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Hand quilting is alive and well all around the world! Join with fellow hand quilters to share techniques, tips,
and the BEAUTIFUL quilts being made by others who share your passion for quilting... by HAND!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

In my hoop

By Ann-Mari Duffy

I am quilting a crib quilt. It is inspired by a antique seen at a quiltshop in Norway.





Happy Quilting
Ann-Mari

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Dear Jane from France

Gail ClarkMy name is Gail Clarke, I live in Burgundy, France, and here's a photo of my latest quilt off the frame.  It will be on exhibition at the "Pour l'Amour du Fil" quilt show in Nantes, France, the third week of April.  My Dear Jane will be one of one hundred reproduction quilts on show.

My Dear Jane is hand-pieced and hand-quilted on a full frame (4 boards, 4 clamps).  It was totally addictive and I enjoyed every minute of it - in fact, I might start another one just to try out different fabrics!!

I love visiting this blog!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Underhill Tree of Life Wholecloth Quilt

My name is Jill Meszaros and I am from Pennsylvania.  This is a picture of my "Underhill Tree of Life Wholecloth Quilt".  I was inspired to create it for the Great Lakes Seaway Trail 2012 Quilt Show.  You can read more about the quilt and see a better picture at this site:

http://1812quiltchallenge.blogspot.com/2012/03/handquilted-underhill-tree-of-life.html

It is so very hard to get a good picture of a wholecloth.  I think they have done a better job than I have.  Thanks again for letting us share our quilts.

Underhill Tree of Life

Elegant Gardens by Cindy Lash

Elegant Gardens, made by Cindy Lash. The blocks were designs by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts, and the quilt is signed by Edyta on the back.  It was displayed at The Gathering of Quilters in 2012 in Auburn, IN, where she was the featured speaker.    The layout was designed by Caroline North of Caroline’s Cottage Cottons in Rome City, Indiana as a Block Of the Month for the shop in 2010.  I made this quilt as a shop sample for that BOM.  The applique is fused and stitched by hand with Presencia #12 Perle Cotton and a buttonhole stitch.  It is hand quilted.

Cindy Lash
Rome City, Indiana, USA

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Farmer’s Wife

This Farmer’s wife is all 111 blocks. It was hand pieced and hand quilted. I used the Baptist fan quilt design. I use a hand held hoop and thread baste before quilting. I love hand work, but must admit I am more hand pieced topper than hand quilter. So many quilts waiting to be quilted.

By Rita Larson

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Hawaiian Quilt #1

From and made by:  Mary Ash, Johannesburg, South Africa

Name of Quilt :  Hawaiian Quilt 1.

It took me a full year to complete the applique and the quilting – loved every step of the process except perhaps the basting before quilting, which took the best part of a weekend on my knees on the floor!

MaryAsh

My first wholecloth quilt

JudyLby Judy Leckie, Melbourne Australia. Quilt completed 2010.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

500 Quilters… and more!

 

Our group on Facebook is now at over 500 hand quilters, and we feel the need to celebrate in a big way!  Quilters were notified on Facebook when we had reached the 500 mark.  Everyone made a toast with their favorite beverage, and we feel it’s time to let the whole world know how awesome it is to hand quilt!

If you are a hand quilter who visits this site or is a member of our Facebook group, we would like to connect your favorite hand quilted piece to this website.  You can do this one of two ways.  If you have your own blog, please put a photo of your quilt on your own blog, and then link to it on this website.

If you don’t have a blog, please send a photo of your quilt to the Celebrate Hand Quilting blog administrator by clicking here.    In the email, please include 1)your name, 2)country where you live,3) the name of your quilt, and 4)anything you would like our readers to know about you or your quilt.

 

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Hand quilting is not making a comeback… it has NEVER left!  Quilters all over the world are hand quilting, and the world needs to know.  Join us in sharing this wonderfully creative world of quilting.  We’re so glad you are here!  Please tell your friends about this blog, our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/handquilting/

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and our Pinterest board at http://pinterest.com/caronmosey/celebrating-hand-quilting/

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Heart's Infatuation

I finished and posted about this quilt a couple weeks ago on my own blog, but wanted to share here too with people who helped to guide the finished project.  I call it Heart's Infatuation as it started as Esther Aliu's Heart's Desire.  But I lost momentum and the desire was gone.

I started the needle turn applique back in the spring of 2011 as a mystery quilt where part of the pattern was released each month.


When the 3rd month pattern came out, I started to evaluate if I was really ready to commit to the original design.

Then the section with these flowers was released and I was in love again.

So I came up with a lay out that would use the 3 squares that I'd finished, plus lots and lots of the flowers that I adore.

Over the next 8 months, I continued to add flowers and leaves and hearts. In August 2012 I decided it was time to stop applique and think about filling that white space with quilting.

I reorganized Esther's design components into this center motif.

Which turned into a mixed method trapunto project that I posted about on this blog.


Thanks to ideas shared by this blog's followers, I stumbled into the perfect (albeit insane) fill.  Magenta thread on a white background.  It does look super cool...as long as you are viewing it close up.  There are lots of details like that in this quilt.

6 months later....

and with an assistant on cold days...

I'm finally done.

It was a long journey and worth every stitch.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Loving That Hand Quilting

By:  Audrey

My Vintage Reproduction quilt
Sometimes I feel a bit of a fraud posting on this blog.  I'm definitely not as skilled a hand quilter as many of the others who post here!  The thing is, hand quilting has long been known for as an art that any and all can take part in and receive the same amounts of pleasure.  We live in a day and age where we have amazing options available to us in the finishing of our quilts, but still, there are those of us that choose to hand quilt anyway.  Maybe it's because we're a stubborn lot, but I don't really think so.  I think it's because we've come to understand the benefits of slowing down and taking the time to really appreciate the labor of our hands.  Why bother counting the hours involved in bringing a quilt to fruition?  You and I both know that's never been the point anyway.*wink