Sunday, August 25, 2013
Celebrate Hand Piecing
In 2010, when the Dear Jane's and Farmer's Daughter were all the rage, I started this project which is my USA quilt. Each block represents a state and the red fabric was purchased or sent from the state it represents. The block represents that state either by name (Ohio Star, Road to California) or symbolism (Bear Paw for Alaska, Orange Peel for Florida).
At a quilt retreat in July, I cranked out the last 11 blocks, a task made possible by my relaxing the rules. Basically, if the fabric was part of the collection donated or collected for the project, it qualified for all blocks.
I had attended a fairly large quilt show and was struck by the fact that not a single quilt in the show was completely done by hand.
Hand applique was machine quilted.
Machine pieced was hand quilted.
It just made me realize that I don't own a full sized quilt that was both hand pieced and hand quilted.
So this is it.
Hopefully by the time our weather cools down enough for me to enjoy sitting on the couch with a lap frame, I'll have this quilt pieced and sandwiched for hand quilting.
Shared by Marjorie