Monday, May 18, 2009

Hand-Quilting

I finished my hand-quilted piece for Nancy Chong’s Hand-quilting class at QU. I had played around with hand-quilting before, but I didn’t really know what I was doing. Here are the results, after I washed and dried the quilt (I love the soft, puffy look that results from washing, plus I had a smear of red velvet cake batter across one part of it):

quilted_complete

Here’s a close-up of the stitching:

quilted_closeup

I discovered that I LOVE hand-quilting. It’s become my new favorite TV-watching activity. I’m anxious to try more, but I’m not sure where to go from here. I have a quilt top that I made a long time ago that I would like to try to hand quilt; I call it “Garden Path”:

garden_path2

And a close-up:

garden_path_closeup

The plants and butterflies are fusible-web appliqués, but everything else is pieced, so I think as long as I don’t try to hand-quilt the appliqués I’ll be fine.

The problem is, I’m not sure what type of hand-quilting “pattern” to use on something like this. Simple, straight lines? Echo quilting? Circles on the center “path” part to look like rocks? I don’t know. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

5 comments:

Judy Alexander said...

Very nice. I haven't given this a try. I am now taking the Lyric Kinard screen printing class at QU.

Anonymous said...

You might be interested in Carol Armstrong's book, "Butterflies and Blooms," it has several quilting suggestions for flower and butterfly quilts.
Ticia

Leigh-Anne Crooke said...

awesome - the hand quilting is amazing....

Terri said...

Your hand quilting turned out lovely! I enjoy hand stitching project in front of evening tv too.

Anonymous said...

What a cool website. I'm in the hospital also in June for a few days with a knee operation (the other one) so I will also be quilting and sewing while down. Will check out your site when I have more time. Really cool so far.