I was hoping to have a happy dance today, but I’m not quite there, life has got in the way, or probably more to the point, other projects have got in the way! I worked out a couple of days ago that I had twelve projects on the go, quilting, sewing and embroidery. I think I need to concentrate on getting a few finishes under my belt. I like having a variety of projects but sometimes it just gets a bit too much, it’s hard to control the mess (AKA the creative process!) in my sewing room!
This is a practice piece I’m doing before I start hand-quilting my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt. I collected my quilt from the Long Arm Quilter last week, she has sandwiched and basted it. It was just too big for me to sandwich at home, it’s 96″ square! It’s lovely to get it back home, but I am determined not to start quilting it until I have finished this one.
Spring is a pre-printed panel from my stash, I’m just doing a simple quilting pattern to get my stitches nice and even. I took it with me when I went to visit my mum, only I forgot one half of my quilting hoop! I stitched it without the hoop and actually it came out OK. My mum was keen to try quilting again, so last week I basted a William Morris panel I’ve had for years and took it in with threads etc.
I’m pretty pleased with my stitches, they’re reasonably even and not too many missing on the back! I just need to quilt one bottom square and the title box, then I can bind it and it’s happy dance time!
I’m thinking of setting up the landing area just outside my sewing room for hand-quilting my DTRH, it’s quite a big area and I already have a comfy armchair there, so if I add a good light and a frame, I’m sorted!…oh, and I need a bit of a tidy up too 🙂
*** Update ***
Last night I managed a bit more quilting, I quilted a double heart on the remaining square, I was then pondering how to quilt ‘Spring’, well I decided to quilt a spring pattern, as in a bouncy spring! I hand drew it with pencil and quilted over the line. A bit cheesy, but I like it 🙂
So quilting is now complete, if I manage to bind it tomorrow I’ll write a quick update post, though that depends if my nerves survive Go-Ape tomorrow afternoon, a high level tree top experience, I like zip-wires, but not sure about ‘The Plummet’, a 40′ sheer drop!!!
This Hand Quilt Along is an 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.