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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Celebrate Hand Piecing

I realize this is a "hand quilting" blog, but I want to share my current project which is in the process of being hand pieced.

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).

The project stalled out for quite a while when I was missing fabric from certain states, or lacked inspiration for a block to make.

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.

Why hand pieced?

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.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.
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.

And eventually, the quilt will have a hand pieced sibling which I started with the leftover pieces that were sent for the state blocks.

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.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A little more done

While relaxing at our family cottage, I was able to get some more hand quilting done.  The days had been somewhat on the cool side and a quilt on my lap was very welcome to help keep me warm while sitting out on our screened-in porch.  This week, it is back to hot weather and most welcome after a lot of below average temperatures.

One thing that I like to do when quilting the hexagon centers, is do three at a time.  Six needles are on the go at the same time (two needles per hexagon).  This way, my quilt gets turned less and I don't end up with a huge twisted quilt on my lap.   Can you see the needles and thread on three of the marked hexagon centers?
If you want to read more about my adventures of quilting at the cottage using solar power, please go here to see how it is done.

Rose Marie Castonguay

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Red and Green continues

By: Karen

One of these days my Red and Green quilt will be completely finished!  Until then I will continue to work on it an hour here, and hour there – sometimes only 5 minutes!  One day it will be done.  This is the section I am currently working on.


What is everyone hand quilting these days?  Do you try to do bits every day in order to finish and how long does it normally take you to finish a quilt?  For me queen size is what I normally have on my frame and they will be on there anywhere from 4 months to a year – some times this depends on the amount of quilting I am putting into it and other times it depends on how many projects I am working on at the same time.