Hand Quilting Update

Much to my dismay, progress on the Rose Garden quilt has been slow. When I started the quilting process I searched for a quilting design that would complement the roses and I think I went a bit over board, because it is taking way too long to sew and it is causing problems with the backing shifting while I work. So I have stopped all the detail work for a while, while I complete a stitch in a ditch around each block and each sashing piece. This seems to be helping a lot, much better than the safety pins alone.


Since my last posting I have been only able to complete one whole 12″ block and the accompanying sashing. I sit every evening to work on it, but some days my right hand simply does not want to comply with what my brain it telling it to do. My stitches become irregular sizes and the needle keeps popping up out of the fabric when I do the first of a series of stitches. It’s really quite frustrating. Some evenings, I give up all together after only a few minutes. I have to keep reminding myself that slow and steady wins the race.



I have a mantra now when I sit to quilt in the evening, it’s from one my favorite children’s books The Little Engine that Could: I think I can, I think I can… Believe it or not, it does help a bit.

If you would like to know more about this hand quilting, quilt along, you can contact Kathy at https://livinginrapidcity.wordpress.com. She would be happy to fill you in on the details and add you to the list if you would like. You can also visit the other quilters who are participating in this little project at the following sites:

Lori: https://quiltingneeds.com

Margaret: https://thecraftycreek.com

Kerry: https://lovethosehandsathome.wordpress.com

Emma: https://emmacraftprojects.wordpress.com

Tracy: https://itsatsweetsday.blog

Deb: https://abearsthimble.wordpress.com

Connie: https://stitchingirlblog.wordpress.com

Deborah: https://adailydoseoffiber.wordpress.com

Susan: https://desertskyquilts.wordpress.com

Jessica: https://myhappycountryfarm.wixsite.com/website

Sherry: https://bookshookssticksetc.blogspot.com

Nannette: https://doitrightquilter.com

Sassy: http://farmquilter.blogspot.com

Edith: http://ediscraftinglife.blogspot.com

Sharon: https://piecinglifetogetheronestitchatatime.wordpress.com

Happy Creating~

10 thoughts on “Hand Quilting Update

  1. Looking at the first picture of the 4 block squares, what is the precious stitch your doing (to make the cross) looks like small leaves…I love this. Just beautiful and yes it may take longer but it’s a beauty!

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  2. I think you’ve made a great decision, to do the basic stitching in the ditch first, and then come back and do whatever else you think will enhance the quilt. And I do understand that some days the quilting doesn’t go well–just take it as it comes!

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  3. This quilt is so lovely! believe it or not …you are getting there! I can’t tell you why some days the brain and the hands are at odds,but I can you that it happens to me even though I’ve been quilting for years. So I just stop and go do something else,I know that the next time ,the brain and hands will have made up ,and things will move along smoothly.

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  4. You are doing great with the quilting!! You discovered something I learned as a longarm quilter…stabilized areas are so much easier to quilt in! The SID is boring to do but it definitely makes a difference with the ease of doing the fun quilting! Well done!!

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  5. Slow and steady is right, but you have the steady and I have the slow!! You are doing a wonderful job with the quilting on this quilt. Definitely helps to stabilize the area you are working on. I’m looking forward to your report in 3 weeks!


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