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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Enter our first GIVEAWAY!!!

That’s right, Celebrate Hand Quilting is having

its first Giveaway!

Thanks to our friends over at TheStencilCompany

We have two $100 coupons

to give away!!!

We’ll give away the first one on the 4th of July

to put a little more excitement in your day!

To put your name in for the drawing, here’s what you can do… you’ll get one chance to win for each of the items on the list below.  How many you choose is up to you!

  • Leave a comment below THIS POST that tells why YOU like hand quilting.
  • On the right side of this blog, click to join our site and add your picture to the list!
  • Visit our Pinterest page and find our Celebratelogo.  Hover over it, click on COMMENT, and then leave a comment.
  • Post a tweet for our site!  Go to Twitter and post this: @cmosey Do you like #handquilting ? Come on over to
  • Are you on Facebook?  We have a brand new group page for hand quilting!  Come on over and join our group!


Can I ask you to do one more favor?  Please visit The Stencil Company’s website at and thank them for their very generous gift.  You can sign up for their newsletter in the left-hand side of the page, or find their email on a tab at the top.


OK, you have until July 3rd at midnight Eastern Standard Time to do what you can to win a $100 gift certificate. When I get up in the morning, I’ll draw a name out of the hat and post the winner here, on our Facebook group, I’ll TWEET it, and shout it from the mountain top (Well OK, maybe not from a mountain…)

We will give the other $100 gift certificate away in August!


Monday, June 18, 2012

Hand Quilting at Pinterest

Have you visited Pinterest yet?  If not, you're in for a real treat! Many of the hand quilters on Celebrate Hand Quilting have already found out how much fun Pinterest can be!

Go to Pinterest and take a peek at just a few of the great hand quilting examples you can find when you begin looking. If you don't yet have a Pinterest account, contact Celebrate Hand Quilting and just ask!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Grid Work

I am currently working on the background grid work on this wall hanging I made several years ago. Grid work is one of my favorite quilting designs.  There is no need for special stencils and it can be adapted to any size block easily by changing the spacing between the lines.   Some use masking tape to follow, I like to use a mechanical pencil to lightly mark the lines using the quilting rulers that I use to cut fabric.  I think if you are wanting to practice, this is a good pattern to use. I find myself counting the stitches between the lines and it helps me keep my stitches even.
I would love to see your favorite background quilting designs.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

One of my quilts

By Fran├žoise Lietaert

I decided to show you one of my still favourite quilts I designed and made.

It's about 2 by 2 meter.

It's called 'Passing the elements'

I consider it being my Millennium quilt, since I finished it in 2000. It took me 9 months from first sketch to finished binding. That, never again.  If you want the 'blahblah' : the centre block is 'world without end', with the 4 elements it's composed of : earth, water, fire and air.
That is surrounded by nature (the leaves) which we have to defend (the 4 large points).

As you can see, the points provide large area's of space for quilting. I would have loved to fill them with trapunto, but in those days, I didn't know how. So I didn't. And since I was on a deadline, I didn't have the time to try and learn.
Which brings me to my point intended : I still take classes when I can, and the subject of the class - or the teacher- interests me. I mean, I won't be taking beginners classes or so, but more specialised ones. But these are extremely hard to find I think.
Some time ago, a quilter who had been quilting for 2 years and finished a wallhanging, told me she didn't need to take classes anymore because she felt she knew everything. It was one of those times I was too shocked to answer.

By the way, I've been wondering for years if I still could do the trapunto on the finished quilt, or should I leave it as is?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Another Quilt on The Frame

By: Karen Goad

I don’t know how other quilters are but when I take a quilt off the quilting frame I almost always have another quilt waiting in line to be put on the frame.  I can’t stand an empty frame!  I took Star Crazy off my quilting frame several weeks ago and then put a very small wall hanging Pineapple Square on the frame as I knew it would only take several weeks to quilt it.  I had a very big quilt top I was hand piecing that was coming to a finish and wanted it to be on the frame next.  The timing was perfect.  The quilt top finished – and the quilting on the wall hanging was done the next day.

Joseph’s Coat is now on the quilting frame where it will reside for the next 4 to 8 months most likely depending on the speed I quilt and how many hand projects I have going on at the same time.


Stitching begins – a very simple pattern to go with the simplicity of this quilt.  More on my personal blog about this quilt.


When you finish a quilt do you always have another quilt waiting in line?  I know I do, at this moment I have 4 finished quilt tops waiting in line, I’m I ever going to get caught up!  I am working on two more tops at this time – I guess I better get busy.