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Grandma’s Quilts

My Grandma Currie was a prolific maker of things. Sewing, knitting, quilting, jewelry, stained glass, pottery, watercolor, drawing…there wasn’t much she didn’t do. My dad and his sisters recently finished sorting out my grandparents’ estate and I was lucky enough to get three quilts. The first is my favorite. I absolutely adore this quilt. My Aunt Sue says “I remember the farm quilt vaguely. It was a model for creating a series of appliques when I was a young teen.” Therefore the quilt was my grandmother’s design (not a surprise) and probably from the early 70’s. My grandma used all sorts of different fabrics and embroidery stitches to give the blocks tons of personality. Some of the details were even terrycloth – probably cut from an old towel! The quilt has clearly been worn. My mom helped me to get out all of the discoloration and staining that was possible …

How to Hand Quilt from an Expert

I recently learned to hand quilt. In sharing my story, I tried to describe hand quilting. I received a couple of questions asking for more of explanation. I really don’t know enough to answer them properly, so I reached out to Ann Rindge, the winner of Best Hand Quilting at the 2013 Vashon Quilt Guild Quilt Show for her description. Ann says: “The technique I am most comfortable with uses a rocking motion with the needle.  After I have buried the knot into the quilt sandwich, I balance the needle gently under the thimble of my top hand and the middle (or index) finger of my bottom hand.  The needle should be perpendicular to the quilt.  The thumb of my thimble hand rests on the quilt just in front of where I wish to travel with the needle.  I gently push down on the needle until I start to feel the tip of …