Hand Appliqued and Hand Quilted

Here is my hand-appliqued quilt top. It is an Editar Sitar pattern (Sweet Sixteen – there are 16 blocks – 76 x 76) done in colors of my choosing (love that stash). It took me about a year to do the 16 appliqued blocks and then it was about 3 months to be hand-quilted. My two hand-quilting friends, Carol and Jessica,  came faithfully each Friday to help me finish the quilt top.  Lots of lovely days spent together over the quilt frame and lunch. We worked from 9:30 to 3:30 every Friday. I couldn’t be happier with it and it is now one of my favorite quilts.

Sweet Sixteen HQ1

Sweet Sixteen HQ2

Sweet Sixteen HQ3

Some years ago I won some blocks from my guild. “Bento Box” they were called. I won 16 blocks–not enough for a quilt. So a friend donated to me a small bag of oriental scraps and I made 32 more blocks for a total of 48 and made a twin size quilt using wide indigo sashing. Then I spent a very, very long time hand quilting it with a clam shell design. It now hangs over the back of my sofa. It feels SO GOOD to have this one finished.   Love the light blue sashiko quilting…looks lovely on the indigo.

big stitch quilting sashiko 1

Bento Box HQ1

Bento Box HQ3

I have two more quilts I am actively working on now.   I will show those in the next post or two.   Oh, and another one coming back from the long-arm quilter soon.   Can’t wait to see it finished!

Hope all of you out there are having fun working on using up stash, finishing UFOs, and diligently working on your WIPs.   My family tells me that people could do their quilt shopping here.   I don’t think so, because I couldn’t part with my fabrics or patterns or books.    But perhaps I do have enough stuff that I could quilt and do needlework for at least another 20 years and not have to buy anything!   Of course that’s ridiculous….because I never seem to have just the right pattern, or just the right fabric and have to go shopping myself!

Amities, Averyclaire


16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Claudine Beaurenaud
    May 07, 2013 @ 23:23:45

    wonderful quilt – bravo


  2. Nanouanne
    May 08, 2013 @ 03:20:22

    Hi Karen,
    I could have writen the last paragraph myself as for may of us visiting here.
    Your work is so perfect! Look at the appliquéd circles, the quilting, the sashico embroidery. I am sure a closely look would not find a flaw.
    I have a question. What sort of batting should I use so that I get the crinckle effect in the machine without ruining it?
    Congratulations, your work is wonderful!


  3. itwasjudith
    May 08, 2013 @ 03:40:25

    they look beautiful, congratulations for completing those works 🙂 it must require a long time and very good skills!


  4. Annie
    May 08, 2013 @ 06:12:46

    So gorgeous! That is an enormous amount of handwork. So nice to have friends over to share that task like an old-fashioned quilting bee! You really do amazing work.


  5. Virtual Quilter
    May 08, 2013 @ 06:14:39

    The applique quilt is simply beautiful.

    The second isn’t beautiful, but it is perfect over the back of a sofa. The sashiko quilting is wonderful.


  6. Margaret
    May 08, 2013 @ 08:38:20

    Wow, both quilts are wonderful! That applique quilt is a work of art. I love that you and your friends quilted it together. The sashiko is beautiful as well! Two different styles and both lovely!


  7. Marjorie
    May 08, 2013 @ 11:39:19

    Thanks for bringing these last night to show–they are lovely in person. I like the quilt with Sashiko, probably because I really enjoy doing it myself. Our little visitor, C, liked the flower quilt very much (in case she was too shy to tell you). I think everyone was in awe.


  8. Anne Leonas
    May 08, 2013 @ 14:21:49

    I’m glad you posted your latest quilts – they are both works of art!!! I continue to be in awe of your talent.


  9. Carol
    May 08, 2013 @ 17:13:11

    What a beauty!! I love the fact that you had two friends helping out with it–a real team effort 🙂


  10. Southpaw Stitcher
    May 08, 2013 @ 22:35:26

    Stunning quilts, beautifully made! Can’t wait to see the quilt that you get back from the long-arm quilter. I’m looking forward to seeing one or more of your gorgeous hand-made items at the Lake County Fair this year!


  11. Jackie
    May 10, 2013 @ 22:03:36

    I’m just back from vacation about an hour ago and getting caught up on blog posts I came across your most recent posts. SO glad to see you’re posting and I must say you’ve completed some beautiful projects! I especially love that your friends helped you hand quilt your hand applique quilt. It really makes this quilt special!


  12. Julierose
    May 13, 2013 @ 07:13:05

    What beautiful work you do–just hopped over to visit after your kind comment and answer. I made a quote/unquote modern coin type quilt and now have to figure out what quilting would be good for the plain white bands in between the coin panels..I am not showing it on my blog as the intended recipient reads my blog (!)..Julierose


  13. Sandy White
    May 13, 2013 @ 14:22:15

    I see you finished Edyta Sitar’s Sweet 16. Beautiful work. I’m now appliquéing “Sweet Sixteen” but have reduced it to 6 inch blocks. Can’t wait to get to quilting it. Best wishes.


  14. Little Penpen
    May 19, 2013 @ 10:31:40

    What a beautiful applique quilt~ I love the pops of pink in it! What a treasure! And I see that even your couch has a quilting pattern. :)))


  15. Elizabeth Janzen
    May 24, 2013 @ 13:12:12

    You are an inspiration to me Averyclaire! Your work is asthetically and techinically beautiful, and you get a whole lot done. Looking forward to seeing the next projects!


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