Hand Quilting Supplies is Now Open!

Hand Quilting Supplies started as part of a natural progression that began in October, 2011. It was inspired by an exciting response to a request for hand quilters to share their work on this very blog!  The article asked hand quilters to create a link to a hand quilted item on their own blog. The response grew, and hand quilters from all around the world requested a blog where they could share more than just one quilt. They wanted a forum to discuss, compare, and enjoy hand quilting with others who also had a passion for the process. The blog Celebrate Hand Quilting began with a group of talented hand quilters from around the world who were willing to take turns and write articles about their own quilting experiences. Following the blog’s success, a Facebook group was started. 

As of June 21, 2014, the Facebook group now consists of over 7,200 hand quilters! If you would like to be a writer for the Celebrate Hand Quilting blog, or would like to join the Facebook group, please email Caron.

Throughout many discussions, quilters shared their frustration with the lack of available resources for hand quilters. They not only wanted a shop where they could find supplies, but a person who knows about hand quilting… someone who is a hand quilter themselves, someone they can lean on when they have questions or need suggestions. As a result, HQS was born.

Hand Quilting Supplies, started in May 2014, is owned by Caron L. Mosey and is based in Flushing, Michigan, U.S.A.. The shop will gradually increase inventory that is specific to the hand quilter. Quality hand quilting thread, thimbles, needles, notions, and everything the hand quilter needs will be available. If something you need is not found on the site, or if you have a how-to question, please feel free to ASK CARON.


Win a $25 gift certificate to HandQuiltingSupplies.com!
1) Grab our logo and put it on your blog following the directions  below.  When you have it on your blog and it links to our site at http://www.handquiltingsupplies.com,
2) leave a comment below with a link to your blog where we can see it.  Be sure your have your email linked to your comment so I can find you!  Deadline for entry is July 4, 2014.  One lucky winner’s name will be pulled out of the hat on July 4th.

Directions: Right click on the logo at the top of this post. Save the logo to your computer (remember where you put it!) Using Blogger, go to Layout, Add a Gadget, and choose Image. Fill in the form: Title: Hand Quilting Supplies 

Link: http://www.handquiltingsupplies.com You can leave the Caption blank or put something there if you like. It isn’t necessary. Image: From your computer, find the image that you saved and click on that. Click save, and you’re done!


Happy Shopping, and as always, Celebrate Hand Quilting!
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Have You Seen My Foot?

zipperfoot My main sewing machine is an old Bernina Nova, circa 1978.  My zipper foot, BERNINA #4 ZIPPER FOOT, seems to have had a mind of its own and has gone walking off on a journey.  I have NO idea where it is, and I use it a lot.  I looked everywhere! 

Not being able to locate said foot, I checked several sites online looking for a replacement.  The best I could find was:

#54 Zipper Foot With Teflon – Fits model number 1630 and Older $79.99 plus S and H.

OMG!  Off to eBay I went and put in a bid.  Don’t you dare bid against me!  And if you’re wondering why I am still using this old machine, there are two good answers.  Number 1:  I like it.

Number 2:   I am cheap.  New machines are expensive.  I bought a Pfaff Grand Quilter almost two years ago.   When my ship comes in, I will buy another new machine that does fancy things.   I’m not a fancy person.  I can wait.

Ironing Applique

Delphi_sampler 004 Do you applique? Whether you applique by machine or by hand, applique takes time and patience for you to have a beautiful end result. One of the important steps to consider in applique is ironing or pressing your block. The worst thing you can do is put a hot steam iron on the front of the applique itself. Always, always always press from the back.

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Here are the steps I take to press my applique:

1) Put a terry cloth towel on the ironing board for extra cushioning.
2) Place your applique right side down on top of the towel.
3) Wet or mist a pressing cloth (see below) and place over the area to be ironed.
4) Using a dry iron (not a steam setting), press through the pressing cloth with an up and down motion. The key is to not slide your iron back and forth, but go up and down in different areas gently. The moisture from the pressing cloth will be sufficient to get any wrinkles out and set your applique.

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What is a pressing cloth?


A pressing cloth is 100 percent cotton piece of fabric that you reserve for ironing purposes. A turkish towel (sometimes called a Tee towel or dish towel) works wonderfully and is the right size for your ironing board. You can also make a pressing cloth out of a cotton sheet or fat quarter of white or muslin fabric. To use, you wet the towel in a bowl or sink or with a mister, wring it out, and place it between the iron and the item you are ironing. If the pressing cloth becomes dry, simply wet it again. Using a pressing cloth prevents scorching, shine or damage to whatever you are pressing.

Want to learn more about pressing?

There is a great pdf document available here. It is geared more towards clothing, but offers some good information.

Show Me Your Thimble Week

Do you wear a thimble when you sew? How about when you quilt?

My mother taught me the importance of wearing a thimble when I was a little girl. Mom sewed all my clothes until I was in high school and learned by working with a seamstress in the fashion industry in New York where she worked after high school. To this day, I can’t sew unless I have a thimble on the middle finger of my right hand.
Why wear a thimble? For two very good reasons.

ONE: The thimble protects your finger. Have you ever been pushing on a needle or pin and had your hand slip… and jammed the sharp point into your skin? OUCHIE! Major pain! Whenever you are hand sewing with any kind of needle, there is always a possibility for injury.

TWO: A thimble is a tool. It helps you push the needle through the fabric with more force than your bare fingertip. It has little indentations on the tip that grab the needle and allow you to give direction wherever you want it to go. Without a good thimble, the rocker motion that hand quilters love for hand quilting is next to impossible.

Caron's Thimbles

There are many different types of thimbles; metal, rubber, flat, curved, thimbles for your middle finger, thimbles for your thumb, fancy, plain, gold, silver, black… People have been collecting thimbles for hundreds of years. I don’t have a lot of thimbles, but those I have are special to me. I have all my Mom’s thimbles. I have a beautiful thimble my hubby bought me for Christmas one year. I have one that my dear friend Ami made for me when she was taking a class at the Flint Institute of Arts. It even has my name on it!

My thimble

Here’s a picture of the thimble I use the most… in action!

What thimble do you use the most?

SHOW ME YOUR THIMBLE!

Post a picture of it on your website or blog, and in the comments area below, give us the URL (website address) where we can see it.

Quilting: Spoolin’ Around with Thread Colors

 DSC03285 Whether you are a new or seasoned quilter, choosing fabrics for a quilt is a blast. There are so many colors and patterns to choose from – hand dyed fabrics, stripes, polka dots, solids, blenders, Civil War and thirties fabrics, calico and funky modern and on and on. You can spend literally dozens of hours and many more dollars choosing just the right thing. But when it comes to choosing thread, we tend to use whatever we have on hand or buy basic white or black. Remember, it’s the little things that count!
Let’s talk thread.

Dsc03622 When doing applique’, it is always best to match the color of the thread to the fabric you are sewing. If you are sewing a yellow flower, your thread should be a matching shade of yellow. However, you might be using your machine for machine applique and choose a clear (transparent) thread. The benefit of this is that you can use the same thread no matter what color you are sewing. If you use a clear thread, put a pale grey thread in your bobbin so it won’t show on the top. Another option is to applique’ with a decorative buttonhole stitch. In that case, you WANT your thread to show, so you should choose a black or contrasting thread for machine or hand stitching. Even an embroidery floss or pearl cotton is acceptable for this method!

DSC02723For piecing, again it is best to match the color of your thread to your fabric. But what if you are making a scrap quilt? With many different fabrics and colors to work with, it can be difficult to decide what color you need. I normally piece with a neutral color: beige, darker tan or grey. Or, if it is a scrappy quilt all in green fabrics, I will select one soft green to use throughout the quilt. By “soft green” I mean a green that isn’t likely to jump out at me when the quilt is completed. It should blend in wherever it is seen, like a moss green (not a bright lime green).

DSC02109 When it comes to the actual quilting (hand or machine), the choice of color is a matter of preference. Older traditional quilts usually were quilted with white or black thread. Now we have so many solids and variegated thread choices that the rules for quilting thread have all been tossed in the basket. If you prefer a traditional look, white and black are still good choices. If you’re a more contemporary quilter, you’re safe going with a contrasting thread or something variegated. It’s your choice!

DSC03280 How should I store my thread? Don’t follow the old wives tale that says keep it in your freezer. That’s not necessary. As long as you keep it out of the sun in a clean, dust-free space, you will be fine. A clear plastic storage box with a lid is an easy solution that allows you to DSC03290spot the thread that you have yet keep it clean. I keep small spools of thread for applique in a zippered bag with a clear vinyl window. It’s easily portable and tucks away in a tote  bag quite easily.

If you’re a thread-a-holic like me, you’re always on the hunt for more glorious threads. Go ahead, enjoy yourself! Every thread has a purpose, and you can never have too much.

Happy Stitching!

Walk Softly and Carry a Big Stick

Sometimes you have to sneak up on them. Sometimes you need to beat them into submission. Those flying geese, that is. The fabric variety. Or, perhaps, it is the quilter who needs to be beaten?

<–Flying Geese, 1980.

Flying Geese, today –>

You see, in 1980 it didn’t occur to me that there needed to be points on the center triangles. DUH! For some reason, triangles were (and still are, sometimes) difficult. My secret, though it takes time, is to paper piece the little buggers (see sample below).


If you have never made flying geese before, I highly recommend paper piecing. It makes for very perfect, pointed triangles every time. These strips will be 62 inches long when finished. Today’s four hours of sewing yielded about 48 inches. I will finish one strip tonight, then will have three more strips to go, soon.

Yes, a big stick is the trick for me… it’s called a YARD stick! It makes a great sewing tool.

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Jonquils and Other Assorted Goodies

This simple little block is J1- Josepha’s Jonquil. Hmmm… not looking like a flower to me. But it’s done!

I haven’t posted much lately. I’ve been busy surfing the web, working on machine quilting my Celtic quilt, and working. I find after I get home from work, do dinner and any picking up around the house, that I only have the stamina to sew for about an hour or so. After that, my brain seems to need some time to just sit and veg. It’s frustrating, to say the least!

In my mindless wanderings around the web, I happened upon a great photo editing website called Picnik. I took a few photos and played with them. I see some great quilt ideas here!
From this rose… to this:
And from this sunflower… to this:
I want to mention one more link for you to visit. Now that I’m doing more machine quilting, I happened upon Superior Threads. What a great site!
Wishing you a Sunny Day!!!
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