An Old Finish and a New Start

I recently finished hand piecing, yes hand piecing this Winding Ways quilt top I started about 16-17 years ago, soon after I began quilting.

Winding Ways

Hand Pieced Winding Ways – Fabrics Circa Mid 1990’s

I remember cutting out plastic templates and joyously hunting through my local quilt shop’s fat quarter bin to find just the perfect fabrics. I had no stash at the time so I had to create my own “scraps.”

I forgot about it in a closet for a good 10 years at least. Then, when all these awesome modern quilters starting embracing hand-work, I decided it was high time to get it out and do a little hand stitching myself. You can definitely tell the difference in my stitch quality between then and now, but it has been relaxing to work on while watching TV with the family or going away on a family vacation.

Lots of Pins

You can see the hand-marked seam lines. Yes, that was a lot of work!

Now I’ve got to decide how to quilt it (by hand of course) and get it basted. Suggestions anyone?

While I wait for my Winding Ways quilt top to tell me how it wants to be quilted, I’ve decided to start on something a bit more modern. This is my version of an improv quilt.

Rain SketchStrips of Rain


I started with a sketch my hubby made on his ipad and started interpreting it in fabric. The improv part is that I’m not exactly sure how long to make the strips or how far apart to space them, but it will be a fun exploration. I’m really stretching myself with this quilt, but so far, I like what I see. 🙂

26 thoughts on “An Old Finish and a New Start

  1. nitadances says:

    A winding ways quilt is in my future … the pattern “speaks” to me…too bad I am so afraid of curves! It might have to be my next hand work project. Yours is lovely. 🙂

  2. Lorna McMahon says:

    Thanks for sharing your Winding Ways finish with us, Christa. I have always admired that pattern and your top is gorgeous! Outline quilting is the only suggestion I can come up with. Your husband’s quilt design is looking good, also! Mine can’t draw a straight line.

  3. Cindy says:

    I had to smile when you wrote that you had started it 15-16 years ago cuz just last night I pulled out some Y2K blocks to work on. I kept thinking man this is my oldest unfinished project (from 1999)…I wonder if I’ll ever get it done. I know I will…I wonder if I’ll still be blogging when I do and brave enough to tell how long its been. LOL!
    Your Winding Ways top looks wonderful. Way to go on finishing!

  4. barbara corbitt says:

    you did a great job on this quilt. since i do all hand piecing and hand quilting, i would quilt on both sides of each seam a scant quarter inch. i am impressed with you tackling such a challenging quilt. keep up the great work. blessings, barbara babscorbitt at gmail dot com

  5. treadlemusic says:

    Debi’s comment (quilting suggestion) is what struck me, also. Reinforcing the secondary pattern of circles would be a stunner!!! Really love where the mod/improv start is going!!! Hugs……..

  6. Debi Bielawski says:

    OMG! I want to congratulate you on another fantastic quilt. I hand pieced a crib size pinwheel quilt too many years ago to say..so I appreciate the hard work you have done. You asked for suggestions on how to quilt it…well trust me I am no expert, nor do I claim half the experience or skill level you have but one thing hit me square face with this quilt…Circles. Why? I first saw the picture on my phone and when I saw smaller image all I saw were the blocks… but ENLARGED or ZOOM In then the secondary design appeared. Circles. That is just an idea.

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