I love my sewing machine. It’s one of my most prized possessions and I know I’m not alone sharing that sentiment. You really can’t beat its speed and efficiency; whizzing up blocks, or a quick project for a satisfying finish or last-minute gift. But I also love hand sewing, hand quilting, and in particular English Paper Piecing. There really is something to be said about having the freedom to carry your stitching about with you and taking it out whenever you get the chance. It’s my constant companion at my children’s games practice, in front of the television, or when I feel the need just to slow down, sit quietly, and enjoy the rhythm of forming the stitches. It got me to thinking about this process; that it really is mindful and meditative, as well as being productive and purposeful.