more hand quilting

More hand quilting this weekend.   I am using Presencia perle cotton  in size 8 and 12.  I have used about 20 different colors so far.

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here is a picture of the back

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Here are more pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

Teddy is watching closely.

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Happy Quilting

Tim

Good News

I just checked my email…….Good news.   My hand quilted reindeer whole cloth quilt was accepted into the AQS show in Lancaster PA March 11 – 14

Here is information on the show  http://www.quiltweek.com/locations/lancaster/

And just in case you aren’t tired of seeing pictures of the quilt here are some more (click pictures to enlarge)

And another bit of good news.  P&B Textiles has offered to do another fabric giveaway.   The December giveaway was so much fun we decided to do another for the new year.   Details coming soon ….and for the winners of the last giveaway if you send me pictures of what you make I will post them here so you can show off your work.

Happy Quilting

Tim

Nap Time?

What does a quilt inspector dog do when he gets tired of watching quilting?   He takes a nap.

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Before he settles down to nap he spends a good bit of time making his nest.

He used his quilt

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and one that I made several years ago

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I have been talking about making a pattern for my Reindeer Snowflake quilt for months

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I finally got it done (working on the pattern was not interesting to Teddy hence the napping)

I have listed it on my Etsy page.   you can see that here:  Snowflake Quilt Pattern

Now it is time for a bit of Teddy time   then back to work

Happy Quilting

Tim

 

Finished

I finished the snowflake quilt.    I still need to steam it and block it to get it nice and flat and square.

I did the binding with a narrow matching fabric.   I had planned to do prairie points but the fabric I was planning to use, assorted blue and white Christmas prints, had a lot of white that was a brighter white than the top and made it look dirty.    I cut the binding strips at 1.5 inches and folded in half , machine stitched to the front and folded to the back and hand stitched.

 

I started it here https://timquilts.com/2014/08/06/snowflakes-in-august-and-updates/

here is the start of quilting https://timquilts.com/2014/08/11/big-and-small/  and another  https://timquilts.com/2014/08/14/take-my-picture/

here is a post of the progress  https://timquilts.com/2014/08/20/deer-quilting/   and here https://timquilts.com/2014/08/27/more-hand-quilting-2/

Here it is finished …it is 41 inches square

I think I will take a day off from hand quilting now 🙂

I plan to work on a pattern for it this week

Happy Quilting

Tim

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

Happy Quilting

Tim

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.

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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

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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.

Happy Quilting

Tim

Hand Quilting Marathon

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

Here are some pictures

Teddy says HI

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More progress pictures soon

Happy Quilting

Tim