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Monday, September 30, 2013

2013 Fall Hand Quilters’ Blog Hop

Last spring the Celebrate Hand Quilting community had a very successful blog hop.  There have been many requests to repeat the event in the fall…

Because our community is spread out all over the world, the question comes… when IS fall (autumn) for our group?  Because I am based in Michigan, United States of America, I’ll assume that the easiest thing to do is go with my seasonal calendar. It is now fall in the United States, thus
Let our Blog Hop begin!  (Sorry friends, this blog hop is now closed.  Please continue to follow the blog and join the Spring 2014 blog hop!)

If you are a hand quilter and have a quilting blog, please feel free to participate.  If you don’t have a blog, perhaps now would be a fun time to start one!

Simply write a NEW blog post on your own blog.  Share either your latest finished quilt, or a quilt that is in progress.  We LOVE to see pictures, so make sure you include several good photos. 
PLEASE… at the top of your blog post, put your name and location. 
         Caron Mosey, Michigan, U.S.A.
Once you have published your blog post online, copy the URL (address) for that particular post.  Then come back to this page and click on the link to add yourself to our list.

That’s all that is required for your blog to be included.
Let the blogging begin!

Marking for Hand Quilting

I am in the process of marking a quilt top that my hand quilting class will use in a few weeks for practicing.  I thought I might share a few pictures of how I work.

First, here is a glimpse of the quilt top; it is based on an Amish Center Diamond pattern.

unmarked top

Today I created this design for the grey triangles that square off the quilt above (click to enlarge):


I did not design the circle in the top point.  That is from a book by Linda Macho called “Quilting Patterns.”  I enlarged the design and have used it in several places on the quilt.  I added the trailing vines and curls, though. 

First, I taped the circular design onto a piece freezer paper cut the same size as the triangles on the quilt.  Then I sketched out the trailing vines and curls until I achieved the look I wanted.  Finally, I went over the design with a black Sharpie marker.

I taped the design to my LIGHT TABLE in my kitchen.  This is a dual-purpose table; it also serves as our kitchen table!  The top is glass.  Here is how I turn it into a light table; it is very easy and everything I need is in my home. 

Light table 1

The table sits where it always sits… in my bay window.  There is an electrical outlet directly behind the table that you can’t see in this picture.  I grab a little lamp from my bedroom and remove the shade.  I put a plastic mixing bowl upside down underneath the middle portion of the table.  I set the lamp in top of it to raise it closer to the glass top.  Then, I place the pattern on the glass top and tape it down in a few places.  I lay the quilt top over the pattern and position it where it needs to be.  I flip on the light and then begin tracing.  It even works through black fabric!

Light table 2

So there you are… my tip for the day!  Now go mark something!

Please show us what YOU are quilting on your blog! 

The Celebrate Hand Quilting Fall 2013 Blog Hop begins on October 1st. 

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

FALL 2013 Hand Quilting Blog Hop Begins October 1st

It’s time for the Celebrate Hand Quilting Community’s Fall 2013 Blog Hop!   Hand quilters who are in our Facebook group, as well as those who are regular visitors to our blog, will provide links to their own blog addresses and hope that you will drop in and take a look around. 

As you know, quilters come in all shapes, sizes, nationalities, and ability levels.  We all start out as brand new quilt babies, and gradually learn, grow and mature into addicted and talented quilters.  No matter where we are on the ability spectrum, we are excited about hand quilting!

So start thinking about what you’d like to share.  Take some fabulous NEW photos, put your thinking cap on and be ready to create a blog post that is OUT OF THIS WORLD!

Check back every day between now and October 1st

and stay tuned for all the details!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wool Batting Experiment

I read the comment section posts with a combination of optimism and trepidation.  As suggested, I made some test swatches.  My concerns were 1) felting of the wool batting  2) what the different widths of stitching might look like with any shrinkage 3) what color thread to use on the outer border.

The outcome was underwhelming.  The top swatch I washed as I had planned: Cold water, delicate cycle, cold water detergent (Wool Wash - a dollar store version of Woolite) The cycle takes about 20 minutes total with about 5 minutes of aggitation on each the wash and rinse cycle. Dried flat.

Bottom swatch was warm water in the sink, 3 minute soak (per the Wool Wash directions). Hand aggitation and squeezing as I would do for any hand washed garment.   Rolled up in a towel. Dried flat.

The batting had some natural variation and I think that the top one had a little more loft going into the experiment, and continues to look more lofty afterwards.  The bottom one seems very wrinkly and stiff.
(For some unknown reason, my computer is refusing to orient this photo the same way..Top is now Right)
From the front side the machine washed piece seems even loftier, but again it started that way.

The straight line stitching (center sides of each block) was my color experiment.  I suspect I'll be quilting the outer borders with either gold or pink thread.  The dragonflies and V shapes I quilted from the other side, so now know that my stitches when compared front to back are not nearly as even as when viewed only from the front.

I do have 1 more swatch I was keeping as a control.  I may have to do an abuse test and toss it in with my regular laundry to see what a warm/cold wash and drier cycle will do.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Wool Batting

Quilting Season (aka Autumn) has officially started and I'm about 9 hours into my first go with wool batting.
I pulled the Mayan Heron out of the UFO pile.  It is a reverse applique of a Dover Clip Art design.
After years of having people as "how long does that take you?", I am finally keeping track this time.  There's a series of pics from the first 5 hours on my blog.  The pictures are taken from the back so you can actually see the progress.

The background batik is a dragonfly print.  I am quilting around select dragonflies.  The wing-span is 2-2.5 inches and I am trying to limit the empty space between them.  Normally, I over-quilt.  This time I want to emphasize the loft of the wool.
Here's the 9 hour progress from the back picture.

Now it's time for your in-put.  I am a wool batting virgin and have many questions that I hope y'all can help me with.  The batting I purchased at JoAnne's on a roll and the only information on the bolt label is "100% virgin wool.  Hand Soak. No Wringing. Dry Flat."   On-line sources vary on their options about quilting distance and washing directions.

As you can see from the ruler I included in the picture, there are spaces 6" long without quilting but  with narrower space between.  I was planning to machine wash, cold,  on "delicate" setting and dry flat. The material was not pre-washed, as I had planned on quilting with cotton looking for the 3% shrinkage to give the wrinkly look I love.

Your thoughts?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Hand Quilting again

I have started hand quilting my Welsh Quilt again now that the weather has turned a little cooler.

I have more pictures on my blog

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Whole Cloth Quilt Binding

 by Tim Latimer

I have been working on this whole cloth quilt since November. 

I finished all the hand quilting, and now I will be adding trapunto (some has been done already) and binding.

I am using piping for the binding.  Here is how I am dong it:

First I hand stitch the piping to the top layer only, about 1/2 inch from the last row of quilting stitches.
I am using purchased piping that I bought at the fabric store.
After the piping is stitched on to the top I trim the top, backing and batting .

I turn under the edges of the piping, and the backing and pin
Then blind stitch the back to the piping
and here is the front
I will post some more pictures when I finish .

Happy Quilting