I'm enjoying the hand quilting challenge that Bonnie Hunter started. It has been a week and we are supposed to show our progress. My blogging skills are still a bit dodgy so I will do my best to link to Bonnies post, just can't guarantee I'll get it right.As I explained in my last post the back of my quilt got stained in an unfortunate incident during a teenagers sleepover. You can see above the size of the stain, it is quite large.
I used four different fabrics for the backing, this piece is used on one edge of the quilt. Luckily I still had the fabric and I'm pretty sure it's not going to look out of place. I decided to cut away the stained fabric then applique the patch over the hole. It took about 2 hours but it still counts as handwork and if I hadn't joined this challenge it might never have got done.
I have decided to have a go at quilting without a hoop. I watched an episode of The Quilt show online that demonstrated the technique. My quilt was already basted fairly closely so it should work out okay. I've found it much easier than using a hoop and I don't think you can see any difference with my stitches. It sure helps when quilting such a big quilt.
I think my total hours so far has been 12 which includes tonight. I'm very happy that I'm making progress, thanks Bonnie!