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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Spread the Love of Hand Quilting

 By Caron Mosey

  As people who are committed to hand quilting, I know we all cringe when we hear non-hand quilters say that “nobody hand quilts anymore.”  We know it just isn’t true!  So what do we do about it?

There is a LOT we can do – and some of it we are already doing!

·        We have the Celebrate Hand Quilting blog at www.celebratehandquilting.com  and we welcome writers to join us! (Contact Caron if you are interested by leaving a comment below or by sending her an email at caron mosey at gmail dot com).


·        We have the Celebrate Hand Quilting Facebook Group online at www.facebook.com/groups/handquilting/ .  You can encourage hand quilters to join our group, or you can invite them yourself right on the group page!  Enter their email address in the top right area of the page, and they will receive an invitation to connect with other hand quilters!

·        You can teach hand quilting to one new person… or more than one person!  How about teaching a child?  Or an adult?  

·        Offer to teach a small group of children and their parent(s) how to quilt as part of a home schooling effort.  Often, quilting involves math.  Combining stitching with math will encourage both skills, and parents will love you for it!  A good basic starting pattern could be the easy Nine Patch Hand Piecing Adventure! http://blog.caronmosey.com/2015/05/lots-of-squares-in-nine-patch-quilt.html

·        Do you take your stitching out in public with you? 
If you know you will have to sit and wait for something (the doctor, kids at sports practice, etc.) put a few sewing tools and bits of a project into a small tote or a ziplock bag, and take it with you!  Sit in public and stitch… and watch people be amazed that you’re quilting!

·   If you have a front porch that catches peoples eye, try sitting out front in beautiful weather and hand quilt. It won’t be long before you will be known as the “porch quilter” and people will be talking! GOOD!


·        Are you in non-hand quilting groups on Facebook or any other social media?  Toss a question out to those groups.  Ask something like, “Hey – am I the only hand quilter in this group?  Anybody else hand quilt?  Send me a message and let me know if you quilt!”  Then start up a conversation with them.  You might just make a great new friend!

·        Wear something that tells people you are a hand quilter.  It could be a necklace with a thimble charm on it, a tote bag that is hand quilted, or a shirt that says “Celebrate Hand Quilting" on it. 


Alright, it’s YOUR turn!  What else can we do to spread the love of hand quilting?  Leave a comment below this blog article (not on Facebook, please) so that others can read it.  When you’re done writing your comment, go make something quilty!  

Hand Quilting Podcast


Coming Monday, June 22, 2015: Join Caron Mosey as she talks with Pat Sloan on the American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast! Show time is Monday at 4pm eastern, 3pm Central, 2pm Mountain, 1pm Pacific. Go to this link to listen: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/magazines-more/quilting-podcast 

NOTE: Go to the link AHEAD of time so that you don't miss the show!


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