Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Want to slow down.... do it by hand
Since Friday I have spend some really slowed down hours, listening to books on CD at a lot lower volume and watching a few movies on TV that I skipped at the first run movie theater and yes....doing it by hand.
Quilting was so much more relaxing, calming, and on some days more fun when I did it all by hand as I did in the beginning. Then over time as I made friends with a sewing machine I gradually began doing almost ever thing by machine, everything with the exception of sewing down facings, or bindings and sleeves and on occasion labels.
Funny, as much as I loved doing everything by hand in the old days I really disliked doing the hand stitching on the facing, sleeves,bindings and labels even back then. And that as you know hasn't change with time. In fact I think my dislike for this part of the process has gotten worse. On reflection that might be because I have gotten so used to speeding through the piecing or machine applique and machine quilting that abruptly slowing down to do hand work makes it seem as if I am moving through molasses.
Two blogs ago I told you about me sitting, watching some ladies hand quilt and piece and I was mentally back to my beginnings and my fingers began to itch. I wanted to thread a needle and hold some fabric and make seams or do applique even through I was sitting there hand stitching a facing in place.
So here I am less than a week from that Thursday morning hooked again on making the tiny stitches; almost invisible stitches, I can make as I applique. When I pinned the first block I finished up next to my last all machine created piece I was struck by the similarity.
Primarily they are of the same color family. The theme for both; flowers. One really more abstract than the other, but both graphic and simplistic. When I looked at what is my first quilt it seems I have not moved as much as an inch away from my first choice of a color palette.
"Whats old is new again" "Making a full circle" Echoes of the past" these and several other sayings popped into my head.
I knew I was hooked on quilting when I made the pink,white yellow and green quilt from a 1930's pieced tulip pattern shown below. I still love this quilt. I still remember making it. I remember how long it took me to complete. I still remember how happy I was when it was done too.