Sunday, November 24, 2013

A Christmas Present COMPLETED!

Tah Dah!  Introducing my first all HAND Piecing, Quilted & Bound Ozark Star Table Topper!

 This work I made specifically for my mom and dad... she has most of my firsts... except when it comes to quilting... so now she has my first all Hand Done project... my 8th quilted item :)

I found the pattern... more info on that below but see a vid here, and bought the material for this project...
I pieced this using my fave YLI 40 wt glazed hand quilting thread for piecing using a John James #8 between (same as I prefer for hand quilting).  Read more about my piecing adventure here.

I quilted this mainly using DMC Perle 12 cotton in a lovely cream color.  I did some detail stitching around the inner star using Gutermann 100% cotton thread in cream but didn't care for it much.  Read about some of that process here.

I sewed on the binding with a tan Coats and Clark cotton machine quilting thread and bound it down with the Gutermann cream thread as I didn't have any cranberry to match the binding...


I found GREAT inspiration on this project through a facebook group I belong to called Celebrate Hand Quilting... request entry by Caron Mosey here If you are interested in hand quilting as that is what this group is about but we are 1500 dynamic and helpful HAND quilters strong and growing... so much eye candy to see and support from fellow quilters to ponder!  I have learned so much there :)  Many machine their tops then handquilt that top!

You see it all started when I won a class of my choice on Kathleen Tracy's blog here from Daily Craft TV.  I was sooo excited to win a class for free... and perusing their board showed many affordable classes... check it out but be ready to download all class materials as they do take vids down from time to time and replace them.  I found help but only because I was diligent... I personally will stick with Craftsy for my classes I pay for after this experience...

Suffice it to say.. I found a great pattern to download and away I went!  Thanks Kathleen Tracy for offering me a way to make Christmas presents! 

Linking this finish to:
Sew Many Ways here
Slow Stitching Sunday here
Richard & Tanya Quilts here
Confessions of a Fabric Addict here
Merlize ~ Stitch by Stich here
Sugar Bee Crafts here

Hope you have a blessed Sunday and do something crafty of your own... please share what you are up to and what you think about my finish!  Comments are coveted :)

P. S.>>>  Next up a table topper for my bro & his family to enjoy!  Ideas anyone on how to quilt this one???  My mind is speeding away! lol :)


8 comments:

  1. Congrats on your completely hand made gift! It looks terrific and I enjoyed seeing the close up shots of your stitching and your tools/thread. Thanks for linking up and sharing your project!

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  2. Wow, came out beautiful. I am thinking about purchasing that kit. Where did you get it?

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  3. It is neat you did it allby hand. Even when I hand pieced a little quilt, I still sewed the first side of the binding down by hand. ;). It looks great!

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  4. Wow! That came out great. I love that it is all done by hand and your parents are going to love it.

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  5. Very nice design and neat and tidy quilt stitches! Great job!

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  6. Very pretty! Lucky mom and dad! Who wouldn't love a gift like that?

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