My week of handmade ended in a lovely way. As we were graced with warmer air and sunshine, I was able to work on new and lingering projects. Though I have some “deadlines” for some of the projects, I decided that I wanted the opportunity to enjoy the process of the work rather than getting myself caught up in getting it done. I like finished projects, but I have been trying to learn more as I go, and to let myself be in the moment of creation. It’s all part of the process of slowing down that I’ve been trying to find for myself for awhile now. Even in letting go and going with the flow, I did finish one thing:
It’s another version of the shirt I made for myself in January. This time I made it much smaller to begin with, including shorter. I still ended up taking in an inch on each side after putting it all together. I think I’d like to make another in a solid color someday, so another lesson learned for it. The fabric I loved last spring when I saw it at JoAnn’s, but never bought it. Then over the fall/winter it was in the clearance section, and then the clearance section was 50% off and the fabric finally came home with me. It’s very far from my usual choice of green or blue or both. But the motif is appropriate for the coming season of growth and bloom.
I also finished one piece of L4’s birthday handmade, but have yet to photograph it. I am in love with it and wish it was big enough to fit me. And I’m excited to see it on her radiant little being. There are still several other handmade projects in the works for her champagne birthday (4 on the 4th!). One involves the “quilt along” button on my sidebar. I’ll save that for another day.
Finally, the quilt for our bed is near completion. I did all the machine quilting on it last week (that sucker is heavy!) and machine attached one side of the binding. I am ever-so-slowly handstitching the rest of the binding down. It is almost a peaceful process for me–if my hand didn’t start hurting while I was doing it, the process would be entirely peaceful. It goes back to what I started with–slowing down. I actually enjoy handstitching and I love the way the invisible stitches make the final product look. I am so excited to finish sewing down the binding and to lay it on my bed. I swell with happiness (and a little pride) when I look at it and how it all came together. It is going to be so satisfying to curl up and sleep beneath it.
Slow down, breath, create, enjoy the sunshine. Yes, it was a perfect ending to a lovely break.