Having to write this post today for the Hand Quilt-a-long gave me the impetus I needed yesterday to start it. I found the fabrics I had ear-marked for the back which were three remnants of varying sizes left over from the front. The whole quilt is made with leftovers as I had a fair amount left when I finished the Coming Home quilt in the beginning of 2020. I pieced it during the lockdowns of 2020 and the embroideries came from a free stitch-a-long from Natalie of the Birdhouse. All the details about the embroideries and houses are in this earlier post.
Having finished my Seaside quilt, I decided to hand quilt this one too. I do like the feel of the hand-quilted quilts, they are soft and more cuddly than a machine pieced one. I just have to watch that I don’t try to quilt one that’s too big and put myself off hand-quilting again. This one is about 64″ square, a nice, manageable size.
I had three different fabrics for the back, a muted green, one with trees on and a spotty one that glows in the dark like little stars. I worked out a piecing plan so I had three strips, a narrower one of trees for the middle and I originally planned the plain one at the bottom and the spotty one at the top. Unfortunately I sewed the plain one to the top and really couldn’t be bothered to unpick the whole seam. so it’s now a big green hill with trees in the middle and a field of cotton grass below!!!
The spots hardly show in the photo but they are there!
I sandwiched it yesterday evening with my usual 505 spray and organised everything for quilting it in front of the TV, a large lap hoop, two muted quilting cotton threads by Gutermann, a sharp needle and a thimble.
I’ve started with the cat square, I’ve just quilted just inside the seam line and also ‘echo’ quilted round the cat. it’s not much but at least I’ve started!
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.
I’ll also be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday. Please follow the links to see what everyone else has been stitching