It’s three weeks since I last shared my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt, this is the king size quilt I decided to hand quilt in a moment of madness! I’m glad I’m hand-quilting it, honestly, it’s just an awfully big quilt!
Three weeks ago I’d just started the last big border, the one with the rabbits running round, I’m doing the outer diamonds at the same time, so when I finally get round this bit it will be finished! Three weeks ago I was here…
I was struggling with marking the quilting lines – there’s lots of straight lines here so I couldn’t just wing it. As you can see I was trying masking tape but I found it difficult to mark in the order I wanted to stitch, which was like a zig-zag. I’ve also found it’s made that area a bit tacky, probably because I left it on too long, but even so it wasn’t working for me.
Luckily Kate from Tall Tales from Chiconia recommended ceramic pencils. I ordered one and it’s worked brilliantly, so thanks Kate! I’ve marked the whole of one side and so far the lines have stayed and they’re nice clear white lines, which works well on my coloured fabric.
I’ve made fair progress this time, I’m now at the halfway point along the first border, so I feel I’ve got somewhere. I think these will be the fiddliest sides as well as I’m quilting round each of the rabbits. I find quilting easiest from right to left so even with the rabbit I’m stitching in that direction, even though it means stopping and starting several times.
I think the nearer I get to the end the more progress I’ll make as the light at the end of the tunnel gets a bit brighter!
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 Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, please follow the link for more hand-stitching inspiration.