slow stitching

 

photo credit: Minki Kim

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Have you heard of the Slow Stitching Movement? It’s all about process over product. Take your time and enjoy–there’s no finish line. It’s a frame of mind that I have to remind myself to be in–today’s world is so rush, rush, rush! But our sewing doesn’t have to be that way. (deep breath) It’s not even just about sewing–it can be knitting, crochet, anything creative pursuit really.

Today, C&T Publishing ran a blog post about slow stitching featuring Sew Illustrated! We talk a lot about sewing being a way of life in the book. Take time to sit down with your cup of coffee and stitch for a few minutes–and reap the rewards for that self-care for the rest of the day.

Here’s a website devoted to it, and here is a good blog post about it.

Enjoy the process friends.

 

the story behind sew illustrated

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Minki and I posted about our book on the C&T Blog today:

The concept for this book goes back almost three years, when at the start of a new school year, Kristin was walking her son to school and noticed that a new family had moved in down the street. She also noticed that right there, in the front window, was a sewing machine!

Click on over to find out the rest of the story behind how Sew Illustrated came to be.

 

pretty playtime quilts :: pinwheel block

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Hey there! I was so glad to get back to the sewing machine this weekend to sew up this adorable pinwheel block. Half square triangles are totally my jam these days, so it was a breeze to make.

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I can’t help but stop here to sing the praises of my Bloc Loc ruler. I’m not kidding when I say it has changed my life!IMG_9258 (1024x683)

One of the things I wanted to challenge myself with on this quilt is to improve my accuracy. There are a lot of blocks with tiny pieces–and accuracy matters! Half square triangles are hard to sew accurately and they get stretched out of shape very easily. So, now I just make them a tad bigger and trim them to perfection with the Bloc Loc ruler. And they go together with perfect points (most of the time). There was a time that I would have thought that whole trimming thing would take too long. But now, at my age, in all my wisdom, I realize that quilting is as much about process as product–so what is a few extra minutes trimming when it improves the end product so much? I need to put the Flying Geese version on my Christmas list.

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Back to the pinwheel block–I cut it out and sewed it up on one afternoon. Boom. Done. I love the colors and the simplicity of the block. I think it would make a very cute pillow, but this one is going in the quilt.

Check out Erica’s block over at Kitchen Table Quilting. It’s still not too late to grab yourself a copy of Pretty Playtime Quilts from the Fat Quarter Shop.

Week 2 – Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 – Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 – Anorina from Samelia’s Mum
Week 5 – Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 – Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 – Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 – Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 – Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 – Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Week 11 – Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 – Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 – Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 – Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 – Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 – Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast\
P.S. In other news, my book with designer Minki Kim comes out one week from today! Make sure to check back next Monday, August 1!
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pretty playtime quilts :: strawberry block


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IMG_9159 (2) (1024x758)Oh my gosh guys! How cute is this strawberry block? I have to admit that the part with the leaves looked a little fussy–but actually was not problem at all. I have to say it again: the instructions in this book are so clear!

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I am using Elea’s Strawberry Biscuit fabric–which is the same fabric that she uses in the book. Up until this block, I’ve been doing my own thing–making my own fabric choices. But on this block, I have to admit that I used the exact same fabric that she did. Because–strawberries! I mean, how could you not use this adorable strawberry fabric on the strawberry block? In fact, I’m in danger of running out of this fabric, because I think I’ve used it on every block.

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This is Debbie’s week on the blog hop. Pop on over to her blog to see what she has done with this block. Are you sewing along? It’s not too late! You can pick up the book and fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop.

Week 2 – Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 – Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 – Anorina from Samelia’s Mum
Week 5 – Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 – Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 – Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 – Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 – Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 – Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Week 11 – Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 – Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 – Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 – Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 – Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 – Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast

pretty playtime quilts :: teapot block

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I’ve been waiting for this block! I am a total Anglophile and love all things tea–so this darling block was right up my alley. I’ve gotten better about being organized with my cutting–carefully labeling each piece with a sticky note. This block has twenty pieces and most of them are small, so it pays to stay organized. But once it is all cut out, the directions are so clear that it went together like a dream.

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I can picture this as a quilt all on it’s own–twelve teapots all done in different fabrics. Or just four teapots done as a mini would be a totally cute table topper. So many choices!

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Pop on over to Amanda’s blog to see what she has done with this block. Are you sewing along? It’s not too late to quilt along! You can pick up the book from the Fat Quarter Shop.

Week 2 – Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 – Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 – Anorina from Samelia’s Mum
Week 5 – Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 – Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 – Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 – Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 – Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 – Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Week 11 – Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 – Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 – Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 – Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 – Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 – Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast

pretty playtime quilts :: star block

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This week’s block was pure pleasure! I’m a lover of straight patchwork and this block was chain piecing bliss! It went together in a heartbeat. I was able to sew, drink tea, and rewatch a couple episodes of the last season of Downton Abbey–so I was in heaven!

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Pop on over to check out Amy’s Star block–I love her fabric choices! And showing off the next block is Renee. It’s not too late to quilt along! You can pick up the book from the Fat Quarter Shop.

Week 2 – Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 – Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 – Anorina from Samelia’s Mum
Week 5 – Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 – Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 – Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 – Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 – Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 – Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Week 11 – Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 – Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 – Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 – Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 – Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 – Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast