A Spring HQAL

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!

Anyway, three weeks ago this is where I was…

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.

So, three weeks later and this is where I am…

It’s probably easier to see my progress on the back…

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

*** 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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.ย  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

Kathy,ย Lori,ย Margaret,ย Kerry,ย Emma,ย Tracy,ย Deb,ย Connie,ย Susan,ย ย Nanette,ย Sassyย ,ย Edith,ย Sharonย andย Bella.


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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30 Responses to A Spring HQAL

  1. terreblogger says:

    Very nice work and very pretty.

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  2. katechiconi says:

    I bet that smaller piece has got your quilting rhythm going smoothly; you won’t be feeling nearly as intimidated by DTRH now! Plus you get a bonus small piece ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. tialys says:

    Your practice piece is charming and you will now feel much more confident when it comes to DTRH. How did your Mum get on with her piece?

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  4. KerryCan says:

    I’m having a hard time getting past the terror of a 40′ sheer drop! Not for me! Your quilting is looking good!

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  5. claire93 says:

    nothing like working on a small piece to build up confidence! Looking very pretty.

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  6. Gail says:

    Your practice piece is going to be done in no time. It looks like you are ready to tackle DTRH!

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  7. Deb says:

    I love your bouncy spring,I donโ€™t think Iโ€™d like that โ€œ plummet โ€œ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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  8. kathyreeves says:

    You are the adventurous sort Margaret!! You can finish the binding on this to calm yourself after the plunge; this little project was a splendid way to get your fingers in synch for the big project ahead! I love the spring, myself.๐Ÿ˜„

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  9. This is lovely! And I always love seeing the project from the back… such great texture from the stitches!

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  10. sandy says:

    Soooooooo pretty. So bright and cheery. Good luck on your next project.

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  11. ecsokmay says:

    Another gorgeous piece.

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  12. Not ‘cheesy’ at all ~ it looks great! Zip – line fun….please let us know how it went – I will zip line vicariously through you ๐Ÿ™‚ Sharon

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  13. Woo hoo! Your finished and ready for your Down the Rabbit Hole! How exciting ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

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  14. dezertsuz says:

    A great idea to finish this as a practice piece first. That spring is cute! I look forward to the Down the Rabbit Hole quilt, though, as a number of friends have done it, and they are all so different. Don’t feel fussed about responding to my comment. I don’t come back to read them. ๐Ÿ™‚ I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate the work you did on this and look forward to seeing what’s happening in three weeks!


  15. Catherine says:

    It’s a great idea to finish a practice piece first. It looks like you’ve got the hang of the technique so you should be ready to tackle the big piece!


  16. Emma says:

    Very exciting! it looks super lovely โค and I actually really love the spring pattern behind the spring writing, it's so clever!


  17. rosejasm says:

    I know Iโ€™m a bit behind catching up with blog posts – but I love go ape – I hope you enjoyed it too, though I did swear a bit on the plummet


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