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Rainbow Orange Peels: Finished

I absolutely love how the this quilt turned out.


After I machine appliqued the petals, I was dying to get back to hand work, so it is hand quilted.


The orange peel design pops great on the back from the quilting.


And now it’s off to it’s new home in North Carolina.

Until next time!  Jill


BQF- Baby Hexies

Welcome to my second entry for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  This quilt is in the baby quilts category.  You can check out my hand quilting entry here.
HS Hexagon

The couple this quilt is for asked for hexagons and I was a bit concerned.  I knew I didn’t have time to hand piece.  And it was for a boy, so I knew I wanted something other than the common flower garden lay out.  When I saw this pattern, I was sold.  Well, mostly sold, I did make a few adjustments. I didn’t want my hexagons to get cut off, so I nearly doubled the background triangles to extend the white to the edges.  But I nearly followed a pattern, which is a big deal for me, I rarely have that kind of patience.

Hand Quilting

Hand Quilting

I’m so excited about triangles now!  Seriously, I have triangles on the mind now and can’t wait to do them again.  Maybe a a star layout?

Bold Ikea Print Back (I'm totally addicted to bold Ikea print backs right now)

Quilt Back

I used a bold Ikea print for the back.  I’m totally addicted to these right now.  So many things to love about Ikea fabric for backs:  Fun designs.  Good prices.  Wide width=no piecing needed for baby quilt backs.  Just wish they would carry more quilting weight fabrics.

HS Hexagon Label 1

A gift from Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship

This is off in the mail to Chapel Hill Mennonite to welcome their newest baby!

BQF- Megan’s Wedding Quilt: Full Journey

This is not the first time this quilt has shown up here, but it’s a pretty epic finish for me, as well as a very special gift, so I hope you don’t mind me sharing it again for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival!  This quilt was on display for almost two months at my guild’s quilt exhibit and there were a few questions that consistently came up, so I though I’d share them my answers with you here, along with the whole start to finish journey of this quilt.

Building Blocks

All the Half Square Triangles

1) How long did this take you?  I worked on it for 18 months.  But it was fairly sporadic at points and there were months when I didn’t touch it at all, so how many hours- I have no idea.  A lot.  See next question.

Megan's Block

The Blocks come together

Megan's Quilt

The Quilt Top

Wedding Quilt Sandwich


2) How many stitches do you think are in there?  Well, for the machine piecing/binding and the hand binding, again, no idea.  But since the quilting was one design repeated 16 times, I could measure the quilting of one block and then do some math.  Turns out, there are roughly 3,696 inches of hand quilting in this and I averaged 5.5 stitches per inch in the quilting, which brings the grand total to 20,328 stitches, give or take.

Hand Quilting Megan's Quilt


Megan's Wedding Quilt

The Finished Quilt

3) How much would that cost?  To borrow from the good folks at Mastercard, “There are some things in life money can’t buy, for everything else…” and, no, I don’t accept Mastercard.  20,000 hand stitches is my way of saying I love you.  Really love you.  It’s not for sale.

Quilt Label

Quilt Label

The very best part- The Giving

The very best part, giving it away

Thanks for sharing the journey with me.  I’m happy to say this quilt is finally in it’s new home (you may have noticed it was a little overdue if you read the label with the wedding date closely) and it really was wonderful to be able to give something so special to my friend Megan.  She has been a pretty incredible friend to me since our very first day of college when we moved into the same tiny dorm room together, worth every stitch.

If you’re interested in voting, I’m entering this in the hand quilting category.  I’m also entering a quilt in the baby quilts category, you can check that quilt out here.  Enjoy the festival!


Mountain Craft Days 2013

Crown of Thorns

Crown of Thorns Quilt at the Adam Miller House (1798)

My family has been involved in the Somerset Historical Society’s Mountain Craft Days nearly as long as it has existed and it’s a tradition that I love.  Growing up I was knicknamed the “Butter Girl” because I ran the Jr. Historian’s butter making booth for several years in high school.  Although I had fun (and adore freshly churned butter), I’m pretty glad to have graduated to a much cleaner task- demonstrating quilting and telling the history of the Adam Miller home (an original Somerset County home dating back to at least 1798).

Inside the Adam Miller Home

Inside the Adam Miller Home

This was the first festival in several years with good weather and the crowds were amazing.  There were some 6,000 people on Saturday alone!

Applique, Patchwork, Whole Cloth, and knotted quilt examples

Applique, Patchwork, Whole Cloth, and Knotted quilt examples

Wool with drum carder= Home made, historical quilt batting

Letting kid's check out the wool

Letting kids check out the wool

Giving folks a chance to try their hand at quilting

Giving folks a chance to try their hands at quilting

Three Days of Straight Hand Quilting

Three days of hand quilting= Seriously tired, serious calloused fingers

All and all a great, if exhausting weekend.  I hope I’ll have enough finger strength left tomorrow to type at work!

Festival of Strings: Twin Quilts for Twin Girls

Twin Strings

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!




There is Hope for the Long Term WIPs

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!

Still Quilting

Things are hard right now.  Really hard.  It’s been an incredibly hard year all around.  Moving for a new job that didn’t work out.  Worrying about when/if I’m going to have to move again.  Losing my Grandmother.  Losing my Uncle three days later.  Things are hard and I am pretty much exhausted.

I really wasn’t sure how I’d feel about quilting after losing Ma.  I was worried that the joy would just go out of it for me.  But during one of the last visits I had with her while she was still coherent, she kept asking the hospital staff that came into the room if they wanted to see something beautiful, and telling me to show them the quilt I was working on, a version of the butterfly quilt I’d made for her this spring.  That’s what I think about when I’m quilting now, how quilting was something special that we shared right up to the end.  And how proud she was to have someone continue the tradition.

So, I’m still quilting.  Sometimes it is too hard and I have to walk away.  But mostly I get lost in the repetition and driven to finish just one more block, then one more after that.  And right now, getting lost in an endless stream of tiny hand stitches seems like the perfect distraction.  So I just keep quilting.