While working on this project, I began to appreciate the love I had early in life for the magic of thread. That love of thread and color began in grade school as I discovered and began to embroider. As a young adult, I turned to cross-stitching. Once my quilting began around the age of 40, the laid the needlework aside for the sewing machine. Picking the needle back up and putting it in my hand let me know how much this was a part of my creativity.
Another revelation I had was about slowing down to enjoy that which I loved. As this quilt was a mystery divided into sections, I took each block separately, sat down with it, and allowed it to speak to me. By keeping focused on only the one block and seeing that as the end all for the moment, I relaxed and had fun.
I challenged myself to use as many stitches as possible. Various threads were used including wool, silk, and cotton. I added buttons and beads. Perhaps my most favorite stitch is this beaded coral stitch, seen here using white beads, as taught by Sue Spargo and described in her book "Creative Stitching, Volume 2." The book can be found here.
I am now beginning to incorporate hand stitching into my quilts. This is now "my style." What is your "style"? Please share in the comments below and feel free to share photos to my email for posting if desired.
Love and blessings,