It’s a good job I’ve got this three weekly post to write for the hand quilt-a-long as I am struggling a bit to find my mojo with it at the moment! At least with the post to write I did over a couple of hours last night…and then I take a picture and think actually I’ve done quite a lot…I just need to keep at it!
Three weeks ago I was doing a mini happy dance having finally quilted all those little houses…
I’d just moved on to the next border, stitching a few rays on the outer quarters of the sunflowers. There’s quite a lot of rays here, fifteen to be exact! I found my hera marker was great for giving a faint line for me to quilt a long. Last night I finished all the rays of the first flower, stitched a little further along the straight,narrow, purple border and moved onto the flower in the middle. I’ve quilted in the ditch round the outer edge and I’m planning to do the same around the inner ones too. I’m still undecided about whether to do another line a similar distance out from the flower, we shall see.
The lines straight across are the machine basting lines, they are gradually disappearing as I remove them after quilting, hopefully they will completely disappear when the quilt has it’s first wash.
This quilt was a Sarah Fielke block of the month two years ago, every year she has an on line quilt competition for anyone who has completed one of her BOM quilts that year, it doesn’t have to be the BOM that’s just finished. My Down the Rabbit Hole wasn’t ready last year so I’ve entered it in this year. Well, the on-line quilt gallery has just opened and you can vote for your favourite three quilts, there’s some gorgeous quilts to look at, both Down the Rabbit Hole and also last years BOM, it always fascinates me seeing quilts in different colourways. Please follow the link if you want to have a look.
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.
Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan, Nanette, Edith, Sharon, Karrin, and Gretchen
I’ll also be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, a celebration of all types of hand-stitching.