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!
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.
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.
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.