Saturday, April 12, 2014

Embroidery and quilting by hand

As a new quilter, I hand embroidered this penny square. It was from a guild program about Redwork and everyone exchanged a penny for a pre-drawn design on muslin.
Hand embroidered redwork rabbit penny square
Penny square rework design.
This piece is not that big (17.25" x 14.75") but I hand quilted it. Believe it, or not! Look at the cross hatching. There is also a rope braid quilted in the outside border. Aaah, I was so ambitious and nostalgic in those days.
Braided rope border pattern.
Does everyone go through that phase where they want to do traditional hand quilting on all their quilts? Or maybe it was the guild I was in. It had a lot of members who were third-, fourth- and maybe fifth-generation traditional [hand] quilters. I didn't have the patience (nor the history in my genes) to get that good at it, so I'm glad I found free-motion machine quilting and the quilt-it-by-hand phase quickly passed. I am much better with the machine.
Redwork rabbit. Hand quilted. 17-1/4" x 15-3/4"
My current guild, the Choo Choo Quilters, is dedicating this year's programs to handwork. I presented last month's program, "Quilting with Hexagons.The April program is about embroidery on quilts, so this little bunny has come out to play at a guild once again… and just in time for Easter, too.

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