Down the Rabbit Hole HQAL

One of these days I shall surprise you all and finish this quilt, just not today!

I’m still working on the big wide rabbit border and quilting the outer diamond one as I go along. I’ve made reasonable progress on it though, three weeks ago I had quilted one and a half sides…

Down the Rabbit Hole

I’ve now turned another corner and last night I quilted the next running rabbit and most of the diamonds on the next side too. This was because the next side needs the lines marking with my ceramic pencil, this requires a large hard surface, namely my dining room table in the conservatory, and good light, which the conservatory has not got in the evenings.

Down the Rabbit Hole

Having completed over half of this big final border I do feel I’m on the home stretch, I still need to remove a lot of the straight machine basting threads you can see and I mustn’t forget there’s about half of the inner circle still needs quilting as I was struggling with it big time when I started quilting this mammoth quilt. Then it’s just the binding and a good wash – seen as it’s been quite a long time in the making!

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

I’ll also be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, why not follow the link for even more hand-stitching.

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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27 Responses to Down the Rabbit Hole HQAL

  1. The quilt is coming along beautifully but do not rush it and spoil it at this stage. Sometimes it gets frustrating when you feel you are so near the end and yet its still so far away at the same time, and its very tempting to take those shortcuts you know you will regret later. xx

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  2. nanacathy2 says:

    I will be a bit sad for us the readers when you finish this as it’s so pretty, but for your sake I hope you do, because it is so pretty.

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  3. Kim Sharman says:

    I agree with the lady above in that it will be a sad day when we do not see this amazing quilt any more. Oh, what a beauty it is. The colours and details in this quilt are truly sublime!

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  4. Gretchen says:

    So pretty. I know hand quilting takes a long time but so worth it and the stitching is relaxing. Happy Stitching!

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  5. CathieJ says:

    I have so enjoyed watching your progress. You are so close to finishing, yet it does sound like it will be a little while yet. Your perseverance with this beautiful quilt is amazing.

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    Can’t wait to see this gracing your bed! You are on the home stretch!👏🏻

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  7. Such a huge job with this beauty but your almost there and its spectacular! Sharon

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  8. Karrin Hurd says:

    Great work on moving this beautiful quilt along!

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  9. Jocelyn Thurston says:

    Good morning, I know what a big task this project is. Your Rabbit Hole is turning out beautifully. I love the shades of mauves and lavenders you chose…they work so well with the greens and your time spent hand stitching will be so worth it. I still have Grasshopper in its box awaiting my attention. eek

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  10. Edi says:

    I have admired this pattern for a while now. I love your color choices. Great progress.

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  11. Deb says:

    I’m going to miss seeing this lovely quilt! I know your getting excited to have it done. it’s always a good feeling to take those last few stitches. Hang in there you doing a wonderful job!

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  12. katechiconi says:

    You’re going great guns now! How are you finding the ceramic pencil for marking up? I don’t know what I’d do without mine… I do enjoy the point in hand-quilting something when you realise you’re over the hump and the downhill is going to get faster and faster!

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  13. dezertsuz says:

    Yay! More than half is a big milestone. Great progress in the last 3 weeks.

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  14. KerryCan says:

    You’ve made a *lot* of progress! Still, don’t rush–enjoy every stitch!

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  15. Gail says:

    Such a beautiful project! You will miss it when you are done!

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