Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole BOMThis year I’m just starting one Block of the Month, it’s by Sarah Fielke and it’s called Down the Rabbit Hole. It’s a mixture of piecing and applique, so hopefully by the end I will have mastered needleturn applique.

The design is gorgeous, the first block was released on 31st January and it’s taken til now to pluck up the courage to start! Once I started I realised I shouldn’t have worried as Sarah is a brilliant tutor. The pattern is released on line, the instructions are easy to follow but there is also a video tutorial, where she talks us through the whole process, demonstrating each bit, it’s great! The facebook page helps us all to keep motivated by sharing our blocks, seeing different colour schemes, helping each other etc. Sarah also released design sheets so we could try and work out our colour scheme first, mine is all sort greens and purples, based on The Potting Shed range of fabrics by Moda. I’m hoping to pick up a few more greens at the quilt show next weekend in Harrogate.

Down the Rabbit Hole BOMThe quilt is a ‘Medallion’ quilt, so we start at the centre and work outwards. This months’s task was a circle made from forty wedges!!! We made a strip first and then used her wedge template to cut all the wedges. Just as important as cutting accurately is stitching an accurate 1/4″ seam. We were encouraged to double check our seam width first as a tiny discrepancy makes a big difference when it’s multiplied forty times!


We made the wedges up in quarter circles first, so we could check the angle was right. My first one was spot on but my other three needed a bit of fudging with the iron. I was very relieved when I finally stitched it into a complete circle to see it would pretty much lie flat with just a bit of extra pressing (AKA fudging!) in the centre.

My next job is to make some quarter inch bias binding to make stems which radiate out of the circle. Hopefully I’ll finish it before the next month’s pattern is released on 28th February.


About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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15 Responses to Down the Rabbit Hole

  1. lucyannluna says:

    Very pretty, lovely colours


  2. kathyreeves says:

    I loved the potting shed fabrics! The greens and purples were just gorgeous. You have a lovely medallion there!


  3. claire93 says:

    seeing the size of this centre medallion on the sketch, this quilt is going to be huge!!! or else your central medallion is tiny, in which case, wow! So neat, and your choice of fabrics is stunning.


  4. MrsCraft says:

    I’m impressed! It’s looking good so far. ๐Ÿ˜Š


  5. quiltgranny says:

    Very impressive work so far. I wouldn’t not be able to take on an appliquรฉ project as I cannot do perfect very well at all. Good on you. Eager to see it as it grows out.


    • craftycreeky says:

      Thank you, my last applique quilt I gave up and did bondaweb and blanket stitch, I’ve hopefully got a bit more time to concentrate on it this time so I’m determined to do the needleturn and hopefully get the hang of it!


  6. KerryCan says:

    That looks hard! The medallion turned out very well but yikes–you are going to be really challenged by all this, and learn so much!


  7. My gosh! Your designs are so detailed and fabulous!


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