New Orleans House Project

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Hand Quilting the Eagles

It looks like 2021 will be a year of hand quilting.

I started this four block eagle quilt in 2014.  Once the quilt top was complete, I procrastinated on the quilting because I was intimidated by all the hand stitching needed.  I knew I wanted to hand quilt the top, I just didn't trust my hand quilting skills.

I decided 2021 was the year to finish this project, so with a little inspiration from some dedicated hand quilters like Barb and Deb, I jumped in and got started.

First, I finished marking the cross-hatch design for the quilt's background.  I don't know where I read about this marking pencil - General's Sketch & Wash - but I've been pleased with it so far.  I tested the markings on some fabric scraps, and they wash out easily.   Some of the marked lines have gotten lighter as the quilt is handled, but I just lightly re-pencil them before stitching.

It took a few days to hand-baste the quilt - perfect for the Polar Vortex weather we had earlier this month.  The hand basting reminded me of fun afternoons spent with members of the Pensacola Quilter's Guild in my early days as a quilter.  Frame basting was a service provided by guild volunteers.  After the monthly guild meeting, basting frames were set up and members shared bag lunches and quilting fellowship while basting quilts.  It was a great learning experience!

I started with the background quilting this past Tuesday.  I've finished about half of the background around the center crowns.  I know there's a LOT of quilting ahead, but I'm really enjoying it!  In fact, I've neglected other stitching projects this week and focused almost exclusively on hand quilting.  I'm still working on having consistent and straight quilting stitches, but practice makes perfect (or so I'm told). 









17 comments:

  1. I think anyone who hand quilts is worth praising...so good on you & keep going.
    Your quilt will be gorgeous...xox

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  2. It's a beautiful quilt, Angie--your quilting will make it even more lovely--nice work hugs, Julierose

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  3. You will be so pleased with the result 9f your hand quilting. This beauty is well deserving of being hand quilted, and you're making great progress!q

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  4. Hand quilting can be fun. I like to listen to audio books while I hand quilt. It's also a good way to keep track of how many hours you hand quilt.

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  5. This quilt is going to be such a great showcase for hand quilting!

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  6. Knowing your perfectionism and abilities, this beautiful quilt will be stunning when finished. You amaze me!!

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  7. Simply gorgeous! What fabulous quiltg!

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  8. Beautiful quilt and your hand quilting will get better the more you do! Believe me! I had not hand quilted in 2 years and my stitches are doing great! Guess it is like riding a horse, you never forget even if you fall off! LOL. Hugs

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  9. Your Eagle quilt is magnificent, Angie! I love the look of hand quilting, I'm sure yours is going to be just perfect. I look forward to seeing it all finished.

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  10. This quilt is gorgeous and the hand quilting will be so elegant. Enjoy the process and don't look at each individual stitch. 😉

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  11. What a wonderful top; love the colors and design! You have amazing talent! I can't wait to see the hand quilting.

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  12. OMG I love this pattern. I have a friend who made this quilt. It is timeless and will endure. Hand quilting will be awesome!

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  13. Marvellous! Enjoy your hand quilting!

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  14. Enjoy the stitching!
    I've got several tops that I intend to hand quilt but have procrastinated over the basting...

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  15. I hand quilt. I use the Grace self basting frame. It is wonderful

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  16. This is going to be fantastic! I did some cross hatching on my eagle quilt too. It's so intimidating to mark {and I didn't even do as large an area as yours}, but I love the look. Wonderful antique vibe to it!

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