HAND QUILT ALONG: Making Progress

When I decided to start quilting ‘Wishing You Good Will’ I admit, I was overwhelmed, terrified at the physical size and commitment this undertaking would require. I have always tackled much smaller projects and thought I wasn’t truly prepared. I literally have no room for a table type scroll stand, then I thought a hoop floor stand might just work.

I have kicked the stand to the curb 


Well not really, but I abandoned its use in the first week and have been using the hoop perched on my lap since. I have been making slow but steady progress but still wondering if I will ever get to the borders.


Good Will sits front and center in the living room daring me to forget or neglect her.


If you noticed the horse in my background that is MOBO. That handsome bronco was made by D. SEBEL & CO., ERITH, KENT, ENGLAND from 1947 – 1972. This metal horse is one of the earliest model horses. I found this beauty in an antique store and could not pass up the purchase. I had a mobo, one of the most memorable memories of my childhood. He moves using a pumping up and down method on the stirrups, forward only. He provided hours of fun not only for me but for the kids in the neighborhood.

Hand Quilting and Childhood Treasures ~ it doesn’t get any better than that ©


This 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.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyLoriMargaretEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , Edith, and Sharon.


10 thoughts on “HAND QUILT ALONG: Making Progress

  1. Deb June 24, 2018 / 5:52 pm

    Good Will is so pretty! Love those old fabrics! I like my lap hoop in the winter,right now it’s way to warm to have anything in your lap,even the dog gets pushed off.😀

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    • nwpaintedlady June 24, 2018 / 6:51 pm

      Thanks Deb…those old fabrics just ooze ‘quilt’ however they are worn and tired and easily pull loose from the stitching. The fan is directly on me while I am quilting 🙂 luckily the weather has not been to warm yet. I am sure I will slow down then.

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  2. kathyreeves June 24, 2018 / 6:33 pm

    I have been using just a hoop and it seems to tame things just a bit. I can focus on that area, and every move is a min happy dance. I think you are doing such a marvelous job with Good Will, she is like a living piece of art sitting there in the living room!

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    • nwpaintedlady June 24, 2018 / 6:53 pm

      Glad to read your using a hoop to Kathy. Thank you for the encouragement. A living piece of art in the living room, thats great! I’ll be using that the next time my husbands complains 🙂

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  3. hannahhouse1 June 24, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    Sharon, the Goodwill quilt is beautiful!! It may take time, but when finished it will be a masterpiece to be cherished.


    • nwpaintedlady June 25, 2018 / 2:14 pm

      Thank you Janie, I am not sure a masterpiece, lol, but I will cherish it for sure!


  4. craftycreeky June 26, 2018 / 7:54 am

    Interested to read about your experiences with a big quilt, I found a hoop stand at my mums, I’m thinking of giving it a try, but otherwise it will just be a big quilting hoop!

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    • nwpaintedlady June 26, 2018 / 1:39 pm

      My basic problem with the hoop and stand was that their was so much overhang that I felt I was fighting with so much material to get my arm under to comfortably quilt. My under arm wasn’t long enough to be uncomfortable or go deep enough into the middle to work. Height was a problem – finding the correct chair or adjusting the stand. Possibly, like bi focals or transitional glasses I needed to give it more time to adjust but I didn’t. I went back to what I was comfortable with.


  5. KerryCan June 26, 2018 / 10:36 am

    I use a hoop, too, but mine is on a stand and that works for me–interesting how we all find our own approaches! Now that you’ve tackled a large quilt, nothing will ever intimidate you again–you’ll know you can handle it. And the others are right–it’s a long-term process but the end result will be SO worth it!

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    • nwpaintedlady June 26, 2018 / 1:45 pm

      Thanks Kerry for the encouragement ~ the more I get done the more I feel confident in what I am doing.


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