One thing that I wanted to do in 2012 was to try making some of the quilt blocks that my grandmothers used in the quilts they made (if you haven’t seen the collection of my grandmothers’ and great-grandmother’s quilts, check them out here). Because these quilts were all hand pieced, they include a lot of blocks that are better stitched by hand instead of by machine. So, I figured I would learn to do some proper hand piecing.
I meant to start this project in January and aim for doing a different pattern a month, since it would require drafting a pattern and making templates and all that. Well, it was the middle of March (or later) and I still hadn’t started, so I decided it was time to get cracking.
I discovered that Quiltmaking by Hand is apparently THE book on hand piecing (hand quilting resources aren’t as hard to find, for some reason). I checked the book out from my library and got started.
I thought these would be perfect to piece together for practice. I think these are the 10th and 11th seams I stitched. This is the front.
And this is the back.
I started feeling kind of ambitious at this point, and made myself a 4-patch. Not bad!
At this point I realized that one of those family quilts is just a basic nine-patch, so I thought, what the hey, why not make a nine-patch block!
And then the nine-patches sucked me in.
And now I’m just making nine patches out of my stack of 2″ squares. It’s quite fun. I have no idea what I will do with them. I have no idea how big something could be if I used up all the 2″ squares I have cut. But it’s a good way to get rid of a stack of stuff in my stash, don’t you think?
This was what I had finished by last Friday night.
And these are the ones I finished Friday through Wednesday over the past week. One a day.
At some point I’ll graduate to drafting a pattern for one of the fancier blocks and making some templates and trying something harder. But for now I think this is excellent stitching practice, and a nice little activity to keep my hands busy.