I've been hand quilting a Double Wedding Ring for my granddaughter, Isabelle, who is only 9. After her paternal grandmother died two years ago Isabelle told me I would at least live until her wedding. I decided to make a quilt for her hope chest so I could be there in spirit if not in body.
This has been my first attempt at hand quilting with quilting thread. Within the last couple of weeks I finished quilting the center of the rings. I used a stencil and marked with blue tailor's chalk which is slowly disappearing on its own.
I first stitched in the ditch around the rectangles in the arches in order to practice the hand stitching and making even stitch lengths. Then I used a stencil with hearts to mark and stitch each of the squares where the melons meet. Then I stitched the centers. And now...
I'm stitching inside the melons about 1/4 inch from the seam line. I probably should mark the stitching line but I haven't and I'm almost finished with stitching all those centers. I think I have about 4-5 left which I hope to finish some time today, Slow Stitching Sunday. And then I will try to figure out what to stitch in the four corners. And then I will try to find where I put the rest of the background fabric so I can make binding. And then, next Slow Stitching Sunday, you may see me stitching on binding!
Are you doing any hand work today? If so, join our virtual Slow Stitching Sunday sewing bee.