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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Back To Hand Quilting

By: Karen Goad, Quilts… etc

On August 3rd my husband and I left Arkansas in our small motorhome to head to the Rocky Mountains – we were to be gone for 2 months which is what we did – we arrived back home on September 30th and had a great time. We saw many wild animals, camped in beautiful places and saw many beautiful waterfalls, lakes, and mountains that are meant to be seen to be appreciated.  Once you see the mountains you always want to see them again.  Being away also meant I was leaving my hand quilting at home and take time off from it.  I did take some hand piecing with me but because of arthritis in my thumb I really didn’t get all that much done.  That was ok though as I did need a break from it.

It really is ok to take a break from hand quilting – I was asked by several quilters  did I not miss quilting and yes I did.  But the break was what I needed.  I still have trouble with my thumb and it will be a chronic condition.  I will still hand quilt, I will just not sit for hours at it any more.  Shorter spells at the quilting frame (or hoop) is good for you believe it or not – getting up and moving around does the body good.  I will be working by machine more than I used to but hand work is still my love and I will not give it up until I absolutely have to.

Since I have been home for not even a week – this is what has been accomplished at the quilting frame on my Dear Jane – Insanity Revisited.

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Sometimes I quilt in the name of the person getting the quilt – in this case I have already quilted in my daughter’s name Jessica in an earlier part of the quilt – she has told me that she will be handing the quilt off to her daughter Ciera one day so Ciera’s name is also in the quilt.

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I like to quilt each block differently to go with the design of the block/triangle.  I am using a variegated thread that is a light red/cream color to go with the colors of the quilt.  This Dear Jane is slightly more than half way finished now – I hope to be done by the end of the year but I guess we need to see how the thumb does along the way – I use my thumb a lot when quilting at the frame with my paddle thimble as I can quilt in different directions without twisting my body up.

I hope all the readers of this blog are still hand quilting – I know we haven’t had much activity this summer – maybe that will change now that the cooler weather is coming for some of us? 

14 comments:

  1. this is such a lovely piece you are quilting. I am encouraged by your ability to still quilt with the thumb as I have that basal thumb problem also--mine was from years of piano playing as a performer and teacher. I find wearing a Cool Comfort brace helpful--but it immediately grieves me if I quilt or knit or crochet for long periods...I do love your idea to quilt in names...so pretty...hugs and good luck Julierose

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  2. I like the idea of quilting a name into the quilt.
    xx

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  3. What a beautiful Heirloom quilt for your daughter! Love the colors and the quilting.

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  4. I too like the idea of quilting names. Also, could you tell me how you have padded your paddle thimble?

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  5. I think we all need to take a break from things once in awhile. I haven't been working on any hand quilting to speak of over the summer because it was so hot. Now I've picked up my knitting needles and am working on a big project that will take me awhile ( a throw for my son). And the arthritis in my thumb(me too!)thanks me for switching things up now and thn.

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  6. thanks to Julierose for mentioning what kind of brace she uses for her thumb it is a lot different than the one the doctor told me to use that made it worse! I ordered one to see how it will work thanks!
    Judy I used some of the shelf liner that holds dishes in place - kind of a waffle weave item if you know what kind I mean and then wrapped masking tape around it - gives me a better grip - I used to have a thing that you poke a pencil through that was rubber but it was a stretch for it and it eventually ripped off - I would like to find something like that again and might do a search on arthritis supplies for pencil grips and see if I can find one to fit this wide flat handle.
    The break from quilting was actually good for my hands and fingers and I will need to try to not spend more than an hour a day at it I think - or do 30 minutes at a time with more breaks - I still want to hand quilt but two hours steady is no longer an option I think

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  7. Wow, I love hand quilting and this is simply lovely and tells me that I have a lot more practice to do to keep up with the likes of your beautiful hand quilting stitches.

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  8. I enjoy all hand work. My quilting is far from good, but good enough for me. Love your quilt.

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  9. Thanks for your reply about the padding on your paddle thimble. I thought it was leather over something with a fancy lace edging, lol, but can see it now that you've explained. I bet an occupational therapist could rig something up. I know they make hand braces. I have Lycra craft fingerless gloves that help...keeps warmth around the joints.

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  10. Beautiful work. I am at the beginning of my red and white DJ so I really enjoyed seeing your quilting on this one. The variegated thread is a nice touch.

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  11. sounds like you have a wonderful two months away and now home feeling refreshed. I do like that you are using just red and white for Dear Jane,your quilting is beautiful. I have the book but there is not enough info for me maybe one day when I am better at quilting I will tackle it, think green and white might be an option for me

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  12. Margaret there is a Dear Jane facebook page and a yahoo group if you want to join one for more info. the facebook group is managed by Caron who is the "owner" of this blog. A lot of good information there are also several web pages devoted to step by step instructions (almost) on how to construct the blocks.

    I love variegated thread and use it almost exclusively for hand quilting, I use King Tut and/or YLI

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  13. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who quilts the name of the recipient in a quilt. I don't do it for all my quilts, but my kids have learned to look for it in theirs. Right now I'm trying to decide exactly where in my son's next quilt the name is going to go. Pondering as I handquilt. :)

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  14. Quelle beauté,travail magnifique!bravo

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