Staying Home HQAL

Apologies for the late arrival of this post, it’s been one of those weeks! I was on annual leave this week and had a nice week of sewing and gardening planned, as the weather wasn’t inclement for gardening I thought ‘Ooh, I’ll paint the conservatory instead, I can paint for the morning and sew in the afternoon!’ Needless to say the ‘quick job’ turned into three full days so now I’m sewing under pressure to get three Easter outfits finished for my grandchildren!! Anyway…..

I have my dancing shoes on!!!

Over the last three weeks I’ve finished the last bit of quilting, trimmed it and bound the edges, I just need to check for loose threads now, never my strong point!

I started this quilt back in 2020, it was one of the wonderful free stitch-a-long patterns the craft community came up with to keep us sane during the long lock-downs. The embroidery patterns were designed by different quilt designers(mainly Australian I think) and the whole project was organised by Natalie Bird of the Birdhouse. I made it from the fabric left over from a quilt called Coming Home, due to the conditions this quilt was started under it was soon called the Staying Home quilt.

There were twenty embroidered and appliqued blocks altogether, all finished to 6″ square. To make it into a useable bed quilt I made twenty simple house blocks, double bordered each block and used most of my last fabric scraps to make the scrappy sashing. I love the way the colours have worked out.

I still haven’t mastered taking photos of quilts, I blame my balance, this is the best of about 10 shots!

I just checked back and I started quilting this back in July last year, so about 9 months at a gentle pace! I’ve done minimal quilting on the embroidered blocks, just enough to hold everything in place, houses are quilted on the ditch with windows added. I whip-stitched the quilting round the windows to make them stand out a bit more. The sashings quilted with hearts. It’s probably easier to see on the back…

The backing as you can see was pieced from leftover fabric, trying to get a landscape appearance, the light fabric at the bottom actually has reflective dots on it so it glows in the dark!!

I tried a couple of fabrics for binding, but eventually decided on this grey/blue design which I had used for some of the sashings. I did my usual double fold method with 2.5″ strips. I always hand stitch my binding down, it may take a few evenings in front of the TV but I much prefer the finish.

I’m well chuffed with this quilt, I love the colours and how its balanced out. With hindsight the only ting I might have done differently is to add another light 1″ border round the whole quilt, it would have just meant I could have done whole hearts round the outer edge instead of part ones. As the saying goes in quilting though, only God’s work is perfect πŸ™‚

I’m just waiting for the instructions for my next project to arrive, hopefully by the time of my next post I’ll have started it. It give you a clue, it’s actually by the same designer!

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.Β  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.Kathy,Β Margaret,Β Deb,Β Nanette,Β Sharon,Β Karrin,Β Daisy, and Β Cathie

I’ll also be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday

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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17 Responses to Staying Home HQAL

  1. claire93 says:

    that’s a lovely quilt Margaret! I remember watching you make all the blocks . . . and it doesn’t feel like 3 years ago ^^

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  2. This piece has progressed nicely and congratulations on the finish! It seems like a wonderful way to remember the time when we were locked down across the world!

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  3. Laura says:

    Congrats on a fab finish, Margaret! πŸ™‚

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  4. Sharon says:

    Just stunning! Dancing along with you on this grand finish πŸ™‚

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  5. katechiconi says:

    It’s just lovely, and fun to see the whole thing at last, binding and all. I’m with you on the hand stitched binding, to me it looks so much more finished. It’s a real work of art, and you should be proud of yourself.

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    Oh hearty congratulations on this lovely finish Margaret! Good luck getting the grands outfits finished up!

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  7. Amo says:

    Totally lovely and the colours are so calming.

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  8. Congrats on your finish – it is a lovely quilt and gorgeous colours.

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  9. Confused by the double negative in your introduction.
    But weather bad here too.
    Good to see your backside.
    Finishing is always purgatory for me.
    But I like to see how others are dealing with it πŸ˜”

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