Down the Rabbit Hole HQAL

It’s three weeks since I shared my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt with you. This quilt is by the same designer as my Coming Home quilt, Sarah Fielke. I finished the top about 18 months ago and then had the crazy idea of hand quilting it, I say crazy as it’s about 96″ square and I’d not done any hand-quilting for donkey’s years!

Three weeks ago I’d just started the last two borders, which sounds so encouraging, but one of them is a pretty deep border so I’ve still a long way to go before I can get my dancing shoes out!

hand quilting

Excuses first! I’ve been concentrating on getting the garden and house ready for the open garden and quilt and needlework show this weekend, we’ve also had a bit of a heat wave, the powers that be are still trying to decide if Thursday was the hottest day ever or not! Thirty odd degrees may not seem hot to many of you, but our houses etc are not designed for hot weather!! We’ve had a very sticky few days and it was certainly too hot to sit under a quilt hand sewing!!

Hand quilting

Having said all that I did manage to get a little done before the weather got too warm, last time I was struggling with marking, I had a go with masking tape, which I didn’t find overly successful, but I ordered a ceramic pencil at Kate’s suggestion so I’m going to try that out next week.

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, MargaretEmmaTracyDeb, Susan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchen and Kathi

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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12 Responses to Down the Rabbit Hole HQAL

  1. katechiconi says:

    Good grief, in the temperatures you’re having at the moment, even 5 minutes under a quilt is nothing short of heroic!

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  2. Gail says:

    We have been in a heat wave as well but we have air conditioning. I hope it cools off to more comfortable temperatures for you soon. Beautiful quilting!

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  3. KerryCan says:

    Nobody could stand to do much quilting in the heat you’ve been having! I hope you get a cool down soon!

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  4. And I think South Texas is hot and humid! I do hope that your weather calms down back to normal. You are doing a great job on the quilting in the heat! Hang in there, winter is coming …. someday!

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  5. kathyreeves says:

    There are plenty of new stitches there, Margaret, and you have had bigger fish to fry these past 3 weeks! How big is your cross hatching? I am considering that for SoB, and thinking about size.

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  6. quilting and heat wave are not the best of friends ~ I was intrigued with the Open Garden and Quilt and Needlework Show. That sounds so fun! ~ I would love to come by and see your amazing gardens and work. Please post pictures 🙂

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  7. Karrin Hurd says:

    I would love to see your garden too. We’ve been having a heat wave too, so it is hard even thinking about working outside

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  8. Too hot! I agree! Even a few stitches is an accomplishment:). I’m excited to see what your new pencil will do😊

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  9. 30C is a typical summer temp here but we have Air Conditioning. I hope you find something cooler to do than hand quilting. I can’t imagine doing that in the heat. Your project is so cute. It will be great when finished.

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  10. Deb says:

    Excuses.. I think they were good reasons.. you should hear my excuse.. I cut my finger!😁it’s been really warm here seeing 35* and above but like you said we are more prepared for weather like that.keep cool!

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  11. dezertsuz says:

    it is hard to quilt in a lap frame when your quilt is so large and the temperature so high. I have used masking tape, and like the blue painter’s tape best. You are making progress, that’s the important thing. This is where I would want my big frame out of storage, though, so I could have the fan blowing air under the quilt. LOL

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