It’s three weeks since I last shared my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt with you, this is a Sarah Fielke quilt which I am now hand quilting, it’s taking a lot longer than I anticipated, but it is a very big quilt – 96″ square. I think I can finally see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel!
Three weeks ago I was still quilting the rope border, I was just over half way round…
I spent a couple of evenings concentrating on my quilt and finally it was time for a mini happy dance, another border finished!
I’ve now just started the last two borders, yes, you read it right, LAST TWO!!! Though one is a pretty big border!
After much deliberation I’ve decided to quilt in the ditch round the rabbits and maybe the heart. I’ve started cross-hatching the background. My original thought was to follow the lines of the rope border, which would make it more of a diamond shape, however it looked like it would get messy at the corners, so I decided to use the squares of the outer border. I think it’s working out OK. I might decide to stitch another row to make the cross-hatching smaller, we shall see.
I’m leaving the vines and flowers unquilted, but when the cross-hatching goes behind I’m sort of quilting it without coming through the top layer, so on the back it will just look like cross-hatching without any gaps and I am hopefully just catching the background with the quilting. The straight lines on the photo are the machine basting, which I’m gradually taking out as I go along.
I’m struggling a bit with marking the lines at the moment, I tried a pencil, I couldn’t see it, I tried a hera marker, which was partially successful, I might try it again on a harder surface, if not I’ll try a chalk pencil. What is more frustrating is that I know I have some quarter inch masking tape somewhere…but can I find it!!
Whilst I’m quilting the big rabbit border, I’m also quilting the final diamond border, I’m just going along the centre of the light diamonds with a little one in between. There’s not a lot of stitching on this last border, so if I stitch it as I’m going a long the rabbit border, I’ll have finished when I reach the other end!
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.
Kathy, Margaret, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Susan, Nanette, Edith, Sharon, Karrin, Gretchen and Kathi
I’ll also be linking up with Kathy’s Quilt’s for Slow Stitching Sunday, so please follow the links for more quilting and hand sewing inspiration.