Sunday, June 29, 2014

Slow Stitching and More Slow Stitching

The last few days I have been visiting my mother and sister. They live about 200 miles away. It's a nice little drive in good weather. My main purpose in going at this time was to attend a Parkinson's Disease seminar with my sister. She is 10½ years younger than I, but was diagnosed with PD a couple years ago. They finally have regulated her medications well. If you met her, you would not see the tremors she once had. Sadly, this disease has more in store for her in the future. 

My sister sews, but is not a quilt maker. While on a vacation to Hot Springs, AR last month, she visited a quilt shop. She surprised me with 2 beautiful Henry Glass fabrics (1 yd. each). Aren't they cute?
She also asked me to take a walk with her Friday afternoon and she introduced me to one of her neighbors. This neighbor is also a quilter and has a short arm quilting machine. She had a Quilt of Valor for her nephew on the machine and ready to quilt. 

I have been working on the quilt-as-you-go scrappy herringbone quilt. Every evening at my sister's, we would sit and chat while I stitched down the binding. It seems like this binding is taking me longer than usual to finish, though it's not a super large quilt. 
I tried something different this time. I sewed on the binding before I trimmed the backing and batting. I liked the result because I seemed to be able to control my fabric better. How do you do it?

Today I drove back home in a hard rain and then took a much needed nap. Now I am ready for some more slow stitching. Hopefully, I will finish up this binding tonight. Check out what  others are slow stitching today on Kathy's blog.


Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Love that fabric ... and am looking forward to seeing your finished herringbone quilt.

Rebecca in AK said...

Great fabric that your sister gifted you! I am so sorry to hear that she has Parkinson's. Was the seminar helpful at all? It is always nice to meet another quilter! I look forward to seeing your finished quilt!

Design Originals by KC said...

Love your new fabric you got... Love it a lot! Enjoy and enjoy your family too! Times to cherish for sure :) Kathi

Carrie P. said...

So sorry to hear about your sister.
It was so nice of her to think of you and buy you some special fabric.
I like to trim my batting a backing before I put the binding on. I have tried it your way too but I prefer trimming first.

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