Hand Quilt Along: First Post

This will be my first post to the

Hand Quilt Along 

Thank you for welcoming me into the group. It’s hard for me to believe I have been hand quilting for over 40 years now. I was taught by two beautiful woman from Oklahoma, Alma Wall Ayers, and Wynotha Wall ~ sister-in-law’s. My first 2 quilts I pieced together by hand but had them machine quilted; from then on…..a purest at heart and home.

done in the mid to late 70’s that’s Alma peeking out in the corner and me

Finding  the ‘Hand Quilt Along’ group through following the blog, lovethosehandsathome by KerryCan,  https://lovethosehandsathome.wordpress.com

I was instantly inspired. That’s what I needed. Inspiration and the push to get going on a project I had sitting for the last 2/3 years, begging to be picked up every time I passed by.

Here is my project, a wonderful hand pieced quilt top that I found at our local Goodwill. I picked it up for $3.99. Yup, I could hardly believe my find. I felt like a thief buying it and couldn’t get out of the store fast enough.

When I look at this top I see someones dream discarded and I wonder the reason. What life’s event left it unfinished and then finally discarded to a Goodwill store? This top feels worn and tired to me. The material swatches look like older prints and I am not a fan of the purple and white anchoring squares for the rings. But I am ready to continue with this project and stitch life back into this quit top ~ it’s time for its beauty to shine through


This Wedding Ring quilt top was entirely hand pieced and was in relatively good shape. The white has some yellow shading. The solid blue rectangles in the ring were done in a burlap-py type of material with quite a few spots where the sewing had pulled apart and was fraying. I had to do a considerable amount of repairing before I could begin. I am using a solid dark blue flat sheet for my back and polyester batting. The top is quite large and I will be reducing it’s size. I hope to be able to salvage some the pattern to make a pillow or two. In getting this ready to start I realized why I haven’t begun to quilt this. Sheer fright…I have no workable space for laying out a quilt this side. To assemble the 3 layers I set it up on top of my queen size bed, running over the sides; nightmare, but I got it done.


Above is a Frank Edmunds Quilters Wonder Quilting Hoop Frame with stand. I usually quilt with just a hoop on my lap and thought with this project I would give something with a stand a try. ©




Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Deborah,  SusanJessicaSherryNanette, Sassy, Edith, Sharon and Bella.

The Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another. Please contact Kathy if you would like to join along.

10 thoughts on “Hand Quilt Along: First Post

  1. KerryCan January 28, 2018 / 2:29 pm

    That is a gorgeous quilt!! I’m so glad you were the one to find it–now you can finish, and honor, the dream of the woman who pieced it. I will go back and read your previous posts here, so I am all caught up!


    • nwpaintedlady January 28, 2018 / 2:39 pm

      Thank you Kerry. I’ll do my best to honor the dream of the woman who pieced it! Sharon


  2. debmoyes January 28, 2018 / 5:26 pm

    Nice! I am a big purple fan and so I like the purple and white squares. I have started a pickle dish, which is of course a relative of wedding ring, and purple is one of my square colors. What fun to quilt and admire the fabrics as you go…


    • nwpaintedlady January 28, 2018 / 5:47 pm

      Thank you for loving the purple, I think the purple will grown on me. I love the pickle dish pattern! The older patterns on this quilt are very sweet ~


  3. craftycreeky January 28, 2018 / 7:01 pm

    Great rescue, looking forward to seeing you give it the love it deserves 🙂


  4. farmquilter January 28, 2018 / 7:37 pm

    Purple is one of my favorite colors, but I think I agree with you…something jarring about them in this quilt, but I’m not sure why. I think I would use white quilting thread in both the white and purple squares, to unite them and tone down the purple a little. You are going to make a beautiful quilt out of this! Whenever I see quilts or tops in thrift stores, it hurts my heart. Someone put HOURS of work and love into each project and then they are discarded as though they have no value or meaning. I’m so glad you rescued this labor of love and will, with love and skill, bring out its beauty to completion. So glad you have joined us in the HQAL!!


    • nwpaintedlady January 28, 2018 / 8:03 pm

      Thank you and I am excited about joining the group. Just the push I needed to get working on this. You said exactly what I was thinking, the purple and white squares seem to jarring, to bold, out there. I am thinking now, most likely the purple and white were the only material she had enough of to use for this purpose.


  5. kathyreeves February 18, 2018 / 11:40 pm

    What a fantastic project, it would be so cool to know the story, but regardless, you are adding your own to it!


    • nwpaintedlady February 18, 2018 / 11:52 pm

      So so true! This forgotten and tossed aside quilt top has a new story. I love that thought Kathy. TY

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