Monday, August 16, 2010

How to Hand Piece a Quilt Block - A Classic, A Tradition

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Let's do some hand piece a quilt block pattern !

Here is my basic hand piecing class

I feel all quilter's should at some time do hand piecing, I know you think I'm nuts, but it brings me back to the tradition of what quilters are all about. I try to do one every year or so. Your piece need not be a huge project, but please, try it.

This is my travel quilt box, would you believe it's an old Ethel M Chocolate box from Las Vegas about 20 years ago. It has everything but scissors,you just can't travel with them anymore. I have gotten into the habit of keeping it all together. This box has been on many vacations, fishing trips and even at baseball/footballgames in many towns.

hand piece a quilt

Cut an assortment of fabric, For one block you will need
8 - 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"
4 - 2 1/2" x 1 1/2"
I just cut a pile of each and put the colors together as I piece.

marking lines to hand make a quilt

Mark a 1/4" seam line on fabric back, I use a ruler and pencil.

hand stitch a quilt

Knot your thread and do a rocking stitch. After a bit you will not need the line, notice my thumb,
 I use it as my measurement guide.

I use a thread about 18-20 inches long and string piece, knotting at the beginning and end of each block. Finger piece them open.

sewing a quilt by hand
Draw seam line if needed. Place good fabric to good, pin and sew.

how to hand piece a quilt

Open and finger press. Add 2 1/2" x 1 1/2' to side.
how to piece a quilt
Draw sewing line, Pin and sew on line,

hand piece a quilt

Finger press to the outside.

Take 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" and draw sewing line on each end, sew to 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" Do 2 times.
Draw seam line if needed. Place good fabric to good, pin and sew.

This is the back of my hand pieced block.

how to hand piece a quilt

Two finished blocks, each block have a finished size of 4"

Take some time, don't take it all to serious, pick a comfy chair, good light and just have some HAND piecing fun.

I am the Author of The Quilt Ladies Book Collection
and Little Quilt Ladies Quilt Patterns

1 comment:

  1. Lovely--thanks for encouraging people to slow down! I adore hand-piecing.


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