Going Nicely Down the Rabbit Hole

It’s three weeks ago since I last shared my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt, I was feeling a bit down-hearted about how long it was taking and my slow progress generally with the project. This is where I was up to…

Down the Rabbit Hole quilt

The general consensus was that I need to try and stitch a little everyday, a bit like my 10 minutes in the garden, it all adds up. Kate Chiconi suggested 3 lengths of thread per day, we met in the middle with 2 per day!! I can’t say I managed it every evening, but I did manage quite a lot of late evening quilting and I’ve made progress!! I also managed to buy a second-hand lap quilting hoop on the UK quilters facebook page and I find it much better for my shoulder as I’m not trying to hold it all as much to keep it at the right angle.

Whilst it’s not happy dance time it is hop, skip and a jump time as I’ve finished another border, the one with the sunflower corners and dresden flowers. At a later date I’ll probably go back and add a little more around the Dresden flowers, but for now it is done!

Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt

It made me feel much happier today when I tried to take a photo of the area I’ve quilted, I had to use our kingsize bed and it covers the top, that’s quite a big area!!

The backing is a softly patterned mid shade of purple, it’s perfect for a newbie quilter as it hides a multitude of sins! It still has that nice soft hand-quilted feel about it though.

Down the Rabbit Hole quilt

Hopefully next time I’ll have cracked on with the next narrow border, though I still haven’t quite decided how to quilt it.

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 celebration of all things hand stitched, follow the link for more inspiration.

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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23 Responses to Going Nicely Down the Rabbit Hole

  1. katechiconi says:

    Yay! I’m so glad the idea is working for you. There’s nothing like breaking a big job down into small chunks, and doing it by threads rather than pattern area is easier because it gives you permission to stop before you finish that section, but it’s also a reasonable amount.

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  2. Kim Sharman says:

    I love visiting your place and each time looking upon your Down the Rabbit Hole quilt. It is beautiful. I think your quilting is looking fabulous. It is amazing how little pockets of time spent stitching adds up. I hope you enjoy a lovely week snatching little moments of time hand quilting your beautiful quilt.

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  3. KerryCan says:

    How great, to feel like you’ve found a system that works! You really have done a lot!

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  4. Gretchen says:

    Quilting a yard of thread a day will get the quilt quilted. Hand quilting is a slow process but so beautiful! You’re doing a great job on your quilt, you’ll have a great that will be treasured forever! Happy Stitching

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  5. wybrow1966 says:

    Yay, glad you have got a little mojo back again. I say it every time – but I love this piece and admire all the work that has gone into it so far.

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  6. Karen Marlow-Goad says:

    your quilt will be wonderful when done – it is already pretty!

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    Getting around those sunflowers is a huge accomplishment, Margaret, a mini happy dance to be sure!

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  8. Deb says:

    👏 you are doing great! Don’t be so hard on yourself for taking so long that’s a large quilt… not quickly done like a mini project! So glad you find a hoop ,they are life savers!

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  9. Deb A says:

    Love the idea of a couple of threads a day…. I think I need to start doing that on a couple of projects to get them moving. Great progress on your beautiful quilt.

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  10. Wonderful progress, keep your mojo going and before you know it we’ll be doing a happy dance with you. Beautiful quilt 🙂 ~ Sharon

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  11. Laura says:

    Breaking it down into manageable chunks…inch by inch, everything is a cinch…is a smart way to go. The hand quilting will ‘make’ this quilt! Beautiful, Margaret!

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  12. Karrin L. Capps Hurd says:

    Great work. Love seeing your progress.

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  13. Oh Margaret! Your beautiful Down the Rabbit Hole quilt is well on its way. This two lengths of thread are moving you right on to the end! Great job!!😊❤️❤️

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  14. claire93 says:

    I really admire your patience. It’s looking gorgeous.

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  15. anne54 says:

    Let me add my OMG! comment too, because it does look beautiful. Kate’s idea is a good one (of course, she is the Queen of Getting Things Moving!), and I bet that there are times when you are so settled into the groove of quilting that you keep going past a couple of threads.

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  16. Fantastic… when you start to feel like you’re making progress, it’s more enticing to work on.

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  17. Before you know it you will be finished!

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  18. dezertsuz says:

    Good for your finishing that part! I actually like all the angles on the curved parts, and think it has plenty of quilting. Best of luck with that skinny border.

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