Staying Home Quilt HQAL

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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrin, Daisy and Tracy

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

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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14 Responses to Staying Home Quilt HQAL

  1. Sharon says:

    This quilt is beautiful and it’s amazing that it is all done in scrap material. A true work of art and artist 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. claire93 says:

    64″ sounds like a huge project to hand quilt to me ^^ You’re a braver woman ^^

    Liked by 1 person

  3. katechiconi says:

    It’s very pretty, and I’m a big fan of the scrappy sashing!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Cathie J says:

    I love this quilt. I was trying to join the HQAL, but I couldn’t contact Kathy or find any info on it.. Enjoy your stitching.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Jenny Benton says:

    Thst looks a wonderful quilt, looking forward to seeing the hand quilting progress.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Deb says:

    Your border looks lovely! Nice start!


  7. kathyreeves says:

    Nothing like a deadline to help us get started! I was in the same boat this round. 😊


  8. Karen says:

    That’s a beautiful quilt! Love the little houses 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  9. What a beautiful quilt! Hand quilting is an art and so hard on the hands as is most of our hand projects. Take it easy on the hands.

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