Do You Hand Quilt?

Amish hand-quilted miniature quilt by Susan Boring, 6″ x 8″

Last weekend Mike and I did a road trip to Elkhorn, WI for an estate sale. I had received this mass email from a woman named Angela:

“My mom, who was a devoted quilter, recently passed away and we are holding an estate sale.  She was a quilting fanatic and a member of many guilds through the years.  It has taken four weeks just to measure the fabric she had stored away and she has left many projects partially completed.  I was hoping you could share the attached flyer with your guild members.  I would greatly appreciate any help you can provide in getting the word out.  Thanks much and please let me know if you have any concerns or suggestions.”

I emailed her back to ask her mother’s name. I didn’t know Susan, but Angela included this sweet response:

“If you do come to the sale I would love to talk to you about finishing up some of her projects.  She made each grandchild a quilt, piecing it when they started high school and hand quilting before graduation as a graduation gift.  Unfortunately, she was unable to quilt the top she made for my son.  I have been praying for knowledge and direction.  Since you answered this email with “blessings” perhaps you are the answer.”

I enjoyed meeting Angela and seeing the beautiful sampler quilt.

Since all of the other grandchildren quilts were hand-quilted, Angela would really like to have this one hand-quilted too. I told her I wouldn’t be able to do this, but I would put the information on my blog. If you are a hand-quilter who would be interested in talking to Angela about it, please email her at:

The quilt at the top of this post was just one of my purchases at Susan’s sale. Isn’t her quilting lovely? I also couldn’t resist this adorable sewing machine. I’ve always wanted a vintage child’s machine!

I haven’t tried sewing with it yet, but it is a treasure.

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  • Barbara A said:

    Four weeks to measure the fabric – oh my! The sampler quilt is beautiful. I also have a treasured little machine in blue. Our son found it for me at an estate sale.

  • Kathy Downie said:

    I was at camp or would have wanted to go. If she doesn’t find anyone else there is always the Amish near shipshewana. Lovely quilting!


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