Quilt With Us

  • Female
  • United States
Share on Facebook Share

Handstitcher/IL's Friends

  • Ellen Pearce
  • Bobbie Molony
  • Joyce Robbins
  • Anne Balanyk
  • Bonnie Blessing
  • diane
  • Dee Shreffler
  • Lou Ann Brach/MD
  • Karla Blevins
  • Vickie L. Nysether
  • Jennifer Evans
  • miss jamee
  • scroogie/MD
  • cellogirl
  • Joana Simmers/GA

handstitcher/IL's Photos

  • Add Photos
  • View All

handstitcher/IL's Page

Profile Information

About Me
I've been a quilter for over 25 years, but still haven't decided what kind of quilter I want to be when I grow up. I enjoy hand quilting and hand applique, and do both machine and hand piecing. I make large quilts, but also many wall-hangings and doll quilts (easier to work on at appointments and while waiting for my children). My longest-standing WIP is my crazy quilt, now that I've finally finished my Baltimore Album Quilt. I also enjoy reading, embroidery, needle tatting, and genealogy. I'm married with two school-aged daughters.
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, applique, hand quilting, embroidery, crazy quilting
My pets are awesome!
Adopted mix dog Sadie

Handstitcher/IL's Blog

Quilting with Grandma Coonley

Posted on June 7, 2019 at 1:38pm 11 Comments

I’ve spent the last four months hand quilting this quilt top, made by my great-great grandmother, Anne Powell Coonley (1820-1916). This is third of Grandma Coonley’s quilt tops I’ve completed, with three more to go. I would estimate it was sewn between 1880-1900 and it’s pretty fragile. Grandma Coonley was quite the proper lady and not one you messed with. Her granddaughter, my maternal grandmother, was scared to death of her! But because she was so revered (or feared), many of her…


Vintage Baby Bunting

Posted on January 31, 2019 at 12:41pm 10 Comments

This wall hanging was made from 9 Dresden plate blocks from the 1940s. I bought them from a friend with an antique store. Each block was made of 4 smaller fan blocks, so I took the big blocks apart and rearranged the fans into the baby bunting pattern. The fans were appliquéd on muslin and looked a little drab, so I appliquéd the blue quarter circles on each fan to perk them up a bit. It’s machine pieced, hand appliquéd and hand quilted and measures about 31” square. …


My first finish of the year!

Posted on January 6, 2019 at 1:42pm 9 Comments

I finished this baby quilt on New Year’s Day, so I’m hoping it’s a good omen for quilts to come. I purchased this vintage top at a white elephant sale last summer for $4. What a buy! It was long and skinny and needed some pep. After taking it apart and handwashing the embroidered blocks, I saw, very faintly, some background printing on block 9. Turns out that the maker used bleached flour sacks from the Great American Pacific Tea Company (otherwise know as the A & P) for her fabric. I…


Is anyone familiar with this pattern?

Posted on June 13, 2018 at 7:11am 5 Comments

I purchased this vintage quilt top at an antique mall two years ago. It has 36 blocks in various colors. The stitching is excellent! I've been unsuccessfully trying to find the name of the pattern or see other examples. Any ideas?

18 Mountain Road

Posted on January 10, 2016 at 6:55pm 11 Comments

In the early 1920s, my grandmother Virginia bought the house on 18 Mountain Road, with her mother and sister. She was teaching nearby while the others cared for the house. In 1924, Virginia married a widower named Benjamin. He moved into the house, along with his young son and his father. Virginia and Benjamin had three more children, one dying in infancy. Their…


Comment Wall (155 comments)

You need to be a member of Quilt With Us to add comments!

Join Quilt With Us

At 6:31am on June 17, 2018, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

Excellent job of matching the "feel" of the vintage quilt.  Looks like it has been there since the beginning.  Well done!

At 3:02pm on June 7, 2018, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

Great!  Glad to help.  I'm sure it will look great and I'll look forward to pictures.

At 2:50pm on August 8, 2016, Marianne said…

Hello, I love your story of your childhood together with your memories, sounds wonderful

At 2:59pm on January 15, 2016, Carol Ann Hinton said…

Yes, they do!  DH wisely bought one of the models designed for getting up pet hair, and with a HEPA filter ('cause I'm asthmatic).  Once you pick up the shoes and other miscellaneous clutter and define the area where you want it to work; it just chugs along by itself and turns itself off when it is done.  I just don't hang around in the same room.

At 7:16am on January 13, 2016, Pam/NY said…

I think that is one advantage of quilting...we can express our feelings of loss or success of life through fabric!

At 5:01am on January 13, 2016, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

We are headed to Omaha today for a liver biopsy and a repeat pancreas biopsy.  There are two types of pancreatic cancer, and they need to know which type he has so they know how to treat it.  Each one has its own treatment regimen.  

He is doing well.  Still rides when the men move cattle.  (DS saddles his horse for him because he has lost some strength.)  Still gets out and about and does what he wants.  I am hoping he'll continue to do so for as long as he feels up to it.  

Thank you for asking.  And how is your daughter?  

At 3:57pm on January 10, 2016, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

I'm sorry to hear it, handstitcher.  Hopefully the red tape will be resolved soon and she'll be able to get treatment.  

We've had some frustrating setbacks with my dad's cancer diagnosis and treatment as well.  But interestingly enough, each one of those setbacks has resulted in a blessing that we could not have seen beforehand.  I hope you'll be able to see some silver linings in the midst of disappointment and frustration.  

At 7:01am on December 31, 2015, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

Prayers sent for your daughter, her doctors and for you.  

At 5:08am on June 11, 2015, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

I wish you could see the wool quilts close up - the pictures don't do them justice in showing all of the various random  piecework from small, oddly shaped pieces.  No rhyme or reason at all, and not "crazy quilt" style either.  I was a little hesitant to suggest that they reminded me of the Gees Bend quilts, because I hoped that wouldn't be disrespectful.  I just found it very interesting that two similar styles of quilts made in the same general time frame would be found so far apart geographically, especially since the Gees Bend quilts were in a pretty closed community.  

The quiltmaker's crazy quilts were definitely different than these wool quilts.  Also, the wool quilts have no fancy stitching on them, but the crazy quilts were heavily embroidered.  

As for letting them go, I didn't feel they ever really belonged to me.  I felt from the beginning that they belonged to family somewhere, I just didn't know where to start.  I was surprised but very excited when I found out that my friend was a descendant.  I mostly rescued them because I couldn't bear to have them burned or sent to a dumpster.  He'd already burned some, which makes me cringe.  

I was delighted with the little cotton quilts and wouldn't have minded keeping them - the quilting on those were very fine.  But again, they weren't really ever mine to begin with, so I haven't felt badly about letting them go.  They wouldn't mean anything to my kids, since no one in our family made them, and they will mean something to hers.  

At 9:40pm on February 15, 2015, betweens said…

Thanks so much on your comment Handstitcher, the heart is from a pattern called Affairs from the heart. they are small blocks to work up and are alot of fun, not so easy for the beginner appliquer though..LOL


Country Fair

New & Exclusive! Country Fair Collection just $6.96/yard Shop now »

Chambray Tonals

New & Exclusive! Chambray Tonals just $6.96/yard. Shop now »

© 2019   Created by CT Admin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Service