More Slow Sewing

How long does it take to sew a holiday banner?

Longer than I thought. 
I forgot about triangle blocks and having to square them up. So I did a lot of ripping out of stitches.
It doesn’t help that my sewing machine is acting odd. It goes for 2 inches and then tries to stop, tangling the fabric into the hole where the needle goes. I’ve tried putting in a new needle but that hasn’t helped.
So here’s my how my progress looks. 
quilit block with the letter J
J in Joy

The “J hasn’t been appliqued yet. 
If you missed the orgianal post on slow sewing it’s here.

I think it will go faster now that I’ve made it through the first block. 

What have you started and found it hasn’t gone the way you hoped?


Slow Sewing

Is Slow Sewing Better?

In the past when starting a sewing project I knew when it would be finished: as soon as possible.
Now, my time is limited which turns out to be a good thing because so are my finances. I pick a project and pull out my fabrics checking for what might work before I purchase more.
A Christmas banner is something I’ve been wanting to make for a long time. I even had a magazine with the project I wanted to do.
quilted joy banner
Joy Banner

It’s from the Quilting for Christmas Holiday 2003 magazine. Yes, I’ve had it that long, pulling it out every year and saying, “I’m making this.”

I searched through my stash and found I needed to purchase only one fabric.

Christmas Fabirc

I found the striped fabric at Joann’s on sale!  Want to get coupons from JoAnn? has them waiting for you!

That was a month ago. See how slow sewing is going?

I’ve cut everything out and began the project.

Half-Triangle Quilt Block

Half-Triangle Quilt Block


Because I am not rushing I find that I need to use the seam ripper less.
Wendell helping sew
Another reason to embraces slow sewing. It seems Wendell wants to help me sew at the machine.
I’m looking forward to slow sewing this project. Once it’s done (before this Christmas I hope) I’ll post a photo.
What about you? Have you slowed down to enjoy your hobbies? Or are you in a race?