Saturday, April 24, 2021

Hand Quilting Time

It seems to be all that I can do to work in a just a little bit of hand quilting time lately. Life is just busy, busy for us right now! My brain is missing the relaxation of hand work so much, but what do you do?

Sweet Hospitality in the hoop

I couldn't decide how to stitch the pineapple quilt until one day it occurred to me to try the freehand 'hills' look again. Really takes the pressure off to do something amazing with it, but as usual, I was on pins and needles until finishing up the third or fourth rows across. Ahhh... now I can finally see it....

Lil' Baby Boy quilt

Finally got the binding on the little baby quilt that I threw in the hoop shortly after finishing up the HST Medallion quilt. Just had hankering to do straight line stitching, but absolutely no desire to start a wholecloth quilting adventure this year!

Changes color in different lighting

This was a little quilt that I put together about two years ago and then ended up gifting another instead. I had tried to applique an extra panda onto the corner of the center square and then, ripped it all off in disgust.*meh  Boy quilts can be hard.
Loving the texture on this one....

The entire pattern idea came from this beautiful quilt, though of course I had to cutesy it up with the print fabrics. The quilt itself didn't need hand quilting, but I DID, so that's all that matters. Yeah, you guessed it, I fell in love all over again and think it's the sweetest boys quilt ever! There's just something about homespun fabrics {the two blue background fabrics} that work so well with hand quilting. Will have to see how the year shakes out, but as of right now, I'm already on track to make at least two baby quilts this year. Next one will have to be a girls quilt. I think. Maybe I should wait until after the babies are born to be sure? Nah. There's always another baby eventually in this big 'ol family of ours. Not like it's gonna go to waste!


15 comments:

  1. Glad you got some hand quilting time in - it soothes the soul, doesn’t it?

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  2. sometimes it is good to get the baby quilts done in advance! I have slowed down with making quilts the past couple months and just working on bits each month knowing at the end of the year I will have a couple more made

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  3. SO nice to see lots of hand quilting; I love the look and feel of the result and the calm it brings is therapy. Meanwhile I love Big Kiss too. Your inspiration for this boy's quilt is quite striking in a minimalist kind of way.

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  4. You get your quilting done so fast. It is really looking great. Those little diamond medallions in the sashing add so much. I agree. Baby boy quilts are hard. I've had five grandsons in a row, it's time for a girl quilt.

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  5. I like that little panda quilt. Simple and nicey finished. And, I agree, hand work is so satisfying, sometimes hard to squeeze in, but even one thread's worth feels good. I love your pineapples. Good work blogging!

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  6. Love the baby quilt and I think your rows of hand stitching really make it. Homespun is so easy and soft - it will wash and wear so well.

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  7. The baby boy quilt is adorable. I love the simplicity of it and the hand quilting makes it even more special. Someone will be very lucky.

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  8. You're so right about baby boy quilts being hard to design. Your little quilt fits the bill perfectly, with the lovely simple straight line quilting.

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  9. }Both quilts look great!
    Love them both and you are so right about Homespun, it looks fantastic for quilting. I wish I could achieve your output.
    HUgs,
    Kay.

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  10. Always good to have baby quilts done ahead of time. There will ALWAYS be more babies!

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  11. I've been behind reading blog posts Audrey so just catching with your beautiful Sweet Hospitality quilt, stunning work again from you, the hand applique must haven you ages and ages! On to your Lil' Baby Boy quilt, I love the effect of the one wonky star in the centre and especially the fact that there are pandas smack in the middle of it!

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  12. The pineapple quilt is coming along beautifully. Funny, I have that panda fabric,too. Hadn’t thought of it as a boy quilt. This is perfect! Congratulations.

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  13. Thank you for showing again some gorgeous quilts with great stitchings.

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  14. Oh I missed the finish on your pineapple top. It is really lovely! To me it is like a fresh take on an 18th century idea, with the vertical layout and those wide stripes. And ofc, pineapple + yellow = win in my book. 😂 Looking good!

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  15. Your Pineapple quilt is gorgeous!
    And the baby boy quilt is adorable. Yey hand quilting!!

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