AlphabetPhoto: Q is for quilting

blue and yellow hexagon quilt top

I love making quilts. They take a long time for me to make as I hand stitch them. Each and every stitch. It forces me to sit still, instead of jumping up to finish another job. I listen to the children, help them with their homework, or just sit and think. We all need these times of relative stillness.

This quilt was put on hold while I decided on the padding. Choice has been made and wadding bought. I shall start the quilting this week. In the evenings, the quilt will keep my legs warm, as I sew it. It will accompany me outside, where the light is better, I can listen to the birds and enjoy the scent of the flowers and herbs in the air. Losing myself in my work. Perfect colours for Spring.

Linking up with PODCast’s #AlphabetPhoto. Last Q, I chose quiet. Quilting and quiet go together quite nicely.  This time, Q is for quilting.

12 thoughts on “AlphabetPhoto: Q is for quilting

  • Wednesday 6 May, 2015 at 11:49 am

    You have so much patience to do them all by hand. I have only made dolls quilts so far and have used the machine. Do you need a special needle to get through all the layers? You quilt is looking beautiful, a true labour of love x

    • Wednesday 6 May, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      Oh, thank you. I use a slightly longer needle, but the three layers aren’t dense, so it goes through quite easily. It really is relaxing.

  • Wednesday 6 May, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    What beautiful colours – I love the yellow. I’m no good with a needle, but you’ve expressed beautifully something I’d like to practice: sitting peacefully, focusing on just one task at a time.

    • Wednesday 6 May, 2015 at 10:07 pm

      There is a rhythm in the stitching. I find it the best time to calm my thoughts and be in the moment.

  • Sunday 10 May, 2015 at 12:08 am

    It is beautiful, such a lot of work. Love the colours x

    • Wednesday 13 May, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Using recycled fabric always brings out interesting choices. Not sure I would have thought to buy this combination of fabrics for a new quilt, but they do work. 🙂

  • Monday 11 May, 2015 at 11:41 am

    I love those colours, the polka dots look so modern and I just love them combined with a traditional design – Just perfect!

    • Wednesday 13 May, 2015 at 9:46 am

      The polka dots make all the difference. It would be a totally different quilt without them.

  • Wednesday 13 May, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    love this quilt top!
    my aunts always handstitch their quilts, it is amazing to me (as someone who can’t even get even stitches with her sewing machine, let alone by hand!) when people handstitch their quilts. i’ll look forward to following your progress on this one!

    • Thursday 14 May, 2015 at 9:47 am

      For me, handstitching a quilt is about the journey. If the stiches turn out neat, that is a big plus. I bet your aunts’ quilts are amazing. What a talented family.

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