Slow Stitching During Recovery

After knee surgery a few weeks ago, I thought the perfect project for me to tackle would be
hand project that I could work on while recovering, since I would not able to sit at sewing machine for a while.

While I was at QuiltCon last February, I had the great opportunity to meet one of my favorite quilt designers, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, who has published several patterns, books, etc. So I decided to buy a set of templates for her “Victory Block,” a very fun project that I thought would be perfect for hand piecing.

I’ve been collecting vintage fabric for while, waiting for just the right project. When I saw these templates, and what one could do with them, I knew I’d found it.

So here I am, relishing the experience of hand piecing, which in a way is the perfect interpretation of Slow Stitching. I believe there is even a “movement” called “the slow stitching movement.”

So far I’ve completed 6 blocks, each block about 9 inches square. I’ll probably piece a total of 9 blocks, which will make a nice 9 x 9 square throw quilt. Since this is a hand project, ultimately the quilting will be done by hand too.

I find this method of quilting (and piecing) quite relaxing, just what I need to regain my sanity after the grueling and painful days after surgery.


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