My first Carpenter’s Wheel block is complete!!!

Ya’ll I am so excited to have finished the first block of this quilt!!!  

It is 28″ square…

 There are 9 (yes NINE) of these blocks that make up the quilt…

I have merely completed the center block in the top shot 🙂  Both Brandi and I love how it is looking though!  I am using Hobbs cotton (80%) and wool (20%) batting and am loving the loft it adds to the cotton feeling of the batting and very easy to needle for sure!!!

Here is a peek at my current set up with the PVC frame my honey made me just for quilting this quilt…

We also purchased a second inexpensive gooseneck floor lamp at our local big box discount store 🙂  It helps to throw light on all parts of this 20″ x 50″ frame 😉

Now I have started on another Carpenter’s Star block… I am working on the very top part… the “wheel section in this shot…

It is already starting to bring this block to life as well!  I am very pleased overall with the time I am putting into this as it is going much FASTER on my frame now 🙂

Do you use a quilt hoop or frame?

I started quilting without a hoop but learned after about 10 quilts that hoops help a LOT… then I have tried this version of a frame and am in LOVE with how I can see my work and keep it more consistent and not have to move as frequently as I would a hoop on this big block quilt!

One addition to my quilting gear of late has also been an underhand thimble…

 It is made of a silicone like material and is soft and pliable but not easily penetrated by the needle point…  Here is the package insert … I am using this Large that was gifted to me by a friend on my middle finger… but plan to get a medium for my pointer finger also! 🙂

Do you find your underfingers get abused much?? I had hamburger like finger tips on my left hand.. now I am seeing that all heal up using htis frame and consistently remembering to use this thimble and use my middle finger as my main underhand finger to use with my rhythm… 🙂  Yipeee!
I am planning on getting a proper frame kit that my honey can one day build me a proper frame for quilting to avoid basting and try something else new now… I think I will like it too! lol
So how about you?? What are your habits?? Do you have tools of the trade you adore??  I would love to hear!
Don’t forget by the way if you are in a Spring season time zone change….
Linking this hand quilting progress to Kathy’s Quilts… Slow Sunday Stitching post >> HERE
I feel blessed you came to visit and made it this far too! lol
Until my next update remember…

9 thoughts on “My first Carpenter’s Wheel block is complete!!!

  1. Karen - Quilts...etc.

    glad to hear you like your frame! the quilt looks great, I tried that blue thing on my underfinger but it doesn't work so great for me, I got a small and it keeps falling off! I guess I have skinny fingers LOL they do get poked a lot but I guess I am used to it.

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  2. Jennifer

    Your quilting is beautiful. I haven't started hand quilting, but will when I get my La Passacaglia quilt all finished which will probably be in a couple years. I'm going to keep your recommendations in mind when I do start.

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  3. CathieJ

    Your quilting is very pretty. I have trouble using anything on my underhand fingers as I can't seem to feel the needle, so two of my fingers feel like pincushions when I am quilting. I use a hoop that can attach to a frame, but lately I have not used the frame so that I can more easily change directions. I am not sure if I would go back to a frame as I seem to have trouble keeping an even stitch in a variety of directions.

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  4. Nancy

    Your hand quilting is beautiful. The pattern is so detailed. I think it's the first time I've seen hand quilting that looks spontaneous.I'm a relatively new hand quilter. The very first time I ever tried hand quilting was when a lady from church was trying to get a quilt finished and asked for volunteers. She had a frame similar to yours and it seemed like the most awkward arrangement to me. When I began hand quilting on my own I bought a 14\” hoop and love it. Yes, I do have to turn it because I can't seem to quilt in all directions but mostly I don't mind.I don't use a thimble and have \”impressive\” callouses on several fingers. I'll keep an eye open for the thimble for a W'under Thimble.–Nancy. (ndmessier @ aol.com, joyforgrace.blogspot.com)

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