Do you hand quilt?

It’s been ages since I’ve done any hand quilting. In fact I hadn’t done any for many years and then decided to try some big stitch quilting about 6 years ago. I finished several quilts but this one has been a UFO for way too long. I brought it with me in June thinking I might get it finished but didn’t even touch it. I’ve got more left to stitch than I thought but I did work on it today rather than start a new quilt. It felt very awkward at first and my stitches certainly aren’t even but that doesn’t matter so much with this more “primitive” style of quilting. I think I’ll work on this for a few days and at least make some progress even though I doubt I’ll get it finished this trip. It’s not getting anything fancy … just some straight line quilting.

13 thoughts on “Do you hand quilt?

  1. Yes I hand quilt and love the big stitch technique. I have finished three quilts in the past 18 months and love the look and love most that these are finished and being used. I especially like doing flannel quilts this way.

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  2. I hand quilted waaay back when. We won’t say how long ago but this year I did big stitch a quilt and also a pillow..I enjoyed it so much that I’m now looking at doing a quilt “kantha” style and also some sashiko stitching on small bags/clutches. A nice change from sitting at the machine piecing. AND, I do have a knitted Readers wrap going. Gotta keep these hands busy. 🙂

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  3. Love the colors in this pink/purple top! The saturation of these fabrics is what especially draws me.
    Are these 6 1/2” HST; and cut with an AQ die? I haven’t used mine yet. But this quilt is certainly an inspiration to me. Maybe I should go look over the fabric stash and see if any jump off the shelf.

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  4. Yes, I hand quilt. I usually hand quilt if it’s going to be a gift. I love being able to decide the different quilt designs I want for the different parts of the quilt to make them come alive. But I also machine quilt. It’s definitely faster, but has its place. Hope you enjoy the process and the finished product. Thanks for your blog and the time you put towards it.

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  5. I do hand quilt and love it–it’s so therapeutic! I haven’t done a whole lot lately, mostly wholecloth small quilts. I keep a supply of those handy for when I want to take a handwork project with me that won’t require any thought. Now I’m inspired to dig out a fall quilt I started many years ago that doesn’t need very much more quilting to be finished. Thanks, Mary!

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  6. I love to hand quilt! I can’t just sit and watch TV like some people do so I always have a hand quilting or hand applique project going so I have something to do while I watch TV.

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  7. I’ve done a little in the past, mostly on small “fun” quilts. I tend to machine quilt my charity quilt, thinking it might make them more sturdy. Seeing you stitching away has motivated me to give it a whirl again. Do the quilts you’ve big stitched hold up well Mary?

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  8. I like to always have a hand quilt project downstairs and a machine quilt project upstairs. I started using the Aunt Becky “thimble” and I really like how it all gets sewn together.

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