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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On Sunday I’ll be Linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching 

Sharing on Wednesday at Esther’s Quilt Blog 

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20 Responses to Hand Quilting: Little Hands into Family & Friends Quilts

  1. Karen says:

    smashed potatoes sound good and if the Pioneer Woman did them I bet there was plenty of cheese on them too – seems like she has lots of cheese on stuff. Love your quilted hand prints what a wonderful idea. Hope your weather warms up soon – we go up and down – today in the high 30’s tomorrow near 50 – up to 70 in a coupled days then it comes crashing back down to the 40’s – Arkansas in February

  2. Pat in WNY says:

    Yum, those potatoes look good! I’ll be trying that hint very soon. Quilting the siblings’ hands is a fantastic idea, will need to keep that in mind for our next baby quilt.

  3. I love the idea of quilting the sibling’s hand print into the baby quilt–brilliant! Try and stay warm–we got some much needed snow today even though it was not even half an inch some was better than none. I want more cold weather because it puts me in the mood for the Olympics and marathon sewing sessions.

  4. Gail says:

    The hands in the baby quilt…perfect! What a great way to personalize the quilt! We have lots of snow…it’s getting harder to shovel the driveway as the piles at the sides are getting higher! Freezing rain always makes thing sparkle!

  5. Sandra Croley says:

    I love the hand-prints….and the Smashed Potatoes! Seems like we are all dealing with weather lately :(

  6. val says:

    Oh I love your hand print idea! I hope you don’t mind if I “steal” it. (Isn’t this winter weather crazy…..so mild)

  7. What a great idea for a quilt motif – the hands of children. I’ll keep that in mind for my next baby quilt. Stay warm.

  8. Joyce says:

    You’ve made a perfect welcoming gift for that lucky baby! I made two to welcome twin sisters to the family of twin older brothers. That was 5 years ago. My version was to print the boys’ hands with fabric paint and quilt the squares into the piece alongside ones they drew on with fabric pens. Mommy will only allow minimal use of both because she wants to preserve them – yes, I know, the same problem you worried about! – but what can you do? These quilts are family treasures!

  9. CathieJ says:

    The potatoes look yummy. I love the idea of putting an older sibling’s hand-print on a new baby’s quilt. What a keepsake.

  10. Kyle says:

    Including the handprints is a sweet idea and one that will be treasured. I have one quilt where I included handprints as well. Smashed potatoes sounds delicious for a cold winter meal.

  11. mary says:

    lOVE the quilted hand prints! Your hand quilting is so pretty. mary in Az

  12. I think I need to get that stencil… I love the look of the stitching!

  13. Barb says:

    Those little hands you traced are perfect for a quilt – a wonderful keepsake. I’m glad you’re getting a bit of thaw before the next storm. We still need snow – we’re only at about 60 % snowpack.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      For anyone reading comments here….Barb’s blog is amazing :) She turned her comments off a few months ago but go visit :)

  14. Kim says:

    Oh my goodness, those hands….

  15. Gosh, now I have a taste for smashed potatoes! I love the hand too!

  16. Robin says:

    Oh, I love the idea of stitching a hand print of one of the grandchildren. The pictures are so sweet. Thanks.

  17. I must remember that: stitching the little hand into a quilt; wish I’d thought of it with the first quilt I made my grandson, a baby one which is still on his bed, and he’s now 9! Love the photo of your grandson finding his hand. Mine loves finding his name which I always quilt into his quilts, and everyone’s I give for that matter. Your hand-quilting on the Rose of Sharon is beautiful. Funny today’s first few blogs are all about how ‘maturing’ affects our quilting! I’m here thanks to Quilt Fabrication. :-)

  18. What a beautiful quilt not only in the appliqué, and the hand quilting, but the handprints – those are priceless. :-)

  19. Susan says:

    Going straight to food, I love the sound of those potatoes! Food is finally starting to sound good to me again. Your little sailboats are adorable. It sounds like children’s hands are becoming a tradition in your quilting! All your rain sounds so terrible. We are having it, too, but I live on the side of a hill, so it all flows down to the people at the bottom of the hill, and I hope they have good drainage. I’ve thought that ever since I moved here.

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