"Whatever your hands find to do, verily do it with all your might" Ecclesiastes 9-10

Friday, April 25, 2008

STILL ALIVE...... :>)

Did you think I would disappear, or vanish in the air, just like that ?? Naaaaaa :>)
Just busy, busy at school, and sewing at my own pace.


Actually, I questionned myself a lot about my quilting - as well as my blogging.
We all change and evolve. Having an honest look backwards is necessary, from time to time. I realized that I was acting as if my quilting was a "race", each new pattern being a must-do or a must-try. Same feeling against each new fabric, or notion... not to speak about the books and magazines...

Of course there's nothing wrong with this, as long as it makes you happy, and gives you that good feeling of accomplishment. Well, frankly, I felt something had to change with me and my conclusion was :
"simplify, slow down ! Chose your favourite process and enjoy it, no matter how long it takes. You can't do everything!"

All quilters have the same love of fabric and thread, but all quilters are different.


Maybe I'm "a turtle quilter"? or "a CPQ" ("crockpot quilter") ? LOL



Anyway, I was (and still am) determined to finish some SISP's (read "stitching in slow process" :>)

So I started hand quilting this flimsie (dating 2004)...


The slow process gives me the opportunity to re-discover all those bits of fabrics that I "bought, steeled, begged, or borrowed" at that time , and I'm really enjoying these quiet moments, full of memories...

Hand quilting opens doors to meditations, and I decided that my next quilt will be entirely hand pieced. It's soooo relaxing ! So I started some nine patch blocks, together with Christine. We need a huge amount of blocks, but we're not in a hurry and we're planning to exchange a nice stack with each other. :>)


While browsing, I saw a cute doll quilt here and wanted to give it a try....

Some other "things" are in the crockpot, but I can't show them as the recipient is reading my blog :>)

Finally, my eldest daughter fell in love with a quilt she saw on May Britt's blog, and asked me to make it for her : lots of applique, on a black background. Gorgeous ! What a daughter wants..... So I promised to make it...one stitch at a time, one after another...


GRATITUDES

- Self questionning
- New beginnings
- Special friends
- Needle, thimble and thread
- My garden in its spring suit


QUOTE FOR TODAY
It is the sweet, simple things of life
which are the real ones after all.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
(Little House in the Ozarks by Hines)



32 comments:

  1. You are so true. Some times we have to slow down and reconsider what we are doing. I'm in almost at that stage now too. So I have decided to concentrate on some projects. And don't feel the pressure of all the others. To relax and enjoy the sewing is the most important. I want to enjoy making something from the cicil war fabrics I have received, but do not know what yet......but I do not feel any pressure about it.

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  2. I think we all get into that "rush, rush" mode at times - it's a wise woman who recognizes that and chooses to slow down. It's better for our mental and physical health and better for our families. Thanks for the timely reminder - pushing myself to finish piecing that medallion got me into the same sort of race. I think I'll follow your lead . . . I've already slowed down long enough to get a manicure and a pedicure today - so relaxing!

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  3. It's such a good feeling when you find that you just want to work at your own speed using the style that you love the most . . . that's what makes the whole process from beginning to end so very pleasant *s*

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  4. So glad that you've been confortable with us to address this. I think it's something that we all go through -- whether in quilting or otherwise -- and it's important to not give up *that* something that we love.

    My words: "Embrace it. No matter how much or how little...no matter how swiftly or how slowly. Enjoy the process!"

    Many hugs to you...and I love that you're a crockpot quilter! ;-) I'm stewing right along with you, Nadine!

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  5. Wow -- what you said really hit home. Taking my time and enjoying the process is as important, imho, as the finished product. Sometimes I feel like there's a pressure to have something new to blog about and I'm trying to resist it. I am so glad you posted this!

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  6. I'm glad you are back even if the frequency will be a little less. Everyone has to find their own FLOW (=the mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing, characterized by a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity). So don't get caught in the rush. Enjoy your new found state of being.

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  7. It sounds like your enjoying the journey Nadine. Such a lovely quilt top you're hand quilting. Oh and hnad pieced blocks, wow you have much more patience than me *s*

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  8. Great to hear from you again. I love that about crockpot quilting... Looks like you have some great projects going on though, and enjoying them!

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  9. Everything is about the journey and so often (very often) we get so involved in the actual journey that we forget to enjoy it. My resolve this year was to find joy in everything I do and if I wasn't finding it then I needed to stop. I've fallen off that track a little but hopefully will get back on it very soon.

    My dear friend, I love the quilt that you're handquilting - it's stunning and your quilting will make it even more so. Enjoy every stitch!

    Exchanging nine patches with Christine will be so enjoyable.

    I miss you! Big ((HUGS))

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  10. Nadine,
    I agree with you............sometimes it is good to stop and to think.
    We spend our life running and so we have no the time to look at what we have and we not appreciate it.
    I have stopped a bit too........

    Your quilt is fantastic so take all the time that you want to finish it and then show it to us.
    A big Hug and ciao ciao

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  11. YeS! Handpiecing and quilting IS relaxing and allows your mind to wander. My quilts are really close at my heart 'cause during the process I touched every fiber. Who cares that it takes me a year to finish one? (oké, I care sometimes *lol*)
    I'll keep checking your blog, even if it takes a while for a new post.
    Take care!

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  12. You are tooooo funny! There's a recipe on my blog for you.

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  13. I sure enjoy your blog! I usually read what you're up to and then leave the blogsite open so I can listen to your wonderful music while I surf the other blogs! Thanks! Do you take requests?!?!?! I love Johnny Hartman :)
    Enjoy your hand quilting and hope you share some close up photos as you go along.

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  14. Hello dear friend,

    You have touched many with your post....all one needs to do is read the comments left behind to know that there are others who believe in a simplified purposeful approach.

    I love the quilt that you have been working on....think of all the memories and joys that have been captured in your stitches.

    I can't wait to get started on the 9 patches that we will be exchanging. I am already pairing up fabrics for the blocks and can't wait to get started on them. I will journal about the day each time I stitch a block like a diary and when we exchange them you can read and look at each one and see what my life was busy with when I took the time and car to work on our special project. I know I will enjoy our journey as much as the finished quilt.

    With Much Love,
    christine

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  15. hello my friend!!
    I did not forgot you!! Today I'll dye some threads, and I'll think I'll paint your aida-cloth too... that one for your Lizzie Kate project do you remember? ;-))
    a big big hug,
    and sorry for not writing to you for such a long time.. :-(((

    bacioni!!
    Romy

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  16. This makes me think, often I feel like I am in a race, maybe it is good to be the turtle quilter!

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  17. You are correct. This isn't a race. I find instead that I am enjoying the process more and trying to do what Hanne says and work on fewer things at one time so that I can finish more.

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  18. I am sometimes disappointed that I haven't made much progress on a quilt I am working on - because I don't have any blogworthy progress, but you are so right. I am enjoying the process, and if it takes me a month to make flying geese that someone else can make in an afternoon, it's still okay. I guess I am a crockpot quilter as well. Whether I use a pressure cooker or a crockpot, there will eventually be a quilt at the end.

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  19. Nadine, is that first quilt pic from an Australian book? I have one with a yellow background done in 30s fabrics. Yours is lovely. I agree we need to enjoy whatever we are working on and not rush through our projects just to get them done.

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  20. Its nice to slow down, take time to think, to reflect and recharge our batteries.

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  21. I, too, enjoy your blog and felt a kinship with you as you talked about slowing down and picking process that you really enjoy. I think I went through a phase of wanting to do everything and trying anything and everything that came out on the market or in the magazines. Then I began to notice that the quilters I truely admired specialized in some areas - like applique, hand quilting, piecing complicated patterns, etc - quilts that could not be done over a weekend. And when my daughter in law questioned me about what was I going to do with all these quilts...I realized that I needed to slow down and get back to doing what I love to do, and do it well. LOL..this is a long post to just say "I agree with you!"

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  22. Good to have you back. Take time to enjoy the process of choosing fabrics and make quilts.

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  23. Good to see you blogging :o) And it's so lovely of you to remind us this is about enjoyment, not about producing as much as possible!

    Love your scrappy floral, and cute blocks! Enjoy your hand quilting projects!

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  24. I am a turtle quilter too and am just fine with it. Every once in a while I need a "finish" so I do something little. Hand quilters HAVE to be turtle quilters!

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  25. I'm going to be a CPQ because in quilting as in most else, I am slow. The only thinkg I know that I'm fast at is reading.
    Mama Bear

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  26. You are so right Nadine! It's all about enjoying the process and loving what we do. Your quilt is beautiful. I'm a crockpot quilter too. :)

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  27. You are absolutely right Nadine, we each need to find our own way in the big world of quilting. And while the blogs are wonderful for friendship and inspiration, I think it's easy to begin to feel pressured to "keep up" with all the speed demon piecers and machine quilters out there. It's so important to march to the drummer YOU hear, and that is what I read in your post! Congratulations on arriving at that conclusion. Enjoy the process!'That's what it is all about. Big hugs,I love the little house, Finn

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  28. Absolutely correct. I have enjoyed quilting so much more since I am savoring every moment instead of rushing through to the next project.

    Just don't give up blogging.

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  29. Have fun with your few projects Nadine - you will find a lot of joy in the daily stitches :-)

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  30. Ciao Nadine,I'm glad you are back!

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  31. isn't it a *wonderful* feeling to finally come to that conclusion? i finally reached it early last year and i haven't gone back to the 'rush rush' feeling yet. there is very little that soothes me as much as hand-piecing/hand-quilting.
    enjoy!

    tracey

    p.s. that is one of my favorite quotes from Laura.

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