Monday, November 26, 2012

Another Quilting Project Completed

I've posted in the past about this quilt on the frame. It is a king size quilt that was brought to me to be hand quilted by the relative of a neighbor. I HATE to quilt for other people because I always feel so guilty about what I have to charge them to do it. Therefore I almost never do it. Every now and then someone will talk me into it and that is the case with this one. It is a quilt top depicting all the states with their shape, state flower and state bird all done by hand in embroidery. It also has a block with a large blue star for each state. 

The good news is that this monster is finished : ) Hand quilted, the sides are bound and it is ready to go to it's forever home. 

Notice the center medallion depicting the USA.

I shudder to think of the number of stitches that went into this quilt in the hand quilting alone not counting the embroidery. I just did the quilting as it was brought to me as a finished top. 

It certainly made a very vibrant and colorful quilt. I have two quilts with this same pattern that my husband inherited from an elderly aunt. She did not embroider the states but rather did them in embroidery paint. For some of you younger girls embroidery paint was popular back in the 60's and 70's. It was a permanent paint that came in little tubes that you squeezed on to your quilt design to permanently color it.   

For someone with a blue and white or patriotic decor this quilt would be perfect.

Lots of work went into this quilt by both the owner who did all the embroidery and myself who did all the hand quilting.

This is meant to be a Holiday gift for a family member  of the owner. I hope that they treasure it for  a lifetime and get great joy from it. 

Now back to that wedding quilt for my son and his new bride.

Blessings from The Holler

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  1. It's truly inspiring. I admire your perseverance and talent. There's so much to learn from you:) Thank you for blogging what you do and your experiences. Your teachings are invaluable:)

  2. CQ,
    Talk about beautiful work, this quilt is goregous. So is the one you have pictured on your introduction page. Beautiful work my friend!!!! You just amaze me with your talent.

  3. Beautiful just beautiful ! WOW ! Priceless I would say ! How wonderfully crafted . Have a good day !

  4. OMG that is beautiful and all that work.

  5. Beautiful work! Such a relief when large projects are complete..I have one on the frame right now and I can't wait to celebrate its end:) Congrats!

  6. What a heirloom that will be. Such stunning work by the maker and yourself.

    blessings, jill

  7. Beautiful! My grandmother, aunt and mom have quilted. I have 3 beautiful quilts my granny made (one for me and one for my 2 grown children). Treasures to me.

  8. This is beautiful! My mom worked on that pattern when I was a little girl. She was hand embroidering each block. I don't know if she ever finished it or what happened to it though. I have many other quilts she made but I so love embroidery. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  9. That is one beautiful Quilt. When I first saw the picture it took my breath. I see many, many hour of labor and love that has gone into making it. The stitching is amazing. I quilted years ago and know how hard it is to get all those stitches the same size. The person receiving that quilt is one lucky person.

  10. That is beautiful lots of long hours but well worth it.

  11. It is gorgeous, CQ. Congratulations!

  12. Love the quilt. I am doing hand quilting on smaller items, and my "problem" is how to determine what the quilting pattern will be. I would appreciate it if you could email me how to determine that pattern, especially if there is not a definitive one in the piece. My email address is Thanks for any tips you can give me. Love your blog, but you put me to shame with all your canning! :)

    1. Ardith I will email this response to you as well. If your quilt does not have a definitive pattern then basically the sky is the limit. I have collected some quilting stencils through the years and reuse them often. Trace a pattern that will simply fit into the space you want to quilt. I remember as a child my grandmother drawing a pattern she referred to as a baptist fan. She simply pinned a piece of string to her quilt, the string had a knot at every inch and a piece of chalk at the end. She would make a half circle with that string an chalk at every half inch interval and that was her quilting line. I have seen people use cookie cutters and jar lids and make quilting designs.


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