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Birds are singing, but I can’t discern one song from another.  Sunday ticks by quietly, the peace broken now and again by the hum of a light aircraft passing. The sunshine comes and goes. My rocking stitches are becoming more even. In a while I put down my hoop and go and make makeshift repairs to the chicken coop.

Mabel the chicken, © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Mabel strutting around the coop

I have three chickens, Mabel, Willow and Heather; little bantams with big personalities. They come to see what I’m up to, what the hammering’s about. They stick close by, probably hoping for more food. They’re out of luck.

The coop door finally bodged back together, with nails that are too long, I head inside and think about baking. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt like cooking anything out of the ordinary. I turn on the oven and begin to make pastry for mince pies. The kitchen feels warm and the rich smells fill me with nostalgia for the long dark evenings, an open fire and quilt over my lap.

August Rain lap quilt, quilting the border. © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Like rain on a puddle

I take two pies, hot from the oven, back with me to my favourite quilting spot and pick up the quilt hoop again.  I’m working on the border of August Rain, now that the centre panel’s finished.  In the border I’ve decided to hand quilt overlapping circles that remind me of rain drops on water.

Quilting stitches made with rocking stitch. © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Becoming more even on the front

I’m sticking with the rocking stitch, despite my uneven stitches and the fact that the back leaves something (quite a lot) to be desired.  I’ve got the technique working at last and I’m not going to perfect it if I don’t keep practicing. I tell myself I might as well practice on this quilt because it’s wonky enough already!

Quilting rocking stitch from the back, © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Well, at least I’m actually making some stitches come through to the back this time round!

That’s fine, I’ll just remember it as ‘the quilt I finally got to rock”.

How’s your Sunday?  I’m heading over to Kathy’s Quilts to see what other Slow Sunday Stitching has been going on this week. Hope you’re coming too.

Have a lovely evening, happy quilting.

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


22 replies
  1. Suzanne
    Suzanne says:

    Wonderful post! They say “practice makes perfect”, so keep rocking!! I use a back stitch when hand stitching together my quilts. Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy slow stitching!

  2. Ann
    Ann says:

    Sounds like a relaxing day! The circles look good; nice choice.
    My nieces and some other friends have chickens, too. We don’t have any though. Perhaps I’ll pester my husband for some… I doubt he’ll agree. So I’ll just have to enjoy fresh eggs when visiting.

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Hello Ann! My chickens have stopped laying for the winter now, so it’s back to the supermarket for me for a couple of months. They’re really fun to keep though and so funny to watch I wouldn’t be without them 🙂 I hope your nieces and friends are generous with their eggs, fresh ones are the best!

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Ah thank you Dina! I hope you had a relaxing day too, it’s got so cold overnight that I just want to stay inside today and nest – the chickens might have to fend for themselves!

  3. Kaja
    Kaja says:

    Oh I love home made mince pies. Your stitching is looking great, especially given you haven’t been doing it more than a few days and I love your circles in the border – superb idea.

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Home made mince pies are just divine – I was too greedy to wait until I’d bought some cream though, haha! I hope you enjoyed your day too – I love your denim piece, can’t wait to see more.

  4. MaryAnn Mings
    MaryAnn Mings says:

    You are such an inspiration. ( I have been attempting to post on your site but it freezes up or won’t move forward if I correct myself so, if a response by me has come through partially, please excuse my attempts). I completed a mystery quilt yesterday, panels made throughout the year with directions posted on our modern quilting guild web page each month, and now, sewn together. This makes three quilts for slow stitching as I go through my personal belongings in anticipation of a long distance move to warmer climate this spring. It will be good to have the inspiration of your blog to move forward with hand stitching while the quilting supplies and machine gets tucked away for the moving truck. Thank you!

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thank you so much MaryAnn, you’re very kind. It’s great to finish a top isn’t it, I’ve never made a mystery quilt though, I hope it was fun? Your plan for some hand stitching over the winter months sounds like a good one to me, it’s just so much easier to keep a needle and thread to hand and it’ll be all the more fun when you find your machine at the other end! Good luck with the packing, it can’t be an easy task for a long distance move. Take great care and stay in touch! x


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