Making Progress


I have been busy hand quilting.  Here are some update pictures….making progress (click pictures to enlarge)

The second picture is the real color…..without the flash it sort of looks cream colored but it is white

More updates soon

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Stars and Stripes


I am quilting away on the snowflake quilt but not much new to show


so I decided to show one of my vintage treasures

Stars and Stripes quilt kit.


All the pieces are pre-cut


and the instructions are really funny to me


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Here are the pieces for one block


and here is the price


$12.95….not sure what year this was from but I can easily spend that one just one yard of fabric today.

It will be a while before I put this together but it is going to be a fun quilt.

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More Hand Quilting


I’m still at it.   I worked on the snowflake quilt for about 14 hours on Saturday and 16 on Sunday.   I have 2 corners left to quilt.

Here are pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

Teddy wanted to try it out again.


I get a lot of questions and concern about my hands.    Many hand quilters use the finger on the under hand to feel the needle.   When the needle goes through the fabric from the top the finger on the bottom side of the quilt is used to feel the tip of the needle coming through and determine how far to push it through before pushing it back to the top thus regulating stitch length.  The result being that the finger on the under hand gets poked by a needle with every stitch.   I have seen some fingers that really look painfully damaged!  Some say that they build up a callus and the pain goes away.    I do it differently, my under hand finger pushes up the fabric but doesn’t touch the needle so I rarely poke it so I don’t suffer from the same kind of pain.   My hands have built up a lot of strength over the years of hand quilting so they really don’t get tired unless I am quilting very thick fabric.

Here are my fingers this morning after quilting for 30 hours over the weekend


a bit rough but more from flowers than needles.

I have 2 corners to finish and based on the last corner I will need 60 hours to finish them.   That would normally be about 10 days but I am going to try to do it in a week.    Check back for more progress pictures soon.

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Hand Quilting Marathon


I am quilting away non stop trying to get this done By Nov 6.

Here are some pictures

Teddy says HI


More progress pictures soon

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edge work


Last time I posted about the snowflake quilt


and said that I pinned towels to the edges to make quilting the edges easier in the hoop.


Today I put it in the hoop so here is how it looks


The light was perfect so I took a few more pictures …when the light is right it really shows the texture. (click pictures to enlarge)

Teddy was ready to pose today so here is his photo shoot

He is such a good model….but I am afraid he really needs a bath :(   but don’t tell him….he hates getting wet!

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Center Finished


I finally Finished the center of the snowflake quilt.    Here are some pictures  including a few close-ups so you can see the stitching.(click pictures to enlarge)

I am ready to do the borders so I pin towels to the edge of the quilt.    The towel is so that when I put the quilt in the hoop I can work on the edges and the corners.


It won’t be long now!

A few pictures from the floral design class I teach

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Now to get to work on hand quilting those edges!

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autumn 2

We had a hard frost so many plants in my garden have bitten the dust :(   but there are still lots of fall colors around.    I have been thinking of a new quilt idea in fall colors so I drew up a plan.

fall idea

I am not sure when I will actually make it….I decided to work on the snowflake quilt and get it finished….


the #11 between needle I use for hand quilting this one sure seems small compared to the size 5 embroidery needle I used on the last one


I also want to finish the batik quilt top


and several others before I start a new one….but thinking about new things keeps me moving along.

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