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Wednesday, January 30, 2013


By: Karen
Stippling is normally done by machine but no reason it can’t be done by hand as well – after all we all know that if something can be done by machine it can normally be done by hand as well – just not as fast!

I have one quilt that I did stippling on.  I have never done it since then.  Why – because of the amount of time it took to do it.  This quilt I hand pieced and hand quilted back in 1999.  I laid it out on the bed to get a photo of it as I don't have a good one handy.

The center area around the mariners compass is the area that I stippled.  I had it hanging on the wall for a very long time but then took it down several years ago. It had begun to loose it’s shape, the weight had been too much for it. I had not had a opening in the middle of the hanging sleeve – I learned you should always put an opening half way and have a bracket in the middle of your hanger for a large quilt. After washing and drying it several times I think the shape has come back to it, I will need to hang it again sometime and see how it looks. 

Here is a close up of the area – it is hard to get a good photo sometimes of stitching on prints.
I just did a continuous line weaving in and out in little looping kind of pattern all over the place.

My method of Stippling

By Tim Latimer

My method of hand stippling is to do very tight echo quilting. I quilt around and around the open space until it is filled in.  The Idea being that the dense quilting highlights the other areas.   The stippled areas have a lot of texture, which reminds me of an orange peel.

Here is a picture of the quilt I am currently working on stippling.  I am using a #11 John James Needle and YIL quilting thread.

Here is a picture showing the other side with some more of the stippling filled in.

I would not do this much work on a printed fabric because it doesn't show up as well ( the back of the quilt is a Batik fabric and the quilting shows very little)

It is a full sized quilt and there is a lot more to go!

I think it will be worth it.

Happy  quilting

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Stippled Pillow

 I have done only one project as of now that I did some stippling on. It was this pillow. I wanted to try stippling on something small because I wasn't sure if I could do it or even would like it.

  I had no pattern, I just started going around in swirls and circles.
It was fun and relaxing not having to be exact. 

I like the look and I plan on doing it again. If you have never tried it yourself give it a shot.

Right now I'm working on this quilt and I'm doing just outlined quilting, no stippling in this one

My outline is 1/4"

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Lots of Hand Quilting Information at Your Fingertips

I love how this blog has shared a lot of great information on hand quilting over the past 14 months.  I have learned so much from our writers, and have seen beautiful quilts from all around the world.

The writers on this site post as the mood strikes them.  We have experienced quilters, quilters who have a moderate level of skill, and hand quilters who are just beginning to stitch.  And they are ALL welcome!  If YOU are a hand quilter and would love to be a writer on this site, please contact Caron Mosey by sending an email to her at:


Google Alerts

If you are looking for more information on hand quilting, you can always set up a Google Alert and have hand quilting information delivered right to your email account.  Here’s how:

Go to the website  and fill in the few questions that it asks.


In the Search query area, type in what you are looking for.  When I created my search ages ago, I put in “hand quilting.”  That was all. Click on the other sections below and choose the response that is appropriate for you.  On the question How Many, I put Only the best results.  That prevents a list of junk being delivered to my email.  Finally, put your email address in the last box, and click on CREATE ALERT.  That’s all there is to it!

I get a giggle every time I see one of our Celebrate Hand Quilting writers show up in my email as a Google Alert.  That’s one more article on hand quilting for the world to see.

Goodness knows we want a LOT of hand quilting covering the world!

Think about becoming a writer on this blog.

Think about setting up your own Google Alert about hand quilting. 

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New year, new projects!

By: Berit

What I've been up to lately?

I've been knitting mittens! Since the Christmas holidays I have made six pairs of mittens, and I have just started the 7th. Last year I made about eight pairs, that means now I am on a roll :-)
My hand quilting has taken a back seat these last few months, partly due to my obsessive knitting, and partly because I had some health issues this fall. I am all better, thou! I will pick up my Life is Beautiful quilt again in the near future, I promise!
Stay quilting!

Saturday, January 12, 2013


It's only crazy if it doesn't work.

Thanks again for all the suggestions that pushed me this direction

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).


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


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.

What I'm planning for 2013,2014, Françoise Lietaert

Hello fellow quilters,

First of all, I too wish you all a very happy 2013 with lots of time to do what you want to do.
So I took pictures of what my plans are for this new year and the least I can say is that it was confronting. A reality check.
So at the (very big) risk of making a fool of myself,
here we go.

To start with : I recently showed you a picture of this red and white. I want it finished by januari 18 because 
then I'm teaching it. It's a design of my own. about 1m -40" square

 Once a month, I try to make a block from the Chester County Criswell quilt

 This is something I designed a couple of years ago and I would love to finish it soon, but since it's just 2 fabrics and 1 spool of thread it's the perfect vacation compagnion. I don't think I'll be going on vacation enough to finish that one this year.

 The red triangles are part of an antique quilt I'm redrawing and making much smaller.

 I'm seriously behind in making The Civil War Bride. I love that quilt. And working on it. When I can.

 Now here we have a bad shot of a quilt I've been working on on an irregular base. It's big (probably 2mx2m when finished 80"x80") and it needs some serious decision making at this point.

 This mariners compass I made in a class with Di Ford recently (that is 'my' recently since it appears it was already more than 3 months ago). Would love to continue this future quilt, but have to stew on it.

 This is just my next handquilting project, big stitch, after the red and white. Pattern by Kim McLean.

 Now here is an extremely bad shot (but it was (still is) in a closet under a pile of fabric) of a quilt in progress I also still love, although it hasn't seen an needle in about 2 years or more? One of my problems is that even if I don't work  on a quilt, it doesn't mean I don't think about that particular quilt. But this one does need some serious decision making too and it looks as if the first half of 2013 will be the time finally to do so.

This is a quilt I need to work on and finish soon because it's mostly with todays fabrics; My design again and needs a lot of decisions now.

This is the start of something new. I've gotten this far (my design again, getting boring) some time before Di Fords class, so I think this can count as something new?

I found this very confronting. In between I have to cook, wash, iron, clean, drive, shop, be a mam to my kids and their friends, be a wife to my husband, try not to forget major things. Lucky I'm positive. I will finish all this in my lifetime. Although there's something nagging that I forgot a couple of things. And then there's this list - even longer- of quilts I desperately want to start and finish. And I still buy fabric. I need a shrink.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Moving Forward


I finally finished this quilt last night.  I had hopes of finishing it last year, but better late than never.  My next quilt top top to quilt is a scrappy string star quilt.  I used colors that are not my usual picks.  My husband is always saying you need to make brighter quilts, so I went for it.  I was hoping it would empty my box of scraps, but that didn’t seem to happen, so I guess there are more scrap quilts in my future.  Since I am outside of my element, with these colors, I am not sure what color or colors of thread I should use.  I would love to hear any and all input that you have on the subject.  Help????


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

What is ahead in 2013

My goals for this fabulous new year include the following:

1) Finishing the hand quilting on my Feathered Stars

photo 1

2) Finishing my wall hanging from the Karen Kay Buckley workshop I took, and hand quilting it. It will also have borders on it, my initials and a date appliqued on in a folksy style.

Purple Reign

3) Completing the Double Irish Chain quilt for my bed (and machine quilting it).  The quilt that is currently on our bed is worn out, and we need something new.  This quilt uses up some fabric that I have had for years.  The green here doesn’t look anything like the actual color, which is lighter and more muted.


I have other projects in mind as well…

2013 Quilt Projects

What are YOUR quilting plans for 2013?