Slow Stitching Sunday

Today is one of those honest, old-fashioned lazy days. The kind we always wish we could have. The kind we imagine we used to have, back in the good old days, whenever those were. Of course, we can’t actually remember any specific lazy Sundays. But they must have existed, right? Because we remember them.

Maybe they don’t happen very often. Maybe that’s why they’re so special. Like today.

Outside my window the snow is falling and everything is covered in drifting white. The wind is ringing the chimes outside the front door.  I have a cup of tea at my elbow and Mr. C is snoozing reading on the couch while our fur babies enjoy a group snuggle in front of the fire.

010Today I did not get up with any particular agenda in mind. I may spend some time with my latest hand quilting project. This little quilt is so sweet. I’m quilting white-on-white because I want the quilt to look embossed when finished.

003If you’re interested in quilting by hand, I’m using 40 weight YLI quilting thread in “natural” and John James size 10 hand quilting needles. I’m also quilting it directly in my hands instead of using a hoop or a frame. I’m also using a product called Thimble Pads on my pushing finger: little sticky leather dots. I love them.

007I’m really enjoying quilting directly in my hands this way. I don’t know if I’ll go back to using a hoop after this. My stitches are a bit coarser, but they’ll improve with practice.

006Other news: my critiques are all in from my little critique group. I will probably spend some time looking at them. Or maybe not.Maybe I’ll save those for tomorrow, because I know that once I open them I’m going to want to get busy with edits. I won’t be able to help myself. And that sounds like work. Not worthy for such a deliciously lazy day.

Later on my friend Cynde is coming over and we’re going to eat some of the apple cake that I made yesterday (recipe here), drink tea and watch a Craftsy class together.

013Oh dear. I’m sorry I disturbed you, Sam!

Today I’m linking in with Slow Stitching Sunday over at Kathy’s Quilts, and at Lily’s Quilts for Fresh Sewing Day and Small Blog Meet. And that’s all the work I’m going to do.

I hope you are all enjoying your Sunday as much as I am enjoying mine. Are you being lazy, too?

About Nita

I retired early and moved to a new community. I blog about my adventures as I explore a new lifestyle. I write about quilting, knitting and needlework, about learning to sew my own garments, adventures in the kitchen and in the garden, dancing, hiking, yoga...life is my playground!
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13 Responses to Slow Stitching Sunday

  1. SLow stitching on a SUnday is delightful! Love your quilt top (as always!!) SMILES!

  2. Sue says:

    Your fur babies look like they made themselves very comfortable! Lazy Sundays are always good. Your quilt looks gorgeous and I love your hand quilting. I use the same size JJ needle as you.

  3. Pam says:

    Love your quilt. The churn dash is still my favourite!

  4. Quilter Kathy says:

    I feel more relaxed just reading about your lovely day!
    Would love to learn more about quilting without a hoop…

  5. Emmajane says:

    Hello! I love the quilt you’re working on. I can’t imagine doing all that hand quilting, but the effect is wonderful!

  6. Stephanie says:

    Love the hand stitching, looks really great.

  7. Mary says:

    I love the texture your quilting is creating. Your fur babies look so sweet. Do they always get along this well?

  8. Paula says:

    Your hand quilting looks nice, and I love those 30’s prints

  9. mrs pickles says:

    sounds like a lovely day

  10. Karen says:

    I really like your hand quilting stitches. This quilt will be amazing when you are finished. It is good to see the dog gets along with the cats. They are adorable.

  11. Linda says:

    Peaceful critters, Love!! I love using a 12 inch hoop and a metal disk with sticky inside for pushing up. Pretty quilt, I see you are using safety pins instead of basting all over. Another blogger Tim has me convinced to use this method.

  12. heulwenprice says:

    Beautiful quilt! 🙂 *pets the furbabies*

  13. Lisa says:

    It was wonderful to hear about your lazy day and to see your fine stitches.

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