Wednesday, April 18, 2012

hand quilting at last!

I've been reading and enjoying Kathleen Tracy's blog, A Sentimental Quilter, for quite awhile. This year, she started up a challenge to do one small quilt each month, from one of her books. This was great, as I already had one of her books and wanted to make every quilt in it! So I finally joined her Yahoo group and bought her other three books...which are all wonderfully filled with history and adorable doll quilts and patterns...what could be better?!
If you'd like to read more about the challenge, please hop on over HERE and join in on the fun!

April's challenge quilt was a nine-patch doll quilt. I used Moda fabrics; all scraps from other projects.

I attempted to hand quilt it. It was my first time, and I can see that the 'rocking motion' will take some time to master and to get uniform, tiny stitches. By coincidence, when I was reading up on the method, I saw pics of a quilting thimble. I had wondered about an odd thimble in my sewing desk drawer and why it was shaped the way it was. Not sure where it came from. And it was so nice to use my travel sewing kit that I just made, for this. It was so handy to keep everything safe from both my new kitty and my little girl. I'm so glad I made it!

For the back, I used Heritage, Collections for a Cause by Howard Marcus for Moda, which I love! The corner pieces are for a dowel to hang it by. I asked for ideas on methods of hanging small quilts on the Yahoo group, and I got lots of information. Everyone is so helpful there. I decided to try this way. I hope to one day have a wall of small quilts.

  I'm really happy with this one and can't wait to start on another one.  My kitty seems to approve too. I think I need to make her one too!