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Hand Quilting with Alex Anderson: Six Projects for First-Time Hand Quilters

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Hand Quilting with Alex Anderson: Six Projects for First-Time Hand Quilters

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4.5/5 (4 valutazioni)
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117 pagine
37 minuti
Pubblicato:
Dec 1, 1998
ISBN:
9781617450372
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Learn how to quilt in all directions and customize your stitch. Includes 6 small projects.
Pubblicato:
Dec 1, 1998
ISBN:
9781617450372
Formato:
Libro

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I love to hand quilt. My passion for hand quilting started about twenty years ago, when I picked up my first thimble. The hand quilting process and results cannot be matched in any other format. The satisfaction of sitting at a quilting frame in the middle of chaos (I have two teenagers), or alone, simply enjoying the silence and time to reflect, is a pleasure no quilter should skip. I love watching the quilt come to life as each little stitch is put in place.

But, do I always hand quilt? I wish the answer could be yes, but the truth is, no. It strictly depends on the fate of the quilt. Since I am fortunate to have quilting as my vocation, I now find that my quilts fall into two categories; working or heirloom quilts. My working quilts are often created for publications and need to be finished in a limited amount of time, or possibly it is a quilt that will be loved and used by a child. My heirloom quilts come under the category of quilting recreation, or quilts that are strictly made for the joy and love of the process, often resulting in show pieces. These are the quilts my kids will one day fight over. I think you know what I mean.

When I first started quilting and to this day, I have always been intrigued by Amish quilts. Their strong, graphic, pieced tops coupled with beautiful quilting designs are enough to make even the strongest heart skip a beat. My first real quilting class was taught by a Mennonite woman in my area, Lucy Hilty. In her class we learned how to draw feathers, cables, and all those really neat quilting motifs. With this knowledge I made a classic Amish diamond quilt. This experience led me to an intense appreciation of hand quilting. I thank Lucy for opening my eyes to the world of beautiful, well-designed, traditional, hand quilted quilts.

I can remember many satisfying hours at the quilting frame putting in stitches, watching my pieced tops take form right before my eyes! It was almost as if was breathing life right into them. If I had ten minutes to spare you could find me sitting at the quilting frame. I knew it was time to stop when my son Joey, then a little boy, would stand up under the quilt stretched on the frame, creating a head mountain. This little protest would make it impossible to quilt. My daughter Adair, then an infant, would wake from her afternoon nap demanding attention. Oh, when would I steal ten more minutes?

My father and I developed, and still have, a quilt frame business called Sladky Quilt frames. When we vend a show, people always stop by to watch me quilt. The are fascinated by the speed and ease of the process. (Through the process of hand quilting several dozen quilts during the first decade of my quilting career, 1 quickly developed the skill for creating little stitches.) What really surprises observers is that I can quilt in all directions using three different fingers: my middle, pointer, and thumb. With a short lesson, and a little practice, many people have learned to hand quilt in the same manner. Even my dad knows how to do it! Once you learn these simple techniques your life will be changed, forever! So let’s get started.

In hand quilting, the sky is the limit when it comes to tools. With so many tools available it’s difficult to know where to start. I will share with you the products I use and why. When you understand the basic properties of the tools feel free to try other brands. What works for one person might not be the right choice for another. Before

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