Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Slight diversion -

I was emailing back and forth with Julie - My Quilt Diary - the other day -

"Talking" about a bunch of different things - ;))

She does all of her sewing and quilting BY HAND -

And I am totally in awe of her hand sewing and hand quilting -

And how much more productive she is than I am with four sewing machines - ;))

During our little chat -

I remembered that I had a quilt top in my collection -

That I did a LOOOONG time ago -


Just to be able to say that I did - ;))
In my collection of unfinished tops, I have a quilt that is hand-pieced. It is a sampler quilt and I made it a LONG time ago - just to be able to say that I made one "by hand". I don't remember if I rotary cut any of the pieces - but I do remember tracing around templates and sewing on the drawn line. It seemed to be MUCH easier to make the pieces fit and the points match. The seam allowance didn't matter one bit - you just sewed on the line - easy. I really enjoyed the hand stitching but I got in a hurry toward the end and sewed the borders on by machine. I also used it to learn how to hand quilt - and was lucky to get four or five stitches to the inch at the time. I set it aside and got better at hand quilting - but I never went back to finish it. I should dig it out and take another look at it - see how much more I need to do. - ;))
Sooooooooooooo -

I dug it out -

And realized that I did NOT rotary cut it -

I used the templates given in the book -

And sewed it all BY HAND - ;))

The book is Leisure Arts Craft Leaflets - Leaflet #1179 -
Teach Yourself To Quilt -
Step-By-Step Instructions -
Design by Patricia Eaton -
(c) 1988 by Leisure Arts -

The templates were provided -

And hand-sewing instructions were given - ;))

I sewed all nine blocks - BY HAND - ;))

And I have quilted 3-1/2 of the blocks BY HAND already -

So now, boys and girls -

Repeat after me -

SQUIRREL!!! - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks for playing along, Gene - you know me - I see Squirrels EVERYWHERE - ;))

  2. Nice! I don't think I've even hand pieced a thing! And I quilted a placemat by hand once - took me 2 years!

    1. Thanks, Katie - it took me a LONG time to piece it - and to quilt those few blocks. If I had only stuck with it - it would have been finished by now - maybe - ;))


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