It’s officially transition time. Kyle and I are in the process of packing up our campus apartment in preparation for being technically homeless for the month of the August, then moving into our new condo at the beginning of September. I’m a very home, routine-oriented kind of gal so these are the times that kind of throw me for a loop. Therefore, when it comes to my quilt making, it feels so good to keep it utterly, blissfully simple.
When hand quilting, I’m very fond of pearl cotton thread– its thickness emphasizes the added element of dimension and materiality– and long, visible stitches. And since these stitches look identical on both sides, I figured why pick a favorite?
There’s something so refreshing and calming about the utter simplicity of this design. It’s completely minimalist and modern, but still striking and fun.
It also reminds me of another one of my favorite summertime activities: swimming laps. Just a constant, steady motion that lulls you in. Completely relaxing, but I have to admit, occasionally close to boring. You have to sort of shut down the busy-ness of your mind and surrender to the movement of your fingertips.
And I’ve quickly discovered that straight-line hand stitching is the same deal. So while I usually dive right into my free-motion machine quilting, I’ve been marking these quilt tops as I go to make sure the lines are vertical and evenly spaced.
I have a few commissions to finish up in the next month that will require my sewing machine, but I’m planning on a whole lot of hand quilting throughout August. My living arrangements are somewhat unknown, and who knows what kind of sewing room I’ll manage to set up. Low-maintenance, both literally and emotionally, is the name of the game.