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Friday, January 31, 2020

Kiwiberry batik rails finish and some zen stitching

 I finished a UFO that I started in November 2010.  I have blogged about it before and lately quite a lot!  It was a goal to finish this quilt this month.........and that is what I did!
 Here is the back.......I did a lot of different FMQ designs.......mostly as practice for the first time on each design.  This will go on our patio table.
 I took photos of all of the areas and decided to add them to this blog post.  There are words and short sentences added in different areas. AND I did some very big hand stitching in some areas!

next I will talk about what I call zen stitching.................
 This week I read a blog post about Stitch Meditations..........I became very fascinated and interested in checking out the video and learning more about it.
So here is the info I read and you can check it out on this blog post by Andrèe here 

The video she refers to is on YouTube by Liz Kettle   Stitch Meditations

Rules....No plan..take few minutes to pick materials...no taking out stitches. AND OK not to be perfect!! Here are my little pieces of creative bliss!!! I have used flannel 4 x 4 and 3 1/2 x 4 and my tiny saved scraps!!!  I like the idea with no plan and just decide as you go what you will do.  So I have spent about 30 minutes on each of these the past 3 afternoons....sitting on our patio with temps in the upper 70s............so relaxing......

And the reason I call it zen stitching.......meaning of zen is.....a state of calm attentiveness in which one's actions are guided by intuition rather than by conscious effort.

I am linking to Free Motion Mavericks  week 265

Smiles and hugs....Caryl


  1. Hi Caryl! I just love this idea of using the individual rails to practice different stitches. I need to work on ribbon candy, and oh so many other stitches. I think I'm going to have to add another rail fence quilt to my list just for this very reason. ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. Thanks Roseanne for checking.....and I also like to add words along the rails. You could also use the decorative stitches on your machine....which I did for a few rails.

  2. Hello Caryl,

    It's fabulous! Great fabrics, and the quilting looks great fun. So nice to see you have enjoyed trying out so many different designs.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks. Your quilt is this week's featured project.

    Love, Muv

    1. Thanks Muv for featuring my quilt. This quilt was a great practice piece and is great to see on our patio table!


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