By jove I think I’ve got it!! I think I’ve finally cracked this hand-quilting lark and now I’m cooking on gas – though it probably helps I’m on the home run!
This quilt was the Sarah Feilke BOM for 2017, I finished all the hand applique some time early last year and I’vebeen trying to hand quilt it ever since – in my defence it is a big quilt, about 96″ square.
Three weeks ago when I last shared it with you I was almost half way round the first side of the final deep border, the one with the rabbits on. I’m quilting the little diamonds on the outer border as I go along too…
Well I spent a good couple of evenings just working on this, helped I have to confess by a desire to escape the politics I could hear on the TV downstairs! I think it’s easier now I’m nearer the edge as there’s not so much man-handling of the quilt,I’m also finding quilting easier when I stitch the edges as I’m not using a hoop for that bit.
So, three weeks later and I’m here…
The straight lines are the machine basting threads which I’m gradually removing, it’s not that easy to see the quilting lines – I’m doing a cross-hatching following the line of the diamonds and outlining the rabbits and the central motifs – the heart or the flower. I’ve not quilted straight over the appliqued flowers and leaves on the vine, instead I’ve sorted of quilted underneath the top layer, taking advantage of the fact I didn’t have the courage to cut away the backing behind the applique! Unorthodox maybe, but it seems to work for me!
It’s not that easy to see how much I’ve done, it’s not easy to photograph it either as my arms aren’t long enough! I’ve basically quilted a quarter of the outside border, from one centre to the next one..
I can even say I’ve enjoyed it, in fact, I’ve changed from ‘I’m never hand-quilting a quilt ever again’ to ‘Maybe a smaller quilt next time’
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, a celebration of all things hand stitched.