Down the Rabbit Hole HQAL 3

It’s three weeks since I showed you the hand-stitching on my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt, there’s rather a lot to do at the moment as I’m stitching the deep rabbit borders, which are very cute but all hand appliqued. This is where I was three weeks ago, just before Christmas…

…I’d got one rabbit border stitched and the other bunnies cut out, ready to applique during a weekend away visiting my in-laws. I managed to sew quite a bit over the weekend, sitting chatting and sewing! I finished the running rabbits and two of the sitting rabbits. I realised when I returned home and finally watched the video of the sitting rabbits that I had the ears the wrong way round, one ear is a separate piece of fabric and it should be on top, making it the nearest ear, I’d stitched it like the running ones so it’s the far ear! So I’ve got two rabbits one way and two the other way! I also realised one ear is actually the wrong way round completely as I’d cut it out upside down…so I think I’ve got one rabbit technically correct!!Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt

Once all eight rabbits were stitched I had another look at the instructions, hoping to officially finish another month by stitching in the right order. The running rabbits border also has some flowers on both under, behind and infront. My rabbits aren’t jumping high enough to get a flower under their bottoms and I wasn’t sure I really liked the stalks coming out of the border, they are running through a purple haze of flowers anyway! I decided to start with the bees…Down the Rabbit Hole QuiltI rather like my bees, I chose a square from the Potting Shed layer cake which is the basis for this quilt. It’s a sort of honey colour with writing on which I felt looked like soft stripes.  Unfortunately once the wings were stitched on most of the stripe effect was lost, but I know it’s there! I’ve stitched four bees on and I’ll but some more round the sitting rabbits too.Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt

Behind the sitting rabbits is a vine with flowers. First job was to make the 1/4″ bias binding. I struggled a bit this time and in the end I found it easier to use the hera marker along the crease line, trim the seams and then just needle turn, rather than trying to press it first.

I positioned the big flowers and then curved the vine around it. The pattern calls for 26 leaves on each vine, having seen a few on facebook I decided to add some extra flowers and less leaves. I’ve left a small gap in my vine at the far end as once it is stitched onto the quilt I am then planning to take a vine round the corner to bring a flower and some leaves to my running rabbits.Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt

I’m probably half way through this vine, having seen the photos I might move a couple of leaves around, then I’ve just got to repeat it three times!!

This hand-quilt-a-long is organised by Kathy of livinginarapidcity. there’s quite a few of us now, we just post every three weeks to show our progress and encourage each other.  There’s some amazing quilting being stitched, so please follow the links to see what everyone else is stitching. If you would like to join us please contact Kathy at the link below.

Kathy, Lori, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Deborah,  Susan , Jessisca, SherryNanette, Sassy and Edith

I’m also linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for her weekly slow-stitching party, follow the link for some more amazing hand-stitching.

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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37 Responses to Down the Rabbit Hole HQAL 3

  1. Lots of work here but coming along so prettily ! 🙂 Those rascally rabbits and their ears!

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  2. KerryCan says:

    The detail in this is mind-boggling! I’m glad you don’t feel the need to go back and “fix” the bunnies–they should all be individuals, just like us!

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  3. karenlogcabinquilter says:

    Such pretty fabrics.

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  4. Sandra Croley says:

    So exciting that we both are nearing the end of this quilt! I’ll be ready to sew on the leaves this week!

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  5. Gail says:

    Each rabbit has its own personality…this adds to the charm of your quilt. Your vines and flowers are amazing and those bees are the perfect touch.

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  6. ecsokmay says:

    Such a sweet section you’re working on. I admire your stick-to-it-ness. That’s a lot of work. And in my unsolicited opinion, is not for the meek. Your quilt is gorgeous!!

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    This border has a ton of detail-wow! I’m very glad you didn’t redo your bunnies, a they are looking great, and had you not mentioned, I would never have seen the ears! This has been quite an incredible project, but the designer’s monthly installments have made it seem possible. I have a charm pack of Potting Shed and a teeny bit of yardage, and every time you update I wasn’t take it out a make something! It is such beautiful fabric.

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  8. Carla says:

    What a fun looking quilt! Don’t fret the imperfections as that is what will add the charm to your quilt when it’s finished! The quarter inch vines are a bit challenging but yours turned out great!

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  9. Julierose says:

    Sooo beautiful–I love the lavenders and soft colorways you are using…like a twilit rabbit hole…lovely work hugs, Julierose

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  10. Great job on the rabbits… yours will be unique and special!

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  11. Deb says:

    I like the bunnies different ears,that one with ears apart is the story teller adding drama to its story.

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  12. Cathy says:

    Those rabbits are so cute! I could never imagine in my wildest dreams I could ever make any applique turn out right so I have to be content to admire the work of others. And I’m admiring!

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  13. How pretty!!!! Very nice work!

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  14. Emma says:

    I think those rabbits are perfect! Even if they are not totally ‘correct’ they are amazing! and those bees are the cutest

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  15. farmquilter says:

    This is going to be an awesome quilt! I like that your rabbits have their own personality…they may be from the same litter, but they aren’t identical quads!!!

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  16. tialys says:

    Your rabbits are individuals – which is as it should be and that is what you should say to anybody pernickety enough to mention non-matching ears.

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  17. Crazyqstitcher says:

    Everything is looking wonderful.

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