Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Joy in the Process






Just completed this afternoon, I love the added detail of a little stitching on this English Paper Piecing (EPP) star.








It has been a relatively productive week as we near the end of our school holidays. Homeschooling and household management tends to leave little room for such pleasures most days.




A kitchen container kit keeps my supplies together, ready for those moments which afford some quick glue basting or a little hand stitching. Zip lock bags are excellent for neatly storing my hand cut papers, cut fabric and glue-basted pieces in their own tidy sections.




Slowly but surely the plan comes together. The joy is in the process, as much if not more than anticipating the finished product. I'm loving working with these stash fabrics and steadily creating with my hands.


Sharing at Work In Progress Wednesday.

46 comments:

Sarah Lizzie said...

'Tis a serendipitous journey stitching pretty fabrics little by little into something bigger. I love the fabrics in your stars Karen...they are just gorgeous!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Thank you!! I tend to buy fabrics which make my heart sing so now I can enjoy making them into something. Many are left overs from earlier projects.

*Cornelia* said...

wow the stars are so beautiful, love the bright colors

Mindful quilter said...

Gorgeous colours and fantastic stitching

Gina said...

yes!! There are times when i have to remind myself of that fact but i do agree that the joy is in the process and not just in the final product! i love your pretty stars; blues and greens are 2 of my favorite colors! i like your little organizational set up. Definitely handy to grab when you have that 1 extra moment! Have a great week Karen!!

Mama Bear said...

Your precision and attention to exact detail is incredible! WOW! Love them,you clever thing!!

Patchwork and Play said...

They are such joyous stars, in the range of blue and green colours!

eileeninmd said...

Your stars are beautiful, lovely colors and stitching. I am sure the finished product will be lovely.

Jane said...

These are so beautiful! Can't wait to see more.

mila + cuatro said...

They look very well pieced, great colours and fabric selection!

Giga said...

Cudne. Podziwiam Twoją pracę i cierpliwość. Każda gwiazdka jest inna.Pozdrawiam serdecznie.
Wonderful. I admire your work and patience. Each star is different. Yours sincerely.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Your stars are fantastic - I love the fabrics and colors you chose. I also love that you enjoy the process - I think I tend to focus so much on the end product, that it takes much of the joy from creating something. Happy stitching!

Joyful said...

Pretty colours.

sarahquilts.com said...

Joy in the process!! Yes. I am trying to remember that and be in less of a hurry for finishes.

I think one reason we love finishes is because it is the best permission to start something brand new. :)

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What lovely, intricate work and the colors are wonderful.

Oh yes, joy in the process, it's a blessing.

FlowerLady

Fun60 said...

This is such a beautiful design that I am enjoying watching your progress.

Lisa said...

Oh the stars are so pretty! I really like the detailed hand stitched flowers on that first one and the star with the bees and honeycomb made me smile as my husband raises bees. :) I so enjoy seeing your quilts come together, (and how perfectly you align the patterns.)
I understand the joy in the process as it is the same for me with knitting or crocheting.
I understand the lack of time once school starts back up, and I will pray that you can find little pockets of time to pursue your creativity!

Sara said...

All beauties!! It is going to be a stunning quilt!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

You have the patience of Job in the bible and GOD given talent with your hands. This reminds me of the Star of David. I once quilted but gave it up as I sat too long wanting to get the quilt finished. Once I started a project I had to work on it till it was completed. That is why I said you have much patience and can work on it slowly. Look at your points, they are perfectly matched and your choice of fabrics and colors, they are pleasing to the eye. Another masterpiece in the works and I know I will be checking in to see its completion.

Cathy said...

Being one who adores embroidery, I especially love how you stitched on certain patches!

Blessings to you!

the momma said...

These are absolutely gorgeous!! And your work is flawless!! It's impossible to pick a favorite. Have you done any tutorials on EPP? If not, you should....

Have a beautiful day ~ Tracy

Sylvia K said...

I do love your "starry" quilt! Beautiful!!

geanina said...

I admire your work! Wonderful!:)

Tanyia said...

I am not an EPP fan at all, but I can definitely appreciate the love for the approach of what you are doing, and enjoying the process. You are creating some beautiful stars, the third one is my fave!

I am stopping by from the WIP hop, my post is here if you have time to stop by :) http://domesticdeficitdisorder.blogspot.com/2013/07/wip-july-17th-edition.html

Paula @ Sewy Stuff said...

Oh my goodness, those stars are absolutely beautiful! Great fabric combinations!

Cinzia said...

WONDERFULLLLLLL!
Cinzia

mbartholomew said...

These are lovely!

hydeeannsews said...

they are looking so fresh and lovely, karen! such nice work. and your little kit looks so neat and cute, too. that would inspire me to stitch all the time with those wonderful colors together.

AshleySaxon said...

Beautiful! I need to do an english paper piecing quilt. That's all by hand? Great job :)

Carla said...

Such lovely work, and gorgeous fabrics

Joy said...

Amazingly beautiful:)

Elise Lea said...

This is incredible! I think I can kind of see your plan and it excites me! Makes me want to get do some more EPP myself! Keep going it will be totally worth it when it is done.

hawknitr13 said...

your post title says it all!! it's the 'process' of creating that gives us joy!! beautiful fabrics!!
^)^ linda

Elisabeth Foodandthrift said...

I agree with the previous poster..."post title says it all". So bright, and beautiful!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Hello Ashley! Yes, all by hand - easy, portable, slow and no stress. Definitely worth a try.

Karen said...

Oh this looks fun! I just started my very first hexie project, with Luna Moth one of the fabrics you're using too. I think I'll be doing lots of hand sewing this summer! Is that also architextures you're using, they look great! :o)

Julie said...

I am loving your stars - the colours look beautiful. Can't wait to see it all finished.

diane b said...

It sure sounds like you are enjoying your creativity. I am enjoying watching the piece develop. So far it looks wonderful.

Terry Aske Art Quilts said...

Gorgeous colors!

Linda R said...

This looks fabulous..

Hugs~

Jeanne said...

This is such a beautiful pattern and love the colors!

Rosemary said...

Each star is a mini-quilt of its own! I love the one with the little bees :)

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

So lovely!

I am enjoying the process in my hand sewing, too. It is very relaxing and easy to take along.

Kinga said...

The stars are amazing, I can't sew - this is too complicated!

Judy SheldonWalker said...

What an amazingly creative job! The patterns are so lovely.

thefisherlady said...

you have created such an amazing array of quilts! I absolutely love all the energy and skill that has gone into them... Wow!

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