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Monday, January 7, 2013

Hand Piecing

By: Karen

Instead of hand quilting lately I have been hand piecing.  The joy of both of these are equal in my mind.  I will get back to my quilting soon, but in the meantime I have been working on Lucy Boston: Patchwork of the Crosses.  At the link you can see the pattern that I am using from a site called Inklingo – I love this method of hand piecing but it is not the only way I hand piece.  The link tells the history of this pattern as well. (I just like the site I am not affiliated with it).

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Here is a close up of a block so you can see how it is made.

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Right now it is 48 inches by 60 inches.  I am working on a row right now that is ready to be joined to the quilt which well then make it 60 inches x 60 inches.  My aim to make it queen size if I do not tire on it first.  Of course it will be hand quilted! Couldn’t do it any other way could I after all the work of hand piecing Smile

I need to get back to my quilting soon, I have taken some time off from it and have two in the works at the moment – I like a variety of projects to work on and have two that I am piecing and two that I am quilting with plans to make more this year – like a lot of us I am not happy just working on one at a time.

14 comments:

  1. Your POTC looks fantastic.
    Liebe Grüße Grit

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  2. Love how your POTC is coming along, so pretty. *s* also like you I have a quilt in my floor frame and a smaller quilt in my lap frame as well as tops being pieced.

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  3. This is such a beautiful quilt project. I am always amazed at the progress you have made!

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  4. thanks all - hand piecing hexies is actually easier than some might think :)

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  5. Wow! It looks fantastic! Beautiful fabric choices and definitely a labor of love.

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  6. It looks gorgeous so far, that's a lot of piecing for one block but oh so worth it. I'm becoming quite fond of hand piecing myself.

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  7. looks beautiful!!! It will be gorgeous when completed!

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  8. Beautiful - so nice to see a different hexagon design.

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  9. Looks beatiful, but also looks difficult!

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  10. Many many years ago, There was a British Fair at a department store in Tokyo. I went because I was playing bagpipes out front. The fair was mostly products for sale but there was a small quilt exhibit on the side. Among the quilts was that quilt by Lucy Boston. I took out pencil and notebook and sketched the design. Since then I have made two quilts using it. The first I called "Star Crossed" because I was destined to make ie upon seeing it. The second one I named "Double Crossed" because I was inspired to make it again. That pattern has so many possibilities I may end up making another!

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  11. thanks everyone, this quilt is actually easier to piece than it might look - once you get into it the piecing goes smoothly. In the book there are quite a variety of layouts that one can make. I don't know though if I would make more than one like Julie has.

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous!! I love to both hand piece and hand quilt. If only my work was as beautiful as yours!!

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  13. Very pretty! I love your hexagon!

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