Hand Stitching wool

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If you have been following my blog for some time you will be completely surprised to know that I have been doing some hand-stitching! I’m not very good at it but that is okay, I forgot how relaxing hand-stitching can be.

Beehive wool handstitching

This was a kit that I bought several years ago, I think I remember entering a contest and when I didn’t win the kit…..I bought it. It has sat in a box waiting patiently for me to play with it.

I have been spending a lot of time on our deck with my dad and really needed something to work on….this was the perfect project. It is almost done!

The AccuQuilt contest is over and I didn’t win (thanks for the votes) but I am making my block in batiks from Island Batik. This project won’t be done for a bit.

AccuQuilt Block on wall mess
dad getting help from my brothers to go on his last boat ride

Dad is getting weaker every day and we all got together so dad could have one last boat ride. It was a family affair getting him down the steps from our house, onto the gator, and moving him carefully down the dock to the boat.

Dad getting on houseboat

It was so neat to see everyone carefully helping him.

All six of his children were with him on his last voyage. We grew up house-boating with mom and dad and all of us still love the river.

family on house boat

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  1. Your hand stitching is so pretty – so perfect and beautiful! I love hand stitching – it slows me down and comforts my soul. Have you seen Kathy’s Sunday Slow Stitching link up? It’s very inspirational! Last month Dad gave us quite a scare. We ended up in the hospital with him. (He’s slowly recovering) You and your daddy were in my heart those three days. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful family experience! Precious, just precious! Hugs to all of you – especially to your daddy!

  2. Thank you for sharing your precious memory making moments with your Dad. It is truly courageous, and a lovely testament to your love for him. The boat ride must have been very special, to have all 6 of you there with him. Lovely hand stitching too BTW. Very cute.

  3. So wonderful that you are all able to be together for this boat ride. Your dad looks very happy. God bless him.

  4. I think you did a great job with your hand-stitching!!! Much better than I would have. If you ever get a chance, check out The Raspberry Rabbits with Michelle May. She has some really fantastic patterns with cut-out areas and paisley backgrounds. You’d have to see it to know what I mean.
    So glad your family was able to take you dad on his last boat trip. This will be a very special memory to all of you. God Bless you all.

  5. Nice that you have found hand projects to do while spending time with dad. It’s wonderful that everyone was able to get him onto the boat – he looks like he really enjoyed it. Definitely a memorable trip for all.

  6. Thank you for sharing this beautiful moment. Glad to see his family happy surrounding him. He has memories and you do too. Keep them forever in your heart.

    Nice wool project. Perhaps you’ll try more.

  7. What a wonderful Blessing to be able to have all your siblings and Dad go for a boat ride together. Memories to last forever. I like your hand stitching project very much and yes, it really does soothe a weary soul to sit and stitch. Thinking of you and your family with Prayers Sweet Connie. <3

  8. What wonderful memories you must have growing up and spending summers on the river with your family. I’m so happy your family was able to be together and take your Dad out on a final cruise. Very special in deed.

    Sorry you didn’t win the AccuQuilt Contest. I happily voted and thought your block was beautiful. Hopefully you’ll enter again next year. Love your stitchery too!


  9. What a meaningful boat trip that was for all your family. The tenderness and love shows in every photo. Prayers continue for strength and comfort for you all.

    Your hand stitching is lovely. I, too, have some small wool projects stashed away. You’ve inspired me to find them and get stitching.

    Peace and prayers,

  10. Hi Connie,
    Oh, what a wonderful picture of you and your siblings with your dad. That is truly a priceless picture! Your handwork project looks like a fun one. Just perfect for sharing time with dad, listening to his thoughts and stories yet keeping your hands busy. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  11. What a special time for you and your siblings and father as you spent precious time with him on the river. Great photo and memories. And – your hand stitching project looks wonderful to me. Nice way to spend time with your father on the deck, with him, the sun, the hand work.

  12. Good morning Connie…Such a beautiful memory you and your siblings have created with your dad. You will always have this picture to cherish in the years to come and remember your dad’s last trip on the river. He must have been so happy to have all his children along to enjoy it with. I know how difficult it is to watch a parent as they slowly make their way ‘home’, and will pray for you and your family.

  13. Connie, your hand stitching project looks great. I’m not much for hand stitching, but it’s nice to have something to work on when you just need to sit quietly. I think it is wonderful that your dad got to take another boat ride and especially with all of his children. These are the memories that will be treasured for years to come. I love the photograph of all of you together.

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