New Orleans House Project

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Slow Sunday Stitching: Slow Progess

Grandmother's Flower Garden is one of those designs that goes slowly when hand-pieced. When I remind myself I'm piecing something started by my grandmother I don't know how many years ago, my snail's pace piecing doesn't seem to matter much.
I know it doesn't look like much, but in the past two weeks I've hand-pieced most of the green connector hexies seen here.  Between (American) football games and the World Series (Dear Husband is from Kansas City), there have been plenty of hand-piecing evenings to enjoy.  More American football today, plus the first winter-like temps of the season, led to great hand-piecing opportunities!
I did some serious work with spray starch and a hot iron today.  I thought I'd give you an idea in the difference between my grandmother's piecing and mine.  My grandmother pieced the hexies without marking any type of seam allowance, used doubled thread and large knots to help anchor her thread.  I need to ask my mom and aunt for more information about when these blocks were pieced - was my grandmother losing her sight or was this her usual method of piecing?  I own several other quilts made by my grandmother, but I've never taken them apart to look at the style of hand-piecing.
My style of hand-piecing is a little different.  I don't use knots, just back stitching.  I use fine 100% cotton thread (Aurifil is my current favorite), a small sharps needle and I mark my stitching lines with a pencil.  I confess my stitching is kind of slow, but enjoying the process is all part of the experience!

I'm linking up with more slow stitchers who enjoy the process via Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.

 

10 comments:

  1. So interesting to see the differences in techniques. This is such a treasure and a true slow stitching project over the generations!

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  2. How wonderful to be able to stitch up your Grandmother's flowers! It DOES look like you accomplished a lot! As I sit sewing up my hexies I think the same way--it doesn't look like I did much--BUT although it is slow I find it relaxing and such fun to sit back and not worry over seam allowances, recalcitrant foot pedals(!!) and the like! Just a needle and thread and go to it...it's looking great Hugs, julierose

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  3. It's nice that your hexie project is a continuation of hers and interesting to see the differences. I just started to make some hexies. Prior to this i'd done a wee bit for a pillow or two. They are slow, yesssssssssssssss. :)

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  4. lovely! I backstitch too - your stitches are so tiny and perfect

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  5. Cold temps and fall/winter sports are a perfect excuse (I mean opportunity) for plenty of hand stitching. My winter sport is hockey, and my team plays tonight ... so there will be hand stitching tonight for sure!

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  6. It's interesting to see what a very narrow seam allowance was used. I would not have thought about that. Also, the stitches are fun to see the difference, yours are quite impressive! Thanks for a peek at the backside, I have a couple flower garden quilts from my great grandmother but I can't see the back of the blocks as the quilts are finished, but now I'm curious! Have a great week.

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  7. What a keepsake it will be when you are finished! Love grandmother's flower garden. Wish I had some of my grandmother's quilting things.Both of them quilted but I was young when they passed and didn't realize what I could have had!! Lucky you!!

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  8. How wonderful that you are working on a project started by your grandmother.

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  9. Your hexies are gorgeous...and yes, it's a slow project, but relaxing, at least to me. Your Grandmother would be proud that you're working to finish her quilt.
    Debbie
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