I’m making steady progress on my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt now, it’s a quilt-a-long by Sarah Fielke and I’ve got a couple of months behind, but I’m catching up!
Last week I stitched the bias binding stems on, so my job this week was to make 24 sets of big and little circles. Sarah has a nifty way of doing this using tinfoil to wrap the fabric shape around the template and then pressing. It works a treat! I’ve been very impressed with this QAL so far, Sarah produces a video of all the processes we need to do and talks us through it, as well as having written instructions. It makes so much more sense when you actually see it done.
The small circles are stitched onto the big ones first. I did mine off centre to create a more interesting look (as recommended by Sarah) I used about ten different fabrics for these, most of them I just used twice, but I particularly loved the bee one, so that one appears about six times! Some of the circles are better than others, but it is a learning curve, hopefully by the time I get to the outer border they will be much improved.
For the outer circles I managed to find 24 different fabrics…yes it surprised me too! I’ve picked up a few fat quarters and I did start with a layer cake, even so I didn’t think I had quite that many purples and greens. I laid them out on the square to try and space the colours. I used a trick I’ve seen mentioned a few times on the quilting facebook pages, I took a photo and photoshopped it to black and white. It does help to see how the tonal values of fabrics are spaced, I changed a couple round and then glued them in place with a tiny dab of Roxanne fabric glue. I’ve not used this before but it certainly hold them firmly and apparently washes out at the end. I’ve just started stitching them on.
Once I’ve stitched them all on I’ve got the scary bit of cutting away the fabric behind the big circles. Sarah recommends it to reduce bulk, otherwise you can end up with quite a few layers which can then make quilting more difficult. Half of me thinks it sounds too scary and I’ll just have a bulky quilt, but I think I’ll follow her instructions, after all I’m doing this quilt to learn!
I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, why not follow the link and see what hand sewing everyone else has been doing.