Hand Quilting: Little Hands into Family & Friends Quilts

We went to close to 40 degrees these last two days so a good bit of the ice that winter storm Liam provided us with has been slowly melting, though there are still huge chunks of it here and there.

It was pretty the other day with the icicles on trees and bushes glittering in the late afternoon sunshine.  “All that glitters is not gold” :)

Unfortunately more precipitation is in the forecast…not too much of a break :)

Meanwhile I’ve been tying this baby quilt off and on. I don’t do too much at a time because it is tedious and my wrists hurt if I do too much at one sitting. The middle and one border are done.

The mama stopped over the other day with the big sister and brother and traced their hands on to paper so that I could incorporate some hand quilting in as well.  I cut those tracings out and fit their little hands between ships on the top border.  One is done and I need to quilt the other one, then I’ll get back to the tying. I am using perle cotton to tie this one.

When I was making a baby quilt many many years ago for my middle son, I traced his older brother’s hand into the border of the quilt. I still have that…all hand quilted and I think that it was my first hand quilting endeavor.

When I made a hand quilted simple nine patch for that same son when he was grown a few years ago, I quilted the children’s hands in to it. Here is my little grandson at the time thrilled to find his hand :)

I thought it would be a nice idea to do the same for this family :)    One little boy hand and his older sister will be next.

I am using Barb Vedder’s  large fan stencil to hand quilt Rose of Sharon.

I had traced one of the fans on to a section and am almost done prior to pulling out the stencil to mark more.  If you missed it, there’s more about the baby quilt and Barb’s Fan Stencil in a prior post ( HERE )    There is a visual / where to order, etc.

And then there is FOOD to keep us going through the winter :)  I am digging through older recipe posts for some variety:

SMASHED POTATOES :   I think that these originally started with the Pioneer Woman; not sure, though.  Basically you boil some potatoes until fork tender. Drain.  Cut them in half and then smash them into a pan.  I just put some foil into a pan here and sprayed it with a bit of PAM.

Next, drizzle them with a bit of olive oil and your seasonings of choice. Put them into the oven at 450 degrees. After 10 minutes or so, stir, add a few small dollops of butter and parsley and cook them for a bit more until you hear some sizzling going on.

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QUILTS: Binding One, Tying One, and Barb’s Fan Stencil Arrived for the Third one :)

Around the middle of January I decided to make a baby quilt for a young couple who are best friends with my youngest son.  The baby boy is due in July. I didn’t do much else but work on it since then and I am to the point where the top is done, the quilt sandwich is done, and in the end I decided to tie it.  I did request that they trace the older sister and brother hand prints for me to hand quilt in to border sections.

I decided to tie it because I want them to use it. If I hand quilted, it would go on to a shelf as a priceless heirloom and they’d never touch it. I’ve learned this over time when I gift quilts.  I made this quilt to be bright and happy so that the baby could enjoy it, not have it on display and never used.

I have tied quilts with yarn and crochet cotton. This time I am using perle cotton after doing some research online that it would work as well. You can barely see it and that’s what I want.  Oftentimes when I show a tied quilt I have some questions. I use a curved needle. I bought a set of four of them in JoAnn Fabrics….not in the quilting section but the basic sewing section. They work great.   I use a long section of thread and pull it through, leaving enough thread to tie a knot 4 times, and then trim.  There are a few tied quilts from when my boys were little still in use, washed over and over and treated roughly, and now the grands are using them. Tied quilts hold up very well.

Once that was done, I could get back to the Botanical quilt, which is also to be gifted…in this case to a bride and groom. I trimmed the batting and backing and folded it up for another day, and then decided to take a photo of the hand quilting from the back.

This is how nice and ‘crinkly’ it looks even prior to washing it :) This is why I love hand quilting :)

Finally while I’ve not kept track of when it was started, the Rose of Sharon top was finished December 4: 2016 and I am finally getting around to quilting it :)

It measures 55 x 55

Because the last hand quilting project ( Botanical ) had me slowly and meticulously echo quilting applique flowers and then cross hatch quilting, I wanted to do something different for the Rose of Sharon quilt.

I ordered the large fan stencil from Barb at Fun with Barb and I can see why she wanted to design and produce one like this! :)

So one to bind, one to tie, and one to hand quilt !

Quick update : If you’ve read previous posts I had to get a new computer, hate having Windows 10 versus Windows 7 and was upset about losing Picasa. Thanks to Eileen at Viewing Nature with Eileen, I was able to find a site to download it. I was so happy to have it back since I am familiar with it, and I can use it within my computer versus having to go online which is the case with PicMonkey and many others.

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