Slow Stitching Sunday ~ Hand Quilting

I used to do a lot of hand quilting, but haven’t done so in many years. Until this week. I started working on my antique top. This is how far I have gotten.


Here is the back.


My quilting stinks, but I am forging ahead anyway. I was asked about the batting i am using. I’ve had this around for years and do not know where I bought it. It is 100% cotton and it is made by Mountain Mist. I’m using John James Betweens in Size 10. 

I was also asked about what I used for marking.


I used the silver pencil to mark the largest arc for each fan. I did this before basting so I could map out my plan. Just before quilting each fan, I line up the stencil and use the chalk to mark the smaller arcs. You can tell from my pictures above that I am not very exact. 

I was also asked about the thread I used for basting. I just used whatever was already on the long arm. It gets removed anyway. 

I’m keeping up with doing at least one hoop worth of quilting each day. My fingers are a bit sore!

Linking up with Kathy’s Quilts

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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14 Responses to Slow Stitching Sunday ~ Hand Quilting

  1. Barb Vedder says:

    I like the way you are free placing the fans – very nice and looks antique!

  2. Val W says:

    That looks great. Keep it up and your quilting calluses will be back in no time.

  3. CathieJ says:

    I don’t think your quilting stinks. I think it looks quite pretty. I like the way the fans complement the squares of the quilt.

  4. piecefulwendy says:

    I think you’re quilting looks just fine. Thanks for sharing your marking tools; I’m always learning something new from you. You are making really good progress on the quilt!

  5. Sandi says:

    It looks great and you’ve gotten quite a bit done already! Hugs,

  6. karenlogcabinquilter says:

    I have hand quilted the Baptist Fan for some of my quilts. Have done very little hand quilting in the last few years. Always nice to see someone taking time to do that.

  7. Looks great, and in no time at all you’ll develop that little callus that makes it more comfortable. And then you’ll want to keep hand quilting just to keep it there. 🙂

  8. Deb says:

    Looks great to me! I have that red marking tool as well.

  9. Quilter Kathy says:

    Yummy! Love the fan quilting!
    It doesn’t stink at all!

  10. Jill says:

    Your hand stitches look fine. We are all our worse critic. I have yet to do the baptist fan, yet it is on my list. Keep progressing.

  11. Robin says:

    You have really been quilting in earnest to get so much done in such a short time. It looks incredible! I use John James Size 10 Betweens too.

  12. Sandra B says:

    Love how this is looking, Katy! I am a hand quilter, and, let me just say….you are really moving along!! The fan quilting is the perfect choice…and one of my favorites…. Thanks so much for sharing this quilt’s journey!

  13. Looks like you are doing a great job! I’ve done some hand quilting…Not as easy as it looks!!! Keep up the great work!!

  14. Ann Laubach says:

    I echo previous comments. Lovely work. The baptist fans are a great choice for this piece. I am working on smaller quilt myself and am progressing at a much slower pace than you!

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