Tag Archives: hand quilting

2017-14 Wonky Log Cabin

Here is another cozy quilt which I finished hand quilting during the summer of 2017.  it sure feels good to have these projects finished and off my To Do list.   This quilt had been languishing in the half-done pile for a long time.  Once I got at it, it did not take too much time to finish up the last two rows of blocks.  Because it has both flannel fabric on top and flannel fabric as backing it is really soft and cozy.  The batting, a thin cotton batting adds to the old-fashioned feel of the quilt.  Flannel does not hold its shape as well as regular quilting fabrics, but it is definitely a snuggle quilt.  I quite like the feel and warmth of this lovely little quilt.

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2017-10 Flannel Checkerboard

This attractive traditional design is called Trip Around the World.  How fitting that I finished the hand quilting on this lovely little flannel quilt on a trip out east this summer.  The interior was quilted sporadically over the spring and early summer and then I quilted the borders on the trip.  I hand stitched the binding during a few spare moments on the trip.   I added a hanging sleeve to make it convenient for use as a wall hanging.   Flannel is soft and does not hold its shape well for uses like hanging, but it is definitely cosy!

2017-7 Baby Blocks

I assembled this top during the summer of 2016 at the cottage and then began hand quilting it during a vacation in Cuba.  It gave me a wonderful opportunity to chat with curious people.  I was able to explain the concept of quilting to a young boy from England who stopped to inquire, “What are you knitting?” I finished the quilting during the winter, picking it up at random.

My hand quilting group all weighed in on how I ought to quilt it.  I sure appreciate the experience of those wonderful hand quilters.  My preferred method of quilting is by machine, so as a relatively new hand quilter, I certainly appreciate their advice.

I entered it in some fall fairs in the hand quilted baby quilt category and won a few prizes.  Maybe I am improving on my hand quilting!

2016-18 Elizabeth’s Star

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This miniature quilt started from a kit that someone gifted to me.  This ten inch quilt was fiddly to make.  Working with such small pieces made it very difficult to keep the pieces accurate and end up with even star points.  At first glance this star looks great, but I know how uneven the points actually are!  If I were to do this over, I would foundation piece the star sections so they are perfectly accurate.  A foundation would help stabilize the sections and prevent distortion.  With every quilt I  make, I learn something!

After piecing the top and I decided to hand quilt it.  I got tips from Elizabeth Schneider, a well known local miniaturist.  She is a lovely lady and very encouraging.  Elizabeth taught me how to tack the points by hand and then quilt the setting squares, triangle and borders.
One great tip from Elizabeth was to take a regular batting and to peel it back through the centre to create a very thin batting that is perfect for miniature quilts.    It worked wonderfully!  Elizabeth is so inspiring, I will definitely make another miniature.  I had to name this quilt after her.

I entered this miniature quilt in several fall fairs and won first prize each time it was entered.  That is encouraging and I will make another.  Surprisingly, my hand stitching group has asked me to teach a class in making this same quilt.

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2014-18 Train Panel (Hand Quilted)

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This cute little panel made for a pleasant hand quilting project during the summer of 2014.  I would work on it in the early mornings while having my tea in the sunroom that overlooks the lake.  I have outline quilted most of the design elements with matching thread.  Realistically, it could use more quilting in it, but that is as much as I want to do, so I consider it finished.  Some baby will love it.

The backing and binding are a coordinating bandana print.

 

2012-10: First Hand Quilting

DSC00153This summer, I decided to teach myself to hand quilt.  For the last 15 years, I have consistently described myself as a machine quilter, expressing zero interest in hand quilting.  I only decided to hand quilt to give me something to do while riding as a passenger in the car on long trips.  To my great surprise, I have discovered that I like hand quilting!   My first project was a small Double Wedding Ring baby panel which I quilted with a Warm and White batting.  I learned that Warm and White is not the easiest batting to needle, but I was still quite happy with the results.

I’m not fond of putting any markings on a quilt top, so I decided to mark the center of the rings with a leaf pattern cut from blue painters tape. I quilted around the outside of the leaf design.  It was easy to apply and easy to remove leaving no marks on the quilt.

I was pleased with the finished quilt and it surprised me by winning a first place ribbon at the local fall fair.

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Hand quilting after removing painters tape