Monday, January 13, 2014

To Quote Winnie the Pooh...

...."Rivers know this:
there is no hurry.
We shall get there some day."
(A.A.Milne)


I love this quote, and I feel it is particularly apt for my Flower Garden Quilt...


This quilt will be finished one day, but in the meantime I am actually still enjoying the task of hand quilting it in straight lines 1/4 inch apart. 


This quilt began back in 2011 here.


I started the hand quilting on it in June last year. Using six different coloured perle 8 threads and using a crease marker to mark my 1/4 quilting lines (here). 


I have now quilted over four of the five long flower panels, so only one long panel and the borders to go yay!


The quilt is becoming so textural with the heavy hand quilting, I just adore the feel of it. You can really see the stitching on the back.


I may not get much achieved over summer...who wants to sit under a hot quilt on a hot day?! 
But, it will get finished eventually. 


Do you have long term project that just keeps bubbling along slowly in the background? 

40 comments:

Janine said...

Looking great Cathy. Nearly there. Well I think I have a few of those projects on the go. Bags and bags of them. Started a new one yesterday. I know . Pathetic. xx

Janet said...

I have a number of slow moving projects. I work on at least one everyday and I love them. I love the process and I am in no desperate need of another blanket :0) I love this gorgeous project of yours -I bet the texture of the close lines is marvelous.

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Isn't quilting with perle cotton the best? The quilt looks lovely. Way to stick with it! my first quilt is a UFO and it is nearly 20 years old. I saw it in a tub in the garage today, and will probably never be finished!

Willit Neverend said...

I love straight-line hand quilting.

Pip said...

Your Flower Garden is looking awesome, it is far too hot at the moment to do quilting. I'm sure you can find something else that will be cooler to do :)

Nedra said...

Your stitches are so perfect and even. A work of beauty :)

Wendy said...

This looks great Cathy. It doesn't matter how long it takes as long as you are enjoying it. I've got quilts waiting for hand quilting too, but it's too hot for quilting in New Zealand too.

Susie said...

I adore these types of projects. I love your hand quilting. It adds an extra 'specialness' to the quilt. And such a pretty quilt too. My aim for the cooler months is to get three quilt tops done and then hand quilt them all in the Winter.

audrey said...

I almost always have a slow stitching project of some type or other. Very relaxing.:) LOVE yours! The texture is absolutely fabulous!

Andi said...

Love it Cathy!!
My long project? One word: hexagons ;-)

Carla said...

This is so great Cathy. The texture must be amazing. I can almost feel it

Salley said...

I sure do... the same one as you!

But yours is prettier, and more interesting, and totally delicious. Keep going!

Theresa said...

What can I say....it's stunning, just amazing! Beautiful job Cathy. (and I love the WP quote!)

Liz said...

This quilt is one of the reasons I started following your blog! It is looking amazing.

Maryse said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!

Charlotte said...

it's so beautiful!!!!

meli B said...

I have at least 5 projects that have been going along for years. They get picked up on different days, during different seasons and will eventually get there. I could never do them in one go. Your quilt is looking even more stunning with the extra stitches. I don't think you will be doing any for the next 4 days though, unless you have extremely good air conditioning.

Patchwork and Play said...

Beautiful Cathy! We hand quilters know that these masterpieces take time and are well worth the wait! Congratulations for getting this far!

wobblybobbin said...

It's beautiful! I'm sure it feels like heaven :)

Lisa said...

Tremendous! Hats off to you on the quilting. Very patient! It looks really great.

Donna~~ said...

Gosh Cathy that is looking wonderful! Love the texture you are getting!

imquilternity said...

Do UFOs count as "long term" projects? If so, I have many! :) All I can say about your quilt is - WOW! It's going to be a masterpiece!

Nifty Quilts said...

Your stitching on this beautiful quilt is SO worth it! I adds so much, no matter how many years it takes. I'll bet the texture is really fantastic. You will love this quilt for far longer than it takes to stitch it. Best wishes in the heat, for dark, cold, rainy Seattle!

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's stunning! Most of my hand pieced projects are slow projects - I like them that way as I can't see the point in rushing through them as, for me, one of the pleasures of hand stitching is enjoying the journey. Your quilting is stunning and I bet the quilt feels lovely across your legs as you stitch!

Lesley said...

Your quilt is breath-taking! It would be perfect for our wintry weather, to bring a sense of spring on these cold days!

Maree: said...

Your straight line quilting looks Fab it suits the Quilt can Imagine the Weight
Enjoying the Process is what' it's All About!
xx

pandchintz said...

It's looking so good, Cathy! Looks like a Kantha. I have several projects on the "slow boat", but quite a few machine ideas I'm hoping to get to over summer. Hope you're having a good one x

Janet said...

It's so nice to see an update of the quilt. I adore the back as well as the front. I have some old sleeping beauties that will get finished one day as long as I don't get distracted and keep my blinkers on.

Sue said...

This is such a delightful quilt. It makes me smile when I look at it. Great idea with the quilting Cathy!
I hope all is going well for you.

Shelley said...

Great quote from a perennial favorite - Winnie the Pooh :) I have an applique project of the decade in progress - going on three years now. I still love it, and I'll finish it one day, but no hurry... all in good time. It's such a delight to watch your progress on this and all of your quilts :)

Dee said...

Cathy, can't tell you how many times this quilt, and your patience with it, has encouraged me to hand quilt something over machine quilting! It (and you always) is so inspirational...the colors, the effort, the time, the fabrics and the pattern!

Beautiful! (you and the quilt)

Florence (Flossie Teacakes) said...

It's stunning, Cathy, and I love the quote. x

Sandra Flores said...

Gran paciencia por acolchar a mano, pero el resultado lo vale, tus quilts transmiten mucha frescura y alegría.

Chris said...

Wow! Wonderful project.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- this quilt is amazing. I LOVE the way you're quilting it. And I feel like all of my projects are slow projects LOL!

Carla said...

Just amazing! The quilting blows me away, Cathy. Thanks for sharing your progress.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What stunning results you are getting from quilting it so densely! Amazing work!! My oldest project dates back to 1999 and I'm just quilting the borders at the moment..

fiberchick said...

The hand stitching is fantastic. This is one of my favourite quilts ever. It is going to be a museum-worthy heirloom! Simply stunning... Has Keiko Goke seen your inspired use of her fabrics?

Ulla's Quilt World said...

So lovely! :)
Greetings from Finland!
Hugs, Ulla

Dixie said...

Love your stitching! I haven't visited your blog for a while, but have dreamed of your quilt. Really, really love it!

Dixie in Cali