I’m Going Down the Rabbit Hole!

It’s been three weeks since I last shared some hand quilting for our  HAQL, I had just finished a little practise piece called Spring.

I have finally started quilting  my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt. This was a monthly quilt-a-long by Sarah Fielke last year which I finished in spring. As there was so much hand sewing anyway and it was a medallion quilt, I rather rashly decided to hand quilt it! It’s big!! Like 96″ square big!

I finally managed to get a decent photo of the whole quilt too!DSC_0021 (2)

I’ve had the quilt machine basted by a local long-arm quilter called Christine Marriage, she’s quilted quilts for me before so I was very happy to see she offered a basting service. I have no where big enough to lay out the quilt flat to sandwich it, she has basically quilted lines of very large stitches all over the quilt. She suggested that I unpick them as I go along, rather than waiting to the end.

The backing is a double width quilting cotton in a soft purple sort of floral design, it coordinates beautifully, which was lucky as I bought it off the internet! The disadvantage I have discovered (or it may be an advantage!) is that it’s quite busy so the quilting doesn’t show up much on the back.DSC_0001

I’ve set up a corner on the landing to be my designated quilting corner, I’ve got my comfy purple chair I reupholstered a few years ago, a decent light, a big window just above for natural light…and a dog at my feet!DSC_0008 (2)

I started in the middle as I understand you’re meant to do and I must admit to getting a bit disillusioned at first. It’s a heavily pieced Dresden circle in the middle so despite cutting away fabric behind there is still a lot of thicknesses in places. I decided to do a daisy design with lines going up the centre of the plain wedges and circling over the top of the pieced wedge.

I quilted in the ditch around the edge of the circle first and then started the daisy. I chose a thread which co-ordinates nicely, in fact it co-ordinates so well I struggled to see where I’ve stitched the first evening. It looked better in daylight, but when I turned it over there were more  stitches missing than I would have liked.DSC_0009

There was then a few days hiatus whilst I mulled it over, not helped by the fact that my thread has gone missing!!

I realised I was starting at what is probably one of the harder areas due to the thickness of fabric. So, I’ve moved out to the next border, the flowers on stalks, whilst I get the hang of man-handling this quilt and stitching it.

I started quilting next to the ditch round the circles, I’ve then stitched another row about half an inch out with the idea that I’ll do ‘echo’ quilting up to the edge of this border. It’s going much better, most stitches are coming through and I’m getting better at feeling them underneath.

I’ve just used a very light purple / silvery grey variegated thread for this area. I toyed with the idea of using darker threads to make a feature in themselves, but I decided the quilt is busy enough as it is without adding extra colour.DSC_0010

Hopefully in three weeks time you will see a bit more progress, but at least I’ve made a start!

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.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , Edith, and Sharon

I’m also linking up with Kathy’s quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, please follow the link to see 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 I’m Going Down the Rabbit Hole!

  1. katechiconi says:

    Making a start is the hardest part! And yes, lots of thickness can be a problem, which is why I’m always careful to trim away as much as possible, and don’t use fusibles for appliqué, which make it difficult. You’ll get faster, it’ll get easier, and you’ll end up with an amazing heirloom to be proud of.

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  2. Such an amazing piece, and you are hand quilting it – wow!

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  3. tialys says:

    I’m full of admiration that you are hand quilting this big beauty. I must confess, having sent it off to be basted, I might have been tempted to leave it there to be quilted too but you must be made of sterner stuff. WIth my quilting skills, the busier the backing fabric and the more coordinating the thread the better.

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  4. Oh my goodness! Hats off to you for even starting this. It looks beautiful already and will be wonderful when you’ve finished it. I have a Roman blind which I started about 6 months ago and you’ve reminded me that in comparison to your project, the blind should be a piece of cake, I just need to get on with it!

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  5. claire93 says:

    I always find hand-quilting rather daunting, and this is a huge project to tackle! But Kate is right:: starting is the hardest part.

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    The echo around the posies is a great look, and once you are back in synch, you can do the Daisy…love that idea! I bet you are so excited to get started on this at last, it will be a long journey, but so worth it.😍

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  7. Deb says:

    It was great seeing the whole quilt! It is hard to quilt through seams ,that’s where I often have to leave a small space on the back because the needle doesn’t want to go through then breaks. You have a very cozy quilting corner.

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  8. Laura says:

    Love your little quilting corner; it invites sitting and stitching! You will get better and more comfortable as you hand quilt, but even if you don’t (but you will), this will be a very special quilt for you!

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  9. So pretty, you do such lovely hand quilting, and I really admire those who can do that. I can’t, I don’t have the patience!

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  10. Your quilt is magnificent..I absolutely love it. My heart is with you on this project and your off to a great start. Your quilting corner is wonderful and will make quilting this so enjoyable! The great part about the fabric you picked for the backing (which I love too) is you can miss stitches in those tough thick spots and no one would even think to notice.

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  11. nanacathy2 says:

    The quilt is lovely, but I liked the way you just put in the throw away line about upholstering a chair. You never cease to amaze me, so very skilled.

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  12. KerryCan says:

    You’re smart to get yourself started in an area of the quilt without a lot of layers. If there are areas like that where you can also quilt in straight lines, that’s great, too, since you don’t have to constantly twist the quilt to make the circle. You’ll get into a groove, specially since you’ve made yourself such an appealing nest. And, yes, DO pick out the basting stitches as you go–it’ll be a nightmare if you wait because your hand stitches will get messed up with the basting thread.

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  13. rosejasm says:

    Wow 😮 😮😮


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