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Friday, January 20, 2012

So Far... So Good...

I have finished 7 6.5 inch Churn Dash blocks by hand and I am so happy with all of them, I'm still not decided on a 3 x 3 layout or 3 x 4 layout for the doll quilt. I prefer a rectangular size so I may have to cut more fabric as I I've only cut enough for a  3 x 3 layout.

 I love how feminine and girly these blocks look. Really old fashioned too. I think that is appropriate since they are being hand pieced.

It seems as though a few of you are up for a hand piecing quilt along which is great to hear! I'll be drawing out a rough sketch this weekend but so far this is what I'm thinking:
12 ~ 6.5" (unfinished) blocks
I'll be looking through Quilter's Cache to find traditional blocks and re-size them. I'll post the out line soon but I'm thinking for the first block a Churn Dash might be nice  :) I'm going to be using scraps. I'm also going to be working on it with my oldest daughter. I think this is a great opportunity to teach hand / life skills and encourage useful creativity. I'll be posting the rough draft and some tips I've picked up too if you are new to hand piecing as I am. I'm also going to try to put a linky thing for each of our quilt along post so we can share our progress and encourage each other. Sound okay?

Have a great weekend!!!

14 comments:

Leslie said...

hand piecing...that is serious. sounds fun.

Teje said...

Hi! Your blocks are beautiful and I love your photos! x Teje

Barb said...

What an accomplishment!!!

Yumm yumz by patticakes said...

Count me in! I've always wanted to try hand-piecing!

Jacque. said...

I am ready. Freddy.

Bonnie said...

You are doing great with the hand piecing! I can tell you have a feeling of accomplishment and that is such a great feeling. It's rewarding to do things the old fashioned way! I absolutely love the photos you took for this post! Beautiful!

Jacque. said...

By the way. I love your 7 blocks...definitely have an old-fashioned 'feel' to them...and the colors are gorgeous! I think working this as a mother/daughter project is an awesome idea! Wish my granddaughters lived closer to me.

Carol Ann said...

You are such a wonderful inspiration. You make me want to go do something quilty! ;O) Which by the way I love to do also! Thank you for your wonderful blog of quilting and your profession of Faith in Christ.
God Bless you as you encourage others.
Carol Ann

Rebecca said...

i have made 3 hand-pieced, hand-quilted doll quilts, and they are my most treasured projects. it was such a joyful feeling of accomplishment to put something together totally on my own. however, a word to the wise...avoid flying geese blocks...they are tough by hand!

Katy said...

Beautiful! I love working with my hands and do a lot of embroidery stitching and quilting on small projects. Can't wait to see what's next!

Margaret said...

I would like to learn hand piecing. I will need all the basic info because I don't hand sew anything except my bindings. I even sew buttons by machine. Do you need special thread and needles?

Nicky said...

Love hand piecing - and churn dash blocks - together they make a great combination

Queen City Arts said...

Girl, These are just Yummy! I too have been hand quilting blocks this week and am loving the "Prayery Process", as I call it. It makes for great time to pray! enjoy!

walklet said...

Congrats for making the new sewing trends column on Sew Mama Sew blog for your crazy quilt. I loved that patchwork look on linen the moment I saw it and ordered linen to make my own!

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