Staying Home HQAL

Well I’ve finally started quilting the sashings so it does feel like I’ve made some real progress this week, even though it was only a couple of evenings…

Three weeks ago I had sussed out how to quilt the house blocks, I made the windows bigger and also whip-stitched the quilting line. The main pieces of the houses are stitched in the ditch so although the quilting lines are hidden in the seam you still get the effect of quilting.

I’ve been prevaricating since I started the quilting how to do the sashings, they’re quite wide as there’s the 2″ borders round each block and then the 2″ squares in between. I liked the idea of hearts as I think it nicely links in with the Staying Home name of the quilt, ‘Home is where the Heart’ is and all that.

I folded a sheet of A4 paper in half three times to get a 1/8th segment and cut half a heart out free hand, leaving me with a circle of four hearts. I could then check it size-wise against the quilt and trim it accordingly. I’ve used a Frixion pen to trace round the hearts but just with dots or dashes, I’m still wary of pens on fabric even if they are meant to disappear!

I quilted two sets of hearts and then decided to add another two hearts to fill the gap in between. I’m still not sure if I have the spacing right for these two but I think it will stay pretty much as it is.

So I think I’ve quilted three houses, two embroidered blocks and one strip of hearts…so quite a bit to do still but as it’s a 25 block quilt it’s not an overwhelming amount!!In fact looking at the photo below of the quilt before I sandwiched it it’s quite encouraging, almost a line quilted!! Maybe I should aim for that next time I post, at least a full line quilted!

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, please follow the links to see what everyone 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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13 Responses to Staying Home HQAL

  1. This quilt is gorgeous and the hearts work fine. I love the muted shades of this quilt.
    Every little step is closer to the finish but no rush unless of course you have a deadline.


  2. claire93 says:

    would be great to aim for a complete row each time, but crafting is supposed to be fun, so don’t set yourself too big a target!


  3. What a sweet quilt! I love the kitty block.


  4. Cathie J says:

    I love how the hearts look in the sashing. That is a great idea for the quilting.


  5. Karen says:

    I really like the hearts design, they fit together so well


  6. kathyreeves says:

    I really like that heart motif, especially as they meet in the corners.🥰


  7. Linda says:

    Oh my, the quilt is looking fabulous.


  8. Sharon says:

    Such great progress, the hearts work really well 🙂


  9. Deb says:

    I love the hearts in the sashing … great idea!


  10. Karrin Hurd says:

    Looks like it is coming along beautifully! Great work!


  11. Moving along on this quilt! Looking very pretty!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. I adore the heart quilting design especially where they meet and form 4 hearts!
    Very creative solution!
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!

    Liked by 1 person

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