Going Round the Rabbit Hole HQAL

It’s three weeks since I last showed you my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt, I’d just finished the sunflower border and I was on a bit of a roll…

Unfortunately I came to an abrupt halt and failed miserably with my two threads a day! Like I didn’t do anything until last night!! It was a mixture of very busy days at work and walks left me at times too tired to think straight, never mind sew in a straight line! I was also prevaricating on how to quilt this border…

I wanted to accentuate the rope effect but I couldn’t work out a simple way of doing it. I’ve worked out that I only like quilting from right to left, I struggle going ‘backwards’, I started stitching quarter of an inch from the edge and doing a sort of diamond in the middle where the two pieces meet, it didn’t really work so I then changed to just stitching round to a triangle at the join, as the triangles are slightly staggered I think it works fairly well and as I can just have two threads on the go, it’s fairly quick to stitch as well. I’ve already stitched almost one side.

Now I’ve got going again I think I’ll fair yomp through this border, then the next difficult decision will be how to quilt the rabbit border. I’m almost wondering about just cross-hatching the background as I really don’t fancy going round everything! I’ll have a good think over the next few evenings.

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.

KathyLoriMargaretEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

I’m also linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, please follow the link for more hand-stitching 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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25 Responses to Going Round the Rabbit Hole HQAL

  1. It’s ok to take a break from quilting. After several days respite, the quilting mojo comes back stronger. Happy Stitching!

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  2. CathieJ says:

    Sometimes taking a short break gets the excitement going again. I like how you decided to quilt the rope border.

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  3. Kim Sharman says:

    I always love visiting you to look at your Down the Rabbit Hole quilt. It is gorgeous. Isn’t it funny, I too seem to find it easier to quilt from right to left.

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  4. Down the Rabbit Hole is so unique! Maybe next year! Hand quilting is such a great art! And taking as break in any project is good! Pretty!

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  5. I love taking a tumble down the rabbit hole with you and seeing your progress, small or large. Such a gorgeous quilt. I had to take a break from Wishing You Good Will – and need to get back to her – I find it easier to go from right to left myself.

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    I only like stitching in one direction too, though I have wondered if having the quilt on a big frame would make me more ambidextrous. The rabbit border will be great with cross hatching, I know going around everything is a pain, but it does look really cool too. Maybe cross hatch a bit without and see what you think? A nice thing to contemplate as you whiz through this border!

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  7. Karrin Hurd says:

    I love this quilt so much, and really enjoy seeing your progress. Hope you have a better week!

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  8. Edi says:

    Setbacks or not, your quilt is beautiful.

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  9. It’s so funny how the enthusiasm waxes and wanes throughout a project. When the energy is good and the stitching is smooth, it’s so wonderful! Enjoy your stitches!

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  10. To stitch or not to stitch… we have all been there. Take a break. It’s not going anywhere. You will love it all the more when you go down the rabbit hole again!❤️❤️

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  11. KerryCan says:

    My motto is “When in doubt, cross hatch!” And I love that word “yomp.”

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  12. So pretty. Your work is excellent.

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