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Friday, June 18, 2010

Hand Quilting

About a week ago I wrote about pushing myself with a quilt that would be hand quilted and really put focus on the quilting as the main part of the design. 

In the mean time, I have been looking at my WIP star quilt sitting on the sewing machine table.  My plan has been to do machine quilting so that I could "get-er done" and out the door to my little cousin asap. 

Something was nagging me about that.  I LOVE the way this quilt top turned out.  The colors are so cute and warm, and the wonky stars are so playful.  I was struggling with the "get-er done" feeling on such a great quilt.  Finally, I realized I didn't want machine quilting...I wanted to emphasize the wonky stars.  There is no better way to do that than echo quilting. 

So after tussling with the decision another couple of days, I decided to dive in.  I am going to hand quilt this one too.  Plus, I can really hone my hand quilting before I work on a piece where the lines will be so prominent.

I've finished the first row of stars, only 6 more rows to go.  Next, I need to decide what kind of design to put in the light pink squares where the blocks intersect.  I am thinking maybe circles or maybe some kind of star. 
What do you suggest?


  1. Very beautiful! That hand quilting really does bring out those fun stars. Hmmmm... since there are already stars I think it would be interesting to put something else in the pink squares. Circles sound good.

  2. This is going to be an adorable quilt! Good luck on the hand quilting, it takes a patient person.