Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Another WIP....#4

Good morning on a very rainy Tuesday. Feeling energetic and productive this morning before heading to the quilt shop. Feeling really good because I finally finished Month 3 of my BOM---block of the month---from Calico Cupboard quilt shop in Pataskala, Ohio where my friend, Nonnie lives. I send her the money and she picks up my blocks. Month 3 has taken me especially a long time to finish because it has been almost all applique and I am doing it by hand. This quilt is called Chestnut and Vine and is designed by Bloom Creek....love all their patterns too. So far this quilt is about 36 X 36 but will end up queen size when done. Love the fall colors.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Quiet, Rainy Sunday.

Spent a nice, quiet Sunday afternoon at the quilt shop working with Joyce after a busy Friday and Saturday. We are busy getting ready for our 8th anniversary sale next weekend as well as taking care of lots of quilters looking for Christmas fabrics to get those gifts made. I won't be doing any of that this year...just finish up a couple table runners. I will be working the next 2 days and plan to get pics of some of my samples that are hanging at the shop so stay tuned.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas To Do's...This Year of Next???

2 Table Runners, a wallhanging and 3 snowmen blocks that need a back, batting, quilting, and binding. Will I do them for this year? Maybe. I could really use a couple longer table runners so there is a good chance they will get done.

Gotta love that bubble gum pink carpet remnant in our basement. That was the carpet that was throughout my living room, dining room, main hallway and master bedroom when we moved in 10 years ago. Not there anymore.

WIP #3

I am a lover of the all the batik "jelly rolls" and when the new Timeless Treasure's balipops came in I just had to have a couple. This past week I started a Strip Tube Ruler quilt using these 2 1/2 inch strips. Here is what I have done so far. The large blue petals will become a flower with a stem and leaves. I want the quilt to be longer and not a square so I will be adding a 10 inch wide strip across the top with a vine and a few more flowers and leaves before adding the borders. Can't wait to see this one when I get it done. It will hang in the Quilts at the Marshall House quilt shop and help sell more balipops and Strip Tube Rulers and Instruction Books.

Nonnie, I miss you!!!

My long distance quilting sister has been vacationing in the Caribbean this week and I missed her twice daily....if not more....emails so much I started this blog. Nonnie and I have made 2 Blackbird Design quilts "together", Cold Wind Blows and Country Inn. Both of us love civil war repro fabrics and needleturn applique. We get together once a year and attend the NQA quilt show in Columbus or the International Quilt Festival now being held in Cincinnatti and select our fabrics. Nonnie lives in Pataskala, Ohio outside Columbus. We have our next project picked out by Bunny Hill Designs called Catch a Christmas Star and are waiting for our patterns to come. We plan to get started after the new year using our stash....can get additional fabric needed in April at the quilt show.

Here is Country Inn that I did in batiks. A little different for me but loved how it turned out. I used my home machine to quilt the appliques and borders and the rented the longarm to quilt the blue background.

 A couple close up pics to see the quilting. I am no master by a longshot but love trying.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Little Basket Quilt - WIP Number 2

This quilt was started about 2 years ago with each little basket appliqued by hand using needleturn method. Most of the fabrics are civil war reproduction with some others thrown in that could pass

for reproductions. The little basket template was taken from a book by Blackbird Designs. So far 208 blocks are finished with 52 more to do. They will finish at 5 inches and will be set on point. Here are a couple of pictures.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

WIP Number One

If you are a quilter you likely know that WIP means Work In Progress. I have soooo many of these. Just love getting started on another project and collecting fabrics. In an attempt to organize myself I will number my WIPs. Only time will tell how well this is going to work. The first WIP I want to share is a Piece O'Cake Design...love all their designs. http://www.pieceocake.com/. To save time I decided to do fusible applique instead of my usual needleturn applique. I will use buttonhole stitch on my machine to stitch the edges. Here are some blocks I have done.

Friday, November 18, 2011


This is my first blog and I am so geeked and hardly know where to start. First let me clarify that
the title of my blog does mean I am a hand quilter....although I have quilted a couple of wallhangings by hand and loved it. The reality is that hand quilting just takes too much time and I want to move on to the next project. So my blog name comes from my maiden name, Hand, and I am a Quilter. Welcome to my little corner in cyberspace.