Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday Stitching

This morning I am doing some slow stitching on my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt. 

I've been enjoying this every morning this past week. I started in the middle and it was tough going....a bit thick, lots of seams and I should have cut out the backing behind to make it a bit easier...

I should have taken a few days off because I'm sure it was this quilting and the fact that I haven't quilted for a few months that has caused me a swollen and tender wrist. I guess hand-quilting uses muscles differently than my usual appliqueing.

Even working on the flowers near the middle of the quilt has been a bit of a chore, albeit easier than the centre, so I've moved my quilting out to the bunny border which is a bit easier for now.

This morning I am doing the stitch-in-the-ditch on the ribbon border. The pieces are about 4" tall, so I'm thinking it may need some quilting inside the ribbon area. I'm not really sure, so I will continue with the SID and re-visit this decision later!

I've decided to journal my daily progress of the quilting of Down the Rabbit Hole on Instagram so as to keep motivated to do the quilting on a regular basis. I want this one finished in time to hang at our quilt show in May. 

I had to find a way to make this goal do-able to me, so I figured out that there are 60 or so square feet of quilt. If I can do an average of one sq.ft. per day of quilting it would make for a couple of months to have it completed. 

So there you go, that's how my brain works, lol ! 

I think it's like the old adage....How do you eat an elephant?...One bite at a time. This always helps me when I have something seemingly overwhelming in store for me.

Have a lovely day. Hopefully you have better weather than what's in store for us today....a bit of snow (again!) and freezing rain :(

I am linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching. I think it will be a nice day to sit back and check out what others are stitching on today!


  1. I love the colors of this quilt and the fabrics are so cheerful, stay warm and happy stitching.

  2. Where is your quilt show? I would love to see your quilt in person! Looks amazing!

  3. Such a GORGEOUS quilt - a beautiful project to hand quilt.

  4. yes hand quilting takes different motions with your hands - you might need to take a day or two off here and there so you do not do permanent damage and develop carpel tunel

  5. I have to keep reminding myself that the only way a quilt gets done is to work on it. I've been hand quilting a project (off and on) since the middle of December. It's almost half done. (dragging my feet)

  6. Woohoo!!!! Go, Rabbit Hole! :D I hope your wrist gets used to this work soon and stops hollering at you.

  7. I hope your wrist is doing better. I like your attitude towards the hand-quilting. I like what your are quilting. It is very pretty.

  8. This hand stitching can damage your health. Lol! Take care of your wrist! I love your project and I hope you can keep to your timetable and get it in the show.

  9. I cannot imagine having a time table to finish a quilt like this with hand quilting. At least with our long arms we can push it harder. But there is such a difference in the feel of the quilt, and visually with applique. I applaud you because it will exquisite! Just curious, have you tried quilting with compression gloves that fit well? It might be what you need for your wrist.