Hand Quilt-a-Long

It’s three weeks since I last showed you my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt, at that point I was feeling a bit bogged down in vines, this is where I was…

Three weeks later I still haven’t finished them but I’m on the last stretch. It’s a bit difficult to photograph my progress as there’s four vines to stitch pretty much all the same!

I had a couple of good days stitching away at Embroiderers Guild and then visiting my mum one morning followed by WI Crafty Club in the afternoon. I usually take something to stitch when I visit my mum, for a start I’m usually there for a couple of hours, but also she likes to see what I’m doing and it’s encouraging her to craft again, she’s just started a cross-stitch kit having not done one for years.

I finished one full border length,which meant I could stitch it on to the main quilt and then applique the last sprig of vine which I’m having trailing round to the running rabbits. I’m meant to have several flowers on stems around the running ones, but my rabbits weren’t jumping high enough, so I decided to trail the vine around the corner instead. I’m pleased with the effect, though looking at the photo now I might just add another sprig over the grey square…might…I’ll see how I feel when I’ve finished all the corner vines!Down the Rabbit Hole

I’ve managed to stitch one side of the final vine border and I’ve started the last bit. I did have a bit of a push when I realised the closing date for the on-line competition was looming, could I finish it in time? In the end I decided that the wedding quilt was more important and I really didn’t want to rush the last bit and potentially spoil it. I can still enter next year.

Down the Rabbit Hole

Nearly there!!

I do recommend having a look at the competition, it’s amazing to see all the different colour combinations, some are beautifully muted, others loud and colourful. You can also see the pattern variations that were available to those of us who did the BOM, there’s cats and flowers with birds as well as bunnies.

My favourites to look out for; the 50 shades of grey one is beautiful, though I don’t think the final photo does it justice, there’s an amazing colour spectrum one where the colours go round the quilt through all the borders, there’s also a gorgeous one in purples, blues and greens, really fresh and pretty, the ones with dark backgrounds are stunning too… unfortunately you’re only allowed to vote for one…

Kathy from Livinginrapidcity  organises this hand-quilt-a-long party, there’s quite a few of us posting every three weeks, so follow the links and see what everyone has been stitching. It is a good opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyLoriKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieDeborah,  Susan, JessiscaSherryNanetteSassyEdithSharon and Bella.

I’ll be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts later too  for her hand-stitching linky party, so follow the link to see even more 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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15 Responses to Hand Quilt-a-Long

  1. I am sure the photos do not do it justice but it looks pretty awesome!

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  2. katechiconi says:

    It’s always hard to demonstrate progress when you’re working on things that look very much the same to other people, even if they’re quite different to your eyes. I’m very glad you finished the wedding quilt in time, and as you say, there’s always next time for this gorgeous piece.

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  3. I’m jealous with how far you have gotten on your Rabbit Hole Quilt! I am still working on the first set of bunnies. Thank goodness for this Hand quilt along to keep us going!

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  4. claire93 says:

    your Rabbit Hole is coming along splendidly, and wow – so many gorgeous quilts in the competition, I think it’ll be impossible to choose a favourite!

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  5. Julierose says:

    Thank you for sharing the beauty of all these Rabbit quilts…I must say I do love your color choices–my personal favorite — so soft and comforting–really looks like Spring in the “Watership Down” book
    in the rabbit community–or how I imagine it (why I love reading so much) . I especially like those circular flowers…blowing in the breezes…hugs, Julierose

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    I agree with Julie, your colors really do make one think of Watership Down! There is a huge variety in those quilts, my goodness! I will be joining you in vine land very soon! I think I may begin one of the border panels on my appliqué quilt sometime this week. Now that the wedding quilt is done, you’ll get more done on this one. Will you take a border with you on holiday, just in case? It is going to be so gorgeous. 😄

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  7. I am glad you aren’t rushing to finish for the competition. Your quilt is magnificent…so excited to see it finished. I will most definitely take a look at the completion. The color scheme of your quilt is so soothing, I want to wrap myself up in it.

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  8. Gail says:

    Wow! Beautiful quilts…very difficult to pick a favourite. Your quilt reminds me that spring is coming with its more muted colours. I’m glad you are just enjoying the process!

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  9. Laura says:

    So much fun to see all of the variations of the Rabbit Hole quilt! Thanks for sharing the link. Your version is so lovely, too!


  10. KerryCan says:

    Wow–I loved seeing all those variations on the quilt! What a difference the color palette makes–the red and white one stopped me in my tracks! Your progress is wonderful, although I do relate to how difficult it is to show progress when we are basically doing the same work as we were three weeks ago . . .


  11. Deb says:

    Even though I can’t see it like you can, I’m still impressed with what I do see!


  12. farmquilter says:

    I am loving your quilt!! You have put an amazing number of hours into creating this and the finish line is soooooo close!! I do like how you handled the corners with your low-hopping rabbits!! I would never have know you didn’t plan it like this if you hadn’t said something!


  13. Catherine says:

    This looks really lovely! Sometimes photographing progress is difficult, sometimes it helps us to see what we have achieved!


  14. sewchet says:

    Absolutely beautiful and prioritising the wedding quilt was a good shout if you can still enter next year. Wow, having followed your link, how on earth does one choose a winner from such stunning entries?!


  15. Susan says:

    I have looked at a lot of these. I do like YOUR colors, and I think you made the right decision not to rush it.


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