Primitive Quilts and Projects

Primitive Quilts and Projects Magazine

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Good Old Fashioned Way

Update on making Deb Eggar's "Floral Abundance"...

Deb Eggar's "Floral Abundance" in Spring 2013 Primitive Quilts and Projects

Judy's Version
Quilt Top = Finished!
I finished the quilt top last night!!!  And I ended up doing it all by hand…the appliqué, and the piecing.

This is a first for me.  Mom and my sisters taught to make quilts on the sewing machine.  While working on Dawn Heese' Somerset a while back, I had trouble piecing the on-point blocks together on the machine.  So I tried basting them instead of pinning.  Then I realized that as long as I was basting them, I might as well piece them by hand.  One thing led to another, and I discovered the joy of sitting on my love seat, stitching away by hand, creating little blocks of beauty one by one.

Last fall (September) I decided to make the “Floral Abundance” quilt from our Spring 2013 issue.  I cut out everything, got it all organized, then got busy appliquéing all the little pieces onto the blocks.  By hand.  When it came time to sew the blocks together, I had no desire to disappear upstairs where my sewing machine abides.  Staying on my love seat, stitching block-by-block,…next thing you know I had rows to build.  And I kept stitching by hand.

Ta da!
Now come those 57” borders.  Lots of them.  Guess what?  I stitched them all together by hand!  And I feel so content and happy about it.

I decided to quilt it by hand now.  This will be my second hand-quilting endeavor.  I cut my teeth on a baby quilt last year, and really enjoyed it.

Do you like to stitch by hand?

Speaking of the gold old fashioned way...when our 4-year grandson visits us, we play the old fashioned way.  Instead of playing with technology, we color--WITH CRAYONS ON PAPER!  Here is a drawing of his house, complete with bricks, trees, his daddy's truck, their cat, and of course Julian with his daddy.


  1. Your quilt is lovely and your grandson's drawing is very detailed. Great job, you two!!!

  2. You go girl ! I hand quilt, but at this time have no desire to hand piece. Your quilt is lovely.

  3. I hand piece, applique and/or quilt every single day. I still work full time so I devote an hour every morning to hand work. Usually hand applique, but also piecing and quilting. I hand quilt almost exclusively. I have machine quilted a few small quilts, but if I have to machine quilt a large quilt I use my checkbook.

  4. Oh, and I forgot to say how proud I am of you for trying (and sticking with) hand stitching. Isn't it relaxing?!

  5. Beautiful quilt--and all hand made. Good for you nothing like pen and paper to get the creative juices flowing

  6. Your quilt is gorgeous! What a wonderful accomplishment

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