It’s Not Just About Quilting…

November 5, 2014

It’s not just about quilting; it’s about creating!

It’s about the process!

The first quilting ‘off road adventure’ I took making a quilted wall hanging with no pattern –just playing and designing– was one of my earliest quilting experiences. I was drawn to this card at a store, because I liked the folk art in the drawing on the card.  The card reminded me of the Shaker saying:  Hands to work, hearts to God.

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Instantly, I was inspired to see if I could make this card into a wall hanging. Several weeks of playing with fabric, experiencing moments of pure delight in crafting and design, I came up with this:

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I usually bring this wall hanging out around Christmas time.  The hand in the middle is my own. Using a buttonhole stitch, I was able to tack the heart to the hand and then stitch the  hand to the quilt. The quilting is all done by hand.

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I became a perfectionist about hand quilting, when I was first learning to quilt on a community quilt.

Can I say I was a Quilt Lady when I was still only in my twenties?

I’m not sure about that.

One day, I saw the group rip a person’s stitches out of the quilt after she left for the day.  The problem:  Her stitches weren’t close enough together, and they were not blending with the groups stitches. I caught on fast, real fast, to making near perfect stitches. I felt challenged to to do my best.  After a day’s worth of quilting, I didn’t want my stitches taken out of the quilt. Peer pressure takes many forms.

Using cookie cutters and my children’s, Hayley and Ben’s, outline of their hand prints, I crafted the quilt’s edges.

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This is what the back looks like.

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This is the pocket I made to put a dowel rod through to hang my fabric art work!

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I make my own binding with a 2 and 3/4 of an inch of fabric folded in half that is then machine sewn to the top of the quilt. Using a seamstress tacking stitch, I put the rest of the binding in place on the opposite side of the quilt.

This wall hanging is over 20 years old, as Hayley and Ben are in their twenties now and each have their own children, whose hands are just a bit younger and smaller in size than their parents were on this quilt!

What a cool thought!

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