It’s three weeks since I last showed you my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt, in that time I’ve actually met the designer, Sarah Fielkes at a talk in Slaithwaite, thousands of miles from her home in Sydney. It was pretty exciting and inspiring.
Of course I took my quilt a long to show her and also asked her to sign a square of fabric. As soon as I got home I embroidered over it to make a ‘designer label’ for my quilt.
Despite all the excitement I haven’t managed to spend many hours quilting it. Three weeks ago I was just about to start quilting the houses…
I’ve prevaricated a bit about this border and how to quilt it, mainly because it’s foundation paper pieced, so there’s a lot of layers in places making it quite hard to quilt. I tried initially to quilt in the ditch round the roofs, but it just wasn’t happening so I decided to quilt 1/4″ out from the roofs, I even found a roll of 1/4″ masking tape to try and keep my seams even-ish and I think it did help.
Across the main block of houses I’ve stitched a sort of zig-zag line, going across the house but then going up or down around the windows, so I’m not going all the way round the windows, just two or three sides. Once I’ve got all the way round I might look and see if I need to do another row and perhaps stitch a little more in big roofs. I’m trying to quilt mainly in the same direction as I find it a very big quilt to manoevre around.
I didn’t quilt for long but I almost completed a row of houses. I’m stitching in the ditch on the purple border above as I go round.
I think I need a plan with this quilt. Every time I do a bit of quilting it grows a lot quicker than I anticipate, so I know if I made a concerted effort it would get finished in a reasonable length of time but…
I’m concentrating on my Tall Year Square etui at the moment, trying to get that finished, hopefully by Christmas. Once that is done my next SAL will be a (very pretty) cross-stitch, so I can do it in my ‘borrowed time’ , when I’m making tea, visiting my mum etc. I can then concentrate on my quilt better and hopefully get that finished.
It’s a plan!
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