3 months (off and on) piecing
15 months (off and on) hand quilting all 10,351.5 square inches
Hating the quilt
1 frantic 36 hour binding mad dash
Falling back in love with the finished quilt
See it in person along with a fabulous collection of quilts from the Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild. It will be on display at Harrisburg Historic Association throughout September and October- details here.
Finally making some progress on a very large hand quilting project.
A bit overdue, but one last report my Spring time quilt adventures. The same weekend as AQS there is a local quilt show held in Lancaster as well. This year the main exhibit was a collection of antique signature quilts.
1920 Hamilton County, Indiana
These quilts are the essence of why hand made quilts are special–the people who made them.
Hexagon Flower Wreath
1935 Location Unknown
Rail Road Crossing Wedding Quilt
Made in 1941 as a wedding present for a soldier who died at Normandy.
1950 Oklahoma Bible Quilt
A favorite flower and Bible verse
Someday I hope that I have chance to make one of these!
I’ve made a lot of quilts over the years and most of them I’ve liked quite a bit. But if I had to sum up my quilting style in one work- this pair of quilts would be it. Scrappy. Traditional pattern and hand quilting. Modern fabrics. Bold printed back. One wonky, one precise- Ireally go both ways on that one. My favorite colors- purple and aqua. And made for a wonderful couple to celebrate their twin daughters.
Also, well timed! I didn’t plan these for the Festival of Strings, but I just finished up the second one last week, so it couldn’t have worked out better.
I’ve been hanging on to these cool IKEA fabrics for several years now and was glad to finally put them to good use.
Like nearly all of my quilts, even these favorites, they don’t get to stay in my house long, they’re off to North Carolina next week. But that just frees me up to work on my next favorite quilt!
Since I shared about the PA Relief Sale yesterday, it seemed like a great time to show off the quilt that I made from the fabric I bought as last year’s sale. Given my addiction to scrappy quilts, I was smitten with the bags of vintage postage stamps. They were great to have on hand beside my machine for leader-enders, and it seemed like I had tons of postage stamp blocks in no time at all. So when I needed another quilt for my church, the blocks seemed like a great time to use some of them.
Hopefully this quilt is being already being enjoyed by one of the newest little members of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship!
I was all worried that I didn’t have a quilt to share for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival this time around. I know it doesn’t have to be a new quilt, but I always worry that I’m being boring showing the same quilt more than once. But, somewhere in the back of my head, I managed to remember that I had held off posting about Sofiya’s Dresden Plate Quilt when I finished it in January. It was being presented at our church and I wanted to keep it a bit of surprise, but then I just forgot after it was presented, so there we go, a new quilt, rediscovered, just in time for the BQF.
Sofiya’s Dredsen was made for the latest baby born at my North Carolina Church. For a little of around 50, they kept me busy with six baby quilts last year. I’ve had a little break now, but we’ve got three more coming up now. My North Carolina Church has been so supportive of me as a quilter and as a person, even though I’m now back in Pennsylvania, so making each of their quilts is really special to me.
And the quilting
Amy, who so graciously hosts this fun for all of us twice a year, has suggested that we include the following info to help people in voting for their favorite quilts.
- Quilt Measurements: Roughly 40×50, I never really bother to measure my quilts, and it’s now happy in it’s new home, so I’m not going to swear to exact size. It’s a healthy sized baby quilt.
- Special Techniques Used: Hand Appliqued, Hand Quilted
- Quilted by: Me
- Best category: Baby Quilt or Hand Quilted
Thanks so much for stopping by! Hopefully I’ll be by your blog soon, I always find new and inspiring people during this festival, I really look forward to seeing everyone’s work.
Today I’m celebrating a big finish. The Blue String Quilt which was started before this blog and appeared on my very first WIP list here is FINALLY finished. Now it’s ready to head off to it’s new home this week, celebrating my cousin’s wedding.
It’s hard to find modern quilting stencils for hand quilting, so I very happy to come across TSC Designs earlier this year. Although not designed for quilter’s specifically, they work great and they have wonderful modern stencils.
I really love being able to give a quilt for a wedding gift and I hope that my cousin and his new wife enjoy it!