Staying Home HQAL

I’ve not spent a huge amount of time on my staying home quilt but I have made some progress. Everything for quilting is set up in our lounge for when I’m watching TV but my embroidered garden is also in there and keeps being chosen over the quilt, maybe I need to move the embroidery into the sitting room where we tend to sit and chat and drink tea!

Three weeks ago when I last shared my progress I had just started the first block …

I was still trying to decide how to quilt the house blocks. Well I decided to include the door and make some windows. Having stitched two house blocks I’ve realised I’ve quilted them differently, the first one was quilted 1/4″ round then stitched in the ditch round the door and added some windows. The second one was stitched about two weeks later without checking the first one! I stitched the house and door in the ditch (right on the seam for none quilters!) and then added windows. I’m still not sure which I prefer, the first looks quilted more, the second one is neater without the quilting lines to distract. I’ve still one wall to quilt but here’s the block so far…

I’m still not sure about the windows, I might unpick those, I’m not sure whether to miss them off completely, make them the same height as the door or add two more windows above.

I’ve also stitched round another embroidered block, I’m thinking of quilting just inside the row of running stitches under the arch of houses…

So four done, twenty one to go and I’ve still not started the sashing. We’ve got a quilt show in Harrogate in a couple of weeks time so I’m thinking of looking at disappearing marker pens to help mark the stitching lines for the sashing.

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  Cathie 

I’ll also be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, so please follow the links to see lots of inspiring hand quilting and 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 HQAL

  1. Cathie J says:

    I think I would add panes to those windows. I like the look, but they are too blank. Enjoy all of your stitching!

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  2. What a pretty quilt!

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  3. Karrin Hurd says:

    Beautiful quilt and stitching!

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  4. katechiconi says:

    Personally, I like the house that’s stitched in the ditch on the outline as it’s a tiny bit cleaner looking, but with windows as it adds texture. However, if it’s a lot harder to stitch in the ditch, I’d say there’s not a lot in it, and go with the other version!

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  5. Sew cool houses look cool!

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  6. Deb says:

    Looking great! I would add a few lines in the windows for panes otherwise I like the windows. The kitten block is sweet.

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  7. Sharon says:

    I like the addition of the windows but I am wondering if the placement is wrong. Perhaps a bit higher I am thinking and I like Debs suggestion for lines for window panes.

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  8. I think I would go without the windows. Your stitches are very pretty! Good work! Hug

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  9. kathyreeves says:

    Window panes will add a lot of dimension to the houses. Now house is exactly alike, so I think a bit of variety will work great!

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