Staying Home HQAL

Back in 2020 I finished a quilt called Coming Home, with the leftovers I made a quilt which I called Staying Home, pretty apt for the time I thought! The embroidered blocks were from a free stitch-a-long from ‘Hugs and Kisses’ in Australia, if I remember rightly each block was designed by a different quilter. I then added the house blocks to make it bed quilt size.

Since then it has sat in my to do pile, stored together with the spare fabric to make the backing from. Having recently put our house on the market we have to make it all look wonderful for potential buyers, I have a design wall in my sewing room, rather untidily hung up from a line of picture hooks. I decided that rather than having an empty design wall looking untidy I would hang my quilt on it. It looks rather nice if I say so myself!

This arrangement has also had the added bonus that I’ve been able to ponder how to quilt it whilst I’m working on other projects and I think I’ve come up with a plan!

I’m going to hand quilt it, it would seem a shame to machine quilt something with so much hand embroidery on and I do enjoy hand-quilting now! My plan is to quilt round the edge of the embroidered blocks, the houses will probably be round the edge and then just inside the house. It was the borders that I’ve pondered over the most, I’m now thinking of a heart design centred on each corner stone. I’ve cut out a template and now I just need to decide on the orientation of the heart. I’m leaning towards the left-hand one at the moment. Any other quilting suggestions gratefully received!

Hopefully in three weeks time when I next share my progress I’ll have made a start.

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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrin, Daisy and Tracy

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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6 Responses to Staying Home HQAL

  1. Sharon says:

    I think you have come up with a brilliant idea with the hearts for this lovely quilt. I am excited to see you finish it 🙂

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  2. Deb says:

    Great idea to hang it up for display, for its a very lovely top! I like your idea for quilting. The left design is my favorite. I wish you the best with moving.

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  3. kathyreeves says:

    I like the hearts on the left, Margaret, and love your idea of filling the design wall with a beautiful quilt for potential buyers to see.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Karrin Hurd says:

    Beautiful quilt. Great idea to fill the design wall with one of your creations!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. katechiconi says:

    I agree, if you’re going for hearts, the left hand one is prettier. Do also consider the ‘orange peel’ design, also centred on the corner stones, as if you make the segments narrow it won’t impinge a lot on the design within each square. It also has the virtue of being able to be quilted in long continuous lines, and if you work it in a hoop, you can run two threads at once to achieve the interlocking segments – bonus!

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  6. Jane M says:

    Inspired and looks lovely. I think the left side

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