Thursday, September 23, 2010

The third one is the charm...

Ahhhh.  I've been in hand quilting Heaven while doing a little stitching on three lovely reproduction doll quilts that my friend Mary Jones pieced as store samples for one of our LQS.  Her fabric choices and piecing are amazing...and just look at her basting!  She could sell them basted like that and call it hand quilted!!  LOL

I've already done the hand quilting on two others, which I returned to Mary yesterday so that she could bind them.. This is the third one.  I will post more pictures of all three of them when they are all finished.

Hand quilting is my favorite part of the quilt making process.  It is my therapy.  I love the repetitive motion of the "rocking" when making the stitches and the feel of the 2-dimensional pieced top becoming softly 3-dimensional in my hands.  I enjoy getting to examine all the fabrics "up close and personal" as I take my stitches.  Coming up with quilting patterns feeds my creativity and, sometimes, my sense of humor.

I knew life had been stressful lately, but taking some time to calmly do some quilting has been fabulous!  And each of Mary's lovely doll tops is so small that I can quilt them quickly and get the rush of a "finish."  I got them from her on Tuesday late morning, and I finished the second one yesterday (Wednesday) - they do go quickly!!

On an unrelated, but exciting topic...Jane at Jane's Fabrics and Quilts is giving away an AccuQuilt GO! on October 1, so check that out.  It has been fun watching people blog about the GO!

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)

7 comments:

  1. I like doing some handquilting but I just don't take the time to do it. I have one of those thimbles too.
    Good luck winning a GO!

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  2. I too love the hand quilting part of any project. My thimble is similar. Bought it at the AQS show years ago. It was hard to pay the big money, but I always know where it is!

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  3. It's my favourite part too, very soothing and calming. Thanks for the blocks Teresa, they are lovely and very much appreciated..
    Lizzie
    xxx

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  4. Oh yes....I am ALL about hand quilting....the only thing....my tops are piling up waiting for their turn.

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  5. I too love the rythum of hand quilting :0) Hey, she can come baste all my quilts for me LOL.

    I look forward to seeing all of these little quilts.

    Crispy

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  6. What beautiful colors! I can't wait to see these quilts when you're finished. I love the quilting part too for all the same reasons as you. :0)

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  7. Good Morning and oh my can I say that.???? this around town...is over the top my thing....
    I read your comment at SM and I am pleased you will stay on as a contributor...I know this story would be captivating with your spin on around town..please consider..blessings madame samm

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