If anyone had asked me as little as 3 years ago if I would contemplate hand-appliqueing a quilt, I would have told them that they were crazy - me? - hand applique? - never! I was a machine person through and through.
About 2 years ago, I found myself unable to sit at my sewing machine because I broke some ribs. I could not use my machine for several weeks until the ribs healed. In my boredom I did what all bored quilters do - I spent my time searching the web to see what was going on in the quilting world. That was when I stumbled across the Chester Criswell Quilt.
There was some explaining to do on my part when my local fun group questioned my sanity as I announced I was starting a hand applique quilt, with every intention to complete the entire quilt. I then promptly asked them to teach me how to hand applique properly, since I didn't really know how to get nice edges on my needle-turn.
Now for some showing off, bragging, or whatever you like to call it - here is the central panel of the Chester Criswell Quilt. Just finished last night, I have been staring at it a lot, not quite able to believe that I hand stitched it.
Wow! It's still blowing my mind.
I have completed several other blocks since I started CCQ in Jan 2013 and I'll be showing them off here over the next few months.
CCQ = Chester Criswell Quilt
The pattern for Block 13 of the Chester Criswell Quilt is available from here.