Stitching in progress

You know what it’s like when you have a list of things to do as long as your arm but the sun’s shining so it’s a great excuse to do something else instead? That was me this weekend: the weather was g l o r i o u s!  Quilting the Christmas table runner would have to wait; I downed needles for a couple of days and went hiking on the coast instead!   I can’t tell you how lucky I am to live here, inspiration and restorative walks are never far away.

I walked 30 miles over 2 days between St Ives (famous for its 20c artists like Barbara Hepworth) and Porthcurno (also famous – “as the British termination of early submarine telegraph cables”). It was hot and sunny both days so I camped out on the cliffs eating a stir-fry as the sun went down.  The Cornish coast path is a 300 mile long section of the South West Coast Path (600 miles) and I plan to walk the whole trail – I’ve covered a grand total of 80 (continuous) miles so far so still have a way to go!

coastal path near St Ives 2014. © Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Crystal clear sea and golden sands near St Ives

Bluebells on the cliffs near Levant Mine 2014. © Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

An old engine house on the bluebell covered cliffs

Thrift growing on the cliffs, Cape Cornwall 2014 © Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Cape Cornwall

I’ve challenged myself to complete the Cornish section this year but this weekend was the first opportunity I’ve had to hike a stretch over 2 days. It’s definitely the way to go – I came back feeling completely rejuvenated – for a day or two anyway 😀

I certainly felt good enough to get on with some quilting. In fact I got a bit carried away with this piece…it was only meant to be something simple, a bit of fun and cheer for the Christmas table, but I couldn’t help myself: the hand stitching has got a bit addictive and I’ve done rather more than I intended. Still, the more stitching there is the more it’ll have that heritage look everyone raves about. (Understandably; I love that soft, scrunchy texture of old quilts as much as the next person.)

Patchwork and quilted Christmas table runner. © Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Hand quilting the central panel

Patchwork and quilted Christmas table runner. © Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Lovely quilted texture coming together

Patchwork and quilted Christmas table runner. © Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Detail of the stitching in progress

I don’t know what the weather will bring this weekend, but I’m keen to get this runner finished come rain or shine: I really want to tick something off the old to-do list and this one feels pretty close now. That makes me happy, how about you, what’s been making you happy this week?!

Linking up with Work in Progress Wednesday, with Freshly Pieced.


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7 replies
  1. Jodi B
    Jodi B says:

    Ah, your stitching is just gorgeous. My heart rate drops just a little looking at it. Don’t you find hand stitching so relaxing?

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks Ann – it’s so hard to know when to stop!! I’ve been doing a bit on my ocean waves quilt blocks too – and you always come to mind, thank you so much for the inspiration 🙂 x


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