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Category: Whole cloth quilts & Hand quilted

Traditional whole cloth quilts are usually a top of a single type or piece of fabric.  Hand quilting is the stitches done to connect the 3 layers of a quilt into a single quilt.

Antique Compass Rose

Antique Compass Rose

I purchased this beautiful Antique Compass Rose quilt top at an antique store in Vincennes, IN for $48 in 2010. Another name for Compass Rose is Mariner’s Compass. It is unusual because it is all in solids. I had never seen another one like this. It was hand pieced, and the stitches are wonderful. The quilt did not come with any maker information. Old fabrics: I believe the top was pieced about the time of World War I based on…

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QUEEN’S CROWN #1 (Small quilt with beads – hand quilted)

QUEEN’S CROWN #1 (Small quilt with beads – hand quilted)

Few of us think of embellishing quilts with beads. It is not practical. But I really wanted to try my hand at beading for embellishment with hand quilting. This pre-printed square was the perfect choice for this experiment. It is the Queen’s Crown #1 (small quilt with beads – hand quilted). I would later make another mini quilt using the same technique. Supplies: One pre-printed 18″ block from  https://www.quiltingstencils.com/  22″ piece of muslin for backing Batting to fit (I used a…

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THE FUSSY CUT BARNYARD QUILT

THE FUSSY CUT BARNYARD QUILT

Sometimes it is fun to walk through the memory lane of quilts and old projects. I recently found my photos of this one, “The Fussy Cut Barnyard Quilt” and thought I would share. Can you say baa, oink, or moo? When I made this quilt back in 1996-97, I still had a small child at home who thought making animal sounds was great fun. Some day I will show off my quilt scrapbooks here, but for now let me just…

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USING PRE-PRINTED QUILT TOPS

USING PRE-PRINTED QUILT TOPS

Using pre-printed quilt tops as a pattern for quilting is wonderful. I used the Feathered Pineapple pre-printed top for the Amish Bar Quilt. Plus it saves hours of frustration marking a quilting design onto fabric. Steps to success: The first thing is to purchase the top  – I get mine from The Stencil Company  either on-line or at the quilt show at Paducah, KY. Do not pre-wash these tops. The next thing is to decide which top you already have,…

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CHINESE LANTERN QUILT

CHINESE LANTERN QUILT

In all my years of quilting, I had never seen a quilt pattern like this Chinese Lantern Quilt.  This beauty was probably pieced during the 1930’s. It is so unique, and I had the privilege of hand quilting it in early 1996. The background fabric is a bright orange with cotton candy pink circles appliqued between the lanterns. Diamonds of 1930’s prints make up the lanterns and are appliqued on the orange background too. The first border is a narrow black…

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TWO CELTIC KNOT PILLOWS

TWO CELTIC KNOT PILLOWS

These Celtic Knot Pillows (hand quilted and embellished with beads) started out as a single pillow and project. They started with the purchase of some historical looking metallic trim that I hand sewed small white beads within the design. I had so much fun making one that I did a second one. The hand quilting and embellished trim really made for a one of a kind item. Mixing large quilts with smaller projects is fun and allows me to have…

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QUEEN ANNE’S STAR WHOLE CLOTH QUILT (hand quilted)

QUEEN ANNE’S STAR WHOLE CLOTH QUILT (hand quilted)

I love to hand quilt. However I am choosy about which ones I spend the time on to hand quilt. I found the pre-marked top, Queen Anne’s Star Whole Cloth quilt, and knew it would be worth the many hours to complete with hand quilting. The finished size is 92″ x 100″. About this quilt: Queen Anne’s Star Whole Cloth quilt has a medium blue linen top, wool batting, and the pre-printed muslin back. I put the pre-marked side up…

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MAKING QUILTS FROM THE IDEAS IN YOUR HEAD

MAKING QUILTS FROM THE IDEAS IN YOUR HEAD

Have you ever had an idea for a quilt that was so totally different than what you see normally in the quilt world? The idea just rattles around in your head and you can’t get away from it? But you think it is embarrassing to even consider something so different from “normal” quilts. Stop thinking that. Quilting should be fun, and making quilts from the ideas in your head can be so satisfying. I am going to share three very…

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GRANDMA CAME FOR CHRISTMAS (hand quilted)

GRANDMA CAME FOR CHRISTMAS (hand quilted)

GRANDMA CAME FOR CHRISTMAS – The last time grandma and I went fabric shopping together, she told me that I didn’t have to buy scraps (I was buying 1/4 yd. pieces of Christmas fabric) because she had plenty and would be glad to share. I pieced the center 16 Log Cabin blocks in 1988 while living in West Germany. The red center block is 2.5″ and the logs are 1.5″ in width when cut. I used green and red scraps…

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