Sunday, October 06, 2013

Slow Stitching Sunday

Welcome to Slow Stitching Sunday at Kathy's blog!
Pull up a chair, get out one of your projects, and stitch along with us.
I have been busy with binding lately. I finished a binding for a baby quilt that my sister made for her friend. I really like using the Ultra Thimble especially when I have been hand stitching so much that I have worn a hole in the top of my finger (ouch!)


I also helped a friend (no names to protect the innocent!) bind her king sized quilt. Rumour has it that I may have "forced" her to get the quilt done, and that may be partially true. Maybe it would be more accurate to say that I "strongly encouraged" her to finish the binding, and then I just started stitching it myself until she gave in, grabbed a needle and joined in the fun! 
I just love binding quilts and don't understand why other quilters procrastinate this job? 
I stitched on the sides of her quilt while she tacked down the corners the way she likes them done.  And before you knew it, we had a wonderful visit and she has a lovely finished quilt! 

Today I will be working on improving my applique stitches by sewing a few more pumpkin seed blocks. They are very relaxing to sew and I am still enjoying working on them.
And I found a really cute pattern to make a lovely Christmas project using this block - click here to see it.

What are you hand stitching today?
Link up your blog post below and share your project with us.







16 comments:

  1. Oh that table topper project is so pretty!

    I was tying a Dresden Plate quilt this winter and about 3/4 of the way through I stopped tying and made myself do the binding. I knew if I saved the binding till last I'd put it off and off and off. This way I finished it :)

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  2. I don't mind hand stitching down the binding, it's wrestling the quilt at the sewing machine to get the binding sewn to the front that I often put off doing!

    Have a very relaxing slow stitching Sunday.

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  3. Thanks for the pointer to the Christmas table topper! I have been searching just such a project to gift my mom for the holidays. Plus, I need one of those short and quick satisfaction projects right now!

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  4. You are a true friend to help her get over the roadblock to finishing her quilt!

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  5. I love binding too! Thanks for helping me start a new project. Love,love the table topper! Mine will be done in Christmas fabrics, perfect for underneath my ceramic Christmas tree, that my DH's grandmother made. Thanks!

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  6. Finishing binding is not my favorite thing to do, but it feels so good when another quilt is finished!

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  7. Thanks for linking to my Winter Seeds Table Topper, Kathy! Your applique is looking great!
    Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

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  8. I do enjoy the binding part. It makes me wonder why I have two quilts waiting to be stitched down. Still loving the pumpkin seeds. Always nice to have handwork on hand.

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  9. Stitching the binding is my favorite part of quilt making. Love that little Winter Seed table topper. Seems she had your blocks in mind when she made it.

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  10. Ohhh I love that table topper! I'm going to have to make one for Christmas!
    Binding is my favorite part - snuggling under the quilt and hand stitching that last bit down. The pinning and quilting are what hold me up as 2-4 quilts are currently waiting patiently at that stage for me.

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  11. That's a very pretty table topper, I love the curve of the seeds.

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  12. I love binding. I love your pumpkin seeds. I love the table topper pattern. I love good times with friends. Wish the few friends I have would even try to sew!

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  13. that pattern that you linked us to is really CUTE~!!~

    it's good to be back and i'm looking forward to seeing what everyone is up to with their slow stitching.

    :-)
    libbyQ

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  14. Sometimes we need friends who are "strong encouragers" to help us get off our ends and get busy!! Glad you can be such a friend!! :)

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  15. Love both the quilts, hand sewing is so relaxing I find.What a good idea the finger protector, I find my thimbles are either too small or too large so that would work a treat. Wonder when hand quilting what you do to protect the finger below, mine gets so sore but if I use a guard I cannot feel the needle, any advice please?

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  16. Thanks for the link to that cute orange peel topper. I really enjoyed hand stitching my peels so I may be willing to do more with them....

    And, you like to sew binding down? I wish we lived closer together cause you could get me going on a big quilt sitting next to met right now!

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