Hand Quilting


I haven’t been hugely interested in hand quilting thus far. It’s something that’s been in the back of my mind, but my lack of confidence and even stitches has prevented me from diving headlong into it. A few tentative forays into hand-stitching/embroidery stuffs have left me with an underwhelming feeling of “meh.”

Now, though, after Barbara sent me this link to Pepper Cory‘s thoughts, and after seeing Quilt As Desired’s fantastic Nine Lives Quilt… wow.

The meditative, relaxing aspect of hand-stitching is quite appealing, and that’s what’s been luring me in all along… I’ve mentioned before my Little House on the Prairie fantasies of stitching by the fire, or in front of the television, or in the waiting room, or wherever. I suppose I could practice this on Mom’s quilt… but I’ll need some kind of hoop or frame or… something. It warrants investigation. New horizons! Less stress! (More lame-looking stitchery until I figure out how to make my stitches even…)

It seems like the pressure from the hoop would cause block distortion…

It would be nice to get out of the sewing room/office once in awhile – if I’m home, there’s about a 95% chance that’s where I am, if I am not sleeping. If I’m not on the sewing machine, I’m on the computer. As much as I like my little (cluttered) area, it might be nice to explore other areas of our house. I hear there is a basement, and everything. ๐Ÿ˜‰


I adore this quilt:

Nine Lives

Nine Lives

I love the colors, I am completely taken with the twirly tree roots, and I love love love the radiant quilting away from the tree. And the kitties! And the carefree border! <swoon>

Clearly, I need to quit my day job, take lots of lessons, and do nothing but this for a very long time. Mike Neir is going to be so excited with this plan!

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3 responses to Hand Quilting

  1. I have given up on trying to hand quilt… for now. You may want to check out Tonya’s “hoopless hand quilting”


    I am a beginning quilter too, although I do have sewing exp., your blog cracks me up!

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  3. Erin

    Jennifer – thanks so much for the link to the hoopless quilting! That’s kind of how I envisioned it from the beginning, and I’ll be giving it a shot tonight.

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