Quiet Sunday Quilting

Ocean Waves Quilt, Feb 2016 © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

I’m not a morning person. Woe betide you if you speak to me in the first hour after I’ve woken up – you’ll be lucky to get a grunt in reply. I’m a night owl, virtually nocturnal at times and I don’t often go to bed before 2am. It was a bit of a surprise to find myself wide awake and wanting to do some quilting at 7.30 this morning, after 4 hours sleep. The thing is, although I don’t like to go to bed until the early hours, it does annoy me that I miss the dawn or what feels like half the daylight hours in the midst of winter.

When I woke up early this morning, for no apparent reason, I was so restless I virtually jumped out of bed. I wasn’t in the best of moods, it has to be said. But 15 minutes later with a cup of fruit tea in front of me and a needle in my hand, all that restlessness just seemed to melt away. Hand quilting has a magical effect.

Hand quilting 'Floating Squares' quilt (in progress), Feb 2016 © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

A few more floating ‘squares’ quilted this morning

My quilt of choice this morning (and last night) was my ‘floating squares‘. I took some quiet time to stitch a few more interlinking squares, gradually waking up as an hour or so passed by. I needed to see something different in my hoop for a while.  Summer Blues (link to how I made the quilt sandwich) has been a permanent fixture for months and as much as I’ve enjoyed quilting the 9 patches it still doesn’t feel like I’m making much progress. That’s just the price of quilting a full size quilt I think.  I have made progress, I’ve only got 12 9 patches to quilt now and there are 70 in total. Even I can’t deny that that’s progress!

Hand quilted 9 patch Quilt, Feb 2016 © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Summer Blues: 9 patch texture

So I made a bargain with myself: stitch 2 9 patches a day (and get them finished in a week), stitch a Quilty365 circle each day (link to this month’s new gallery) and then with any time left I’ll allow myself to quilt some floating squares. I just want to feel that everything is moving forward – because there are still things backing up and I want to make MORE!

Hand quilted 9 patch Quilt, Feb 2016 © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Summer Blues: the unquilted 9 patches are towards the back left.

Next week you can hold me to account.  Short of some sort of domestic disaster there’s no reason I can’t get this done…and if I know that you’re waiting to tell me off if I don’t, well, maybe that’s just the stick I need!

I’m linking up with Kathy for this week’s Slow Sunday Stitching, then I think I’d better be off to sew today’s quota of 9 patches, or I’ll be in trouble next week!  Who’s holding you to account this week?  Or are you better off with a carrot?!


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Back tomorrow with some ocean waves. Have a great start to the week.

Signature: Stephie © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnchorusStudio.com

12 replies
  1. Karen Goad
    Karen Goad says:

    lovely slow stitching – although I am doing some by machine today I have done plenty of slow with picking out fabrics, pressing, measuring etc — I’m the opposite of you bed by 10-11 and up by 6:30 normally and chatty

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Oh picking out fabrics is a wonderful way to spend some ‘slow time’ – no need to rush that one! I keep trying to go to bed earlier (so that I can be on a par with the rest of humanity!!) and failing. The earliest I’ve managed lately is 1am – any earlier and I’m just lying there with my eyes wide open, fidgeting (aka ‘thrashing about’!) and wondering what I could be doing instead! And you’re chatty at that time of day?!?!? Ugh! How do you have the energy to talk before 9am?!

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Oh Juliann, I’d be feeling sick as a dog at leaving the house at that time of day! Mind you I got the 8.05 bus into town this morning and it took 40 minutes to make a 15 minute journey…school traffic and fog! There’s some logic to getting up early!

  2. Kaja
    Kaja says:

    If I tried sewing with four hours sleep I hate to think what I would end up with! I know that feeling of things backing up but you seem to be making good progress – and if you stick to your plan you’ll have a finish by the end of the week.

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Haha, plan has already failed!!! I managed less than one 9 patch last night…probably trying to keep my eyes open and my head off the desk 😀 Some catching up to do tonight… (only 5 hours sleep last night though – this could be dangerous). Hope you had a good weekend Kaja 🙂

  3. Vivian
    Vivian says:

    What beautiful sunny softness in your Summer Blues quilt! Yes, sometimes slow stitching progress seems almost non-existent. But you can’t deny it when each bocks falls to the needle — and so does your stress level!


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