Hand sewing at Holden Beach


First a confession:  Yes, I HAVE taken my sewing machine on beach vacations–many, many times.  But change is good.  Rest is good.  This week I left the PFAFF at home and packed some hand work instead.

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Here’s a birds of feather pillow I’ve been longing to do.  First, I drew my pattern, then cut the birds from old quilt scraps–the branches, too.  Lots of running stitch anchors the pieces in place on a reclaimed decorator sample.  When I get home, I’ll finish it off on the sewing machine–but the design NEVER would have evolved this way, if I had a machine at hand.  I think that’s cool.

Next project:  I was waiting for some downtime to embroider words on these NC pillow covers.

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It was very relaxing to sit under the umbrella and work “Home” in the back-stitch my Grandma taught me all those years ago.

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Don’t forget to pack a big bag of fabrics and your threads and scissors.   Wal-mart and the dollar store are over the bridge–slim pickin’s and a long way when the beach waits right outside your back door.

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Finally:  I’ve wanted to turn the autumn colored fabrics below into something for a long time.  Never thought they’d end up together, but the beach worked its magic again.   What do you think of my table topper in progess?

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I’ll probably start stitching this piece (on my PFAFF) at our local library.  Eva Perry asked me to do a “Meet the Artist” demo this Tuesday from 4-6.  If you’re around, stop by and see how my runner will turn out.

 

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