I'm saying TGIF wholeheartedly this week. It's been a long week and it's not quite over yet . The antidote to getting through one more day of work is to think about something that makes me happy and that must mean it's time for Favourite Things Friday.
I bet my Mum is laughing her head off right now because despite her best efforts in my formative years this isn't something I would have classed as a favourite until quite recently. It's like it was hardwired into me during kidhood and finally came out all these years later.
I have always done my quilt binding by machine, basically because I'm lazy and by the time I get to that point I'm itching to move on to the next project. About 10 months ago someone (I think it was Elizabeth ) convinced me to try hand binding this quilt. I wasn't convinced but I gave it a go.
I hated how slow it was but I loved the results and so, almost every quilt I've made since then has had the binding done by hand. As far as I was concerned hand binding was a necessary evil. Sure -it made the binding look better but was it really worth the time and effort?
Something has happened to me over the last few months.
I've come to appreciate the art of hand sewing. There's something quite relaxing about the time it takes and how you can let your thoughts wander all over the place while you're doing it.
And while I don't think I'll ever be a genius at it ...
There's something about just sitting , slowly, peacefully stitching that makes me feel like a proper sewing person.
Emboldened by my binding successes I've moved onto different sewing pastures.
And then onto to something different again ...
And while the end result isn't perfect there 's something about talking a needle and thread and your hands and making something pretty that just speaks to me.
Now when I look at something like this - I don't see hours of slow, boring sewing.
I see an opportunity to create something with my hands and my heart. And it makes me feel closer to the generations of accomplished woman who came before me and used their hands in the same way. So I'm just going to puddle along , doing hand sewing whether I'm fabulous at it or not and enjoying the ride.
Feel free to link up and let us know about your favourite thing this week.