HQAL – 1 August 2021

Hello fellow hand quilters! I believe that we are a dying breed! It takes a long time to quilt a quilt by hand, but it is rewarding! When I purchased my HQ16 (2005 – no computer driven machines at that time for novices) I had illusions of grandeur that I would love it and really learn how to do some of the beautiful work that the professional quilts do. But I will say that now I will finally really join the hand quilters of our group and quilt a quilt on my Z44!

I have been working on Dresden Plates and binding quilts – check out my previous posts to see the quilts I have completed the last 2 months! I definitely will never quit a wall hanging or a quilt on my Domestic machine! Just not for me! My shoulders hurt more than when I work on my long arm! Lesson learned that I am not a Domestic Machine quilter as I am not pleased with the outcome!

Sashiko Wall Hanging

I have completed 54 (plus 3 others on another grid) Dresdens (boy am I slow) with 45 left to tack down. They go fast but I have been wearing myself out with quilting and do not feel like doing hand work each night. Where or where has my 50 year old body gone??? LOL

I will be loading A Quilter’s Dream this week on the Z44 along with my new Horn Chair! This will be the first time my frame has been used since I purchased it in 2016. I discovered that The Grace Company no longer makes this frame. Very happy I did not sell it earlier this year.

A Quilter’s Dream
Backing for A Quilter’s Dream

Have a great beginning of August and keep on hand quilting and hand work. Our calendar is clear except for one day to San Antonio for Clay’s last knee shot! YIPPEE!!!!

Hugs, Nanette

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piercers to share and motivate one another.  We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.  

KathyMargaret, Deb, Sharon, Sherrie,  Karrin, Daisey, Connie

9 Replies to “HQAL – 1 August 2021”

  1. I like the grid quilting in the center of your wall hanging .. the border needs something .. reminds me of a railroad.🙈 nice chair! Looking forward to seeing what designs you are going to quilt.


    1. I should have hand quilted it but I wanted it done. Maybe I will do a give away to the trash can…. I should have done the grid from corner to corner and just sewed over the Sashiko. Lesson learned!

      Thank you on the chair. Should be good for hand quilting. I am going to do some feathers in the plain blocks and around the open areas. Not sure on the border – will decide later on that one. Hugs

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  2. Sashiko looks great. Love the middle 🙂 That backing for quilters dream is perfect!!!!! I’ve been thinking the same thing, where has my 50 year old body gone – I’d gladly welcome it back. Have a good week.


    1. Thank you – I ruined it, but you know there are always other Sashiko patterns waiting in the wings and won’t mess them up like I did this one!

      If you find the 50 year old body let me know if there is another one somewhere.

      You have a good week. Hugs


    1. Thank you! I know I messed up the border but it will survive! That fabric is Barbara Brackman’s 1999 Civil War fabric! I hated to use it for the entire back. I will have the purple on each side to save the fabric because it would be great for fussy cutting for a Di Ford quilt I want to make. Hugs


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