2010 Blue Ridge Quilt Festival – Blacksburg, VA

Although this is a small, regional Quilt Show, it has some absolutely marvelous Quilts.  This one received the "Best of Show" Ribbon in the Hand Quilting Category.  This lady is a serious quilter.  She maintains a record of the number of hours it took her to Hand Piece, and then the number of hours it took her to Hand Quilt.  I’m not sure you can see the detail.  She hand quilted it with Metalic Thread – which is a bear to quilt with because for each stitch which is pulled through the fabric, the tread begins to unravel.
 

I overheard one of the ‘White Glove Ladies’ (Event helpers who wear white gloves to allow them to carefully touch the quilts so that viewers can see the back of the quilt.  Individuals are not allowed to touch the displayed quilts.).  She told another lady that this quilter took 300 hours to piece and 800 hours to hand quilt this.  Calculating at 8 hours per day, that translates to over 37 DAYS to piece and 100 days to quilt – if she worked 8 hours per day, 5 days per week, it took her better than 1/2 a year to piece & quilt! 

Here is a closeup – hopefully you can see some of her stitching details.

 

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About Quiltmouse

I am retired. I love to quilt. I make charity quilts as well as quilts for my friends & family.
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