Friday, March 9, 2012

Feeling groovy…

Because I’m slowly getting back into the sewing groove!

Remember my postage stamp flimsy that I finished waaaaay back in November?

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I picked it up about four weeks ago while I was home for the weekend from my treatments from the gal who quilted it for me but at the time, the last thing I felt like doing was preparing and sewing on the binding.

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After dusting and tidying up my studio yesterday, I decided that enough was enough.  I went through my stash, picked out a suitable fabric then cut out and pieced the binding.  

But I didn’t stop there!

Before I knew it, Fanny Featherweight and I had the binding sewn on, ready for me to complete with hand stitching.

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This was the first time that I had sewn anything in almost two months and I was over the moon with joy at the sense of accomplishment.  But by that time I was tired and rather than push myself, I decided to call it a day.

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Bright and early this morning, you know what I was doing…right? 

I don’t know about you all but I love stitching the binding.  It’s the very last step before putting the project to bed and although I’m sure it can be somewhat anticlimactic and boring for some, for me, it’s a sense of fulfillment and that’s exactly how I’m feeling right now!

Now the BIG decision is whether to put it in Emily’s room…

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or hang it from the quilt rack in the upstairs hallway?

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Which do you prefer?

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If you’d like to help my friend Lesley name her second Schnibble quilt, then head on over to her blog, The Cuddle Quilter.  She’s having a giveaway and if you like pincushions…because you know you can never have too many pincushions…then be sure to pay her a visit.

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Can you see me happy dancing?  I’m feeling groovy!

Kaarenheartname

128 comments:

Stephanie said...

My vote...on the bed!!! So happy to hear you're feelin' groovy. I'm groovin' with you!

Anonymous said...

So glad you are feeling groovy!!! My vote is on the bed!!! hugs to you - kelley

Sheila said...

I also say the bed , it looks fabulous!!So nice to see you sewing again :-)

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Me too! On the Bed. What a wonderful quilt. Kaaren has her grove on......smile.

Anonymous said...

so glad you are feeling groovy!!! my vote is on the bed! hugs to you - kelley

Cathy H said...

The quilt looks lovely on the bed and suits that room.....groovin 2 ....

miek 2 said...

oh, absolutely upstairs, and then later on the bed, but first loving it when you past bay/buy?
it`s a beautiful quilt!
it`s good to see you getting in the mood again :-)
greetings

Marsha said...

You are sounding more like your good old self, that's great! Glad you are feeling up to doing some sewing and it is such a pleasure. Take your time and don't over do yet. Your quilt is beautiful and I think you should put it where you can see it and enjoy it the most!

Rebecca said...

glad you feel like sewing again... it's great therapy for so many things.
Your quilt is beautiful. Finishing feels great. I just put the binding on a quilt myself.

laurie becker said...

So happy you are feeling good :) My vote is for the bed!

Darlene said...

My vote ... anywhere it makes your heart sing. I'm dancing across the desert for you!!! I'm really glad you're feeling groovy.

Sandy said...

Yeah for groovy! So glad you are getting back to sewing. I vote for on the bed....looks smashing!

Verna G said...

So great to hear from you and have you back quilting. I have to vote for the bed also.And I love your sheep collection!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Glad you are little back in the groove. I Like Emily's bed. It looks fabulous!

Diane H said...

Definately on the bed. You've made my day seeing your post.

WoolenSails said...

I love it in Emily's room, really goes so well with that room.

I am happy to hear that you are feeling better and able to sew again.

Debbie

QuiltNut Creations said...

binding is my favorite part as well. beautiful quilt! glad to see you back.

Dianne in the country said...

Hi Kaaren,

Its so good to see you sewing after your long journey. I've been away and not able to send any messages, but you have been in my thoughts and prayers.

I think you should start out hanging the quilt as you will see it everytime you pass it. It can go on the bed later.

We have been having great weather here in southern Ontario, although today we are having a little bit of snow, but tomorrow and the rest of next week it is to be very warm. Hope your weather is good too.

Thinking of you always.

Dianne

Chris said...

It's so nice to see you back in your element and feeling better all the time. Looking forward to more posts and news!
ps...definitely the bed.

Bertie said...

Fantastic Kaaren, the quilt looks fabulous quilted and all!!
Have a great weekend:))

iluvmybugs said...

Love it on the bed!!! :o)
~Terry~

Anonymous said...

Wherever it makes you the happiest, where you see it most. It is beautiful, and I am so happy you are "in the groove again." I know how you feel about the binding, I too love the hand stitching at the end. Just did one last night for a benefit auction here. Beth from northern Alberta.

Betty said...

Your quilt looks nice either place. Hang it for a while then move it to the bed. SEW happy to see that you are feeling well enough to get in some sewing. Hope to hear from you again soon.

Kate said...

Kaaren, good on you for getting back at it!!!!!! I really like your quilt and my preference would be to see it on the bed in Emily's room.

GerryART said...

well, you've got me beat, Kaaren. Haven't been at the machine in weeks since knitting has been my fav pasttime.
Oh, I truly ♥♥♥ doing the binding. I love to take the time for those tiny stitches and the satisfaction of completion.
Great to know you're getting back to creating and lovin' it.
hugs
Gerry

Sara said...

Enjoy the binding part as well. it is a terrific finish!!

beaquilter said...

can you do on the bed for the winter and on the rack for the summer?

Janet O. said...

Oh, so glad you are getting some sewing therapy after all that other kind!
The quilt looks so lovely, I would want to see it frequently, so I would put it where it is most visible for now. When the newness wears off you can always move it elsewhere.

Annette said...

I'm so glad to see you back with a needle and thread. I love your quilt. I would hang it up to enjoy for a while and then put it on the bed. It looks so good there.

Phyllis said...

Doing the happy dance with you!! Put that quilt where it makes you happy. So happy you are feeling groovy.

Needled Mom said...

I'll bet it felt fabulous to get back in the groove. I vote for the bed too.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Yay for groovy stitching! It's beautiful either place, but I love it on the bed. It looks like it was made to go there Kaaren!

Marge said...

It is beautiful in either place, but I especially love it in Emily's room. It looks like you made it for that room!

So glad you are getting your groove back! I am so happy for you!

Michal Erika said...

Stitching the binding on a quilt is very satisfying isn't. I ooh'd and aah'd over your latest completion. It looks so perfect in the bedroom.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

I bet sitting at the sewing machine felt great. :-) its hard to stay slowed down when you get your first bit of energy! Glad to see you are home and doing so well.

Karen said...

Kaaren -- I think the lighting in Emily's room shows it off ! But if folks will see it more on the quilt rack that that works too !

It came out beautifully !

Sooo glad you're feeling Groovy -- I think there are hundreds of us that you just made feel groovy too !!

{hugs}
Karen

Anonymous said...

Oh Kaaren, my heart is happy too, that you are feeling well!
Happy Stitching ♥

msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

Patty said...

I like the bed too! So glad you're feeling up to some sewing!

Darlene said...

What a lovely quilt and it matches so perfectly with Emily's room. But, I say wherever it makes you happy :-)

Your post made my day - so very happy to hear you are "feeling groovy". Happy dance here in VA for you!

Blessings,
Darlene

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

I think the quilt looks just fantastic in Emily's room. Glad to see you are feeling groovy! Have a great weekend!

jmr said...

Beautiful on the Bed. Happy you are feeling groovy! I will keep you in my Prayers,....

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Nice to see you getting back into the groove!!!
I really like it on the bed!!!
Beautiful!!!
Prim Blessings
Robin

barb's creations said...

My vote would be to hang it for a little while then put it on the bed,glad to hear you've got your groove back :) Barb.

Tammy said...

So glad you are stitching again! My vote is the bed. The quilt is gorgeous. Happy dancing with you!
Hugs and blessings!

Denise in PA said...

Yay! So glad you are sewing again!! I love stitching binding too. I think I would put it in Emily's room (it looks lovely on the bed!)

Me and My Stitches said...

So, so glad you are back in the groove again! Love your quilt - I think I would put it wherever you will see it most often.

Quilt Hollow said...

I like to hear the word groovy from you! How about building some houses? Hee!! My vote says on the bed....perfect in that room.

yvonne said...

On the bed!!!

Heartsdesire said...

The Postage Stamp quilt looks awesome. I think I would leave it on the bed. So glad to see that you are up and about and "feelin' groovy." It's wonderful to have your mojo back, isn't it? I know what you mean about sewing on the binding. I love doing it because it means the quilt is almost complete and also, I find it very therapeutic to just sit and sew around the quilt.

marina said...

well done! I always feel happy when I have done the binding and I don't want to put it down till it's done. I am a bit of a fence sitter I would have it on the bed for a bit then give it a go on the hanger too.

Karen said...

Nice to read that you are feeling a bit more like your normal self. And getting back in to sewing. Sewing can be such a soothing and comforting thing to do.
I like the quilt hanging in the hallway on the rack. But it looks good on the bed too. But didn't you have the Raggedy Ann & Andy quilt on the bed?

Kristy said...

So hard to choose! I like them both. It does look sweet with the doll on the bed. So glad you have some energy again. Here's to more and more energy! Keep up the beautiful work. K-

Mimi said...

Hey Groovy,
Put it on the bed. It is a bed sort of quilt.
Happy Dancing the week-end with you.

Rosa said...

So happy you are better.Ii vot to be on the bed!

sarapatch said...

I'm very very happy for you..
Hi Sara
ops..my vote on the bed!!

Merilyn said...

Glad to see you have become re-acquainted with your dear little FW! I love doing the binding and handstitching it down too, and what a lovely way to get your mojo back, a nice easy but very satisfying task!!!! The quilt looks sensational and I definitely think it looks great on the bed!!!!
I hope you get a little stronger everyday Kaaren, doing small, quick gratification jobs like that makes all the difference, those little accomplishments is what recovery is all about in lots of ways!!! Take care!!!!

Susannah said...

Good for you, Kaaren! You make my heart sing! Prayers are still being said here for you.

Susannah

Kristen said...

I'm with you..the binding is my FAVORITE thing to do..it means all the planning, cutting, sewing, organizing, and quilting are done, and it is quiet time to reflect on the fun of finishing this project! Lovely quilt!

Betsy said...

So glad you are getting your Mojo back!!! Prayers continue for you. Love the quilt on the bed....beautiful!!

pinsandneedles said...

So glad you are feeling a little better! I agree with you about bindings. I love the fact that adding the binding gives that quilt a finished look! I enjoy the process. My vote: love the look in Emily's room.

Sheila said...

I think either way is nice. I am a new quilter so I don't have a lot of quilts, so I keep moving them around. It probably drives my husband nuts. I too love to hand sew the binding. It's almost like this is when I get that feeling of accomplishment, plus you can now start a new project. Hope you have a terrific weekend!

PJ said...

Yeah! You're feeling better! That is wonderful. I like the quilt on the bed, but it also looks nice hanging. Hmmm . . . move it around. It'll look new and fresh each time you move it.

My Life and Quilting on the Cape said...

Hi Kaaren.. I am so happy that you got you mojo back... Welcome back... But, I have to say I love the quilt on the quilt rack... BUT, you could put it on the quilt rack for 6 months then on the bed for 6 months.. I know I just confused you... Sorry :)

ANudge said...

So glad you're feeling more in the groove. I vote to have it hanging up where you see it the most,and then moved it to Emily's bed.

Rosemary said...

Like everyone else...so glad to see that you're feeling groovy! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy your accomplishment...it goes on the bed!--rosemary

nlcalendar said...

So glad you are getting your groove back. I'd vote for the bed as well. Great looking quilt. Marilyn

Cathy said...

So glad you are feeling groovy...just remember not to over do it to soon. Keep resting.
I vote..Emily's Room for now, then swap it to the hall for a few months.
CathyC in Alberta
cathyc1950@gmail.com

lynneUSA said...

Love it on the bed and I am thrilled you have been able to sew again

Anonymous said...

Beautiful in both places, but i think it really suits Emily's room.

Kathleen said...

Oh, hang it for a month and THEN put it on the bed. You'll love seeing it every day while it hangs and that will prolong your feeling of accomplishment, which it very definitely is! It's the first quilt you finished since...

It was great to hear that you felt like quilting!

Wonky Girl said...

So glad you were up to some quilting. The quilt is wonderful (done in my fav colors) but would look best hanging on my wall's quilt rack! LOL Really, you could move it around the house every once in a while for a change of pace.

Anonymous said...

So glad to see your post and happy you are able to do some sewing. The quilt looks great and I vote for on the bed.

Darlis

Bonnie said...

I like it on the bed. I agree with you about the binding. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment to do that final bit of hand sewing.

Jackie said...

I like the idea of hanging it for a while where you can see it and then put it on the bed. So glad you're feeling well enough to spend some time sewing.

quiltgrammy said...

Your quilt is so lovely and I say put it where you can enjoy it the most.
So glad to hear you are "Feeling Groovy" and up to doing some sewing, make sure you get plenty of rest and enjoy life to the fullest.

KaHolly said...

Wonderful news, Kaaren! Glad your mojo has returned. A sure sign of health and happiness. My vote...on the bed.

Fiesta said...

Lovely Kaaren. So glad you experienced the joy of a little sewing. I too stitch down the binding by hand.

Laura said...

I say, wherever you will see it more! Love to have eye-candy all around me! Thanks for sharing your goovy feeling!

Mary said...

The bed looks great with the quilt on it. So scrappy! I'm glad you felt like up to the stitching on Fanny. Have a great week-end.

sandi s said...

I like it on the bed better. I am so happy you got to sew and wanted to. You are in my prayers.

Barb said...

So glad you are getting back in the groove! I think your quilt look lovely on Emily's bed :)

Karen said...

Glad you are sewing. That means that your spirit is in good order.

I think the quilt should have some time hanging around on the rack, and some time on the bed.
Like your sewing machine, I have a relative, and so like them all.

Question is what is your next project?

Ronda said...

Sooooo glad to hear you are up and grovin in the sewing room! I must give my vote on the quilt and while I do love it on the bed I really love it in the Hall so my vote is Hall.

Elzaan said...

Way to go Kaaren! Glad you are back behind the sewing maching. And another glorious finsh!
I vote for on the bed.

Neabear said...

Glad to hear you are doing better. Love the quilt. I like it in both places, but I think I love it best on the bed. Makes the room look so cozy.

~Linnea

Jennifer J said...

I like it on the bed, but you should put it where it makes you happiest. I'm so glad you are feeling more like yourself!

Kris said...

Kaaren - It is soooo good to see you feeling well enough to finish that gorgeous quilt!! I think my favorite part is the binding as well and I vote for the bed too - it just makes that room pop!! Kris

Jane said...

I'm so glad you felt up to putting the binding on that gorgeous quilt! I'm not going to be much help because I love it in either place! I'd love to get the instructions on how to make one....I have two jelly rolls waiting to go! :-)
Take care Kaaren!! {{hugs}}

Lisa Lisa said...

Kaaren - I'm so glad you're feeling well enough to sew. I totally agree about the binding! I love that part! And your quilt is beautiful :)

Cisca said...

I love it on the bed. The quilting is marvellous! And the Annies, so sweet and cuteHappy quilting (again). Cisca

Janet said...

It looks fabulous, congratulations on the finish. I love it on the bed but maybe you need to enjoy it hanging for a bit. You made the most of your well time, I hope you have a lot more days like that.

Miriam said...

Glad to hear you are feeling so much better, Kaaren.

I love the quilt on the bed.

All the best for swift healing.

Jenny's Craft Place said...

I'd say Emily's room:) Glad you had fun finishing the quilt :) Happy crafting, Jenny

Heather said...

It is beautiful in any place. I am so happy that you are feeling better. I too love putting those final stitches in the binding and know that you must have felt a real sense of accomplishment with this one!

ann said...

Kaaren
So good to see you feel like sewing To get back in our groove is a good thing. Put it where you can view for awhile. Then find it a different home

Siobhán said...

Your post so brightened my day. I'm feelin' groovy because you're feelin' groovy. :)

I like it best on the bed! And somehow that sounds odd. Yeah--the quilt looks good on the bed! That sounds better. ;)

carol said...

Special blessings for a day of groovy. Life in the moment. Happiness and Peace. I know this is a special day and gift to the Mr. as well.

My vote is on the bed but the quilt is so beautiful - it looks great anywhere in your home.

Jeanne said...

"Sew" glad to hear you are back in the groove! I love hand sewing and hand quilting so I understand the feeling of accomplishment. Bed definitely!

Deb said...

I vote for the bed. Thrilled to hear your have found your Mojo.

Sandy said...

It was wonderful to click on your blog and see your title. So glad you are home and able to have your creativity shine. Prayers for you and don't overdue it.

Юлия said...

So great!!!

Renee said...

My vote is on the wall, love it!

Brenda said...

Love how your room is decorated, and your quilt looks so beautiful on the bed. Of course, it would look impressive in the hallway, too! How decisive is that! ;)

So happy to hear that you are finding your groove back! :)

Kristi said...

Congrats on getting it done....I love it, simply beautiful. I say, do both.....hang it for a bit and then let it rest on the bed for awhile. It's stunning in either place!!

barcord said...

Great that you are getting some stitching done. I too love to sit under a quilt and stitch the binding. Just did that with a baby pram size quilt. It was so relaxing. Looks like Emily's room made most of the votes....mine too. It is a beautiful quilt for that room. Blessings, B.

Terri in BC said...

It's great to see you back with a bounce in your step! Here's hoping it just keeps getting better from here on in. P.S - I vote for the bed as well.

Deb said...

I'm SO glad that you're feeling better and actually have the strength to get some sewing done! Good for you!

Sue said...

Wonderful news that you finished the stitching on that gorgeous quilt. It doesn't matter where you put it, it will still look beautiful

MoeWest said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed the pleasure of stitching this weekend. I like a quilt to get used, so the bed is my first choice. But when you want to change things up, it would look lovely on the quilt rack.

sandra said...

Definitely on the bed.

Sandra said...

Sooo glad to hear you're feeling groovy...love that quilt. It would be awesome in the hallway and then maybe when winter comes around (again), it could go in Emily's room.
Won't be long before you'll be able to get out and sit a while enjoying the Spring weather!

MaryAnne said...

WE all are doing the Happy Dance for you!! So very happy to have you back. YOU brighten my day. The quilt looks awesome on the bed.
Keep on groovin'.

Barbara said...

Yea! You are making your way back to your sewing room.
Your quilt is lovely, love it on your bed. So happy to hear that you are feeling better but, please take it easy. We have all missed you!

Allie said...

Well look at you go! Yes, I too love putting on the binding, I think of it as gift wrapping, lol. You did a beautiful job on this Kaaren! My vote is for the bed!

Jan Thompson said...

I am sooo happy you are home and your life can at least resume to what you think can be normal. I like the quilt on the BED! It is beautful, and you should be proud. Glad you are back.

Lori said...

I'm so happy for you Kaaren that you are feeling a bit better and you were able to get the binding on!! I like to enjoy it hanging for awhile, then put on the bed!!

Anonymous said...

Definitely on the bed! Very pretty! Glad you are feeling better. Take care & happy stitching-Deanna

Dolores said...

I do hope you put a label on the quilt.

Kimberly said...

Great to catch up with you Kaaren! And great that you're feelin' groovy!
And my vote... why, my bed of course!
Have a wonderful week, Kimberly

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Congrats on the finish! It looks stunning. I know just how you feel when you finished it. Awesome! I like it both places. So I'm probably not much help. LOL! Glad you are feeling up to stitching!

Jantine said...

On the rack for a view month to enjoy every day and then on the bed!

Cathy said...

I like it hanging on your quilt rack. I love the wide floor baords in your home. I have never been to your blog before, but I was searching for quilters in NS and found your blog. I hope your feeling better.

Deb said...

I think both places for the quilt look great. Maybe you can switch it back and forth.

Glad that you're starting to feel better!!

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

So happy to hear you were able to do something that made you feel good again. I like the quilt on the bed; but I am sure it will look great any place you put it. Hope your feeling groovy continues on for a very long time. Enjoy yourself!

Diane said...

The quilt looks so nice and homey on the bed. Thank you for sharing

Terry said...

I'm so glad you're feeling a bit better now! And your postage stamp quilt is just lovely! Congratulations on getting it finished! :0)

Kathryn said...

It's nice to hear that you are feeling better and that you've taken up the needle. I, also, love to sew on binding. Continued best wishes to you, Kathie L in Allentown

suz said...

It looks so pretty on the wall, but it looks prettier on the bed. You sound so good! Continue to take care of yourself. It's nice to see you back in the groove!