Thursday, October 9, 2014

- Something old, something new: Nine patch and technology

Today I made my first nine patch ... 


Unlike my attempts at quilting years ago, all the corners matched up and I actually enjoyed myself. The key difference between then and now was the technique shared on Jude Hill's Small Journeys of basting down the seam allowances of each piece before hand sewing them together.


Unlike most basting, these stitches can be left in as they leave virtually no trace on the finished piece.


But wait ... it gets better. These pictures were just taken in minimal light with my new iPhone ... the one I got to go with my new hearing aids. I can now hear a phone call directly in my ears, adjust the volume, treble and bass from an app on my phone, and stream audio without having to put on ear buds. Technology is truly amazing ... 

And yet, and yet ... the simplest of technologies ... hand sewing with a needle, thread, and patches of cloth ... is equally wonderful.

I am absolutely blissed out!

8 comments:

Mo Crow said...

a perfect 9

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

very nice, love how you can still see those tiny stitches

Liz Ackert said...

This so appeals to my precision gene (wink)

Liz Ackert said...

It helps that I'm extremely nearsighted ... I just take off my glasses and hold the piece six inches from my nose (another wink)

Susan McQuade said...

Hi Liz...I, too, am so in awe of Jude Hill's patches, stitches, etc. Your interpretation if very inspiring. I am so glad I found your blog. Blessings, Sue McQ

Liz Ackert said...

Susan - Thanks so much for coming by. Please let me know if you have a blog as I'd love to see what you're doing, too.

Susan McQuade said...

Hi Liz...I don't have a blog at this time - maybe in the future. The verbena flowers posted today are so lovely. That hope of Spring nearby. Its been warm here in Il the past two days (around 60). The back yard is mushy from the melted snow. I guess wherever you live, there is some sort of Nature to deal with! I would not miss snow! Blessings to you, Sue

Liz Ackert said...

It's true ... I don't miss snow. Growing up in NY and then raising a family in Virginia, I got to see lots of it. Enough to last a lifetime. Enjoy your taste of spring and the ever-lengthening days!