Family Bethlehem Star quilt

Family Bethlehem Star quilt

Monday, May 13, 2013

Spring 2013 Hand Quilting Blog Hop

So happy you dropped by to visit - thanks to Caron Mosey at Celebrate Hand Quilting for organizing this blog hop. I joined her group a few months ago and have discovered a bunch of very gifted people who love hand quilting. Back in 1982 when I started on the path to quilting (for which there is no turning back) we were taught the basics of how to quilt by hand. As the years moved along, I left that technique behind for basic home machine quilting or sending my completed top off to one of the talented long arm quilters in our area.

A couple of my favorites were done by other quilters...

A Log Cabin quilt I pieced and sent off to Polly Swartzentruber of West Salem, Ohio - i bring this out every Spring.

The label I made indicates she used 675 yards of quilting thread...

This quilt was presented to me after serving as President in our guild for 2 years. Hand quilted by Kathy Christianson and signed by the members - lots of special memories.

 

In 1999, after seeing a similar quilt done by Marsha McCloskey, I pieced and hand quilted this Churn Dash using an allover Baptist Fan.

 

I like to make inked labels for the back.

Summers find me outside in our gardens so this embroidered wall hanging (pattern by Crabapple Hill) was a must! I did hanging diamonds in the sashing and quilted around the embroidered designs.

 

Most recent is my Beyond the Cherry Tree quilt which is my first large applque project and has brought me back to the gentle art of using a thimble and needle to quilt. I plan on returning to it after the June 1st wedding of our son and soon to be daughter-in-law.

Do you have fingers stiff with arthritis like I do? These little rubber thimbles help me to grip the between needle more comfortably. I wear it on my thumb and use a leather thimble on the standard quilting finger.

Thank you so much for visiting today - I hope you will give hand quilting a try or return to it if you have been away like me. Be sure to check out the other blogs which are participating in this hop. Caron will post additional new blog links each day. My own work is not fancy and is quite simple and there is much to learn from this truly incredible quilting group!

Happy stitching everyone!

 

Pat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31 comments:

  1. Your quilts are very beautiful!
    I think that all of your labels are very special.

    I love to see hand quilting stitches. Like you, I don't find the time to hand quilt very much any more. Your Beyond the Cherry Trees will be incredible when you finish the quilting on it. That's a very big undertaking to quilt by hand!

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  2. What a treat to see your fabulous quilts Pat. I love seeing your labels too. Your quilting is wonderful and the Cherry Tree quilt looks amazing.

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  3. As you know I am not a quilter but that doesn’t stop me appreciating these, which are like works of art to me.

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  4. Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilts. I am an obsessive hand quilter, so no convincing needed here. X

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  5. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous quilts! It's always a treat to see what others are doing and be inspired by their work.

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  6. Thanks for sharing some of your beautiful hand quilted treasures. Your work is beautiful and your labels are a lovely addition. The Cherry Tree quilt is going to be awesome with all the appliqué surrounded by your lovely stitches. Great work!

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  7. I love your Beyond the Cherry Tree quilt - so pretty.
    Not long until the big day now - still wondering if you have found a dress!

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  8. Beautiful Quilts! I have wanted to do a Churn Dash for a long time. I think I see that in my future... maybe this year!

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  9. Beautiful Quilts! What a fabulous collection. I have the BTCT blocks done - heading to borders soon. Love seeing yours! Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Your hand quilted quilts are just beautiful, and your hand stitched labels as well. Your son's wedding is fast approaching... an exciting time for you and your family!

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  11. Beautiful quilts and the labels are like little pieces of art on the backs of your quilts!

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  12. Love your blog and your quilts and quilt stories... so happy you have so many wonderful quilts to enjoy and so much love that has gone into them... glad you are quilting for yourself now! lol Kathi

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  13. beautiful quilts - thanks for sharing - I think there are possibly more hand quilters out here in the world than we first realized - so happy to know so many others hand quilt also.

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  14. Absolutely love your cherry tree quilt. And the hand quilting is beautiful. Like your labels as well. I do something similar. Nice work.

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  15. Lots of beautiful quilts and nice hand quilting. Beautiful wedding quilt!!!

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  16. Your work is beautiful! I have the hardest time with labels - yours are stunning. Take care, Byrd

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  17. Your quilts are lovely. Thanks for the tip about the rubber cover for your thumb. That will certainly help me pull my tiny betweens through much easier. I quilt in Providence Village, TX, USA.

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  18. Absolutely stunning collection of quilts.

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  19. Hello Pat, I love your collection of quilts, but the best has to be the Baltimore Album. I'm new to quilting and obsessed with applique, when I'm good enough I will attempt a Baltimore quilt. Thank you for joining the Blog Hop, it's been fun. Kind Regards Mandy Currie (mandycurrie@googlemail.com)

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  20. Pat love your quilts! I especially love your labels. I try to label each quilt, but never put the work into them that you do, a quilt really deserves better, thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. Lovely stitching. Thanks for sharing your work!

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  22. Lovely quilts. I really love to see so many handquilting blogs.

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  23. Your quilts and handquilting are absolutely beautiful!!

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  24. Your quilts and handquilting are absolutely beautiful!!

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  25. You must be stitching up a storm!

    What beautiful works!

    I think my favorite remains the cherry one!

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  26. Beautiful quilts, and your Beyond the Cherry Tree is just amazing! I haven't seen those little rubber thiimbles but will be looking for them.

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  27. Pat dear,

    You didn't let me know which of the two books you want me to send along to you. Check out the end of the blog posting and make your choice and let me know.

    Cheers!

    Sharon

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  28. I will try to find those blue thumb covers...that would be helpful!

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  29. looking for the patterns you used in the "crabapple Hill " garden if wnt to sale the plese let me know
    Thank you!
    bstitch06@gmail.com

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