10 Slow Stitchers Not To Be Missed

'Summer Blues' patchwork quilt being hand quilted. © Stephanie Boon, www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy’s Quilts

A few weeks ago I celebrated sharing a year of Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy’s Quilts. Kathy hosts the link party every Sunday and slow stitchers gather there to share what they’re hand stitching, whether it’s a quilt or a cross stitch embroidery.  To celebrate joining the community I chose 10 of Kathy’s inspiring posts to share with you.

Slow Stitchers: mini tumbler quilt by Kathy's Quilts (in progress, being hand quilted). © Kathy's Quilts 2015 http://kathysquilts.blogspot.co.uk/

Kathy’s “mini obsession” being hand quilted

This week I want to share some of the blogs I’ve discovered over at Kathy’s too.

These friends are regular slow stitchers and link up with some great projects most weeks. Everyone’s different and has their own unique style and way of doing things. What brings them all together (apart from Kathy!) is their unfailing enthusiasm for doing things slowly, even if it’s just for one day a week. And it goes without saying that their warmth and generosity, support and encouragement for the community is second to none.

Some of these slow stitchers might be familiar to you and some I may have missed (let me know in the comments!), but I hope you’ll pop over and say hello.

10 Slow Stitchers I Love

  1. Cathie’s Craft Works Cathie, cross stitcher, quilter, knitter extraordinaire! And a little bit good at maths – I’m in awe!
  2. Frugal Little Bungalow Deb’s a hand quilter and shares all manner of other goodly things on her lovely, quirky blog too.  (I hope you don’t mind “quirky” Deb?!  I love quirky!)
  3. Gretchen’s Little Corner Gretchen hand quilts (beautifully), needle turn appliqués (beautifully) and gardens (beautifully) too! When I grow up I’d love to stitch as well as Gretchen.
  4. Moose Bay Muses To say Karen is productive is an understatement; she puts me to shame! And her EPP project makes me want to get out my needle every time.
  5. Not Afraid of Color LeeAnna really isn’t afraid of colour. LeeAnna loves to experiment and her creative play is infectious. She has a great sense of humour too!
  6. Quilts…etc Karen quilts. Karen travels. Karen appliques. Karen has an enviable garden. Enough said!
  7. Quilty Folk Audrey’s quilts are to die for. Think of perfect appliqué and I think of Audrey. Think of perfect, squidgy, comfy, snuggly quilts and I think of Audrey!
  8. Sane, Crazy, Crumby Quilting Cathy’s exuberant quilts make me smile like the Cheshire cat. It’s as simple as that!
  9. Sew Slowly Kaja inspires everyone with her superb stitching on denim and her glorious improv quilts. Her individual approach keeps me coming back for more every week.
  10. Tanya Quilts in Colorado Folksy, fun, colourful and happy!  Tanya’s quilts have a very modern feel that it’s difficult not to enjoy.

Don’t forget to head on over to Kathy’s too: there are lots more wonderful slow stitchers to discover every week!

In The Hoop This Week

First off I’d like to say thank you. Thank you to everyone that left really helpful comments on my last post about my ‘Summer Blues’ quilt The Knotty Problem of a Quilters Knot.  You might remember that I was getting ugly little ladders in the fabric when I pulled the knot through. Well, no more! I took your advice to bring the knot in through a seam if possible and this proved fairly easy as it’s hand pieced.  When the knot has got stuck I’ve wiggled a bigger hole with a larger needle and, if necessary, made two knots about half an inch apart. I think the two knot thing is more security of mind than security of thread. Since then I’ve had no ladders at all, so thank you again – you’ve been incredibly generous and helpful and this is one happy quilter!

'Summer Blues' patchwork quilt being quilted. © Stephanie Boon, www.DawnChorusStudio.com

42 Summer Blues blocks complete

Progress has been slower over the last couple of weeks, but I’m still happy with the way it’s coming along.  There are 10 rows of 7 blocks and I’ve finished 6 rows now. That’s well over half way and only leaves 28 blocks to go; real progress is finally being made!


To do list for hand quilting and finishing 'Summer Blues' quilt. © Stephanie Boon, www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Summer Blues to do list

I definitely haven’t been finishing the planned 10 blocks a week these last 2 or 3 weeks, but I can still see the finish line early in the new year, which is something to really look forward to. What are you looking forward to finishing up by New Year (or there abouts)?

Give Us A Click!

I’ve mentioned a couple of times recently that I often come across inspiring and interesting stuff I’d like to share with you and last year I started a newsletter to do just that. There’s been a hiatus because of circumstances earlier in the year, but I’d love to connect with you again early in the new year.

The wonderful inspiration and lovely links dropped into your inbox once a week, but I’d love to know how often you’d really like to receive it – maybe once a week is good, or maybe that’s too often, let me know in the poll below!

Make sure you don’t miss the next issue and sign up here!

You can see some past issues here.  Thanks so much for your help 🙂

(As usual, no personal details are collected or retained.)

I’m off to link up with Kathy for this week’s Slow Sunday Stitching and look forward to hopping over to your place in the next day or two for a good catch up. Until then, have a great week!

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27 replies
  1. Emily
    Emily says:

    The end is in sight! What a thrill for a hand stitching project. I spent the weekend cutting fabric for two quilts, and thinking about many more! I’m a slowly slowly slow quilter at the moment – my third child is only 6 weeks old, so I’m happy to just grab ten minutes to persue my hobby 🙂

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Wow Emily, I find it hard enough to grab 10 minutes here and there with just the one 17 year old child! (I’m so disorganised it’s untrue.) It sounds like you had a very productive weekend though, and I think we’ve all got more quilts in our head than in our laps! Thank you so much for coming by, it’s lovely to meet you!

  2. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    Your pink and blue quilt is beautiful. I like how you’re stitching around the blocks. I just started hand quilting using this method for the first time. My quilting lines are pretty uneven from one side to the other. I’ll get better — I hope!

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Oh Nancy mine are also pretty uneven from one side to the other, haha! When I made the quilt top I really wasn’t that concerned about 1/4″ seams, I just thought what difference would it make?! Umm, quite a lot as it turns out! Trying to hand quilt through a seam that’s almost half an inch wide so that it matches the one that’s a quarter of an inch on the other side, just got too laborious. Which basically means I gave up and just quilted along the seam edges whatever width they were. Yeah, no prizes for workmanship on this quilt 😀

  3. Tanya Quilts in CO
    Tanya Quilts in CO says:

    Thank you Stephie for including me in the 10 Slow Stitchers You Love! I am honored. I find so much inspiration from everyone else’s quilting blogs, but I am thrilled to know that I inspire others too.

  4. Bossymamma
    Bossymamma says:

    I’m really looking forward to seeing the completed Summer Blues quilt. Well done for keeping at it – even with all those circle blocks you ‘have’ to do!

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Oh Dina the list of quilting and piecing I ‘have’ to do just keeps getting longer and longer! Someone might have to stop me sooner rather than later, I’m obviously incapable of controlling my stitching urges 😀

  5. Kaja
    Kaja says:

    Summer Blues is so, so pretty. I’m glad you’ve solved the knotty problem; now you can speed, slowly, for the finish. Thank you for another kind mention – I love the Slow Sunday link up too and will definitely check out anyone on your list who is new to me.

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      I’m so over ‘pretty’ Kaja, hahaha!!! Still, it will be nice to finally get this one on the bed after all these years 😀 I’m finding it really relaxing to sit and ‘mindlessly’ quilt (i.e. without much thought to which direction the stitches are going) for an hour or two each evening. Hope you had a good weekend (omg – where has the week gone already!).

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks Kathy. I owe the list to you, thank you for introducing me to so many of the bloggers on it! And of course the many wonderful slow stitchers that aren’t on it too!

  6. Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow
    Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow says:

    I am so honored to be on this list with so many wonderful quilters! Thank you 🙂 Your quilt is coming along…I seem to have been doing less hand quilting lately too. I should put the other stuff away for awhile and just catch up on that ! 🙂

  7. lapaylor
    lapaylor says:

    what fun to see my blog listed! I love yours and to be in such good company is a treat! Gotta go! Gotta go look at what the others are up to, and I know most all of them so I agree they are inspirational! LeeAnna (not afraid of color or how long it takes to make!)

  8. Karen in Breezy Point
    Karen in Breezy Point says:

    Thanks for the shout out Stephie—looks like you are making some great progress on the quilt–it will be done before you know it!

  9. Lynne
    Lynne says:

    Loving your quilt. Now I need to have a look at the blogs you’ve shared. Good to cheer me up as I sit here with the lurgy (an early Christmas pressie from my little grandson and my daughter who I looked after Friday and Saturday)

      • Lynne
        Lynne says:

        Was not a nice lurgy. Monday and Tuesday tummy upset alongside the coughing and sneezing. Today tummy has settled but the coughing and sneezing have left me with huge headache, my peabrain has obviously rattled about in my skull with every explosive cough or sneeze!! Managed to go to my place of employment to buy cold and flu tablets got home and had to sit a while to let the dizziness recede. Now do I try to go in tomorrow or leave it until Monday?

  10. Ann
    Ann says:

    How kind of you to create a list of people for me to check out. Some of them I already read but it’s always good to find more. I’m so delighted to see Summer Blues progressing – even if slowly. Good for you.

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      I definitely believe in spreading the love Ann – if you love something it’s good to share it with others too! I hope you find someone else you might enjoy too. Thank you for your lovely comment on Summer Blues, I’m pleased with the way it’s coming along – it feels like a good achievement so far 🙂


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