Saturday, January 16, 2016

A Little Bit of Stitching

My circles are saving my life. I don't know how it happened that this simple little project has become the one thing I look forward to. Every. Single. Day. And the funny thing is, I think my circles are getting more interesting because of it.
Almost up to date with the January circles!
The light gold circle on the far right bottom was a day where it felt like I might be 'disappearing'. Who am I? Torn betwixt and between, rarely doing the things that 'I' want to do. But apparently a part of me must or this craziness in my life wouldn't be happening, right? Life is about choices and I'm choosing to back burner my quilting right now for the greater good of my extended family. I'm just hoping this is a very temporary thing.
Just a little more hand quilting left to do on this quilt!
There are waaay too many quilts in my head to let this go on forever.*wink Oh well. At least I have another quilt top {or 20} to be hand quilting when I run out of quilt on this one. Two or three hoops and it's done, amazing at that sounds. Then I just have to find time to sandwich and pin the next one.

30 comments:

  1. I do hope this time turns out to be very temporary for you as well! I'm so glad you have your stitching to see you through it. I'm thinking of you and hoping you have good moments to balance out the stress. Hang in there Audrey!

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  2. To everything there is a season.....thinking of you.

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  3. Quilting can be very therapeutic, take care.

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  4. Basting a quilt really can be a pain in the neck (and actually makes my back hurt!), but hopefully you might be able to manage to do one when you need your next hand quilting project. Fingers crossed for your family members to heal.

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  5. I'm there too, just now. But I'm so happy that these small pieces of fabric can save our lives. And I'm so happy to be a part of a fabric society, so I can have people like you for my friend. Be strong!

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  6. You are being an angel right now for your family :)

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  7. Each little hand stitch can give us solace - healing prayers to you and your.

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  8. Your life is showing in the circles....some are sharp and clear and others muted and muddy. Many of us have gone through those times.....they do pass, it is the getting thru that is hard. Your stitching is the constant that will soothe you. Prayers sent.

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  9. love your circles and love that handwork can go with us when we need to help family! This too shall pass and you will be back to your normal routine

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  10. plenty of circle blocks here, was reading on another block that she is making hers into bigger blocks as she goes along. We all need time for ourselves if only to help our sanity

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  11. There is a change in your circles, so when you look back this will be a proper record of the life you were living. Hope it gets easier soon.

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  12. Hand-stitching has been saving people's sanity for millenia - there's such comfort to be found in needle and thread.
    Hang in there. Hoping for a pleasanter tomorrow.

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  13. I am in that who do I want to be space right now. I have really enjoyed digging through my stash to find fabrics for my circles. Yours are really evolving and I love how they reflect a bit of your day.

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  14. Stitching can get us through so many things :0) mari

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  15. I'm glad you are finding a few minutes a day for some excitement :0)

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  16. Your circles are beautiful and are coming along nicely, as is your quilting. Take things one step at a time, one day at a time.

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  17. Have you seen the quilt basting method, where you use a pool noodle to roll each layer up, and then unroll as you go?? You can baste up on a table, in a smaller space!! I am not good at forwarding things, but saw it on Facebook today---this time with furnace insulation pipe covers ( like pool noodles---only black). It would speed up the process. This time will pass. You are still stitching daily & probably designing quilts in your creative brain!! I have been at this place of being the helper, and one day peace will flood your life---as being a person of meaning to this relative. Hang on & PLEASE keep stitching!!

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  18. A testament to the therapeutic qualities of quilting. You get full marks from me for being able to do a circle a day - not sure I'd have the discipline - they will be an interesting diary of your year.

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    1. I have joined you in your year long journey. I know what you mean when you say these little squares and circles have become so important in your life right now. Keep smiling and keep sewing.

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  19. Our simple sewing often keeps us sane. Hope it's only a short break :)

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  20. It is amazing how these simple circles have so much deeper meaning to so many of us. Hope these times of stress pass quickly for you.

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  21. So happy to hear the circles are keeping you upright. You have inspired so many of us to keep the torch burning and we all appreciate it. Hope things settle down for you soon.

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  22. A veces la costura nos salva la vida. I wish good things for you very soon.

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  23. Thinking of you Audrey, and sending hugs.

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  24. Me gustan mucho, yo ya los tengo preparados los de Enero.

    Un beso

    ana-ane

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  25. How lucky is your family to contain YOU, you who is willing to help. Courage and fortitude! It's good to take care of yourself with a little regular quiet stitching while caring for others.

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  26. I hope it is temporary as well - it can be quite a challenge to remember to look after yourself too. I am glad that you have been finding little bits of time to work on your quilting.

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  27. Well, maybe this is a good opportunity to get caught up with quilting some flimsies! Best wishes again to all. And happy quilting!

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  28. Audrey, I know exactly what you mean about looking forward to the daily circle. I've got a bit behind because of the usual seasonal illness - it's gone on for two weeks and I'm sick of it now. Finally it's going away and I'm able to concentrate enough to get back to some stitching: it feels good! Your circles look great (you must have loads by now) - it's funny because I've just finished one about feeling as though I'm disappearing into the background too :D Something else is obviously going on for you at the moment, and I've got a lot of catching up to do on here, but I hope things are getting better and you're remembering to look after yourself too - we can't have you disappearing on us! x

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