As I was cleaning up the Christmas decorations this week, I looked at the Christmas cards and hesitated before throwing them into the recycling bin. Our pioneer quilting relatives would have kept the cards and repurposed them into quilting templates.
I started the The Circle Game in October. To refresh your memory, the Circle Game is a Jen Kingwell pattern with 16 circles which I am hand piecing. All of the circles are made with templates. Here is a repeat picture of the first 4, and then the next 4 circles.
I have never done any hand piecing before, and not totally sure I am doing it right. Maybe you can tell me if my stitches are close enough or if there is something I should do differently, based on this close-up..
This really is back to basics. Here are all the tools I am using. No rotary cutter. No mats. No quilting rulers. No sewing machine.
I have a whole new appreciation for our quilting history and what our ancestors went through to make their beautiful quilts. There are some benefits – it is easy to take with you, you have a lot less to carry, it is more relaxing, and it is easier to be accurate.
I will keep some of the Christmas cards, but for design ideas not as template material. Fortunately, for us this way of quilting is a choice.