Making Progress Down the Rabbit Hole

I finally feel I’m getting somewhere with the quilting of my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt. The little rows of houses seemed to take for ever to quilt and weren’t particularly easy to quilt either as they are paper pieced. This is where I was three weeks ago, I was doing a mini happy dance for finishing those houses…

Three weeks later and I think I’ve made reasonable progress!

I stitched rays of sunshine from each sunflower at the corners of the houses border. I also stitched in the ditch along the purple border. I did make a slight boob here as I was stitching the rays in an ivory colour to blend in with the background so I carried on round the purple border in the same thread until I met the next sunflower. This was fine until I reached a section I’d obviously done before when I was bored of houses..stitched in purple! Luckily the backing fabric is so quietly busy you can’t see the stitching patterns anyway, never mind the colours!

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Having finally finished the houses border I could move onto the rest of the sunflowers. I decided to continue the theme of rays of sunshine, it’s easy to quilt and I think it’s quite effective. As these rays were going to be significantly longer I wanted to mark them properly, so I manoevred the quilt onto my cutting table and used a hera marker to make a mark. It gives just enough of a shiny line to be able to follow. I’ve almost finished the first sunflower, I’ve just got the shorter inner ones to do. I’m enjoying this section as I’m finding it easier to get a neat stitch as I haven’t got the bulk of fabric to get through. Once these rays are complete I can stitch in the ditch round the narrow border to the next one.

I haven’t quite decided how to quilt the Dresden flowers, but I’m thinking of echoing the shape or quilting in the ditch on the actual flower. I think I need an echo of some kind round the whole flower maybe an inch out as otherwise the rays of sunshine are getting rather far apart. from a quilting coverage point of view.

The straight lines you can see are the basting lines, I’m undoing these as I go and the holes are gradually closing. I think once it’s washed at the end (which having been a few years in the making it will definitely need!) they will pretty much disappear.I’m hoping to make better progress with quilting now I’m on an easier border, I’m certainly enjoying it more. It’s much easier to handle now too as I’m not so much in the middle of the quilt.

Hand Quilt Along Links
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,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

I’m also linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, a weekly celebration of hand-stitching. Why not follow the link to see even 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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14 Responses to Making Progress Down the Rabbit Hole

  1. katechiconi says:

    It’s looking good, and I shouldn’t worry too much about the colour of the quilting thread, I couldn’t detect anything too visible in the photos! Often the back is the giveaway, and it sounds as if you’ve got that covered.

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  2. tialys says:

    Hooray for backing that hides my quilting and, in my case, not just because of thread colour 🙄

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  3. LaNelle says:

    Loving the colors in this just fabulous! Gorgeous design…what work you have done!

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  4. Gail says:

    Simply gorgeous! I admire you for hand quilting such a large quilt!

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  5. nanacathy2 says:

    I love reading about the decisions you make and the reasons for them. This really is most attractive.

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  6. This quilt was a huge undertaking and the progress your making is fantastic. It looks fabulous! The sun rays really pop – I have to remember to try and use patterned backing and not solid – I always forget that trick ~ Sharon

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    It’s coming along so well, Margaret. I love those Dresden flowers. Maybe a scallop that follows the petal shape, but kind of an echo going down into the center? Just a thought, anyway!

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  8. CathieJ says:

    Your quilting progress is beautiful.

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  9. I really love the sunflower rays! That just seems like such a perfect way to quilt that part. I’m glad it’s getting easier now that you are moving away from the center of the quilt.

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  10. Deb says:

    You are moving along good! Doing stitch in the ditch is rather boring to do but I love how it makes things pop. The rays look great.

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  11. KerryCan says:

    Lots of progress! You’ll be done before you know it!

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