

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  16. Your quilt is so colourful. I'd love to make one but I don't reckon I have the patience or the eyesight. Always wanted a patchwork quilt so I was pleased to find a lovely pale blue one in the BHS sale last week. Not as satisfying as making one though.

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  17. It looks wonderful and I bet it will be cosy. You can call it what you will, but I hope that it keeps you warm and that you get your planning permission and your dream becomes a reality :)

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  18. Hi Christina, I can't wait to see more of your quilt. I love what I've seen so far. Thank you for joining in with my link party. I love the idea of looking at the stars through skylights! I actually have two skylights in my house - one in a bathroom and another in the family room - but the unimaginative people who put them in used translucent white glass. Not to be picky, but I'd love to be able to see the sky better. Hope you're all having a good week.

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