Boy the weeks just fly by…I don’t know if I like that or not…Time flies way to fast now… and here we are with another block…this week it is Jan’s turn again with a super cute pumpkin block… Visit her blog to get the pattern…Jan’s Blog
I wish I had time to make the pumpkin block before I left for Paducah KY, but I only had a small window of time so I did the alternative for the appliqué block…I am sure the others will have plenty of super cool pumpkins to show you so I thought the pieced block would be the best choice for those who cannot do the applique…or want an all pieced quilt.
I have to admit I thought this block was going to be really tough…but I had it all cut and pieced in 45 min. and it turned out AWESOME!!!! I know you are going to roll your eyes at me and ask me…REALLY????? But you know you can do this…STARCH those fabrics COMPLETELY wet…let them dry naturally and then iron and cut…you will be amazed at the difference in your piecing…HERE is the pattern for pieced Block 28
This week’s question – Hand-Quilting – do you hand-quilt? How frequently? If so, do you have any tips to share?
Let me just say…I love to hand quilt…I still teach a “big stitch” hand quilting class at both my shops in WI & CA…I don’t do a lot of small fine hand quilting anymore…but maybe someday…when deadlines don’t come as fast!…lol…here are some photos of quilts I have big stitch hand quilted…..Like I said I have not fine quilted in a long, long, time…but have several quilts that I have beautifully done about 15 years ago, when quilting wasn’t my job…as far as do I have any tips?….I guess first if you have never hand quilted, I’d take a class…then I’d find a frame…a used one…you don’t have to buy one new…there are lots of them out there…mine is a Pleasant Mountain frame…Grace frames are nice too…ask at your guild, search on FB or Craigslist…this type of quilting shown here moves fast…you don’t want to be moving your hoop everyone couple of minutes…I have not looked at any of the videos out there to see if hand quilting can be taught with a video…I think someone needs to see what you are doing and then tell you what you need to adjust to get that needle to “rock” between those layers…and your hand without the needle has a job under the quilt…how do you show that on a video??? So I hope this helps you if you have thought about hand quilting your own quilts…I MISS and LOVE having a quilt on a frame that if I have a few blocks of time I can stitch…its wonderful…good for the soul.
I hope any of you affected by the hurricanes are not being overwhelmed by whatever they may have literally thrown at you…I cannot imagine my sewing room underwater, but I guess that all can be replaced…YOU are the most important and I am praying for everyone who is affected, my heart goes out to you all…
Happy Wednesday!!! LB
Please go and visit all the other designers today to get a look at all the great pumpkins they have sewn for you…