Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts

Hand quilting a small sampler quilt. Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Celebrating a Year of Joining the Party

Hand applique project by Kathy of Kathy's Quilts, © 2015 http://kathysquilts.blogspot.co.uk/

Kathy’s long term hand applique project

I can hardly believe it was only a year ago that I discovered Kathy’s Quilts and the slow Sunday Stitching link party, which Kathy hosts every Sunday without fail.  I’ve made some wonderful friends that I feel I’ve known forever. Kathy’s Quilts has become my favourite place to visit with like-minded hand quilters and hand sewers each week and I’d feel lost without it.
Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts

I first found Kathy’s blog when I was browsing for information on old sewing machines. Kathy has a beautiful 1901 Singer Treadle and was actually using it to make quilts. I was fascinated and began reading all her posts about it – needless to say I want one too now! I started to read more and discovered the regular Slow Sunday Stitching link party.  I took the plunge and joined in for the first time with this post, aptly (but not very creatively!) titled Slow Sunday Stitching.

1901 Singer Treadle Sewing Machine, © Kathy's Quilts 2014 http://kathysquilts.blogspot.co.uk/

I think this photo says a lot about Kathy: old and new technology side by side and faithful friend Max!

To celebrate my year over at Kathy’s with her friendly, inspiring slow stitching tribe I thought I’d share 12 of my favourite posts from Kathy’s Quilts – one from each month of the year!

Kathy’s Quilts – 12 of the Best

Kathy’s a prolific quilter, by hand and machine, and always has lots of colourful projects on the go. The selection of posts I’ve put together is quite varied and each one’s a really good read.  I’m sure you’ll have as much fun revisiting the archives as I did (or find lots to discover if you’re new to Kathy’s Quilts). Hop on over for a visit – just follow the links below!

Bright green patchwork quilt 'Easy Street'. © Kathy's Quilts 2015 http://kathysquilts.blogspot.co.uk/

Kathy’s quilt Easy Street – a recent finish

  1. October 2015  Easy Street Finish
  2. September 2015 Slow Sunday Stitching – Abscission
  3. August 2015 Design Wall Monday – Rail Fence Blocks
  4. July 2015 Slow Sunday Stitching Finish – Tiny Tumble
  5. June 2015 Design Wall Monday – New Project: Scrap Vortex
  6. May 2015 Herd Expansion – Always Room for One More!
  7. April 2015 Mid Week Hand Quilting
  8. March 2015 Mellow Yellow
  9. February 2015 Life is Beautiful
  10. January 2015 Slow Sunday Stitching – Show Your Hand
  11. December 2014 Slow Sunday Stitching – Slow Down!
  12. November 2014 Treadling on Tuesday

What’s your favourite post over at Kathy’s Quilts? Or perhaps I should ask which one of Kathy’s quilts is your favourite? She has so many to choose from, but any of her scrappy ones would be high on my list. Share yours below!

My Slow Stitching Progress

This week progress has been slow – even for slow stitching!  I’ve managed to hand quilt a few more of the nine patch blocks on Summer Blues, but not as many as I’d hoped.  I don’t know, it’s just been one of those weeks.  I managed some stitching on my little improv sampler today, which was a pleasant change. I stuffed it into my rucksack when I cycled out to meet my friend Janie for lunch. It’s always handy to have a portable project on the go, precisely for this reason!  The weather was so dull though I didn’t manage to get a picture of the up to date progress, but it’s turning out well so far.

Hand quilting a small sampler quilt. Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Wonky detail

There are still a couple of hours left this evening so I’ll be quilting some more nine patches before bedtime. The perfect way to wind down. And hopefully this coming week’ll be a better one and I’ll have something to show you next Sunday.

A big thank you to Kathy for letting me share some of her wonderful pictures with you today – and it goes without saying that I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for this week’s Slow Sunday Stitching!  I hope you’ll come and join me 🙂

Check out my favourite link parties here

Favourite Link Parties graphic © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

PS did you see the winners in The Bloggers Quilt Festival?  Yet more fantastic quilts to discover over at Amy’s Creative Side.

Have a great week.

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16 replies
  1. Maureen
    Maureen says:

    Thanks for mentioning Slow Stitching and the links, also Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy. I do follow her blog and often thought I should set aside some quiet time and quilt by hand so your post was a timely reminder and I’m going to join in with a quilt I made earlier in the year and hand quilt!

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Oh Maureen that’s fantastic! I look forward to seeing what you share very much 🙂 There really is such a lovely group of regulars who encourage each other with their slow projects, it helps to move them along. Get basting woman!!

  2. vivjm
    vivjm says:

    I am so happy to have discovered Kathy’s Quilts too & Slow Stitching Sunday. It’s a really lovely linky group, with so much inspiration and so much friendly advice. And through that I got to discover other lovely blogs, like yours! Your hand quilting looks lovely x

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      And me yours, Viv (I hope it’s Viv?!) 🙂 You’re so right, there’s just so much inspiration and encouragement. Kathy’s created a wonderful place not to be missed. x

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

    I love the Slow Stitching party as well. For one thing, so many people are whipping out full pieced quilts in a week, or painting a dresser with chalk paint in a week, or doing this or that quickly, that it is a haven to have a place to link up once a week with this or that it-is-taking-me-forever project! 🙂 I started to do a weekly sewing post showing whatever I’d worked on that week, slow or fast, and then linked up to Kathy’s on Sundays regularly and it’s become a habit by now.

    There’s always a nice group there. As to her quilts, she has such an amazing variety of projects at all times but she usually blows me away…..I’ll see some star or pieced block and assume it is a “NORMAL” size and then she’ll say it is three inches or something and I just shake my head in amazement. 🙂

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      I can’t believe how many quilts some people make Deb. I was looking at a page of someone’s 2015 finishes just the other day and there must have been at least 20 quilts (largish), if not more – what are they doing with them all?!? I’d much rather savour and celebrate the process and that’s what Kathy’s weekly party does so well. This rush to make hundreds and hundreds of things feels a bit materialistic to me, which makes me uncomfortable. You might as well be on a factory production line. It really gladdens the heart to find other people that like to take things slow some (if not all) of the time 🙂

      As for Kathy, I love her post this week – a quilt that’s been 20 years in the making, now that’s slow, haha! Her work is so inspiring – lots of wonderful projects, but no rush to the finish. Definitely my kind of quilter! She’s a bad influence though – I was like Kaja (Sew Slowly), one quilt being pieced, one being hand stitched, but now I feel like a little magpie with several projects on the go…careful now!

  4. Quilter Kathy
    Quilter Kathy says:

    OMG… what a surreal experience to read your lovely thoughts about my blog!
    Thank you so much Stephie for this amazing tribute honouring my quilts and my writing.
    I am absolutely delighted 🙂

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Aaaw, Kathy, I’m so glad to hear that! You probably don’t even realise what a difference you make to people’s lives, enabling us to feel like we’re all part of a wonderful community – my thanks go to you!

  5. Kay
    Kay says:

    I found Kathy’s blog through the Slow Stitching Movement and have managed to add my own, very slow, work most weeks. I am amazed at how many projects Kathy has on the go but realised I have quite a few of my own now! It must be a quilter’s thing as many people do

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      I think slow stitchers have a number of projects on the go simply because they can take such a long time that’s it good to get some variety into our creative days! I’m beginning to accept that it’s ok to have more than one unfinished project on the go, but it’s taken a while 😀 Thanks for coming by Kay, I look forward to popping over to you for a visit soon!

  6. audrey
    audrey says:

    I love Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday but it just happens to be the one day of the week that is terribly hard to get to the computer! Love to see your improv. stitching!

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks Audrey! I can imagine how Sunday’s are difficult for some people. For me it’s a very quiet day – I have only one son, and at 17 he spends most of his Sunday in bed so isn’t very demanding!! I’m really looking forward to joining you and your gang for 365 quilty – I can squeeze in another project I’m sure 🙂

  7. lapaylor
    lapaylor says:

    you are on fire lately with these posts. Each one so full of what I want to read, so full of good links. Thank you lots. I am trying to draw every day too, and your portrait is so rich and moody. We are all seeking answers in life…

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Aaaw thank you so much LeeAnna, that’s such a lovely thing to say and I really appreciate it. Drawing every day is a wonderful thing to do, I hope you find it as calming as I often do. And you’re right, we’re all seeking something 🙂


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