Sunday, August 7, 2016

Gleanings and Slow Stitching

Our Guild lost a very sweet lady in July.  Pat always had a smile of her face that bespoke both wisdom and joy.  She also was an avid quilter with a huge fabric stash.   

The family kindly invited the quilting community to go through her sewing supplies before handing the rest over to Goodwill.  By the time I arrived, all the quilting cotton had been claimed by various charity sewing groups, which I know she would have wanted.  I do wish I had arrived early enough to see it, though.  It was housed in a separate structure on her property and I am told it was beautifully organized.  I always love to see how others set up their storage and sewing spaces.

I was invited to go through her (very full) closet of craft books and laid claim to some.  

I also got to choose a few patterns and even found a project box.  Some of the books will find a home in my own library; some I will pass along to others after I’ve taken the time to browse through them. 

Very often when I go to events like estate sales, I leave with a sense of sadness.  This time, however, I left feeling uplifted, as if Pat knew and approved of what we were doing.

My slow stitching today continues to be the applique blocks I showed last Sunday.  Gradually I am becoming more comfortable with the technique Becky Goldsmith teaches.  I hope to be working on it in front of my computer during Quilt-Cam this afternoon.  However, I’ve had to miss the several recent Quilt-Cams due to technical glitches (mostly at my end), so I may end up joining hubby watching the Olympics instead.  At least there are two very appealing choices before me!

Maddie certainly appears to be enjoying her lazy Sunday morning.

I’m linking up with Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching.

Slow Sunday Stitching


Gretchen Weaver said...

How kind of your friend's family to have the guild go through the stash first. They knew the fabrics and patterns would be loved. Blessings, Gretchen

Doreen Auger said...

I've had opportunity to dispense 2 large quilt stashes in recent times. Bittersweet for sure. One gal was my dearest quilty friend and member of my smaller group. For the next Christmas gift exchange, I instructed each member to select fabrics from her stash and construct a project that would be exchanged. It was a blessed challenge. Many sweet thoughts/memories recalled as the person created the gift and, then, at the exchange....oh the stories................

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Becky Goldsmith does such a wonderful job in her videos. Once you get comfortable don't be afraid to try others. I find knowing several ways comes in handy. Your work looks wonderful!

Mia is mine said...

Your blocks are so beautiful! Please accept my condolences on the passing of your dear friend! It's funny, I find myself showing my daughter various features (UFO's, QAL's, hidden treasures) in my sewing studio so she can see what she's getting into on the day I go home. :)