Hand Quilt Along ~ December

It is impossible that 3 weeks has passed since our last posting for the HQAL. December is in full swing, the lights of Hanukkah have been kindled, latkes made, and as I anxiously await Christmas and all its festivities, my quilt ‘Wishing You Good Will’ reminds me to truly be mindful of wishing you all good will, health and happiness all year through.

‘Wishing You Good Will’ is forever in the debt of this HQAL as it was what inspired me to pick her up and begin quilting her. I had found her at our local goodwill store – lonely, scared and tossed aside. I brought her home and tucked her away for a few more years until my discovery of this group.

I joined in January of 2018 after learning discovering it through Kerry at


How I found Kerry’s blog, I simply can not remember but thankfully I did.

It was back in the 70’s that I began hand quilting, taught by 2 amazing woman from Oklahoma… mentors long passed but never forgotten. There was this enormous hand made quilting frame hanging from the ceiling taking up most of the living room. I had never seen anything like this before. Sister-in-law’s Alma Ayres and Wynotha Wall were busy hand quilting something. One look and I was hooked.

My first quilt was done in my own made up pattern, hand pieced in dotted swiss material. Alma donated the material to me. Still today, I think she must have given me the material on purpose. Oh goodness, if stitching through or around those dots didn’t deter me nothing would. I am sure it was a test to see if I could truly walk the talk. I can picture Wynotha and Alma secretly chuckling over giving me the swiss as my first project.

I have never used a machine, (although I did have my first 2 quilts professionally machine quilted, Alma must have felt sorry for me, thinking quilting them would be to big of a challenge) I still have no fancy tools, in fact I bought my first rotary cutter a week or so ago, I am back to scissors, I still cut out patterns from a heavy paper template I measure and make myself, I don’t know what BOM stands for, I had to look up what Fat Quarters were, WIP meant nothing to me, and stitching in ditch – what?

Hand Quilting has taken me from my 20’s into my 60’s now, an incredible journey that has taught me many life lessons, things like: patience, beauty is not always in perfection, organization, starting over doesn’t mean it was a mistake it means making it better, thinking things through before jumping in, don’t give up till you figure it out…I could go on but I know you get it.

When I look at Wishing You Good Will – this wedding ring beauty – its center four squares  represents my parents with me and my husband, its rings all the paths in my life branching off into their specific nucleus, my children, their families branching off on their life’s paths. Quilting is an amazing life journey.


Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas to all the amazing quilters/crafters I have met through this hand quilt along. Thank for an amazing year of encouragement, growth and education.


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.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

14 thoughts on “Hand Quilt Along ~ December

  1. Isabella December 9, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    Beautiful post Sharon. Your words took my mind on a journey through your life, mixed with remembrances from mine. You have truly been blessed in your life and it is a pleasure to see that you are aware of it. May your holiday season be filled with love, laughter and happiness.

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    • nwpaintedlady December 9, 2018 / 5:08 pm

      Thank you Bella for your kind words back to me. I am especially thankful for meeting you and this new journey with the T block sew along….and my first attempt and intro into the world of flying geese!


  2. Deb December 9, 2018 / 9:05 pm

    If you stuck it out after using dotted Swiss you truly are a born quilter! Those old ceiling quilt frames were something to see that’s for sure! I’m so glad the wishing you good Will has been found by you…She’s one lucky quilt . Happy Holidays to you !

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    • nwpaintedlady December 9, 2018 / 11:32 pm

      You made me laugh Deb thinking of those dots – you must know them well. Pain in the you know what 🙂 I was lucky to find her…thank you for the kind words. Happy Holidays to you too.

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  3. Karrin Hurd December 10, 2018 / 12:35 am

    Great hearing about your quilting journey. Love your quilt.

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  4. kathyreeves December 11, 2018 / 4:11 am

    Dotted swiss!!!!! You are not to be messed with Sharon! Loved your story! Curious, do you celebrate, Hanukkah, Christmas or both? I know from your genealogy site there are Jewish roots in your family, but didn’t know if you had always celebrated, or that was part of the history you have uncovered. 🙂 Enjoy your celebrations!

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    • nwpaintedlady December 11, 2018 / 1:30 pm

      lol, I don’t know about me but ‘it’ definitely was not to be messed with. I was raised Jewish by my adopting parents. My birthmother was Jewish, my birthfather and family Italian – Catholic. A marriage to a non Jewish man….for the last 40 or so years I have celebrated and embraced both holidays with my family and friends….


      • kathyreeves December 11, 2018 / 4:12 pm

        How wonderful for you! Our pastor is Jewish, and I have learned so much more by understanding the Jewish context of the New Testament. He is always reminding us that Dr. Luke and Paul were Jewish! 🙂

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  5. KerryCan December 11, 2018 / 11:31 am

    Such a warm and wonderful post–I am awfully thankful our blogging paths have crossed! What luck you had in finding your quilting mentors–I have seen photos of the ceiling frames and always thought it was such a good idea! Your approach to quilting is a lot like mine and, you’re so right, it teaches us many things! I SO love this quilt you’re working on, and all it symbolizes.

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  6. nwpaintedlady December 11, 2018 / 1:42 pm

    Again, thank you Kerry. A highlight of my year has been getting to know you through your amazing crafting and thought provoking, wonderful blog. That ceiling frame took up the whole room but when they were done for the day, they could pull it up to the ceiling, and aren’t the names Alma and Wynotha the perfect names for woman hand quilters!


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