Today over at Kathy's Quilts, Kathy is hosting a photo challenge.
The idea is to post a picture of where we may like to stitch outside.
I always like the idea of peacefully stitching outside under the maple tree in one of my comfy Muskoka chairs, but in real life it never works out for me. Things start blowing around and I end up indoors.
Maybe a different type of slow-stitching would work better? Perhaps this afternoon I'll try some stitching on my English Paper Piecing project. Nope, not perhaps....I will give it a try!
Part of the problem is, also, that practically all of my hand-stitching occurs between 5:30 and 7:30 in the morning! Today will be spent in the garden, but I'm sure I can take a few moments to enjoy (?) the pleasure of stitching outside.
This morning I worked on the Big Bad Wolf block of That Fairy Tale Quilt by Lucy Carson Kingwell, daughter of Jen Kingwell. This is a quilt I've been eyeing for a while. Little did I know that most of it will be hand-pieced.....another slow-stitching project!
Although hand-piecing can seem a bit fiddly, I find it quite satisfying as it comes together. As opposed to machine-piecing, you don't take time to press the seams as you go....just a bit of finger-pressing. You also don't sew the seams down as you sew across them. The piece ends up looking quite a bubbly mess...
Until the block is finished and is properly pressed...
I know it looks a bit wonky, but that's because the outer seams aren't a precise 1/4", which is quite alright in hand-piecing.
Another thing.... "y" seams are sooooo much easier by hand!
I am linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching.
Have a lovely day....and I hope you get a chance to relax outdoors with a bit of stitchery.