Monday 16 January 2023

A relaxing weekend stitching

This weekend was perfect as far as I'm concerned. It rained and was cold on Saturday so I set up my machine and got on with some quilting. At the start of the weekend I had 18 blocks to quilt on the Austen Family Quilt. There are 36 blocks in total. I think the reason why I haven't got on and quilted this before is because I feel I have to do different designs for each block and that it must be amazing. Well amazing isn't going to happen as I don't do anywhere near enough quilting to be that proficient. I realised I was looking at the job from the wrong angle. I want to be able to use this quilt so it needs to be quilted. The piecing isn't perfect as it's one I made in the aftermath of cancer treatment and my concentration was minimal. The perfect answer is to keep the designs simple and use it as a practice quilt. As a result I managed to quilt 6 blocks over the weekend and I'm happy with the results. The pictures aren't great but here are two of the blocks.

As well as getting some quilting done I've also managed to do some hand stitching every day. I haven't finished the Christmas stitchery but it is progressing rather well and I'm pleased with how it looks.

I'm going to continue with this piece and try to finish it this week. I am not allowing myself to start another stitching project until I've finished one already in progress

This week I have stitched for at least 15 minutes a day. It is proving very relaxing at the end of the day and as a result I seem to be sleeping better. So this weeks stitching was 7 of 7. In total for January to date I have stitched for 12 days out of 15. I'm linking this post with Kate from Life in pieces for her weekly stitching link up.

I'm off to watch an episode of the new Father Brown which is on iPlayer, whilst I do some stitching.

Take care



  1. Your stitching on the quilt is great and a finished quilt is definitely what we should aim for. I'm thinking about some embroidery stitching too & I know my friend Joy over at Days filled with Joy has another one in the works. I'll do some crochet now that it is cooling down or maybe sort some scraps & watch The Repair Shop UK soon. Take care & hugs.

  2. You had a great week on the stitching front with both the machine and the hand stitching. Hope this week is as good.

  3. Looks like you had a relaxing weeend. The stitching all looks good. Barbara at Cat Patches

  4. I'm no great machine quilter either and just stick with "simple and easy". I do love a Christmas stitchery, yours is looking great.